It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these – I don’t know if it’s because life has been pretty hectic or just because I’ve been in a bit of a rut, but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt truly creative.
Strangely enough, thanks to the lockdown I’ve had a lot more time to play around with photography, and being stuck in my house/garden forces me to get creative. I’ve seen the mirror photography trend floating around for a while now, and I felt like this was as good a time as any to finally give it a proper go.
I love playing with mirrors in photography, they’re a very easy way to instantly make an image more interesting. However, I’d never tried using them before in quite this way – I only really have mirrors on stands or long, full-sized mirrors that I love using for indoor shots, but both of which would be a nightmare to try and manoeuvre for an outdoors shoot.
Luckily, I realised I could just take the mirror out of the one I keep on my window (don’t worry, it was already falling out and it shouldn’t be a big deal to slot back in), so I was ready to get outside and experiment.
One of the images that inspired my the most when playing with mirrors was a shot of a girl lying back in a meadow, holding the mirror above herself and shooting up to the sky – I can’t remember whose picture this was but it was amazing! I was desperate to try and achieve something similar (little did I know how difficult it would be). I don’t think I did the best job, but it’s still a cool-looking image I hope.
I love the way the ground and sky merge into one another, almost creating an optical illusion of sorts. It’s a really fun framing technique, but be prepared for your arms to get exhausted. The thing I found the most difficult was trying not to blind myself with the mirror and keep my eyes open (which will become a bit of a theme in this post), but with a lot of time and patience I think you can create some great photos this way.
Simply placing the mirror somewhere is by far the easiest method, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get great results. At the end of my shoot with the mirror I just decided to lean it against the fence and take a few photos, and this ended up creating some my favourites from the bunch!
You can get really creative and place the mirror in bushes/plants/flowers to create an even more interesting frame, and there’s something about this type of photo that gives me secret garden vibes, which is pretty rad.
Holding the mirror on the ground is a great way to combine earth and sky without tiring out your arms, but seriously prepare to be blinded again. I found this way to be one of the easiest in terms of angles – I didn’t have any issues getting my reflection in frame or accidentally getting my camera’s reflection involved too.
Alternatively, you can place the mirror on the floor and just kind of pose into it (as in the photo below). I probably found this to be one of the trickiest, simply in terms of getting the right angle. It was quite difficult to find a flattering angle and to manage to fit myself properly in the frame (though I don’t think the lens I was using helped much here), but it’s still a fun change from a regular portrait!
After playing around with mirrors like this I have to say I’m pretty obsessed – I think I’ll find it quite hard to go back to shooting any other way! If you notice that my instagram is suddenly full of mirror shots, just mind your own business.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think of this style of shooting! See you next time,