How to Take a Better Selfie

I love seeing people take selfies!  We live in a time where anyone can photograph themselves until they get a shot they are happy with. What I see when someone is taking a selfie is a person that is feeling good enough about themselves or what they are doing to document it.  They are definitely picturing themselves happy.  Here are a few tips that you can use to boost your selfie game.

 

FACE THE LIGHT

Find the light that is available then make sure you FACE THE LIGHT – keep the light in front of you, not behind you.  Natural light is always the best.   Find a window, face it, then take your photo.  If you want to make you are always lit well you can provide your own light with a Lumee Case.

TAKE FROM ABOVE

I like to position the camera slightly above eye level and using one arm if possible to create as much distance between me and the camera.

DON’T FORGET YOUR POSTURE

Slightly lean your face forward and keep your shoulders down to avoid double chin or no neck scenarios.

LOOK INTO THE LENS

Please, please, please LOOK INTO THE LENS.  I know it is tempting to look at yourself in the screen, and that is fine while you are composing your shot.  But, when you press the button to take the photo PLEASE LOOK INTO THE LENS.

CONSIDER YOUR BACKGROUND

Most of my selfies are not about me.  They are about showcasing a landmark, event, or something other than me! I like the selfie format as a reminder that I actually was there and to capture how I was feeling in that moment. You can approach your selfie settings that way or your selfies can be all about you, but still consider the background.  If you want folks looking at the photo to focus only on your gorgeous face, make sure there isn’t something super distracting behind you.

MAKE SILLY FACES

Simply because you can.  You do NOT have sultry/serious/aspirational/duck face all the time. Try something different and show us how you are feeling.

 

Now go out there, take some selfies, and tag me + #pictureyourselfhappy for a potential feature.

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Meet Marielou Mandl

Marielou Mandl is a digital content producer with a healthy obsession with technology. She tours the country producing digital content and experiential events for clients such as Nickelodeon, HBO, Sesame Workshop, Nintendo, Verizon, Scholastic, and more. When she is not playing with new gadgets, she can be seen as a host on the hit online network AfterbuzzTV, covering shows including "Broad City," “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Outlander” to name a few.

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