Selfie Poses are tricky. I dare anyone to say they took a great selfie the first time they tried 😉
The only way to get good at selfies is to take lots of them – try out different things for the best selfie poses – prepare to delete loads and learn from your mistakes, and most of all don’t be self conscious!
I think we should just treat this new art form as fun, rather than narcissistic, have a giggle and get creative 🙂 Try to tell mini-stories with your selfie poses. Soon you’ll be a selfie pro taking beautiful selfies in no time 🙂 Like me with my partners in crime in Tallin, Estonia, below – LOL 🙂
But first … some things to watch out for.
Beware of the visible arm right across the photo like a spare limb, doing I don’t know what …
That’s a bit better 🙂
A famous background will make your selfie all the more appealing 😉 and add to the narrative.
A famous or iconic landmark doing a bit of photo-bombing in the far background is a nice touch to take viewers on the journey with you.
Or something cute in the background … like a statue of a kangaroo in the middle of the city (Perth) which will add interest and help tell a more interesting visual story.
Beware of what’s coming out of the top of your head! This was an other-worldly, alien helmet I didn’t anticipate 😉
Best Selfie Poses
The best way to take selfie photos is to have some kind of tripod set up and use the timer on your phone, or camera.
For perfect selfies you need to think about the best selfie angles.
Cute Selfies – Demure and Pure
One of the best poses is chin down, camera up. This takes out the jowly look, gets rid of that bothersome double chin and flaring nostrils, lengthens your face, and makes your eyes look larger too. Say no more 😉
Look to the side – Super Selfie Tip
Turn your head slightly and smile as if you’re looking at someone else nearby. It just makes the selfie more model-like and natural – as long as you don’t grimace, because actually smiling naturally at someone who isn’t there is quite hard!
The Background feature
Think about making your selfies a little different – what’s in the background? If it’s something like the Eiffel Tower it could be more of a feature than you! Could you angle yourself better to take advantage of an interesting background?
I’m on the Brooklyn Bridge below with the Manhattan skyline as the more interesting backdrop.
Pucker and Pout Selfie
Pucker up and pout. Pretend you’re about to kiss someone but then relax your lips just a tad. It will slim your cheekbones and make your lips look fuller. Don’t try this look if, like me, you have what I think of as a ‘bitchy resting face’ because you’ll end up looking like I do when I’m not smiling which is slightly antsy 😉
Chin on a ledge
Remember always to stick your chin out for face shots. For the best selfie poses – chin on a ledge girls, chin on a ledge!
Don’t look like a Cheshire Cat
When we want to smile naturally for the camera there’s a tendency to go overboard, and the smile looks unnatural. Either think of something really funny, or get your friend to tell you a joke so that a big smile IS natural.
Another tip for is to touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth when you smile. Don’t ask me what this last trick does, it just makes your smile more natural in selfie poses.
Top Selfie Poses – Go for the angle
Angles make selfies look professional, so instead of a full on front face, try tilting your face and making an angle looking at the camera with a sideways glance. This makes for very flirty selfie poses 🙂
Mirror Photo Selfie Poses
Mirror on the Wall – this is the one that anyone who’s taking blogging selfies aspires to get right because there’s never anyone around when you have time to do those fashion posts! But the good thing is you can get your whole body in these selfie poses if you try.
Lift one hip slightly and put one foot slightly forward in front of the other. Then don’t look at the mirror, but look down at the phone as you take the photograph. It somehow seems more natural than smiling like a madwoman at the mirror.
If you’re taking selfies and posing in front of a mirror – try standing slightly sideways instead of face on. If you do this, then drop the shoulder closest to the mirror by a couple of inches, and slightly twist your torso around to the mirror. Yes, it does feel a little bit like being a contortionist to begin with – but for great selfie poses it’s all in the name of art.
Back away from the mirror so that you can get your whole outfit in (and shoes) in. Try holding the phone camera to the left of your face, and then try holding it lower down. See which gives the best results.
Mirror selfies with flash don’t work, so make sure you have good lighting. Often soft side lighting works best.
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Best Light for Selfies
Think about the lighting. Natural light is best. If you can position yourself near a window so the light falls on your face, it will brighten your face and lessen shadows.
If you are standing in front of a window and the light is behind you, make sure you have the flash turned on.
Fluorescent lighting can make your skin look a weird colour. Be careful.
Beware of shadows. Side lighting is often flattering, but just make sure that it’s not casting deep shadows on one side of your face.
If the photo isn’t perfect from a lighting point of view then try editing it with your in phone editing system, or add a great filter on Instagram – or have you tried Snapseed for editing?
If you use both arms to hold your phone out in front of you to take a selfie, they will make a frame, which will provide a good lead in line.
Selfie Taking Props and Accoutrements
1. A good Selfie Stick
2. A selfie remote shutter
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