Self portraits are my way of practicing storytelling and lighting techniques. They can be very time consuming. Keeping in mind details regarding the light, especially if I have multiple flashes firing, making sure the focus is really sharp and of course being the model.
I always start with a tripod, my DSLR, probably my 24-70 L series lense and a vision of the story I intend to tell. I let the creative process gain momentum and guide me; the story unfolds.
For example, when I was on a road trip last summer we pulled over to snap a few photos of Mono Lake at a distance and our car got stuck in the sand for several hours. We also had a tire blowout while I was driving on the freeway in Montana. I let the guys do the work while I documented these gorgeous stories as they presented themselves.