10 Clever Tricks For Taking The Perfect Selfie

As we all know, social media is the big thing these days! Everyone is on some form of social media…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Myspace, etc. One thing you’ll see is lots of pictures of people.  These photos that people take of themselves are called “selfies” in case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know that.  🙂 A selfie is defined as a” photograph one has take of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared on social media”.  Many people struggle with selfies. I for one, get paid to share my selfies so I take a lot of them and I’ve discovered some very clever tricks to take the perfect selfie.  Want in on the secret?

If you have obsessively clicked your own picture tyring to get at least one to come out right, you are in the right place! I’m going to share my 10 tricks and have you taking pictures like a “selfie queen”!

1. It’s All About You

You gotta work that camera! Excude confidence, sass, show some sense of empowerment and just be comfortable in your own skin. Make those eyes twinkle! See through that lens, don’t just look at it. Flirt with the camera a bit. It’s ok…no one is watching!

Can’t you see the confidence in her?

2. Lighting is Key

One of my biggest tips is to take your selfies in natural light.  You want to face the direction of the light.  So stand fakcing a window when you click that pic.  Using filters is ok too so that you can accentuate color & give your photos more contrast. Mayfair is popular one because it gives you intense color which people love!

I always take my selfies facing a window.

3. Holding the Camera

Holding the camera too high can make your head look like a lollipop because it looks bigger than the rest of you. Hold the camera perpendicular to the floor at about arm’s length. I like to hold my phone so that it’s about level with my head & I’m looking up just slightly…we don’t want double chins!!


Tyra Banks took this pic but it looks like a photographer did. Right?

4. Your Stance is Important

Models pose with a 3/4 angle of their bodies facing the camera.  Your face should be straight on and your chin slightly down.  You should stare straight into the camera lens. You can also try taking selfies so that no one will know it’s a selfie.  Stretch out your arm ad bend your elbow so you don’t see your arm in the picture.  Try to pose so it looks like someone else took the picture.

She is standing at an angle to the camera which gives a much more flattering photo.

5. Hold Your Phone Upside Down

Try holding your phone upside down the next time you snap a selfie.  You will be surprised at what it does for your face.  Your lashes will really pop and it might even thin down your face a bit.

I took this pic with the camera upside down.

6. Your Expression

Share a sense of playfulness & fun.  Don’t be too uptight.

Just showing of my Tyra Beauty “Hater Blocker” Lip Model lipstick. Having fun of course!

7. Confidence in Front of the Camera

When you look great, you feel great! So click pics on days when you love your outfit, hair or makeup (which is daily for me). I love taking selfies after I leave the salon…don’t we all feel amazing after a fresh hair cut & color?


8. Signature Smile

Did you ever notice that celebs have the same smile & stature in all of their photos? That’s because they’ve perfected their signature smile.  Go ahead and grab your smartphone and start snapping some selfies to find your signature smile. Practice makes perfect here! 😉

What do you think? Do you think Tyra Banks has a signature smile?

9. The Rule of Thirds

This is all about composition.  Instead of putting yourself dead center in the picture, put yourself on the left or right of the photo.  It makes for a much more interesting & compelling photo. You can get this effect by cropping your picture afterwards.


10. The Two-Handed Selfie

You generally have two options when taking a selfie: hold the camera with one hand or two.  Using two hands is easier because you an hold the camera with one and snap the photo with the other but you have to be more careful not to cover up the lense.  If you use both hands and pull the camera away from your body, your arms can act as the frame which gives a cool effect.


I hope you loved my clever tricks for taking the perfect selfie! I’d love to hear some of your tips if you have some to share.  Feel free to comment below or drop me an email at happycleanlife@gmail.com.

Have a happy, healthy day!

~ Michelle

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