Self Portrait Studio

freedom from perfection, through self-expression

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Create something magical with yourself as the muse.
love & moxie, Lisa xoxo

What previously started out as a small course called Confidence on Camera has emerged into a beautiful community driven mission.

Your self-esteem is being sacrificed one selfie at a time.

And no amount of filters will make it the self love strategy we want it to be.

It’s time to find peace and acceptance within yourself. 
 
It’s time to create outside of your comfort zone. 
 
It’s time to see yourself in a new way–without filters and the front-facing camera. 
 
That mindset shift you’ve been manifesting? It’s closer than ever before. In fact, it’s right in front of you–you’ve just been seated on the wrong side of the camera. 
 
Around here, we’re trading selfies for self portraits in the name of healing. 
 
We’re turning our back on the front facing camera and shifting our focus outward for the love of self love. 

We’re seeing ourselves in a new way–in all our glorious imperfection–to remember our inherent worth.

Welcome to The Self Portrait Studio,

here to help you find fulfillment, healing, and community through self portraiture.

For those who pick themselves apart, photo after photo. 

For those who can’t post a picture without opening FaceTune. 

For those who struggle to connect who they see in the mirror with who they see on their screen.

For those who believe they’ll never be photogenic. 

For those who avoid the camera (and the hard feelings that come with it). 

 

Enough is enough. 

 

Before you read any further, know this:
 

Your feelings are valid. 

 

You are seen. 

You are heard. 

You are held. 

 

It’s tough to get in front of the camera. Some may even find it triggering. But it’s worth the discomfort. Why? Self portraiture is a powerful exercise to see yourself in a new way–the first step toward a new, healthy relationship with your face, your body, and your spirit. 

 

Until now, your experience in front of the camera has likely been limited: It’s not easy to feel at ease with a professional photographer. There’s the crush of vulnerability coupled with the pressure to perform (you only booked an hour long session, after all). Still, you expect to do well and look your best–and when you don’t, you blame yourself. We’ve all experienced that same internal dialogue: Not photogenic enough, not thin enough, not radiant enough, not relaxed enough, not happy enough…not worthy. 

 

The Self Portrait Studio is here to help find perspective and ease in front of the camera so you can connect with your image and ultimately, yourself. Through accountability, coaching, and community, you will use self portraiture to remember your inherent worth and see yourself the way we do: Beautiful, genuine, and enough.

Here’s what else The Self Portrait Studio will help you achieve:

  • Feeling more genuine in front of the camera

  • Confidence in posing

  • How to find your best angles and incredible light

  • A deeper sense of connection to yourself

  • How to craft a self portrait shoot from mood board to post-processing

  • How to overcome fear in front of the camera

  • Self portraiture as a spiritual practice: Honoring yourself with quality time in front of the camera

  • How to let go of the weight of expectation from yourself and others 

  • A passion for your imperfections

  • The blueprint to channel your inspiration whenever it strikes

YOU'LL USE THE CAMERA
IN YOUR POCKET.
 

YES, REALLY.
ALL YOU NEED IS A SMARTPHONE.

When I joined Lisa’s Self Portrait Studio, I was hoping to build my confidence on camera, and connect with interesting, like-minded people. What I’ve gotten so far is that and beyond. I now have an understanding of the psychology of seeing oneself on camera along with learning to use editing for my photos, and as icing on the self-portrait cake, I’m expanding my creativity around concepts for my own portrait shoots. Plus I am now inspired to take photos of myself and accept how I look without judgment but with more of an artist's eye!!

— Laurel Colins

ACCOUNTABILITY, BONDING,
& OUR TIME TOGETHER

I believe in accountability and showing up for SPS members. You won’t need to login at a certain time to access materials, with the exception of our Thursday 9am pst calls, which are always recorded. You’ll have access 24/7 to our member community where you can take your time with the material, ask questions, bond with community members and Lisa. Your learning experience with me will be special, and the cost of membership is intentionally affordable.

Ready for the nitty gritty? As a member of The Self Portrait Studio, here’s what’s inside:

Quarterly Self Portrait Challenges:

8-weeks of creative, comfort zone expanding photo prompts for your self-portrait sessions.

Members also receive access to our resource library with over 35 recordings of workshops, masterclasses, open studio hours and behind the photoshoot content.

Live calls with Lisa to receive personalized feedback on your images and editing suggestions.

You will have access to a private Mighty Networks group dedicated to SPS members and challenges. Here you will share your photos, big take-away moments and bond with other studio members.

Membership spaces are limited to allow for more bonding between participants, more deep digging, and more time with Lisa to ensure you are getting to the core of your intentions,

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START LEARNING
THE MOMENT YOU JOIN.


THE MEMBER COMMUNITY, SPS COURSE, LIBRARY, AND ACCESS TO LIVE CALLS WITH LISA, ARE WAITING FOR YOU.

