I grew up in the era of MySpace, where the “selfie” may have very well originated. It was all about the MySpace angle, the duck face, the (clearly staged) pose and how many comments you got on your photo. I would borrow my older sister’s digital camera and take up to 200-300 pictures in hopes of getting “The ONE.” I’d have mini photoshoots and plan out my outfit, background, and theme of the photo. I gained some knowledge through these “shoots" like: take the photo from higher up instead of below, take the pictures near a window to get good lighting, and sometimes you do have to take a couple pictures to get a really nice one.
Fast forward to today, I consider myself a selfie sensei. Between my middle school photoshoots, to now working in a professional headshot studio, I’ve got all the tricks for a good picture. When people go to take a picture with me they almost sigh because it becomes a whole production. “Here, lets get underneath this tree, it blocks the light from above but gives us good lighting on our faces.” or “Jack, can you take a picture of us? Here… Nope, up and tilt, Jack! Up and tilt, you need the right angle otherwise we’re gonna look ridiculous! Take a couple more just in case.”
But people never seem to complain when they see the photos! They’re always pleasantly surprised when they see the pictures I orchestrate, and are always the first to say “Let Heidi take the picture!”
What are your selfie tricks? Let us know if the comments below or tweet us @mjbhomeent!