How to Take a Better Selfie

I love seeing people take selfies!  We live in a time where anyone can photograph themselves until they get a shot they are happy with. What I see when someone is taking a selfie is a person that is feeling good enough about themselves or what they are doing to document it.  They are definitely picturing themselves happy.  Here are a few tips that you can use to boost your selfie game.



Find the light that is available then make sure you FACE THE LIGHT – keep the light in front of you, not behind you.  Natural light is always the best.   Find a window, face it, then take your photo.  If you want to make you are always lit well you can provide your own light with a Lumee Case.


I like to position the camera slightly above eye level and using one arm if possible to create as much distance between me and the camera.


Slightly lean your face forward and keep your shoulders down to avoid double chin or no neck scenarios.


Please, please, please LOOK INTO THE LENS.  I know it is tempting to look at yourself in the screen, and that is fine while you are composing your shot.  But, when you press the button to take the photo PLEASE LOOK INTO THE LENS.


Most of my selfies are not about me.  They are about showcasing a landmark, event, or something other than me! I like the selfie format as a reminder that I actually was there and to capture how I was feeling in that moment. You can approach your selfie settings that way or your selfies can be all about you, but still consider the background.  If you want folks looking at the photo to focus only on your gorgeous face, make sure there isn't something super distracting behind you.


Simply because you can.  You do NOT have sultry/serious/aspirational/duck face all the time. Try something different and show us how you are feeling.


Now go out there, take some selfies, and tag me + #pictureyourselfhappy for a potential feature.

Meet Marielou Mandl

Marielou Mandl is a tech blogger, photographer, filmmaker and host with a healthy appetite for gadgets + glam. In addition to creating tech based content for her YouTube channel, she has produced photo/video content for clients such as Nickelodeon, HBO, Sesame Workshop, Nintendo, Cupcake Vineyards and more. When she is not playing with new gadgets or dancing in glitter, she can be seen as the host of her podcast On the Fly Filmmaking, featured on the hit online network Popcorn Talk.

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