Do you ever scroll through your Instagram feed and think, How do other girls look that effortlessly cool in photos? You’re not alone.
Striking the right pose (or action shot) in street style photography is something of an art. Models off duty have a look down pat, and our favourite fashion bloggers are pros at nailing the shot as well.
Poses and Tips for Selfies
So for all of us still working on mastering that couldn’t-care-less quality of calm, we decided to research how to pose like a model for photos. Next time you’re caught on camera, you can follow these tricks to ensure that you and your outfit are presented in the best possible light.
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Strike Silly Poses to Get Authentic Selfies
In the beginning, it might feel awkward or forced to pose for your selfie. Let the pressure go, and try silly poses that make you laugh.
The problem with selfies is that often they seem unnatural. You can avoid this by being yourself and capturing whatever you feel like doing. Put the camera into burst mode and start playing around.
Relax Your Lips
Ever wondered why professional models’ lips look so soft and kissable? Because they have learnt to relax their mouth.
Open your mouth a tiny bit and pretend you are breathing through them. Your lips won’t be pressed together anymore and will look fuller. You can also pretend you are about to give a gentle kiss to someone. This way, you will make your lips look even more exciting.
Smile in Your Selfies
You might feel awkward when taking selfies alone. But a smile makes every photo look better! Even if you have to fake it. To avoid looking uncomfortable, practice in front of the mirror. Think about something that makes you laugh. Or someone you would love to smile at.
It’s also an excellent technique to look down and relax your facial muscles until you are ready for the shot. Then look up and give your camera a big smile. This will be more spontaneous because you only start smiling a second before you take the selfie.
Don’t Forget to Pose Your Eyes.
Eyes are always in the focus of selfies. So you have to make sure they look good and find poses to emphasise them in your selfie.
You can look straight into the camera. This pose will make you look honest and direct. Keep in mind that many people look like having cross-eyes if they look at something close to their face. You can reduce this effect by looking a bit underneath the camera.
You can also look away from the camera and pretend you don’t see it. This is an excellent pose to look candid. Or if you are too shy. Do you have bright-coloured eyes? They will pop even more if you take the selfie from above your head, especially if you pay attention to good lighting.
You can also squinch in your selfies. It is a popular facial expression for models. It looks a little bit like squinting, but your eyes shouldn’t go that narrow. The pose gives your face a cheeky and playful look. Our exclusive range of Melbourne wedding photography will help you not miss a thing on your wedding day.
Position Your Face In the Corner or the Side of the Photo
You can include much more of the background if you position your face in one of the selfie corners. It also gives the viewer the impression that you only entered the frame by accident. As if it was a real candid shot.
It’s also an excellent way to use the rule of thirds for your selfie’s composition. If you place your face in one of the corners, your eyes will be around the grid’s powerpoints.
Find Your Best Full-Body Pose
People often take selfies that only include their faces. But feel free to take full-body selfies. You just have to ensure that you find the best angle and the most flattering selfie poses to highlight your features.
You can take selfies in the mirror, which is an easy way to fit your whole body in the frame. You will also see yourself in the mirror and can correct a pose if you don’t like what you see.
Include Hand Poses to Enhance Your Selfie
Hand poses can make your look selfie more natural. Gently touch your face or place your chin on your palm.
If you are wearing a hat, you can also place your hand on it. Or play with your hair in the selfie. We touch our faces a lot more than we realise. If you do the same in your selfie, it will convey a more spontaneous atmosphere.
Capture a Selfie While Holding the Camera With Both Hands
Take a selfie while holding your camera or phone in both of your hands. Your arms will give the photo a frame.
This selfie pose gives your photo playful and easy vibes. Girls covered with coloured powder posing for a selfie outdoors
Do the Same Pose for a Selfie Photo Series
After trying out many selfie poses, you might find the one that works for you the best. Why don’t you use the same selfie pose to create a photo series? Strike the same selfie pose everywhere, and change the surrounding or the background in every photo. A young woman posing for a high angle selfie in front of an orange background
Take Selfies From Unusual Angles
Many people take selfies from or a bit above their eye level. Spice things up and look for new angles. Taking a selfie from the ground gives an exciting perspective to your photo.
