Just a question... Where some of the assessments say to use a model - Can you just use yourself for some? Or do you have to use different models ALL the time?
Might sound a bit stupid!
Okay, I am a new student however I think I can be of some help.
1. You are more than welcome to use "yourself" as your model...keep in mind applying make up to yourself and someone else are completely different things. Yeah you should be practicing on others, but if that's not possible, its only logical to use your own face. Also lean on neighbors, heck have make over parties where you invite one or two people over Petition local clerks at you neighborhood market. Just be proactive and of course, safe, especially if you do makeup in your home.
2. As for the photos - you HAVE to make sure your pics are not blurry, just simply focus your camera before you snap that shot. Take 2-4 shots of the same pic. Remember to use the light in your space to your advantage. Also PREVIEW your photos before you decide that you have all the shots you need. You've done too much work just to have your pics not come out right. Also try taking pics from your point and shoot camera, camera phone, or DSLR. This way you may get a shot or two you like on your phone as opposed to your point and shoot.
I hope this was somewhat helpful!!