Sometimes you want to shoot and the only person you have to photograph is yourself. So cue me, at 9'oclock at night in my old apartment in Hamden about three years ago. I had a lamp that I literally knocked over on my dresser and it cast this dramatic light on my wall which I HAD to photograph. So I threw on a full face of makeup, grabbed a sheer piece of fabric, put a self timer on my camera and just went for it. I didn't know what I was going to come up with, but I knew no one would see the bad pictures (and there were plenty of those!)
Looking through these now, some of them are my favorites. I think back to what I thought of myself at that point. I didn't have a healthy relationship with my body. I was at my thinnest (due to a solid gym routine) and I remember when taking these pictures I still thought I could stand to lose 10 more pounds. I know I'm not alone in that mindset as there are so many people who believe the same.
But we can't all wait until we lose those 10 pounds before we step in front of the camera. You have to go for it. Do it even though your scared or nervous. Take the self portrait, or take the family pictures with your kids. Get your own portraits done. Just EXIST IN PICTURES.