Updated: Jul 26
Most of us avoid the camera because we assume the photos "are going to be awful anyway". We blame not being photogenic, needing to lose weight and a number of other factors when they plain simple truth is, we just aren't familiar with our own face. I am here to tell you this doesn't have to be the end of the story. You can learn to love what you see in photos, you just need time, practice & these 4 Tips for Better Selfies.
4 Simple Tips for Better Selfies
1. LIGHT IS EVERYTHING
There is nothing worse than a dark selfie or a selfie where you are yellow due to overhead lights. Natural light of course is best. And if you can get near a window, even better. If you do need to take a selfie with no natural light in sight, try to position yourself so that you are not directly under the overhead lights. It will prevent those harsh shadows.
2. YOU ARE THE SUBJECT
It’s a selfie right? Nothing worse than being photo bombed by a nasty bathroom counter while you are taking your morning mirror selfie. So your best to eliminate/minimize the clutter in your background.
3. TELL A STORY/BE DIFFERENT
An occasional, “Hey it’s me smiling” selfie is normal, rational and ok. But after a while that gets boring. Why are you happy? Is is that cup of coffee in your hand? Is it the event behind you? Is it your toes in the sand? And remember, not all selfies have your face! Try showing your feet, in a kind of “where I am now” type selfie. Or show what you are doing. Cut off your face, show only half of it. Find a theme you can repeat. Not only will you become know for it but it will also create a point of connection for your audience. Pick a good conversation starter, one you can be consistent with.
I know I know. We are talking about a subject that’ s so narcissistic and here I am talking about moderation. But this needs to be said: Don't feel the need to post a selfie every day, add some variety to help give your feed context. You are free to take a selfie every day but save only your best for posting.
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