Man taking selfie photo on smartphone

In the social media world we are faced with new trends and fads on a daily basis.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few year, you’ve undoubtedly heard of – and been bombarded with – the #selfie…  a photo someone has taken of him- or herself – typically on a smartphone.

If you browse Instagram, you see the selfie everywhere. Your best friend, colleague, mom (and lets face it, you, too) have indulged in the occasional selfie.  I’m here to suggest that everyone embrace the trend. Let your selfie flag fly high!

Did you know that photos (especially ones of yourself) get more engagement on social media than text only posts? It’s true. I have had first-hand experience with this when it comes to managing Instagram accounts for our clients at Ghost Tweeting.  I often see 4 – 5 times as many likes and comments on self-portrait photos!

So, without further ado, I am going to give you the tools, tricks, and tips to take a fabulous selfie.

But first….Let ME take a selfie!

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Lighting can make or break your selfie.  Show off your best features by highlighting them with the light. Natural light works best and is usually the most flattering.  Make sure the light is coming from the front of your face, rather than just behind.

Strong sunlight behind your head can cause overexposure and shadows

NO! Strong sunlight behind your head can cause overexposure and shadows

Natural light is the most flattering.

Natural light is the most flattering


Confidence is key

Give yourself a mini pep talk while selfie-ing. Boost your confidence by putting on some music or your favorite article of clothing. Photos pick up subtle emotions we don’t always notice in the mirror, so be happy when taking your picture. No one wants to see a sad selfie. 🙁

Flattering placement and angles

No one looks their best when photographed from below the face. Place your phone just a bit above your eye line, and angle it slightly downward.

If you are focusing on a specific part of your face (e.g., your eyes), it’s okay to bring the phone in a little closer so the frame is close up on that specific feature.

If your arms are included in the picture, bring them outward from your body so they don’t smash against you. It may feel weird when you’re doing it but it will come across more flattering in the photos.