Good selfies don’t have to be hard. Follow these tips and you too can be a selfie star!
What’s around you
Clear away the clutter around the sink. We don’t need to know what brand of shampoo you’re using, and a pile of miscellaneous stuff covering the bottom of your selfie makes you look messy and disorganized – not the look that will command high rates! Please, please make sure there’s not a toilet in the background… Nothing says “class” like associating with a toilet bowl.
Living room or hotel:
Again, get rid of the mess. Clothing, suitcase, hair drier, empty Amazon boxes, extension cords – it’s gotta go. Even if you just moved and all you have is a mattress on the floor, break out your nice sheets, invest in a cheap-but-luxurious-looking bed cover. (Why cheap? So you can buy 3 and switch up the colors for selfie variety.) Toddlers definitely shouldn’t appear anywhere in your photos (yes, we’ve seen it all). No matter what you do, don’t do a naked headstand with your legs spread wide, in a dark, dirty hallway – yes, this was the all-time winner we once received. To be fair, the same shot accompanied by a smile and a little more clothing in a sunny room would have been awesome.
Even if your place is nice and clean, try to pick a background that’s simple and uncluttered. People want to see you, not your interior decorating skills. A simple background will keep the focus on you and your charms.
If you’re shooting a mirror image, don’t use flash, unless you’re a special effects master… while this sounds obvious, it isn’t to a lot of people. Please, please clean the mirror before shooting selfies! The toothpaste-splatter look is just not the thing.
For a more professional look, forget the bathroom mirror. Take a selfie next to a window, in natural light. If there’s no direct sunlight, you’ll get nice, soft shadows, and there will be less contrast so more details in the shadow will be visible. For a more dramatic look, pick a window with direct sunlight. Curtains and blinds can also create some artsy light-and-shadow patterns on your body!
Extra pro tip:
Rooms with white walls which reflect the light will make shadows lighter and softer. Cluttered, dark rooms will make them very dark in contrast with the lit areas. Pick the style that flatters you the most – softer lighting works well for wrinkles and bumpy skin, darker shadows accentuate the roundness of those sexy, sexy round parts. Getting cleavage its due while making your face look gorgeous can be a challenge even for the pro photographers!
If you must shoot in artificial light, make sure it’s not right above you – this kind of light will create dark shadows below your nose and accentuate any bags you might have under your eyes. Try to keep it a little to the side, for better shading of curves.
This photo is your resume. This is what your clients will see first, and base the idea of what meeting you will be like by. This photo is who you are to them. If you’re tired, angry, have a bad hair day, wait for a better time. What do people compliment you the most on? That’s what you should focus on.
Imagine that George Clooney just stopped by to say hello, and you’re trying to impress him. Chin up, butt out, stomach in. Don’t slouch. If you’re lying on your tummy, tucking a pillow under your hips can help you arch your bottom for a smaller waist and a curvier behind. If you’re on your back, tucking it under your waist arches the chest out and accentuates the curves of the hips. If you’re standing, put weight on one foot and shoot that hip out for extra curve.
“Duck lips” are all the rage, but overdo it and you’ll just look like you’re trying too hard. And look like a duck.
The seductive look with mostly closed eyes is hard to pull off. More often then not, it will just make you look sleepy or drunk. Use with caution.
Thick, heavy and bulky materials don’t let your body show. Don’t wear sweatsuit and expect the phone to ring off the hook. While neck-hugging outfits can be very sexy in person, they often look flat in photos, and showing a little cleavage can give a much better idea of what you look like. I love black clothing, myself. But in photos, black outfit can often hide shapes below and, as they eliminate shadows, make your curves look smaller and flatter than they are; both in front and behind.
At the same time, you don’t have to be naked. Wear what gets you the most compliments and fits the image you’re trying to project – who you want to be to the person who’s looking at the photo. If you’re an alt-punk girl, a ripped pair of tight jeans can be just the thing… but if you’re trying to be a princess, a ripped pair of lacy underwear will not leave the impression you’re hoping for.
If you’re standing and taking a full body shot, shoot from the belly button height. If you’re shooting from face height, your legs will be foreshortened by perspective and look short and stubby. Investing in a good selfie stick helps a lot.
A common mistake I see all the time is for your shot to be all about the face, if you’re blurring your face. What’s left? Nothing that will generate those phone calls you’re hoping for.. If you’re not showing your face, focus on other flattering parts of your body. In this case, what you wear is even more important. Consider blurring only the part of your face above the lips, and leave that smile in to say something about your personality – the best clients are the ones who care about your self as much as about what your body looks like, right?
Hope this helps you shoot those amazing selfies we love seeing on lovings.com! Your success is our success :-).