Self portraits aren’t easy if you’re working solo, but can be fun to play with poses and light at your own pace.

I’m in the middle of a couple different projects (one which I can’t WAIT to show you!), which have been keeping me quite busy lately. But I’ve noticed I hadn’t shot any personal projects in quite a while (aside from these beautiful all-access images from the Historic Tennessee Theatre) and I haven’t had a good shot of me in a long, long time.

Ben MoserThe first (relatively) professional headshot of me was taken my sophomore year of college when I worked for Tennessee‘s student news website, I just joined the site as a photojournalist and one of the other photographers (I can’t remember his name off the top of my head!) took this photo of me outside the College of Communication and Information building in Circle Park.

After that, my signature profile image became a literal profile image, as this beautiful sunset silhouette (I LOVE silhouettes!) from Andrew’s Bald in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was adopted as my headshot, and I still use it as my Twitter avatar today. That may be subject to change with the new shot, though.

Ben Moser

So this new shot (which was the 39th photo taken, hence “Self-Portrait #39) is both a realization that I could use a new portrait shot that shows more personality than the other two and a desire to capture some self-portraits for the first time since I shot self-portraits for a photography class in college.

If you didn’t know, I just moved my Knoxville Photography studio to a new location which is absolutely beautiful! Check my Instagram photos for a shot of the front yard. This is the first time I’ve been able to set up my seamless white backdrop at the new location, so I wanted to play with it and the light to see the results I could get…and I think I’ve got a winner! I love shooting with natural light, and the image at the top is a mix of natural and artificial light sources.

With this small project, I was able to test a new addition to my portrait arsenal in the Photoshop plugin Portraiture, which makes skin look fantastic! Wrinkles, pores, dry skin…gone! It’s a great tool and I’ll definitely be using it on client images from now on.

I’d love to take your portrait! If you live in the Knoxville area, give me a call and I’ll work out a deal to get you some images of you and/or your family you’ll love. Think of it as a fun social outing for you and/or the family and you’ll get some beautiful images to decorate your home. I’ll be running specials for the next two months in celebration of the new location. In addition, you’ll be supporting the work I do for the Chadasha Foundation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic!

You just can’t beat that 🙂 Besides, can’t you just see me saying in the new portrait, “You know you want to!”

I’d love to talk to you soon! (865) 229-MORE (6673)