Generally, getting a good portrait of myself requires a lot of work: I have to figure out placement, timing, posing, all while being in front of the camera. But sometimes I have an assistant (read: my husband, Mr. Hallease).
A nurse by trade with very little knowledge of photography or video -- he still seems to always get my best self. Probably because the posing I do with him is always genuine.
Generally, what I'll do is take a photo of him first with the framing I want him to copy. Then I make sure to set my camera up (adjusting ISO, aperture etc) before handing it over to him.
Today, we spent another day on the beach and I wanted to get a good portrait of myself while here.
I explained the shot I wanted, set the camera, and then handed it over.
"Where's the zoom?"
"It's a fixed lens love, you gotta come closer to me. You're the zoom."
"It'll make the photo better. Trust me."
"You know my knees are bad."
After staying there for a minute (and I assume seeing the difference a fixed lens makes for portraits) I heard him start snapping.
But instead of trying to stage a smile I just closed my eyes and focused on thinking about the trip thus far. Very relaxing, and a true (and very much needed) vacation. I opened my eyes to a still contorted Mr. Hallease and I smiled. [CLICK]
I thought about how much photography isn't his thing but he gets how much I enjoy it. [CLICK]
I guess I'll keep him around.