Hey there fashionmamaaquarius followers! My lovely sister asked me to write a post about how to take a good selfie. She asked me as I am clearly the more attractive sister of the three. Ok maybe not, BUT I do take the most selfies. Am I a selfie expert? No, I'm just a photogenic person who enjoys taking selfies when I think I look good. When you're taking a selfie you should think; location, lighting, background and is this acceptable. You don’t want to be that person caught on the jumbotron at a baseball game taking selfies for 20 minutes with a churro in your face. Or maybe you do.......
“I’m a pretty big deal people know me”. If you are having a great hair day or just pass the mirror and think “damn I look good” TAKE A SELFIE! Too many woman and men are overly critical of themselves. Which is ridiculous. Be confident and it will show in your pictures.
"Do you come here often?" Location is important. There is nothing more lame then taking a selfie in the mirror and seeing your toilet or shower in the background. Keep your eyes peeled for awesome backgrounds that would help the photo out. Take the first photo for example. I was at a bar with my friends and I went to the washroom. The walls were brick and wood. PERFECT selfie background and it was in a private washroom where I could take a few moments to get the best picture possible. The B&W one is against a wall in my office.
“One look I’ll give you one look”. So I basically have one face that I do when I take selfies. But it works, so why would I change it? Sometimes trying new faces or angles is fun and you can get a way cooler picture out of it.
Can you see me now? Rarely in a dark room such as a bar or dimly lit restaurant can you get a great selfie. So just don’t bother. Enjoy what you are doing and forget about taking a photo of yourself. Feel free to try if you want or ask a friend to take a picture with the flash but be realistic that 90% of the time it isn't going to work. The best lighting you can use in a picture is natural light. I usually stand looking out of my window and take the picture. Now this isn't direct sunlight so I'm not blinded by the sun. The black and white one is an example of this. If you are outside be careful of shadows and don’t face the sun straight on or have it directly behind you.
"Acceptance is the key"- Sometimes you've got to accept that some selfies just won’t work. If you take 10 photos and the lighting or location are off then just accept it’s not the best time for a selfie and move on.
Editing- Sometimes using apps for your pictures can help out a selfie a lot. Fashion Mama and I use B612 a lot. Seeing the filter when taking the photo really helps knowing what looks good and what doesn't.
I'm going to preach what I rarely practice but once you are done taking selfies delete any of the ones that look similar or aren't ones you’d post as a Facebook profile picture. 20 years from now when you are looking through old photos on your computer and you see these photos you’ll think “god why did I keep those”. So just do it now.
Most importantly have fun with it, be weird and enjoy life J
Thank you for taking time to read this, I hope it helps!