I wanted to have a good mixture of creative natural and photoshopped self-portraits for my Lucky Me Magazine. That’s where the self-portrait photoshoot with the yellow background came from. Almost two years ago, I followed around a beekeeper for a couple of hours and got great shots of honey comb. That’s were the overlay for one of my images comes from.

Self-Portraits with Yellow Background Inspiration

The image on the top right was taken by Natalie Seth, and where I got the inspiration for my image with the bees.

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

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

 

Self-Portraits with Yellow Background Inspiration

This image is where I did a lot of photoshop, clearly. I also have to admit, I used a preset for all of my images, and I’m glad I did. I fought with the idea of doing this for a really long time and honestly felt like I was cheating or taking the easy way out or promoting work that wasn’t my own. But considering the time I spent taking the images, photoshopping them, and making them all coordinate, I felt ok making my job a little easier and using a preset. It made it so much better and coordinated in the end.

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

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

I used two bee photos to create the bees flying around my head, both from pexels. I photoshopped them in, adjusted the sides, and added some highlights and shadows to their body.

Photo by Lukas from Pexels

Photo by Lukas from Pexels

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

 

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

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

This image took several different tried to get the honey just right. Even then I know it’s not perfect, but it was a creative way to do a self-portrait.

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

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

I created the prop for these next images with popsicle sticks. A last-minute prop I ended up loving and plan on using as decore in my next apartment. I hoped it would make an interesting frame for my self-portraits with a yellow background. Overall I’m pleased with how this photoshoot turned out for Lucky Me Magazine, and I’m happy to add this to my MJ Creative Works portfolio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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