How To Take Your Own Photos Yourself Without A Photographer…

How to take your own photos

Recently, I have been getting lots of questions about self-portrait photography [How to take your own photos…]. Firstly, before I jump into this let me give this important advice from my little blogging experience years and struggles with creating visual contents as a blogger:

#Advice – The best thing you can do for yourself as a blogger to remain consistent is investing in photography either that is buying a camera and tripod or negotiating a great deal with a photographer or someone that can regularly take your pictures because that can shape how consistent you can actually be as a blogger or content creator.

So, back to the main topic. When I started blogging I used to take my pictures myself for the first year until I actually got very lazy since I met a photography student/friend who helped me take my pictures monthly for 2 years straight for my blog.


Now that I am no more a student, I have struggled to keep up with blogging [including other reasons] due to lack of images/photographer to regularly help me create images I want.

After 6 months of “Giving excuses”, I have decided to get back to the drawing board and throw any excuse out of the window aiming to stop me from getting images. Back to square 1, I am now back to using my tripod and thankfully my camera has a phone app which allows me to control your camera right there on my phone, saving me the energy to run back-and-forth to pose and click the shutter button.


How To Take Your Own Photos Yourself Without A Photographer…

#Tip 1: Invest in a camera with practical features – This is probably one of the most important thing to do. I currently use a Sony A6000 / Lens: 30mm – 1.8 which allows me to control my camera from my phone with the Sony app. This remote control feature is a lifesaver because it makes taking my own pictures less frustrating. I don’t need to run back and forth to press the shutter button and pose. With this app, I can press the shutter button, control the aperture and set the timer [5 seconds] which gives me time to hide my phone away before posing.

#Tip 2: Find a safe location – Not too quiet [For security purposes] but Not so busy – Location used to be a big problem especially when you live in a big city, it can be difficult to find a quiet but nice area. Don’t over think it and avoid letting that stop you from shooting. I recently found a nice street just next to my house although it’s usually busy then I realised it very quiet on Sundays.

#Tip 3: Plan an easy outfit change process – This is the most challenging of them all for every blogger actually with or without a photographer. Finding a secured place to swith outfit because “Batch shooting” is the way forward. This is an important part of your location scouting which is why I am in love with my current location because it’s just 1min walk away from my flat.

#Tip 4: Practice your poses / plan different photography angles you want to create – After several years now, I surely know my angles and poses but if you are not familiar with taking your own pictures, this is something you want to plan for or practice before your shoot day because it will surely save you a lot of time.

#Tip 5: Snap, Snap, Snap – Just keep snapping and taking as much pictures as you can until you get the perfect ones that will make it to the blog or Instagram. I usually go uptown 15-20 shots now because I am used to taking my own pictures, I know my angles and very sure about my style of pictures. When I started, this would probably take unto 40 shots before actually forcing myself to stop. Just keep snapping because surely, there will be one, if not few to use.

#Extra: Try a different mood and expression. Smile, laugh, give a straight face look……..Just have lots of fun shooting.

Thank you for reading and I hope these tips will be helpful and will make your self-photography easier. Don’t forget to leave any post suggestion below and of-course, I would love to read your feedback. [Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam]

how to take your own photos
Maryam Salam

Maryam Salam is the founder and chief-editor of She studied BA Fashion Marketing and Branding Degree (Business Dev) at Nottingham Trent University, the UK in 2016 and currently completing her MSc degree in Entrepreneurship & International Business while working as a part-time stylist at Karen Millen. She has collaborated and worked with several brands both in Nigeria and abroad such as ASOS, Next, Accessorize, Maju, Grass-field etc.

If she isn’t busy running around for meetings/shopping her next style content pieces. Maryam can be found creating fashion contents or working on developing business strategies for small and upcoming businesses. You can catch up with her personal fashion style and lifestyle in general here.You can also get in touch with her through mail: or on social media @itsmaryamsalam (Instagram)



  1. Faheeda09
    July 14, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    This is such a great content! Inspired to start something. I have always had the thinking that without a photographer, irrespective of the plans, the main goal might actually be though to achieve. When I plan to take not so regular pictures, I always have to inform my best friend weeks ahead, this however still did not guarantee her schedule won’t change. I feel so tired even before starting. Trying to build my page have been a major challenge! What’s the name of the app? Thank you ❤️

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      Don’t let that stop you anymore……The app is called : Imaging Edge Mobile.

  2. Buki
    July 14, 2019 / 9:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing mariam. Not a blogger but a picture lover. Will sure give this a try .

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:32 pm

      Oh, thats good to hear

  3. July 15, 2019 / 12:31 am

    I totally love this, and find it very helpful.
    Location is a major problem for me, photographer as well, but I’d definitely invest in a tripod

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you for reading, I am glad you find it helpful

  4. Maryam jimoh
    July 15, 2019 / 2:30 am

    Wow love it thanks for the post it was extremely helpful

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you for reading

  5. Simisola
    July 15, 2019 / 2:50 am

    So amazing, everything’s dope👍👌👌

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you

  6. Stitchadress
    July 15, 2019 / 7:14 am

    Thanks for sharing… I recently started photographing myself and location has been my biggest challenge. I snap with my phone for now planning to buy a camera soon.

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you for reading…Great to hear that. Hopefully, this post will help

  7. Rasheedat
    July 15, 2019 / 7:48 am

    This is the one post I have been waiting for!
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Having to get a photographer all the time can be quite expensive and sometimes it’s just a few outfits you need to snap.
    The tips are really really helpful!
    Do you have any post on simple everyday make up? I’d love to check it out.

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you for reading…

  8. July 15, 2019 / 8:35 am

    Thank you soo much for this….. location has always been my problem

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:29 pm

      Thank you for reading…

  9. Ahwenepa
    July 15, 2019 / 8:55 am

    Thank you for sharing Maryam , took note of the tips ,waiting for how you edit those images aswel or the apps you use in editing. Xoxo

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you for your feedback. I have a post on the blog already on how i edit and editing apps

  10. July 15, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Very insightful.
    What’s the app, btw?

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you… its called Imaging Edge Mobile

  11. July 15, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, it’s quite timely. I think it’s about time I get myself a tripod. Especially since most of my travels are solo traveling. It will come in handy for me.

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you for reading….

  12. Officialazeezah
    July 15, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing. You are a very talented and smart lady. The universe is yet to know your name sis. We should plan hooking up more xx

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks sis… We should definitely see often

  13. July 15, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    Super helpful tips🙌🏾 Thanks for sharing hun, getting this self portrait thing can be hella crazy

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you for your feddback. I am glad you find it helpful

  14. Khadijat_kubrah
    July 15, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    Lovely tips Maryam. Getting the tripod is really essential. 💚

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:12 pm

      Yes,,, it is very essential

  15. Anonymous
    July 15, 2019 / 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the tips.

    It’s also very nice seeing you in bright colors and bright color background. IMHO, I think you should do more of it.

    • Maryam Salam
      July 15, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you for the feedback…. I will take note of that.

  16. Ramah___ameen
    July 15, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this, this is really helpful even though I am not a blogger but I love to take good pictures! And this is my first time here, God! you have a lot of amazing contents here and I enjoyed reading them……

  17. Jane Meadows
    July 21, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    I absolutely love you Mariam!
    I used to pay close attention to your posts but drifted off as I started a new career and needed to focus. I’m back now! Let the learning begin! 😂
    God bless you gorgeous lady ❤️

  18. August 9, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    An incredibly useful post, thanks for sharing!

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