Setting up for Self Portrait

This question may be stupid, but no one has ever taught me this. How do you set up for a self portrait from life? Are there any tips, tricks, or preferences? I want to practice more portrait/figure painting from life but don’t have anyone patient or cheap enough to sit with me for hours so I was going to practice on myself.

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What a great question Amanda! I haven’t done many self-portraits in my career but a few of my students did practice with them often. Most just set up a mirror on an adjacent easel and that was it.

Here’s a few online walk-throughs and tips that might be helpful: