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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.

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 PhotoBlog.
  • Carroll Lam

    Here’s mine.

  • Nick

    “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…….

    • 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.

    • John Berd

      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.

      • Tzctplus –

        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.

    • Dan

      Since when did Wikipedia become a reliable source?

    • Grace

      the fact that you used a quote from wikipedia makes the rest of your arguement completely invalid…

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  • Siddharth Tilak

    This black and white self portrait was taken with Nikon..

    • Siddharth Tilak

      enlarging the pic will give a proper view..

    • I like this portrait! You look gorgeous in the suit. Thank you for sharing, Siddharth ;)

      • Siddharth Tilak

        :-) 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.

        • I like this one too. I think self-portrait is one of the ways to express yourself :)

  • Donna Smith

    Great article! I really loved all the photos! :D Here is one of my Self Portraits:

    • wow! Amazing photo, Donna! Thanks for sharing :)

  • fiercee

    Who knew how tricky this would be! Super fun though :)

  • Guest

    Thank you for thins article.. Loved the photos. and I’ve got some new ideas….

    • Asif Ally Aullybux

      Here is mine !

  • Reese Root Banerjee

    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. :)

  • Raj Shah

    hyy this is meee

  • Emily Pike

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

  • ByZtar

    Thx for this post :) Here’s mine.

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  • Rachel Crabbe

    here’s one of mine :)

  • Bader Hussain

    my self portrait with lumia 820

    • seems like you have planned some nasty things to do :) I’m kidding ;) great night shot!

      • Bader Hussain

        hahaha :D thanx nancy

  • Alex

    You gave me a few great ideas since I often do self portraits. Thanks.
    Here is one of mine

  • Florence Wang

    Here is mine! Hope you like it! :D

  • Florence Wang

    Heres another one! :D

  • Florence Wang

    Here is mine!

  • Alexander Live

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

    • haha :) You’re so funny, Alexander ;)

      • Alexander Live

        Haha thank you! ;)

  • Gishant Singh

    The Change… B|

  • Angelo Benitto

    And here is Mine :-p

  • Jakub Dubravčík

    i don’t have any :(

  • Margie

    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.

  • Margie

    Here’s mine.

    • wow! I like it, Margie :) Your hair is so cute!

  • Guest

    Here’s one from meee (:

  • This is my try at self portrait. :)

  • Alexandra Smith

    Here is one of mine

  • Paul Albert Eugene Craig

    Here’s mine

  • Eliza

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

  • Vin

    Cool! Here’s mine!

    • h20

      sta. monica pier?

  • Guest

    This is mine based on which reality is real

  • Guest

    One of me :)
    I like this one the most

  • Ana

    Here’s mine!!

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  • Eileen van Uitert

    One of mine (:

  • Eileen van Uitert

    one of mine (:

  • Helen Curtis

    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.

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  • 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.

  • Guest

    This is mine. This board really inspired me to try some new things!

  • Guest

    Its so funny to make self-portrait. :)

  • Lucie Šilhavá

    Its so funny to make a self-portrait. I can express myself ;) Thank you for this great artical and inspiration!!! :)

  • Saulie S

    Been working on an entire project of Self Photography. these are great inspiration.

  • JG Garrity

    a couple of my attempts

  • Kate

    Here is mine :D

  • Daxesh Patel

    Here Is Mine……….Torsk Fish..Kill to Deth..

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  • Tina S

    After reading this article, and viewing the images, I have a new idea for a self portrait.

  • Rosie

    my favorite me!

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  • Amazing post. I like most of the image hare. Thanks for share.