101 Extraordinary Self-Portrait Ideas to Spice Up Your Facebook Profile

Do you feel uninspired? Have no models or interesting subjects available? You are the best model and photographer at the same time! You can always take a picture of yourself. A self-portrait has been a popular form of expression since man first saw his own reflection.

Self-portraits are often confused with selfies. Indeed, selfies have been a major trend in recent years. And by actually learning how to shoot a proper selfie, you can achieve some great results with this technique. However, self-portraits are different.

When you are your own model, everything is up to you – posing, lighting, composition and equipment. Of course, to take a good self-portrait you’ll definitely need a tripod to secure your camera. You will also need to set a self-timer on your camera or get yourself a remote shutter. If you want to take a series of photos while you do your certain acts, set your camera to continuous shooting mode. Then you can choose the ones you like best and delete the rest.

Here I have collected 101 amazing self-portraits to bump up your creativity (and to inspire you to take your own and finally change your Facebook profile picture). Every picture shows how different and extraordinary every individual is. There is a range of different kinds of photos – from shy photos made ​​with the help of a mirror to amazing soul-searching portraiture. All these models-photographers transform themselves lots of times to produce exceptional self-portraits. You can work yourself into crazy poses, convey all kinds of emotions, dress up or dress down and do whatever you want. Don’t be afraid to experiment on yourself and create something really new.

1. Zheleznova-J


2. Veronika STrambini


3. Xeni Po


4. Catherine Volkova


5. Philipp Franceschini


6. Greta Tuckute


7. Olga Gabsattarova


8. Fabrizio R.


9. Robert Maschke


10. Guillermo Carballa


11. Ira Chernova


12. Regayip


13. Danielle Hughson


14. Lara Jade


15. Bernt Carlzon


16. Kate Toluzakova


17. Sabine Metz


18. Invisible Cirkus


19. Andres Thor


20. Yana Pace


21. Yana Pace


22. Andrew Studebaker


23. Bexe


24. Alexander Kan


25. Julia Caban


26. Jacqui van Grootel


27. Anna Shakina


28. Paul Snyder


29. Cristina Otero


30. Anastasia Fursova


31. Zhang Jingna


32. Nick Weinrauch


33. Alex Stoddard


34. Enzo Farina


35. Olga Martzoukou


36. Jen Tse


37. Lauren Bates


38. Lauren Bates


39. Sonya Khegay


40. Farzaneh Rezaie


41. Gusto


42. Lex Wilson


43. Devid Camerlynck


44. Blake Herman


45. Ilona Joy


46. Felicia


47. Linedanser


48. Paul Stevenson


49. Kyle Thompson


50. Marina Sivakova


51. Halaquinn-arcadias


52. Mathias Alilstock


53. Aimee Ketsdever


54. Ismael Salmeron


55. Carlo Bonini


56. Geta Bagheta


57. Calle Hoglund


58. Allan Roney


59. Kate Toluzakova


60. Atte Tanner


61. Maria Sanz Leon


62. Anna Donlan


63. Richard Backer


64. Laura Karoline


65. Joy Butler


66. Eudald


67. Atremis


68. Kailey Thompson


69. Stephen Crutchfield


70. Abigail Harenberg


71. Chris Cove


72. Simon Withyman


73. Morela Viridis


74. Stellar


75. Josefine Jonsson


76. Polina Rabtseva


77. Garrett Hauenstein


78. Brooke Shaden


79. Tamar Burduli


80. Carmen Moreno


81. Ilona Rubinshtain


82. Rebekah W


83. Shawn Van Daele


84. Irina Vorotyntseva


85. Anan Mohamad Amri Adanan


86. Ellens Angelica G.


87. Jon DeBoer


88. Riley Alexandra


89. Patty Maher


90. Lizzy Gadd


91. Tasha Marie


92. Ilaria Tranquillo


93. Fabio Iacomino


94. Lizzy Gadd


95. Sus Blanco


96. Desiree Delgado


97. Alex Beadon


98. Kamila Gornia


99. Emma Katka


100. Anna Pruzhevskaya


101. Julia Davila


Now is Your Turn

My showcase is over and now it’s your turn to take a self-portrait picture. It’s the best time to drag out your camera, set up a timer and become the main subject of your next masterpiece. If you have some pretty neat self-portraits that you’ve taken, don’t hesitate to share it with curious Photodoto audience in the comment field.

