Hello and welcome to my second non style related blog post. I am rather enjoying just sitting down and writing whatever comes naturally and today my thoughts have turned to – how to take the perfect ‘Selfie’. I guess you kinda know its 2017 and well in to the 21st century when you find yourself dedicating your morning to writing a blog post on that most important aspect of modern life – the ‘Selfie’. (If for some crazy reason you don’t know what a ‘Selfie’ is just scroll down my Instagram and I am sure you’ll run into a fair few!)
But, even though we know its importance, why dedicate it a whole blog post? I find I spend a lot of my time taking ‘Selfies’ and trying to figure out how to make them as flattering as possible and I try to justify it all by claiming that – well, I have to, I’m a blogger, I need it for my feed. Truth be told I was into ‘Selfies’ way before I started blogging and most of my friends or people I follow on social media are the same. It’s now a part of the world we live in, so much so that if I am about to leave the house with a full face of make up and haven’t taken a ‘Selfie’ it’s the same feeling as if I had left the house leaving my keys or phone behind. My checklist; keys, phone, bag,’Selfie’ and go. If I’ve texted you saying I’m running late – chances are I just haven’t got that ‘Selfie’ in!
1. Lighting. So this is by far the most important part of getting the perfect ‘Selfie’. Back in the day when I used to listen to other people make this claim and I would invariably think, I don’t think so, I’m looking pretty O.K.and am wearing a load of make up, the lighting can’t make that much difference. Time and experience however has taught me that lighting actually is key and is never something to be overlooked. So for me all my ‘Selfies’ are taken in natural daylight and I prefer morning light over the afternoon. When I started out blogging I remember thinking that a really sunny and bright day would be ideal for photos but I’ve now come to realise that a slightly over cast sky is better. It makes the look less exposed and helps to keep skin tone more even. I’ve invested in a ring light but honestly don’t like it, I think theres no substitute for the real thing. Talking of which always try to make sure the light is behind the camera/phone before you start to snap away.
2.Express yourself. Instagram accounts and ‘Selfies’ I like to look at are ones with personality. I am not on a search to find the prettiest face with the most flawless make up and then go back to watch it post the same photos time and time again. That’s too boring, a pretty face is fine but it needs personality to bring it to life. Mix up your smiles, mix up your pouts and mix up your poses, do what ever works best for you. Mix up your expressions, mix up your make up, change up your hair style, get yourself some fun accessories…..are you getting the idea? – let your personality lead the way. Express yourself!
3. Buy a tripod. This may seem like a bit of a weird one and I promise you I really didn’t go through this much trouble before I started blogging but investing in a tripod is a great way to get different angle ‘Selfies’ and ones with a little more of your body in them. A lot of my instagram photos that look like I could have taken them with my arm, I actually used a tripod for. You can get them cheap of ‘eBay’ and honestly I would feel lost without mine.
4.Listen to music. Okay, so again this is going to seem like another weird one and at this stage you may be thinking I’ve lost the plot and should just stick to writing about fashion, but actually listening to music really does helps when taking ‘Selfies’. It’s sort of like when you go for a run or to the gym and you listen to music to take your mind off the exercising and into another place. When I am listening to a playlist I love I find myself not even thinking about posing, It all just comes naturally, it’s like snap, snap, snap and before I know it there will be something good there to choose from.
5.Mix it up. So you’ve found your good lighting and have put your favourite song on your speakers but you can’t now just only rely on that. If you stand still and take ten photos the chances are if you don’t like one you wont like the rest. Play around with where you are standing, how you position the camera/phone and how near or far you are from the camera/phone. It’s never easy and it does take time and you may have to take several shots before you get the one you like. Don’t be afraid, keep moving, that perfect ‘Selfie’ is out there waiting for you.