Or use a selfie stick and place it way above your head. A selfie stick will help you avoid facial distortions. Looking for a Yarra Valley wedding photographer? Look no further! Wild Romantic Photography has you covered.
Stretch Your Neck Forward to Avoid a Double Chin
Let’s admit; selfies can distort our faces a lot. Our nose can look way more significant, and we end up having a double chin. But you can avoid these unflattering features! Stretch your neck a bit forward. This might feel weird. But the pose extends your neck and reduces the double chin effect.
Zoom in a bit so that your nose won’t be that much in the foreground anymore. This way, it won’t look that big when you are taking a selfie.
Pose with Your Friends
You don’t have to be alone in your selfies. Involve your friends and take group selfies. To fit in everyone, make sure that the person taking the photo is standing a bit further from the rest of you. They’ll be in the foreground, and the rest of you in the background.
The selfie photographer can also stand on a higher or a lower spot to ensure that everyone fits in the frame.
Pose With Pets
Selfie poses with pets are always fun! Plus, you never know what the result will be. Many animals don’t like to stay in one position, so they constantly change the way they pose for the photo. When you take a selfie with your pet, gently hug them or hold them to ensure that their movement is not too sudden. Otherwise, you end up with a blurry selfie.
Take Selfies While Doing Something You Enjoy
Do you like riding bikes? Capture selfie poses with your bicycle. Do you enjoy dancing? Snap a selfie while you dance around.
Are you enjoying cooking or baking? Try selfie poses while you are preparing a dish in the kitchen. If you capture yourself while doing an activity you want, you can end up with the perfect selfie.
Take Underwater Selfies
Underwater selfie poses are unique and fun. You can take them with an underwater camera, a GoPro or even with the newest, waterproof smartphones.
If you can, try to keep your eyes open. You can also try to smile for the underwater selfie. But don’t stress too much about your facial expression. You can again blow up your face and hold your breath.
Capture a Selfie While Doing an Extreme Pose
Many people take selfies while standing or sitting down. Why don’t you spice things up a bit and capture yourself in more exciting selfie poses?
Stand on your head or do a gymnastic bridge if you can. But any yoga position can look great too. The main goal is to be creative and find new ideas for your selfie poses. A young man takes a selfie with his girlfriend piggybacking his shoulders.
Take Feet Selfies
If we are strict about the definition of selfies, we should only be capturing a self-portrait, including our face.
But why would we want to skip over creative selfie ideas? You can take ‘selfies’ of particular body parts too. For example, you can take selfies of your feet.
Find a nice spot and sit down with your legs straight. Include your feet in the foreground, and have something nice in the background.
Take a Photo of a Selfie
This concept belongs to the more abstract selfie ideas. But the results are unique. Find or print a photograph of yourself and take a picture of it. It is not a traditional selfie. But it is creative and unique, and it is still a self-portrait of myself.
Capture a Selfie at a Unique Location
Selfies get much better if the background includes an exciting location. Strike a pose if you travel to a famous city, if you are in nature, or have a renowned building in the background.
Take a Mirror Selfie in a Different Way
Mirror selfies often look mainstream and are of low quality. But you can turn this concept around!
Take a photo of yourself while you are focusing on the mirror with your camera. You can use a car mirror as well to get more creative results.
Ditch the Face, and Let the Feet Do the Talking
When I think of a selfie, what immediately comes to mind is a photo of a person’s face. But the truth is, a selfie is any picture of you taken by you. Why not take a photo of your feet—especially if you want to draw attention to your new pair of shoes? Or shoot a picture of the new bracelet or Fitbit on your wrist or your newly-polished fingernails.
In your next selfie, challenge yourself to creatively capture yourself by striking a flattering pose and experimenting with different ways to hold your camera. Then, snap away! Starting to think about hiring a wedding photographer? Check out our range of Mornington Peninsula wedding photography here.
Crop In Tight
One difficulty with selfies is that the background is usually busy and distracting. Also, you can often tell that the person in the photo is reaching out to hold the phone. You can solve both of these problems by cropping in tight on your face in the shot.
One advanced tip is that if you hold your phone closer to yourself, it will accentuate features on your face closer to the lens and minimise those that are further away. So that means your nose will look longer, and your eyes will look smaller. Not what you’re looking for? An easy way to fix this is to zoom in on your phone just slightly (zooming in too much will reduce detail in the shot) and hold the camera far away from your face. Now your features look proportionate, and you decluttered the background!
