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. Currently, she is working as a writer at OneDesBlog.

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  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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