Sometimes, you don't have a model at hand (more like, most of the time). And sometimes, you don't feel like going outside to tackle the cold at night. The solution? Self-portraits! I absolutely love portraits with black backgrounds, and not having any backdrops myself I hung my coat on a shelf behind me with some books and adjusted the camera settings so that it would turn out completely dark. Self-portraiture is a great way to improve one's photography, usually not having to fight a clock or run on anyone's patience. Focus and composition are a challenge to get spot-on (my camera tends to focus on my hair instead of my eyes) but it's fun nonetheless.