The “Rule of Thirds” Selfie
Photographers know all about the rule of thirds but seem to forget it quickly as soon as it comes time for a selfie. Selfies don’t exempt you from properly composing your shot!
The photo on the right is a perfect example of how placing your face in the top-right, or top-left corner of the frame can be far more compelling than if you put your face right in the centre.
Generally, you want your eye line to be one-third down from the top of the frame and off to one side of the edge a little bit. Just don’t put yourself in the very middle of the frame, or it’ll look like a DMV driver’s license photo.
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Show Yourself in Water
Float on your back in a pool and shoot down at your face. Or prepare a bubble bath, lie down in the water, and take a shot of your face framed by bubbles. Be careful, though, not to drop your phone!
Showing yourself in water can be fun, and it also makes the photo more unique than the typical point-the-camera-at-me-while-eating-a-cheeseburger selfie.
The Two-Handed Selfie
When taking a selfie, you generally have two options: Hold the camera with one hand or two hands. While using two hands is easier because you can hold the camera with one hand and push the shutter release button, you have to be more careful not to cover up the lens.
One amusing idea that I haven’t seen very often is to have someone take a picture of you taking a selfie. It’s a flattering look and is enjoyable.
10 Quick Selfie Tips
Experiment with Angles
Tilt your head to the left and then the right as you view yourself on your phone’s screen. For most of us, one side is more attractive than the other. Also, showing off your “best side” is generally more interesting than a straight-on shot too.
Adjust Your Shoulder Placement
If your shoulders are parallel to the camera, turn them slightly to the left and then just to the right, and see what looks best.
Stand in the Light
Pose in an area with beautiful lighting –either inside near a window or outside. Gorgeous lighting = a more flattering selfie. How will you know if the lighting looks good on your face? Hold the phone in front of your face and turn the camera so that you can see yourself. Look at the lighting at that moment. Now, turn 90 degrees. Make a note of the lighting—glance at the background. Turn 90 degrees again. Note the lighting and location. Keep rotating until you’re back where you started. Chances are, you will have found a spot with excellent lighting and a decent background.
If not, either move to another space or try again at a different time of day. What’s the best time of day to shoot? Ideally, during the magic hour! (The magic hour is two hours—one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset).
Pose with Something New
Perhaps, you just got a new pair of glasses. Frame the photo to accentuate your new spectacles. If you recently had your haircut and coloured it, show it off in your selfie. Or, if you just brought home an adorable puppy, pose with your new furry friend.
Do Something Interesting
Take a picture of you engaging in a fun activity—snorkelling in the ocean, sitting on a jet ski, or hiking in Machu Picchu.
Throw on a hat, don a wig, or wear sunglasses.
Smile! Frown. Pout. Or make a silly face (But no, not the duck face!)
Take a Full-Body Shot
A full-length mirror works well for this type of selfie shot. Again, angle your body to the left or right, which is generally more flattering than shooting straight on.
Release Your Camera’s Shutter the Easy Way
Holding your camera with one hand is more common, but a little trickier to keep it steady and take a photo. With the iPhone, you can quickly and efficiently handle a picture by hitting either the shutter release button or one of the volume buttons.
Extend your Neck Forward
To altogether remove any double chin in your photo and accentuate your jawline, extend your neck forward. This may feel funny, but it will dramatically improve how you look in the picture. Also, shoot from above. Raise the camera slightly above you, and then look up to even further accentuate the jaw.
Use a QUALITY Selfie Stick
One way to make your selfies stick out is to eliminate the cheesy ‘extended arm in the photo” look. I know it seems weird to use a selfie stick at first, but there’s a reason you see them all over the place–they make the photos look excellent!
There are two basic types of selfie sticks–wired and Bluetooth. I much prefer the Bluetooth variety. It’s effortless to connect, and then you don’t have to constantly stick the cord in and out of the phone every time you want to take a picture. Bluetooth is much faster.
Selfies are great fun and an excellent way to practice your posing and self-portrait skills. To avoid taking mainstream selfies, try out new selfie poses and see what works best for you. If you’d like to work with professional photographers for your wedding, book with us at Wild Romantic Photography.