Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Art of the Selfie

So I'm just going to come out and admit it.

I take selfies.  Like... a lot.

I'm not even ashamed of it. I just lost 65 lbs. I'm allowed to be delighted with the changes in myself.  Sometimes it was just to chronicle the journey... and sometimes it was just because I wanted to. I long ago stopped feeling self-conscious about it...  Is it vain?  Probably. But I feel like I earned a little vanity.

Now... in the process of taking roughly 97 million pictures of myself, I've learned a few things.  And I am here to pass those on to you! (In part, at the behest of one of my dear friends.)  Now... maybe you're new to taking pictures of yourself and can't figure it out. Maybe that perfect selfie just plain eludes you from your new camera. Maybe you're an up-and-coming musician who can't take a decent picture of yourself to save your life.

This is for you.  You're welcome... and please-- I took PURPOSELY BAD pictures of myself for you.


I used to be pretty good at snapping self pictures with my point-and-shoot digital camera, but it was pretty much a guesstimate of how it was going to turn out. I love being able to frame a shot with less guesswork (also for doing my hair!). Get one if you don't have one!

#2 Lift up your camera.

Do you know why we don't hire 4-year-old photographers? Because everybody looks funny from the ground. You don't have to hold the camera directly over your head or anything... just lift it up a little bit and look a touch up.

Everything looks better!

#3 Check your lighting.

Twirl around while looking at your screen...  sometimes the angle of the sun can make you look really harsh -- especially if you have a lot of forehead. Hairline-receding men, I'm talking to you. Maybe it would look better framing your face from behind instead of glaring on it from in front of you.  One spin around to see where the light's best...

Foggy out today, so not the best day to demonstrate. But just turned around so I was facing the other direction.

#4 Oh for pete's sake, look at the camera.

This is not the time for artsy "gazing off into the distance" photos, kids. We know you know where the camera is and that it's taking pictures of you! It's in your HAND. You're the one hitting the Trigger!

#5 This is important... SMILE!!

You guys, this isn't a mugshot. Do you know who looks good with a sad mopey face?

That's right. Nobody.

So, here's my personal trick. I know when I'm going to hit the Capture button. It's not like when someone else is taking your picture and you have to hold a smile for 48 seconds, thinking "When the heck are they going to take that dang picture???"

Milliseconds before I capture the picture, I think of something that makes me really happy...  a joke, puppies, a good time that I had with someone.... and then I imagine that the camera lens is the eye of someone that I really enjoy spending time with.

In that split second, you can capture joy in your eyes and THAT's what makes you beautiful.

The fact that this is a public picture is proof that I love you.

Most of all... have fun! You're not running for president...  Just chronicling moments in your life -- Make them happy ones! :)

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