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5 Tips on How to Take your own Photos

If you’re looking for tips on how to take your own photos you’ve come to the right place! If you’re a blogger or influencer on Instagram you’ve probably tried taking your own photos before. Or maybe you’re curious as to how bloggers take photos. Unless you’re a professional photographer, taking your own photos is a lot harder than it looks but you can achieve it. In this post we’ll cover off on 5 tips on how to take your own photos that will leave everyone on Instagram asking what your secret is!

how to take your own photos using a tripod and mobile app. Photo of Amy Rose Hancock wearing a white dress drinking wine at an outdoor picnic
How to take your own photos – I took this photo of myself using my tripod and phone as a remote. Such a pretty spot for a wine picnic.

1. Have Patience

Taking your own photos for Instagram requires a lot of patience. Expect that it will take you a number of photoshoots before you feel like you’ve really got the hang of it. But don’t let that stop you from trying!

Before I started taking my own photos I dreamed of all sorts of photoshoots I could create. I actually started off modeling so had a lot of practise in front of the camera. This definitely helped me with posing, but don’t fret if you’re just starting to take your own photos. With some patience you will be able to achieve the same results.

2. Use a remote to take your own photos

Remotes are cheap and easy to find these days. And they are small you can easily hide them in a pocket, or tucked away in the palm of your hand while you’re posing. 

You could also use the self timer function however note that it’s harder to set the focus with this option.

I use a Sony camera and have a wireless remote, or I use the Sony Imaging app on my phone. This is great because I can see what the photo looks like while I’m in front of the camera.

You can also use your smartphone with a self timer or remote. Most smartphone camera’s these days are smart enough to detect your face and refocus when you step into frame.

3. A tripod is your best friend

If you don’t have a tripod you’ll want to get one asap.

Have a tripod will make your photo taking that much easier! You can set it up where you want, it won’t complain about the weather or how long you’ve been taking photos for (like your insta-boyfriend or significant other might). And it will ensure your camera (or phone) stays stable and in focus.

4. Have a moodboard or inspirational photos to reference

If you’re not sure what photos you want to take, make sure you make up a moodboard or a list of inspirational photos for your photoshoot. This can also work with posing ideas because you’ll have somewhere to start and inspiration can take off. 

I use Pinterest to find inspiration and then I put all my inspiration into a creative brief in Bublup. If you haven’t heard of Bublup it’s like a cross between Pinterest and Google Docs but you can add in videos from Youtube and Instagram as well. If you’d like to see an example of one of my creative briefs then you can go here.

5. Think about the lighting

What sort of lighting do you want on your photoshoot? If you look back at your moodboard and photo inspiration, that will give you some clues. Are the photos shot in natural light? Is it soft lighting? Or more dark and moody lighting? What sort of lighting do you have available to you? 

If you’re just new to self portrait photography then I recommend to start with natural lighting so you can get more comfortable with taking photos of yourself. As you gain more confidence and experience, then you can start experimenting with different lighting scenarios. A lot of those instagrammable photos you see on Instagram are taken in natural light, particularly if they’re on location traveling. 

Experiment and Have Fun with your Photos

The most important thing when taking your own photos for Instagram is to experiment and have fun. This is where the magic happens. Play around with different props and poses and see what happens. 

Some of my biggest learnings have come from experimenting. You’ll not only learn what will work, but what won’t and that will only make you better at taking your own photos on your next photoshoot. The thing is, these days most photography is digital so you can take hundreds of photos and not have to pay to develop all of them. You only have to pick a few to post on your Instagram. And everyone will be asking how you did it!

If you want to gain insights into my exact blueprint I use when planning every photoshoot then you can find my 7 Step Photoshoot Planning Blueprint below

If you found these tips helpful or want to save them for later be sure to add this Pin to your Photography Tips board.

Text on image: 5 Best Photography Tips to take your own photos. Image contains: girls wearing red dress on street in Paris with Eiffel Tower and cars in background.

Working with a Professional Model – Studio Photography Techniques & Posing Workshop Adelaide

amy rose hancock modelling studio photography workshop adelaide

New Modelling Photography Workshop in Adelaide!

I’m excited to announce I am launching my first workshop to help photographers learn and practise working with a professional model.

If you’re interested in learning more then keep reading.

Working with a Professional Model – Studio Photography Techniques & Posing Workshop

This workshop is designed for photographers who’d like to gain more experience and learn the fundamentals about working with a professional model. Learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively with your model and get the shots you want
  • Direct them and help them feel comfortable, and
  • Experiment with different poses and camera angles.

It’s set in the studio so you will also have the opportunity to practise your studio lighting working with a professional model.

About Amy

Amy is a professional model who has been working in the industry for the past 20+ years. She has modelled internationally and been published in high profile editorial magazines including Ellements, Shock Blast, Solice, Boudoir Inspiration and Dark Beauty Magazine. She has also worked with household brands such as SkyCity, Bras N Things, National Pharmacies, Twentieth Century Fox, Review, Running Bare and Virgin Australia.

