My Own Muse:

A Guide to Creative Self Portraiture
with Alex Eischeid

Create compelling self portraits with Alex's step-by-step process!


Bring your creativity to life by diving into self portraiture with Alex Eischeid.

  • The steps you should take to turn a simple concept into a multi-dimension self portrait
  • How to work with children, light, drones, and more to add to your self portrait story
  • Advanced editing techniques to create compelling composite images
  • Simple strategies to pull inspiration and photo ideas from everyday sources
This course is for you if...
  1. You want a step-by-step process to help you create compelling self portraits and beautiful composites
  2. You want to see the REAL behind-the-scenes images (straight out of camera!) behind some of Alex's favorite images
  3. You want to create amazing artwork but you just aren't sure where to start (or how to find inspiration!)
  4. You want to jumpstart your creativity and challenge yourself

Learn on any device! All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom.


Read through Alex's answers to questions asked during the launch event (now concluded) and watch her Q&A video!


You'll check off each interactive step as you go!


All class materials are yours to download and keep.


Exclusive eBook
  • The equipment you need
  • Behind the scenes images and the final composites
  • How to find incredible ideas for compelling images
13 Detailed Videos
  • Six behind the scenes videos
  • Two demonstration videos
  • Five editing videos (including two videos on composites!)

you'll be able to create compelling self portraits—from concept to editing!


about your presenter

Alex Eischeid is a fine art and creative portrait photographer who is passionate about storytelling through self portraiture. She is a Click Community mentor who is devoted to helping other photographers develop their personal and artistic voice. Alex lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with her husband and two small children.

35 thoughts on “My Own Muse: A Guide to Creative Self Portraiture”

  1. I’m brand new to indoor photography and have just purchased some camera equipment for off camera flash, and would like to experiment with studio photos. Is this the class for me? (Of course, I would love to learn to take self portraits as well!)

    1. Hey Carrie! I think this course would greatly benefit you! Majority of my BTS involves off camera flash. I provide examples to make it look like studio lighting and enhancing natural window light with the flash as well! In my Q&A I also go over setting up the flash and modifier. There are a ton of questions in the course about OCF asked by students that took it at the time of the live run. While going through the material, please reach out to me if you have any questions! I hope you will consider taking my course!

  2. I loved this class!! Self portraiture can be an intimidating endeavor but Alex does such a great job of simplifying the process. I loved watching her shooting and editing videos, especially the composite videos. I’m excited to get in the habit of spending at least 20 minutes per month to celebrate what I love about myself. Thanks Alex for such an inspiring class.

  3. Self-portraits are not my thing. I would much rather be behind the camera than in front of it. However, Alex’s class and her work has inspired me to push myself to try more self-portraiture. This course is packed with information to help you get started taking self portraits or to take these images to the next level. She reveals all her secrets and gives tons of tips and tricks in this course. Highly recommend!

  4. I have really enjoyed watching Alex’s course! She gives such a detailed look through how she sets the scene for each portrait. I love hearing her thought process on how she carefully crafts each detail of the images. And seeing her post processing portion has been helpful for improving my editing flow as well! She did such an amazing job with this course and I can’t wait to take another from her in the future! I can’t recommend this course enough!

  5. I have been a fan of Alex’s self portraits for a while. They simply amaze me. I could not wait to take this breakout. I was not disappointed. Alex has provided so much information and encouragement that I actually have self portrait ideas bouncing around in my head. I am so excited to try some more creative and fun self portraits. I am always looking for inspiration and ways to boost my creativity and Alex’s course has done just that. It is so worth the money! Don’t hesitate – buy it!

  6. This is such a fun and timely course. I have never been one to delve into self-portraits much, but stuck in quarantine and needing some sort of creative release, self-portraiture suddenly became something I wanted to learn more about. What I love about Alex’s approach is that she encourages you to explore the ideas and concepts that are unique to you. Her BTS methods are such a great creative launchpad to get you thinking about how you can explore your own ideas. Her editing videos are helpful not just for self-portraiture, but also if you have been wanting to delve into the fine-art side of composite editing. Such a great course–thank you so much, Alex!

  7. This class is wonderful. Alex is so approachable in her videos and really makes you feel like you CAN handle and make beautiful self portraits for yourself. I love her explanations of her BTS and why she does what she does, and then how that translates to her edits. It’s inspired me to take some new self portraits soon! I recommend this to anyone needing some “self care” and to refocus their photography on something fun!

  8. Tracey Richvalsky

    This class is a lot of fun! It is so helpful to see Alex’s entire process from the concept through shooting and editing. I now have a list of ideas for self portraits and the tools I need to make better images. I’d highly recommend this class!

