REDEFINE | Self Portraits by Devon Hall Photographic Arts

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“There is only one sun. We can’t all claim to only have one way to use the light, but we can REDEFINE how we choose to express it. “

Why are you passionate about this topic?

I believe, as a photographer, it’s so important to take the seat of your client. Through my self portraits I am able to test and practice light and positioning while gaining inspiration for future sessions.

Through my self portrait work I have also found liberty in being the subject and getting over the classic hurdles we, as women, face. To gain confidence in front of the lens and to feel free of “perfect” while embracing every beautiful and imperfect thing that makes us each unique.

Lastly, I found self portraiture a fantastic way to get in a frame with my kids and my family. We, as mothers and as photographers, get put on the back burner and are usually the ones snapping the photos. This has become a great way for me to involve the kids and get artistic while capturing images that my kids will hopefully enjoy for years to come.

When did you first realize you liked this topic?

Truthfully, when I hit a wall creatively. Whenever I am feeling stuck, I head to my studio.

What are the tips you would share with anyone trying to achieve this technique or subject/topic?

Be confident.

Music always helps.

Make it fun, be goofy, let go (no one is watching). Sometimes the shot that felt most awkward turns out to be the most visually appealing.

Try things you usually shy away from during client sessions.

You have to engage. You are constantly telling and encouraging clients to engage with the camera, now its your turn.

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About the photographer:

I am a natural light and studio photographer specializing in maternity, newborn and family photography. I feel completely blessed to be able to capture beauty and to be able to tell a story of life and love. Growing up my heart was always passionate about the arts, especially painting and photography. It was when I became a Mom (and my time was limited), that I leaned more towards my camera rather than my paintbrush. In learning rather quickly the importance of time, I desperately wanted to remember and document these small yet beautiful moments that became my everyday as a Mom. Moments that were fleeting. Moments that I wanted to remember.

In being a creative soul, my passion continues to grow and challenge me. Always something new to learn….I feel very grateful to be doing what I love.

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