Out of my whole Lucky Me Magazine project, this was probably my favorite photoshoot. This was supposed to be split into several different photoshoots, but I ended up spending way too much on flowers for the first go so I ended up doing all of these images with just one bouquet — that really ended up being a mixture of several bouquets because I’m picky about my flowers. I got to fulfill all my wildest flower photography dreams here and of course, I had to start with some flower inspiration.

Self-Portraits with Flowers Inspiration

As with any photoshoot, I went to Pinterest and my favorite photographers: Natalie Seth and Marina Williams.

I also took a lot of inspiration from a children’s book I read once. I have never been able to find it since the first time I read it. I found it while volunteering at a public library in Alaska. It was about a mom teaching her child how to be happy and confident with herself, and at one point in the book, the mom tells her child, “We are all flowers, and all together we make a big bouquet.” That has always stuck with me. We are unique and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. Together we can work together to create something beautiful.

Let me take you through the process of making this self-portrait flower inspiration come to life in Lucky Me Magazine.

lucky Me Magazine of self-portraits Inspiration by Merritt J. Jones

lucky Me Magazine of self-portraits Inspiration by Merritt J. Jones

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

 

Self-Portraits with Flowers for Lucky Me Magazine

These first several self-portraits were a product of me taking apart my entire bouquet and tearing off petals of one of the most colorful flowers. Of course, these ended up being some of the last pictures I took since I wanted some shots with the full flower bouquet.

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

For this shot, I tried using makeup to get the flowers to stick but ended up just using straight Elmer’s glue. It worked well but I had to move quickly because they fell off fast!

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

This shot involved a lot more tedious effort. Not only did I have to take the bouquet apart, but I had to cut stems and hot glue some flowers in place. The tissue paper on my face is actually the same tissue that came with the flowers, and I just tapped it together around my head.

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

I also had to use hot glue with this one, and for the tape I used white, dry erase duck tape because that’s what I could find at my store! I know in my inspiration image she probably just used medical tape, but I couldn’t find any. I also had to use hot glue on this one and accidentally burned my face a little, so if you’re going to try this at home, be VERY careful.

My head/face is also pretty small, so it was hard to get the tape to stay. Since this was the case and I had to touch the tape a lot, I actually just did the text as an overlay from a scan — I wrote down several potential phrases, scanned it, then used the “darken” overlay option in Photoshop to make it look like I actually wrote it on the tape.

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

This may look a little complex, but it was actually very simple. I used the first image of flowers I had and basically just Photoshopped it in around my head. This is one of my favorite flower self-portraits for Lucky Me Magazine.

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers

self-portraits by Merritt J. Jones for MJ Creative Works with flowers