  9. Wonderful breakout! I have taken so many classes and breakouts and there is still something new and exciting to learn with each and every one of them. Alex’ self portrait approach and talent is just want I needed to push me to get in the frame any time I get a chance. Thank you for the inspiration that you gave us, Alex!

  10. Such a great break-out! So much info with great videos too! I truly enjoyed learning about Alex’s process on how she creates her self-portraits. I loved getting to know how she envisions her ideas for self-portraits and watching her videos to learn a little more about how she puts these ideas together. Alex has inspired me to think outside the box and express more creativity with my own self-portraits!

  11. This is just the push I needed to get in the frame more! So much great information, insight and tips! I am excited to give myself some time, get out of my comfort zone and try something new!

  12. Loved learning from the self-portrait queen!! This breakout is packed with such useful information and inspiration!! There are lots of BTS videos, which I always find so useful no matter what stage of photography you are in. She provides info on posing and the technical process of shooting a self-portrait. There’s information on both simple self-portraits, as well as more complex composites. She talks a lot about what inspires her and how to make that idea come to life. Alex is more than willing to answer any questions you have, and she will be your biggest cheerleader for getting in the frame!! If you’ve ever thought about taking self-portraits or if you wish you got in the frame more or if you just need a little inspiration for a new self-portrait project, then this is a great resource to have!

  13. I’m loving this class so far! I’ve been in a rut and I think is going to bust me out and make me step out of my comfort zone!

  14. I have been eagerly awaiting Alex’s breakout since it was first announced, and it does not disappoint! Alex’s self-portrait work is phenomenal; I am always blown away by her creativity and beautiful tones, so getting an inside look into how she plans and executes her self-portraits has been wonderful. The PDF is jam-packed with actionable tips to get your creativity flowing to tell your own unique story, and the BTS videos are instrumental in helping to ensure successful execution. I love seeing how Alex sets up her images, whether using a drone or artificial light or natural surroundings. I already have so many new ideas that I am excited to try out. Plus, having the live run Q&A is awesome because Alex is an open book and so responsive to all the questions. Thank you so much Alex!

  15. I love this course!!! Alex does a beautiful job illustrating how she comes with up with ideas, how she builds those ideas into reality, lots of technical info on taking self portraits, and beautiful editing. There are so many ways to attack self portraits and this self paced course helps one do exactly that. It’s a beautiful blend of figuring out the creative piece blended with technical execution. Everyone can benefit from this one!

  16. My Own Muse is full of inspiration for photographers! It was exactly the creative push I needed to get in the frame and get out of my own box!! Alex’s guide & videos are easy to follow with helpful tips on how you can apply them in your own photography journey. This course really got me thinking about all the different parts of my life that I want to show in a self-portrait! Watching Alex’s creative process from start to finish is inspirational and motivating!!

  17. I am so in love with Alex’s breakout! I love seeing how her incredibly creative mind works and she really is showing it all in her videos. I have learned so much watching her shooting videos, it is so helpful to get to see behind the scenes. I always feel so selfconscious while shooting selfportraits but this breakout has really inspired me to do think of new ideas and embrace seeing myself in photos. Alex is also a very gifted editor and shares a lot of her knowledge when it comes to making composites. Her editing videos are very easy to follow along and can be helpful for both beginners and more seasoned PS users. I love this class and I highly recommend it!

  18. I’ve been looking for a new creative project and Alex’s course has provided so much inspiration. Her creativity is just incredible, and her ability to teach is equally wonderful. You won’t be disappointed in this course. Thank you Alex for sharing so much!

  19. This is a must-take course, it is absolutely loaded with tips and tricks! Alex is an open book, she lays out all her self-portrait techniques on the table. There is so much information that I actually got out a pad of paper to take NOTES. Worth every single penny!

  20. Therese Kirchner

    I highly recommend this self paced course! Alex does a great job showing you behind the scenes and editing, but she also teaches you how to effectively use your equipment! Her videos are very clear and her instructions are amazing, thrown in with some playful interaction with her young children. She really helps take some of the anxiety out of self portraits!

  21. My Own Muse is a must have for all photographers! Wherever you are on your photography journey, getting yourself into the frame is so important, and Alex’s approach to self-portraiture will give you the confidence to get yourself there. I absolutely loved this course. I have been doing self-portraiture for several years, but had fallen into such a rut, and haven’t put myself in the frame for quite some time. Reading through Alex’s pdf and viewing her instructive videos ignited the spark I needed to start thinking creatively about self-portraits again. She includes many behind the scenes videos, as well as videos showing her editing and composite creation process. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in exploring self-portraiture and to those of you who are looking for inspiration to expand upon your self-portrait projects.

