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Note to selfie: 7 tips for that perfect shot

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Good selfies can be tricky. Here, professional photographer and selfie pro McKenzie Deakins shares her tips for taking a stunning selfie.

Good selfies can be tricky. Here, professional photographer and selfie pro McKenzie Deakins shares her tips for taking a stunning selfie.

Let’s face it. Taking pictures of yourself on your iPhone can be fun. (You know you have some on your camera roll right now). But, the art of selfie-shooting takes a little practice. Before you go uploading that selfie of you and Rover onto Facebook or Instagram, read these tips from professional (and spunky) photographer McKenzie Deakins of Orem. Here are her tips to an oh-so-double-tappable selfie.

 

1. Get camera-ready

When taking selfies, Deakins suggests accentuating the things you like about yourself and minimizing the things you don't.

When taking selfies, Deakins suggests accentuating the things you like about yourself and minimizing the things you don’t.

After doing your hair (and makeup, if applicable) the way you like it, Deakins suggests choosing clothing that flatters your body type. “For my body type, I usually wear something that cinches in my waist and flows away from my bootay,” Deakins said. “But you might be the opposite. Wearing flattering clothing can make all the difference in the world when it comes to how you look in a photo.”

 

2. Know your best angle

“Hide what you’re not happy with and exaggerate what you like. And don’t tell me there’s nothing to like about yourself because that’s a bunch of hullabaloo,” Deakins said. “When sitting on a couch, I grab a pillow to hold in the photo. Holding a kid in front of me is another one of my secrets. On the other hand (or foot, I should say), I have some fantastic ankles, so I obviously needed to have them be the star of this image. Although it’s not a true selfie, you get the idea. I also showcased my hair in this. But don’t be jealous, because half of it is fake. Yep, hair extensions rock my world. My midsection isn’t the best, so I held a leather vest there to cover it up.”

 

3. Make the best of group selfies (grelfies?)

When taking a group selfie, have the person with the longest arms take the shot. Also, make sure he or she takes the photo from above for a more flattering shot of all of you. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Bang)

When taking a group selfie, have the person with the longest arms take the shot. Also, make sure he or she takes the photo from above for a more flattering shot of all of you. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Bang)

When taking a group selfie, pick the tallest person with the longest arms to take your shot. Also, here’s Deakins’ tip for avoiding unflattering arms in group photos: “Hide half of your body behind the person next to you and bring your arm slightly away from your body,” Deakins said. “Most people squish their arm next to their body making them look like a chunk-a-monk. Just move your arm slightly away from your body and problem solved.”

 

4. Go towards the light

When taking indoor selfies, Deakins says to head towards the nearest window for natural light. Here, Provo mayor John Curtis takes a break from some serious business in his downtown Provo office to snap a selfie for us. Thanks Mayor!

When taking indoor selfies, Deakins says to head towards the nearest window for natural light. Here, Provo mayor John Curtis takes a break from some serious business in his downtown Provo office to snap a selfie for us. Thanks Mayor!

“When using a smart phone, use natural light,” Deakins said. “If you’re inside, head to the nearest window. If you’re outside, stay in the shade. Also, hold the phone higher than eye level.”

 

5. Get snap happy

When taking selfies, Deakins says you need to take at least 20 to get a good one. Here, Marianne Gary of Provo edits her photos into a selfie reel to post on her Instagram account.

When taking selfies, Deakins says you need to take at least 20 to get a good one. Here, Marianne Gary of Provo edits her photos into a selfie reel to post on her Instagram account.

Yes, your arms might get a little tired, but Deakins says you’ll need at least 20 photos to get a good one.

 

6. Take time to edit

Deakins recommends editing your selfies as needed to make them look even better. Her favorites are Photoshop Express, Framatic and Rhonna.

 

7. Don’t take yourself too seriously

“Stop worrying about what other people are posting on their Insta feeds,” Deakins said. “Be happy with yourself and your fabulousness. One thing that will help you lighten up a bit is to follow up every selfie you take with a ‘ralfie’ — a selfie so ugly that you want to ralf on it.”

Find more of Deakins’ selfies (and other great photos) on Facebook and Instagram.

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