By Nancy Young

Nancy is a passionate freelance writer and blogger. She writes inspirational articles on web design, photography, and technology. She enjoys traveling, reading and meeting new people. Nancy believes in a magic of written words to inspire and motivate. She is also working as a writer at OneDesBlog.


  1. “A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant.” – excerpt from Wikipedia.

    Nancy, there is a great deal of photos in the post that are NOT portraits.

    e.g. 36, 82, 83, 84, 87, 90, 91, 98

    We are all sick and tired ….of these amateurs’, non-professional articles on photography…….

    1. Thank you for your comment, Nick. Every opinion makes us better and motivates to improve our skills.

      The point of this article was to show how people make photos, having themselves
      as models. Even if there’s no face visible, it’s a person capturing himself or
      herself, being a photographer and a model at once. In this sense I see no
      contradiction in calling these photos self-portraits.

    2. I would say that you have a very strict understanding of a portrait, quite limited by Wikipedia, also you ephasize word “face” completely missing word “expression”, if you see self-portrait of Dali (this one for example http://sociologyisascience.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/soft-self-portrait.jpg?w=500 ), I doubt you would find his face anywhere, but more the perception of himself,look of the artist inside of his soul, expressed not only with features of the face. Last year I had the pleasure of visiting the exhibition of self-portriats at the Orsay museum, and some of them were just a reflection in the mirror or just had a shadow of the photographer. Please take some time to read this aricle on photo self-portraits to have a wider perspective on this question http://users.rider.edu/~suler/photopsy/selfportraits.htm

      By the way submissions to this blog are quite open for the authors, and if you have something to say to the readers, I gladly encourage you to submit your materials here.

      1. Dali’s face is clearly identifiable in that painting, which rather undermines your point.

        The definition of what is a portrait is quite narrow in purpose, each art has its formal definitions in order that practitioners and the general public know when they are talking about the same thing.

        If everybody will stretch definitions to the point of breaking, like Maradonna saying “your definition of football is quite narrow, I have decided you can use your hand to score goals as well”, then you can as well take a picture of anything, say that it is a reflection of your emotional state, and thus a “portrait”, and put a serious face expecting others to play along with the idea.

      1. 🙂 thanx Nancy ! its my pleasure.. the article shown innovative ways of making self portrait.. will try to experiment more ! meanwhile plz take a look at this snap.

  2. Thank you the article. I absolutely loved the photos. And I’ve got some new ideas now. 🙂 Here are two self-portarit I took a few days ago. 🙂

  3. i feel bad about my profile pic now. lol. still im probably going to use one of these… just saying.

  4. Hi!! This is Alejandro, from Argentina. Great website! It gave me so many ideas 🙂
    This is my portrait. Thank you!

  5. One of my photography instructors told me that the quickest way to become a good photographer is to do lots of self portraits. I totally understand that now.

  6. Loved these ideas! I’m definitely going to try some of these! Love the creativity. Here is one of mine. 🙂

  7. You guys are amazing! I am heartened though; a couple of my ideas were shown above – that means I’m on the right track! Now, to work out how to do them 🙂 I tried my first ‘selfies’ earlier this year; I was surprised by how they came out. I’ve received some advice on how to improve on a couple, but here’s my fave.

  8. Now get to know how people look so good in their Facebook profile photo. So these are the tricks! Ok now its my turn to impress others with my profile picture.

  9. Its so funny to make a self-portrait. I can express myself 😉 Thank you for this great artical and inspiration!!! 🙂

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