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Monday, December 8, 2014

Want to pose like Jessica Alba? Check out my celeb tips and tricks at Sarah Beeny's webiste http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-to-build-selfie-esteem--photo-confidence.
Photo is from http://instagram.com/jessicaalba



How to Build Selfie Esteem & Photo Confidence


We live in a world where social media demands we regularly post selfies and photos so for anyone that’s camera trigger happy, you’re probably having a blast! Celebrities have taken selfies by storm to build their brand and while they’ve been playing around with filters, it makes the rest of us feel quite insecure about our own social appearance.  It’s easy to rock an Instagram shot using filters but when it comes to taking photos for your My Single Friend profile, you really want to make sure your snaps are as honest as possible.  It’s all about showing off your best assets and hoping your future mate will adore you for your natural self.

On the other hand, disliking your unfiltered photos can develop low self morale based on your body or facial complexes. This low confidence problem can be easily avoided with a few tricks I like to call building ‘selfie esteem.’  My pointers will give you the foundation in mastering the art of creating amazing profile photos that will guarantee eyeballs and possibly…that first date. 

Follow the Light:

Taking a photo in even light can shave five years off your face, instantly. Good, natural light is now your new BFF! Stand with your back against a window when you take your selfie as this will reduce blemishes and make your skin appear smoother.  Also face head on to the camera as this will even your skin tone and blast away any pesky wrinkles and eye shadows. Your final shot will look like you had a mini face lift. 

A great example using natural light I love is Lea Michelle. With the light behind her, her complexion looks incredible, right?



Keep It Arms Length:

If you’re using a timer camera app for a full or half body shot, don’t hold your arms right by your sides. Most people, especially women, don’t like their arms and by squishing them against your sides, they’ll look bigger.  Simply place one hand on your hip and the other about an inch away from your body. This will make you look slimmer and accentuate your body. Check this photo of  
 Jessica Alba who’s mastered the ‘arm’ art at another celebrity appearance.



If you’re using a timer camera app for a full or half body shot, don’t hold your arms right by your sides. Most people, especially women, don’t like their arms and by squishing them against your sides theyll look bigger. Simply place one hand on your hip and the other about an inch away from your body. This will make you look slimmer and accentuate your body. Check this photo of Jessica Alba who’s mastered the arm art at a celebrity appearance.   

Keep It Streamlined:

If you’re body conscious and want to appear slimmer, for selfies you need to avoid looking down at the camera. This will create double chins which is not flattering. For half or full body photos, just shift the weight onto your front foot and bend your back leg slightly. Your posture will automatically adjust so your body is slightly angled and not facing square on. It’ll also alter your shoulders as they’re your widest point and you want to avoid looking bulky.

See how Beyonce and Rihanna angle their bodies as an example and their front foot position. 



Helping Hands:

Try posing for a few photos and experiment using your hands to magnify your best assets. If you’ve incredible eyes, rest one hand against your cheek with fingers facing upwards and this will draw attention to your best feature. Maybe you’re not keen on your stomach; you can lean on an angle with one hand resting on your hip, touching your stomach. This will give the appearance of a flatter tummy. 

So the next time you’re checking out My Single Friend profile photos and snooping around at celebrity Instagram profiles, start to mirror copy their same poses. You may be surprised at how confident you become with the results and it’ll do wonders for your self esteem. 

This post was written by guest author, Kate Branch, a Sydney local and author of  How To Look Good In Photos

Kate Branch has a Major in Photography, a successful photography business, and Masters in Art Therapy. Kate’s book provides logical tips for accentuating facial expressions, posture, how to position hands and body angles so the photos are a gem, first time around. Ironically, the book has very little to do with photography, yet more about the person(s) in front of the camera to build confidence and self esteem in a world where selfies and social postings of photos are now the norm.

Check out more of Kate’s tips and tricks on YouTube