homage to the bathroom portrait studio

bathroom portrait, Canon 300D

I have taken countless portraits in the bathroom. Not only of myself, but of my friends as well. I’ve always seen it as a tiny portrait studio, just big enough for two people, intimate, quiet, and often with exquisite lighting. (The fluoresent lighting above does not necessarily qualify.)

Several years ago, I was famous for a game we would play whenever we hosted a party. It was called “2 minutes in the bathroom with Andrea” (so illicit sounding!) and you didn’t know what actually went on in the bathroom until your turn.

My roommates and I always chose a colorful prop (a white cowboy hat, a long red cheerleader wig, etc.) and each guest would take their turn being photographed in it. I used an I-zone polaroid at that time, so by the end of the party all of the photos were placed on the kitchen island to be viewed. It was a blast.

Recent photos in the bathroom: Christina, Sasha.

And of course, you can always send your mirror portraits to the Mirror Project

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  1. azura

    ooh. i really like this post (pix with prop, pix displayed later, the use of bathroom etc)

  2. stef

    I love this idea! You are so damn creative girl!
    How fun!!!

  3. saralovering

    random question: is the canon rebel hard to carry around with you all the time? is it heavy? i keep swooning over how wonderful they are and how much i want one, but i like to carry my camera with me all the time and i am afraid it would be too heavy.

  4. andrea

    that is one of the reasons why I chose it over the Canon 10D or any other. It’s extremely light! and I carry it in my backpack every day.
    the body is made of plastic, which means you don’t want to drop it,
    but the light weight of it was a huge selling point for me. Just handle
    it with mindfullness and all will be well. The camera guy even gave me the tip of NEVER placing it on a counter or table with the strap hanging down. this is a recipe for disaster.
    its a great camera…
    I also recommend purchasing it from a local camera store. It will be the same price as on Amazon and you will be putting money back into your community. Not to mention, I received SO MUCH great advice from the camera store people I bought it from. They programmed the camera for me out of the box and even attached the strap for me.

  5. Donavan Freberg

    Bathroom pictures rock.
    You rock.
    I love bathrooms, am a connoisseur of toilets, and call the handicapped stall “The Suite”.
    I am heading into Digital Rebel territory.
    You have sold me, and take it from a guy who used to work in a local camera shop…it is better to buy from those who you know and trust. Wise advice.
    Keep up the great shots…you have an eye for delight.

  6. stef

    Curious what camera shop you bought the Rebel at?

  7. jenn

    you rock… love this entry. chtistina’s picture is fantastic. what a great laugh. that dreaa sasha is wearing is quite pretty. again, i am having hand envy… you have great hands. is that your wedding ring? it looks beautiful. i think your game sounds like a blast… i’ll have to steal it for my next party.

  8. penelope

    You are too cool for school, miss!

  9. Steph

    How funny! I just did this very thing this morning. I woke up and for the first day in my entire life, I had curly hair. I had to photograph it to prove it to my friends & family — I knew they’d never believe me! I think my golden retriever must have used hot rollers on me in the middle of the night. Or perhaps I sleepwalk, wielding a hot curling iron to protect me from intruders, and last night was the first time I had no visitors, so I got bored and turned the weapon upon myself. Such a strange day for me.
    PS — Love your glasses!

  10. The Other Brian

    That is such an inspired idea! I love it. I really dig your glasses too.

  11. Emily

    what an amazing idea!!!! youre awesome andrea!!

  12. Julia

    I am so ripping off this idea for my next party!! (this holiday weekend) What a creative & fun thing to do. I always have a polaroid camera handy at parties, and this idea of a bathroom as photography studio is just the best!! Great post Andrea! You rock!! 🙂

  13. Lori

    I was actually thinking of photographing my favourite bathrooms.. maybe not the mirror but the walls or something about them.
    this one has really cool wallpaper and a bowl of potpourri..
    but my camera is kinda hard to hide and I thought people would think i’m a bit wacko bringing one in the bathroom… I need a huge purse.

  14. James T.

    Do you have any cats?

  15. lena

    i read about an exhibit here in chicago of bathroom cabinets. this woman has been taking sneaking pictures of people’s cabinets! so last night i took of of my own and then a picture of my dog looking at me like i was crazy and they were two of the best i’ve taken!

  16. Lori

    oh dear, I admit to be a cabinet opener, in peoples houses. hopefully no one i know is reading this and has a suprise for me inside.
    I have cats.. are they nearsighted? I hold mine up to the mirror and say ooo what a pretty/handsome kitty and they all just look around at everything but the cat in the mirror or they gaze off. Do they see themselves? I was wondering if anyones cat actually looks at the cat in the mirror?

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