Workshop Format

This workshop is limited to 4 photographers to ensure you get ample one on one photography time with the model. Amy Rose Hancock will be modelling for this workshop and teaching you the fundamentals of working with professional models.

You can book the workshop via the form below. For any questions please email at [email protected]

Please read the full terms and conditions here.  


ShockBlast Magazine Editorial

I shot with the very talented photographer & model Weronika Mamot and our images were published in ShockBlast Magazine.

Weronika has such an eye for beautiful things and manages to capture such romance & essence in all her photos. She is one of my favourite Adelaide based photographers to date. I hope you enjoy the photos.

The link to the original editorial is here.

The name of the editorial, Regret, Rien, comes from the French song meaning Regret Nothing most famously recorded by Edith Piaf, a French caberette singer & regarded as one of France’s greatest international stars at the time.

Regret, Rien

Photography: Weronika Mamot

Model: Amy Rose Hancock


Is an alkaline diet really beneficial for your health?

Everyone is talking about eating alkaline foods but what exactly are they and are they really good for our health?
Well I’ve done some research and the results will surprise you. Keep reading for more.

In today’s fast paced, modern lifestyle we are exposed to several toxins in pesticides, environmental pollutants, heavy metals and chemicals every day. These are stored in our tissues and cells which can affect our immune system function, mood and metabolism. By eating more alkaline foods we can help to remove these toxins and improve our health.

An article published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health found that eating a diet high in alkaline foods had the following benefits:

  • “An alkaline diet improves the bodies potassium/sodium ratio and may benefit bone health and reduce muscle wasting, as well as mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes.
  • The resultant increase in growth hormone with an alkaline diet may improve many outcomes from cardiovascular health to memory and cognition.
  • An increase in intracellular magnesium, which is required for the function of many enzyme systems, is another added benefit of the alkaline diet. Available magnesium, which is required to activate vitamin D, would result in numerous added benefits in the vitamin D apocrine/exocrine systems.
  • Alkalinity may result in added benefit for some chemotherapeutic agents that require a higher pH.”

We asked Nutritionist and Dietitian Giovanni from LifeLifting Nutrition about the benefits of an alkaline diet which he explains below.

“Our bodies are regulated by an immense amount of regulating systems and mechanisms. One of these is the acid/alkaline system, also called the buffer and pH scale. If our bodies pH changes slightly and starts moving away from the normal values (around 7.4), we suffer from different ailments, caused by our bodies effort to restore its pH back to normal. So, in general terms we want to avoid acidic foods and eat more alkaline foods.”

Giovanni says “our lifestyle affects our bodies pH in a harmful way, making it usually more acidic. Stress, over-working, over-training, alcohol & tobacco consumption, among others are the behaviours that takes us to a more acidic organism.”

“In the same regard, when we eat acidic foods such as soft-drinks, red meat, greasy and overcooked animal fat sources, deep-fried food, coffee, etc. we are giving our bodies sources of acid producing nutrients.”

What should we do then to make our bodies more alkaline?

Giovanni recommends the following: “one glass of water every morning with lemon juice on an empty stomach is a really good way to start the day” as well as “consuming acid-taste like fruits… Even though they taste acidic, the response they produce in our bodies makes it more alkaline.”

Also “eating more plant protein sources” as well as “dark green vegetables like spinach and kale is an amazing way to fight off metabolic acidosis”. Remember that every day we are making our bodies more acidic just by having a “normal” lifestyle, filled with work, studies, smog and fast-paced decisions.

Acidic foods to avoid or limit include:

  • Red meat
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy products
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Deep-fryed food
  • Smoked products

Alkaline foods to eat more of include:

  • Plant based protein
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Legumes
  • Tubers
  • Seeds and nuts

We need to constantly help our organisms get rid of the acid producing free radicals. Giovanni recommends “if you have ever felt tired without apparent reason, if you are under constant work pressure, of you are suffering from gastritis or digestive tract discomfort then you might want to consider going on an alkaline diet.”

If you want to help improve your health and alkalise your body then I recommend ElevenLabs Alkalising Super Greens because it’s full of alkaline superfoods and greens like spirulina, chlorella, matcha green tea, broccoli, beetroot and more. Click here for more info.

More about Giovanni can be found at LifeLifting.


Video Shoot with Adam

This video was created while on a photoshoot. Adam and I decided to play around with the camera and see what we could come up with. Hope you enjoy! ?

Videographer: Adam Ky Ooi

Model: Amy Rose Hancock


Elegant Magazine Editorial

I love working with photographers to create artistic concepts that get published in magazines. I’ve been fortunate to have been published in a number of magazines both internationally and in Australia. One of my favourite magazines that has been on my wish list for a while is Elegant Magazine. Elegant Magazine is based in Los Angeles, California and features fashion, beauty and conceptual art. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for some inspiration.

Nicole Luneburg and I worked together to create these images. We were absolutely ecstatic when we found out Elegant were going to publish us! I love working with Nicole – she has a natural eye and works very quickly. I also love her post production skills. I did my own makeup for the shoot.

These are the photos below.

Amy x

More of Nicole’s work can be found at nicoleluneburg.com


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