The Art of the Selfie

Now is a good time to step up our selfie game. Even professional models learn what angles work best and spend hours practicing in the mirror. You don’t need a fancy phone camera, it’s mainly about the lighting. Practice makes perfect, be prepared to delete 90 percent. Don’t get discouraged if it’s not working, you can switch up the location or angle. Below are some time saving tips to get a great shot.

What is the best angle for a head shot?…

I have found that lying down gives the best angle. For whatever reason if you are upright it either gives you an alien head or a double chin. This is easy to do if you are in bed or a couch.

What about lighting?…

Natural light is always the best light! Bright light can wash away dark circles and light acne; it’s a natural FaceTune. Taking photos at night with a soft lamp can look really nice, too.

What about settings?…

Most people don’t know how many settings their phone camera has. With a new iPhone it’s best to use portrait mode. Have fun playing around with the types of light settings available. You can always tweak lighting and contrast in photo editing. Keep it subtle though. Some editing will give the sepia tone or it just looks over-processed. You need to make it look like you took it on a whim.

What about a mirror selfie?…

For a full body shot you need a full length mirror. You probably won’t get it on the first try, just be patient and find your best angles.

“What type of makeup should I wear”?…

Wear as little or as much as you want. Makeup junkies who wear it everyday should show off your skills. Natural girls, should try to capture that. It’s also fun to have a mix of natural and dramatic makeup. I like to do bare face selfies and then show up on the date with makeup on. I think it’s better to do it that way rather than have all your photos with heavy makeup and then show up without makeup.

Bottom Line….

It will take a lot longer than expected to get the perfect shot. I like to have a folder on my phone where I keep all my dating app pictures. It just speeds up the process when I re-download an app. Have fun with it! I get excited when I come across a really cool location with a full length mirror. I would avoid car selfies. It’s just super boring. Try to have shots of you from different angles. This is hard for me sometimes because I feel I have a good and bad side. Do a straight on shot and then maybe a half-side view. Every shot should not look the same. Every selfie has an expiration date after 2 years. You can’t be using your pics from five to ten years ago, no matter how amazing you looked.