Taking pictures of yourself is not okay anymore. Maybe for Snapchat, but for Instagram and Facebook, your selfies need to be more artsy, more stylistic. Creating the perfect picture doesn’t mean wearing the right clothes, having the best look or even the best angle. It takes a lot more to take the perfect picture now-a-days.
A selfie doesn’t need to be just your face anymore. Get creative with it! Ashley McKinny, a photographer based in Boston posts pictures that express her love of photography and capturing life in the moment. When asked to take a selfie she posted pictures that gave a whole new meaning to expressing yourself. Her selfies are rare, but that shows you that she takes pride in how she reveals herself, how uniquely she wants to be portrayed.
Lyndsy Fonseca on the other hand shows her passions and her vulnerability. She takes countless photos expressing her love for her dog, but also showing that not paying attention, pictures taken while off guard are just as gorgeous. A selfie has always been classified as a picture you take of yourself, but now-a-days a selfie is a picture of just you, a picture you classify that way.
Kristin Kreuk shows her creativity. She enjoys yoga and loves cups of coffee or hot chocolate…either one looks delicious in her photograph. People are photogenic. It is when we try too hard to look good and create the perfect photo that we end up taking a few hundred before we capture the right one. The perfect picture doesn’t come when it’s planned and Kreuk shows being natural is beautiful.
People would argue that celebrities always have good photos and I’d agree, but then again I could say that about more than half of my friends too. I mean who wants to post a picture they look terrible in? I mean, look at Robbie Amell for example. He did not strive for perfection even though this picture is far from ugly, emphasized by the 18,326 people who liked it. He showed that he is real. He is not just posting perfect photos, but showing his personality and sharing it…successfully if I might add. He also prides himself on selfies that show he works out. Yes, it shows most of us how lazy we are, but at the same time it tells us that he feels the most comfortable, the most confident, the most relaxed when he’s at the gym and that’s the person he wanted to share with the world.
We need to stop expecting the lens to hide what we hate, but to instead bring forth who we really are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of the first 10 pictures we take. We criticize our selfies and even though it may feel like it’s not impacting you, it is. Subconsciously owning up to your flaws scares you. Believe me, I’m in the same boat. I wouldn’t be human if I thought I was perfect in every way. We are made this way for a reason. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it which is why I will share this crazy photo of myself that I never wanted to show people, but instead have come to love.
See pictures at thousandpiecesofyou.wordpress.com