  22. I am absolutely LOVING this course! its been so much fun and I can’t wait to try more self portraiture!
    The drone video is soooo helpful (my husband has one.. well I think HAD lol, stealing it!) and definitely using it this weekend!
    So many fun ideas! I started a note section on my phone for Portraits I would love to create.
    Can’t wait to watch them all and create beautiful portraits and use it to make memories and connect with my girls ❤️

  23. It’s going to take me a while to get through all the amazing videos, and I LOVE that! There is so much helpful video content covering the self-portrait process from start to finish. Alex dives deep and provides a lot of information. It makes you want to take a day to follow along at home, step by step with your own concept. I really think there is something for everyone in the videos. For me, I can physically take a self portrait, but get so lost at compositing. Having Alex’s videos to learn from was really helpful! I’m inspired to try something new and have more fun with self portraits.

  24. This course is absolutely amazing! If you have thought about doing self-portraits before, this is the course for you. If you have never thought about trying self-portrait, then you definitely need to take this course even more!
    I have been trying to do more self portraits as a way to get to know myself and get to be more at peace with myself as who I am this past year. This course is such a timely gift for me. I love all the content in the course and I have to say, it might sound silly, but the posing tips help so much for me to feel a lot less awkward in front of the lens. Also I love how Alex approaches the concept of self-portraiture. I definitely appreciate the fact that self portraits don’t have to be some grand production and they can be just little fun date with myself. Thank you Alex for this course.

  25. WOW! I just made my way through this course and i can’t believe how much i got out of it. Alex shows everything from her set ups to shooting tips to editing and even how to use timers correctly. During the editing videos she goes slow enough to follow along and i really appreciated that. She explains what different features mean in photoshop which sometimes overwhelms me. I loved learning about her creative process to better understand how she gets her inspiration for her self portraits. I knew her breakout would be good, but this has really really inspired me to get in front of my camera again. Thank you Alex, for showing your heart, your tips and your expertise! I will come back to the videos for years to come! One of the best things about photography is that there is always something new to learn, and in this course you’ll leave feeling inspired to learn and try new things. Well done Alex!

  26. Daphné Lamontagne

    I bought this BO and « binged » it all of it in one night I was already a fan of Alex’s work but watching her unveal her magic is invaluable! This BO is packed with valuable information, tips and tricks, capture and posing techniques, editing turorials. It is very inspiring. This is one not to be missed !

  27. This course is an absolute must!! Alex does such a great job of detailing her process from conceptualization to execution. She takes the intimidation out of self portraiture, and shows how it doesn’t always have to be a huge undertaking . Her creativity shines through as she shares her project ideas, and she makes you eager to give it a try and jump in the frame. She covers everything from drone self portraits to posing and OCF, and her behind the scenes videos are amazing. Similarly, her editing and composite videos provide a straightforward guide with lots of great tips. I highly recommend this course, and am looking forward to exploring the self portrait genre more in-depth, thanks to Alex’s inspiration.

    1. Hey Cynthia! I do think this course is highly beneficial for photographers of all skill levels. I cover simple edits in Lightroom and I also have my Photoshop edits in a chronological order so that we take what we’ve learned form previous edits, and apply them to more advanced edits! I include two demonstration videos. One of which covers the 4 different ways to take a self portrait and nail focus, and the other is a posing demonstration video. My PDF also includes various exercises to help spark new ideas and relax you in front of the camera. I sincerely hope you will join me! I will be here during the live run to answer any questions you have along the way <3

  28. This course is amazing! I have always wanted to dig more into self portraiture but have found it to be intimidating and daunting. Always in awe of Alex’s work, she does a phenomenal job in this course of talking through her creative process of how you can easily conceptualize ideas. She really drives the idea that not every image has to be some big production and to just have fun with them. So many great takeaways, I am excited to start putting them into practice. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about self portraiture!

    1. Thank you so much for taking my course Erica! Your work is absolutely gorgeous and always so emotive. I sincerely hope my course has inspired you to get in front of the camera more. We all would love to see that beautiful face of yours more often :)

  29. I highly recommend Alex’s course! As a self-portrait artist, I sometimes have trouble coming up with new ideas, and Alex’s course helped jumpstart my creativity. She encourages fostering inspiration through everyday experiences, which is great for anyone working, running a business, parenting, or just generally busy. I love that she encourages having fun with self-portraiture, as this is definitely an aspect that I personally sometimes lose sight of. Her tips for editing composites and fine art edits were incredibly helpful, even as an advanced PS user. Whether you’re just starting out with self-portraiture or have many series under your belt, this class is a fantastic resource, and I can’t recommend it enough!

    1. Thank you so much Allison! That means a great deal coming from you, especially. Your self portraits are always so inspiring and highly creative. Many thanks for taking my class, my friend!

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