Self-portrait: A portrait that an artist produces of themself.
Selfie: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam, and often shared via social media.
The main difference between a selfie and a self-portrait, for me, is the reason for the photo. Generally, selfies are taken alone or with loved ones to capture special moments to look back on over time. A self-portrait on the other hand has a considerable amount of thought put into it and usually bares a certain degree of emotion.
Self-portraits have been created from the earliest of times, but it was only since the early Renaissance in the mid-15th Century that artists actively started practising self-portraiture. Famous self-portraitists include Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol.
As photographers, choosing to create a self-portrait may be daunting decision. It certainly comes with its fair share of practical challenges. The rewarding part is, however, that you get to reveal and portray masked elements of your character.