I struggled with having my pictures taken for a while because in my mind, taking pictures of myself was narcissistic. Lisa really opened my mind to why I felt this way and helped me heal my harsh self judgment. I am softer now, more forgiving

Sara Peters

EXPLORE WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU MIGHT BE
WITH SELF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

What breakthroughs will you experience in the
Self Portrait Studio?

You’re invited to step into The Self Portrait Studio for just $67 a month.

It’s time to see yourself on the right side of the camera. 

 

What’s waiting on the other side?
 

Healing, acceptance, community, and self love. 

Transformation awaits. What’s holding you back?

FREQUENTLY ASKED

WHO IS THE MEMBERSHIP FOR?

This is not a membership for photographers, although they are certainly welcome — SPS is for the person who has limited experience with photography, is new to self-portraits and who would like more confidence in photos.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO JOIN? NOW OR DURING A CHALLENGE?

I highly recommend joining at the beginning of a quarterly challenge like the one happening October 6th, where I will teach the Self Portrait Course live first, then move the group into a new 8-week photo challenge.  This is perfect for you if you know you need extra accountability.  

WHAT IS THE 8-WEEK PHOTO CHALLENGE?

These challenges are so much fun!  At this point you'll be comfortable with the camera & tech plus you'll know the other SPS members (and me) well.  Weekly creative prompts are posted to the group along with plenty of resources to inspire your sessions.  You'll have a week to shoot and share your images to the community.  We will review these as a group live every Thursday, 9am pst.  These calls are live weekly q&a sessions with Lisa. 

DO YOU PROVIDE MAKE UP TIPS OR HOW TO EDIT UNDER-EYE CIRCLES?

Our goal is to show you how to find and use the most even and flattering light for your sessions avoiding the harsh light responsible for casting the shadows in the first place.  Knowing how to find lighting goes a long way.  We also talk about the angles and planes of your face in relation to how the camera will actually read them.  You'll love access to the SPS Library of workshops for extra resources.

I'VE SEEN THE GORGEOUS PHOTOS YOU SHARE ON SOCIAL, DO I HAVE TO SHARE MINE?

Not unless you want to.  These early sessions are just for you.  I encourage you to remove the pressure to share them or make them “on brand”.  Again, these are for you.  This experience is just for you.  Share when you feel excited to share what you have learned. That being said, many of our members are proudly sharing their own self portrait sessions on social media and their websites!

Any lingering questions that weren’t answered here? Don’t hesitate to reach out with any clarifications or concerns. We’re here to help!

FREQUENTLY ASKED

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO JOIN? NOW OR DURING A CHALLENGE?

I highly recommend joining at the beginning of a quarterly challenge like the one happening October 6th, where I will teach the Self Portrait Course live first, then move the group into a new 8-week photo challenge.  This is perfect for you if you know you need extra accountability.  

WHEN DO WE START TAKING SELF-PORTRAITS?  WHAT IF I NEED HELP?

Not only will you have weekly access to me on zoom calls, you will have access to the entire SPS community hosted on Mighty Networks.  I like to keep the groups small (usually less than 10 women) so you'll have plenty of access to me for help.

 

We have weekly live calls with Lisa to cover the course highlights in more depth and answer your individual questions as you move through the course material. By the final week of the course you will have already done your first self portrait sessions and you'll be ready for the creative prompts in the 8-week challenge

IS THERE A MINIMUM COMMITMENT?

Unlike other memberships we do not ask you to make a minimum commitment to the Studio.  It is our hope that you will enjoy developing your skills over several challenges and find our resource library and guest speakers inspiring enough to stay.  Several of our members have been for us since the studio was founded.

I WANT TO DEVELOP MY OWN STYLE & POINT OF VIEW.

Self portraits are a fantastic visual benchmark of your progress.  A quick flip through previous sessions will show how much you have evolved creatively in a short period of time.  We always cap off our 8-week challenges by revisiting the first prompt in the series.  Members continue to be astounded by the quick evolution of their personal editing, confidence, and style in that short period of time. 

TALK TO ME ABOUT TECH, WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED?

One of the ways I keep things simple and stress-free for myself,  is by shooting everything on my iPhone.  SPS members shoot everyone on their mobile phone cameras with a tripod and natural lighting.  

IS THIS MEMBERSHIP A TAX WRITE OFF?

If you’re running a business where you need photography or ongoing education, then you generally can write off this class 100% as an educational expense. Please double check with your accountant or tax website in your country for more information.  

THE POST SELF-PORTRAIT GLOW IS REAL &
THERE IS NO ONE TO IMPRESS BUT YOURSELF

Self-portraits are an excellent way to evolve your self perception.  Each time I wrap a session and sit down to look at the photos (it's imperative that you don't skip this part), I see myself in an entirely new way, with increased compassion and satisfaction. 

SPS members are encouraged to share images they feel are unsuccessful along with the ones they feel most proud of.  Both offer an opportunity to expand our perception of what a successful image needs to look like.  We learn why we prefer certain images over others and that successful don't mean perfect.  When the only restriction is that you must be in the photo, you can do whatever you like and it doesn't need to be perfect.