Sunday, October 16, 2016

Photo Series: How to Find Your Best Selfie Angle

                 Six years later, and the "selfie" trend still is standing strong, but what makes a good selfie? Is it what all bloggers say, the lighting, or is it a whole production of things feeding into one concept? After realizing many of you love bunnies comment things particular to my angles, I felt a photo series sharing my findings would be beneficial to you cuties. Down below I am featuring a simple makeup look, this way focus is truly on the pose, and I am depicting a series of FOUR basic angles! Side, down, shoulder and up. Please be aware these are angles I tend to use -- not every one of em' will be flattering for every person, but it can express an idea of how to hold yourself in front of the lens! For example, a simple frontal shot can be made 10X better by holding your head either down, with your eyes looking up, or by holding your head down with your eyes looking straight, or in a natural stance. Obviously speaking, angles are how you perceive them and I personally feel all photos I took were of quality, but a true "SELFIE" is simple, to the point, and is really just a headshot. 

                     Do be noted, as a disclaimer, ALL products were purchased with my own money, anything stated below is MY opinion, and all photos are raw, with minor touch ups of a lighting change, or saturation enhancement. Any information I share from this series should be taken as my OWN experiences developed through the times! Nothing was influenced, nor perfected through professionals. If you cite my work, in anyway, be sure to list correct regards.


                      The side angle has become extremely popular! Whether its literally a look to the side, or a slight twinge to the left/right, it's possibly one of the most flattering angles for most. Take a peak at my first column! You shall see the top row being incorrect poses, and the second row being perfected poses. Keep in mind face shape, and facial features influence how this pose will work for you! My head is an oval shape, thus any pose works. However, for a longer face, this might elongate the face too much, where you might wanna' twist more towards the camera to shrink those features. Anyhow, my tips for rockin' this pose is to gracefully look up, and slightly hold your chin outwards (lift) for a dreamy effect! While in this pose NEVER look towards the camera directly, unless your shoulders move with you, and NEVER hold your chin too far up where you seem like a woofer smelling the air for flies, this concept works vice versa with holding your chin too close to your neck, observe image one, and image two. Remember my alien/mineral inspired look? That pose is a combination of SIDE, but looking down to yield a certain mood!

This pose is best for...
Oval face shapes/ Heart face shapes/ Diamond face shapes -- It emphasizes the long swan like features.

If you have these face shapes...
Square -- With such a beautifully pronounced jawline, emphasize it! Instead of a graceful look upwards, why not change it up with a gaze to the left with a slight shoulder twinge upwards? Or perhaps a more SIDE profile effect.

Round -- While this pose can be slimming, watch out for it causing too much of a round effect on your cheeks. Play around in the mirror for a few minutes before snapping some shots! No-one gets the perfect image on the first try. 
Oblong and Triangle -- To bring out your angular face, while lifting your chin, make sure it aligns with the center of your neck. This pose brings out the cheekbones well, own the pose!


                   I probably use this pose the most when it comes to shooting photos for certain makeup looks! Down, is basically a full frontal shot with the camera lens at eyeball length, perhaps a smidge higher and angled DOWN towards the person. With this pose, one looks UP towards the camera, but holds their chin at a regal length generally down for the most flattering of effects! If you take a closer look, when my face was held up a bit it caused dark circles to become visible, and it also gave me a less expressive outcome. Def is a step up from the typical full frontal shot, but it can be very flattering for people with longer faces! As you can see with the photo depicted to your left, my eyes, and lips are the main focuses, but all my features are well defined and noticed in a NATURAL way. If I were to hold the camera at eyeball height, as many recommend, you'd notice more skin imperfections such as dark circle craters, and more! Be sure to play around with this one, and NEVER get discouraged. In fact, it takes me a few shots before I feel "the one" was obtained! Try to look at the final photos as you shoot to reposition your face, and muscles. Believe it or not, by a simple eyebrow raise, you can change the whole outcome of your photos!

This pose is best for...
                     Oval face shapes/ Heart face shapes / Diamond face shapes/ Round face shapes/ Oblong and Triangle face shapes/ Square face shapes -- It emphasizes EVERY one's face shape well, and creates a sultry effect since the main focal point should be one's eyes. Round faced beauties, check this pose out, it'll bring out ANY angles you have on your face, even the slightest of cheek hollowing!


                      Shoulder is another frequent pose I use! This one will take a bit of practice, and stretching, but in the long run it creates a beautiful swan like effect since it elongates the body. A common mistake many make when shooting from this angle is holding the camera too high, or too low! Hold farther towards your shoulder, loves. Trust me, it not only creates more dimension to the skin, it emphasizes those little features you might not see from other angles! For example, with the top photo I look very "blah", so to speak, and too serious frankly, however with the switch of twisting my body more inwards and my shoulder farther up, the angle was complete and created a sense of confidence. Smiling and kiss faces look amazing in this position :)! The photo provided to your left is a cross between shoulder and down.  I used my "odd" shoulder for a change up of posing, and pushed my head more towards my shoulder blade to create an intensive, yet stunning overall effect! If I were to move my head up a bit, the makeup would be less radiant, and the photo's demeanor of a head strong beauty would change.

This pose is best for...
                     Oval face shapes/ Heart face shapes / Diamond face shapes/ Round face shapes/ Oblong and Triangle face shapes -- It emphasizes MOST face shapes well, but for those with a bit more of angular structure it can make the overall appearance less feminine. To combat this try working with your shoulders by lifting them up, twisting, and even switching sides to one you're less comfortable with. It takes time to master, but in the long run works as a back up if you're having a horrible selfie day!


              You've probably been told to NEVER hold the camera down...but what if you want to? What if holding the camera sky high just doesn't fit your face at all? WHAT IF, this angle actually has more behind it than most are aware of.  Now, one tip is to NOT look directly down towards the camera, rather bringing the camera onto your level, sink onto the camera level! How? LOOK DOWN, and move your chin down to fool the camera as to thinking its a full frontal at a decent level. This can be quite unflattering to people with bulkier faces and shorter necks, but as with the shoulder pose, it's something to keep in the back of your head! As you can see, in this photo while bringing the camera down below, I changed up my shoulder stance and brought my head downwards to create sensual vibes, and too fool the camera into believing I actually was holding it normally. 

This pose is best for...
                     Oval face shapes/ Heart face shapes / Diamond face shapes/ Round face shapes/ Oblong and Triangle face shapes -- Any face shape can pull off this imagery, but one should be cautious with factors of looking heavier, and much bulkier. 

                 Please be aware lighting, and photo editing will be two SEPARATE blog posts from this one! I feel both concepts are very important into create that "it" photo, and very important into influencing a new round up of ideas. If you have the right angle, the right lighting, and the RIGHT makeup on, editing should not be an extensive process! Hope you loves enjoyed, and hopefully I helped ya' out a bit, XOXO, your Lilz.