5 simple steps to taking better selfies today

  • 5 ways to take a good selfie by Beth Deschamp

It is no secret that I love selfies.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I have a selfie or two in my gallery.  I think the reason why I love them so much is because they help to tell a story about a person and you can get a little glimpse into someone’s world, just through their selfie.  Selfies can help you tell others about you.  Who you are.  What you like to do.  Who you want to be.  There are so many stories that can be told, without words, just through a simple selfie.

5 ways to take a good selfie by Beth Deschamp

But first, you need to know how to take a perfect one.

I just happen to have 5 tips to help you perfect your selfie skills.  So go and grab your notepad and your cell phone.  I am going to share 5 little iPhoneography tips for you to keep in mind next time you get ready to point your camera towards you and your lovely smile.

keep your selfies simple by Beth Deschamp

1. Be Simple

When you are taking a selfie, the subject should be you!  Do your best to remove any distractions around you before taking your selfie.  Even little things like picture frames or shadows on the wall behind you can draw the eye away from you and be a messy distraction.  Find yourself a blank canvas, so you can be the sole subject.  I love the simplicity of a blank wall and, most of the time, this means taking down a picture frame or two off of my favorite wall for a few minutes to snap a selfie.

express yourself in your selfies by Beth Deschamp

2. Expressing You

While you are taking a selfie, be mindful of your facial expression.  I am known for taking a certain type of selfie and I usually only show my lips and shoulder area.  But even though I never show my eyes, there are still so many different emotions I can portray.  Even a slight smile, or lack thereof, can set the tone of a selfie.  Don’t be afraid to show those dimples!

Also, sometimes you can express yourself through objects.  In the photo above, I snuck my camera into my selfie because my camera expresses a lot about me.  It shows that I love photography.  It shows that my camera is something that defines me.  You will also see that I often use coffee cups in my selfies to express my love for that certain coffee shop with the green straws {wink wink}.  So sneak a favorite possession into your selfie, whether it is a favorite shirt or a favorite piece of jewelry.  It’s all about you and expressing yourself through a photo!

tilt your body when taking a selfie photo by Beth Deschamp

3. Body Tilts

Don’t underestimate the power of slightly tilting your body and the message or tone that it can create in your photo.  A body tilt can resemble a feeling of being carefree and relaxed.  Sometimes it can even create a happier tone for your photo.  In the photo above, I tilted my body to the left and let my hair fall over my shoulder, creating a more relaxed impression.  Because the colors and feeling of the photo are light and fun, I wanted my body to match the rest of the tone of the photograph.  It is just another way of simply adding expression to the story of your photo.

having a focus in your selfie picture by Beth Deschamp

4. Have A Focus

What are you trying to say through your photo?  What is your focus?  Maybe you want to share how you are enjoying your morning cup of joe.  Maybe you want to share how excited you are for spring.  Or maybe you want to share a new accessory, like a scarf or new watch.  Whatever it may be, pinpoint your focus.  Once you know your focus, remove all other distractions and make your object the focus since you want it to pop!  Don’t try and tell too many stories in one photo because it takes the power away from your true focus.  For example:  in the photo above, I am sharing the focus of my new necklace.  the color itself makes the photo pop and brings the viewers attention to my new accessory.  Even though I am also holding a coffee cup, I purposefully chose a cup that was a neutral color so it wouldn’t distract from the necklace.

choose a good angle in selfies by Beth Deschamp

5.  The Angle

I am going to keep this tip short and sweet.  Be very mindful of the angle in which you snap your selfie.  Either shoot straight on by holding your phone straight out in front of your body with a straight arm, or from above by holding your phone slightly above you.  But never ever ever from below.  It’s just not flattering.  I personally prefer taking a photo from straight on, with my arm extended out right in front of me because I like all of the details in my photo to be to scale.

And there you have it!  5 easy little tips to keep in mind when you get ready to snap a lovely picture of you!

Did you write all of the tips down?  If you have an iPhone, remember to use the front facing camera so you can see and monitor your composition as you are taking your photo.  As you see your photo, make those subtle changes that I mentioned above and watch how it changes the feeling of your selfie.  And tap like crazy!  Remember that tapping on the screen helps the phone camera achieve and maintain focus.

But most importantly, it is all about having fun and being you!  It’s all about expressing your personality through a photo and telling someone a story without words.

About the Author:

Meet Beth Deschamp of {beth} a-dilly photography. This curly haired blonde and blue-eyed girl is most content when she is making memories with her little family. She is married to the boy who had a high school locker next to hers and is a small town girl living in the big city of Washington DC with her hubby and two puppies. Starbucks iced soy chai, paperback books, Instagram, almond vanilla cupcakes, blogging, a glass of bold red wine and snuggling a puppy in her lap are just a few of her most favorite things. On a typical weekend, you can find her in the passenger seat, riding down the backroads of Virginia wine country with the windows rolled down and country tunes turned up, stopping on the side of the road from time to time to capture something beautiful with her Nikon D610. As this teacher turned photographer just celebrated her second year in business, her favorite thing about being a photographer is being able to portray the beauty of ordinary things in everyday life. Becoming a photographer has helped her to see the beauty in the littlest of things. And that is a life lesson she will always be grateful for.


  1. Ryan Jul 16 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing all your tips!

  2. Shruti Jul 16 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Can you have someone take a picture of you taking a selfie? I can’t figure out how to take one with only one hand!

  3. Jennifer Jul 16 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Love this. Gonna try it tonight. Thanks.

  4. Julie Jul 16 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I loved these 5 steps!!

  5. Cavil Jul 16 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I’m not a fan of most selfies but some of yours are artistic. Like your approach! Great post!

  6. Liz Jul 16 2014 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Ditto Shruti- I need a pullback!

  7. Samantha Jul 17 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Your selfies are stunning, I need to try out these tips!

  8. Alison Jul 17 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I am so going to try these techniques – great post!

  9. staci Jul 18 2014 at 12:52 am - Reply

    your selfies are adorable! 🙂

  10. Trace Jul 18 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Love these tips Beth! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Valerie Jul 19 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Like these – I hate selfies, but sometimes it seems like a necessary skill. Ha ha.

  12. Lauren Nygard Jul 20 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Haha! Fun article!

  13. Jessica Lysse Jul 20 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for these tips! I am in desperate need of help for my selfies!

  14. Emily Jul 20 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Oh the selfie! It challenges me on so many levels. I loved Beth’s tips and am determined to try some of them out in the not too distant future!

  15. Karen Shoufler Jul 20 2014 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    This is great! I LOVE Beth’s selfies, but can never quite figure out how to do it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Meagan Jul 21 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I have not yet attempted a selfie, and doing so is on my to do list, so I appreciate your insights, especially the tip to include a favorite possession. Thank you!

  17. Ophelia Jul 21 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I loathe taking selfies but I love the tips you shared! I may even be persuaded to try this! 🙂

  18. Carol D Jul 21 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I’ve got to try some of these!

  19. Christina Jul 22 2014 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    It is so nice to see that I am not the only one that can’t figure it out 🙂 I too would love a pull-back. I watch my teenage daughter, but somehow I don’t think it’s quite the same…lol

  20. Samantha King Jul 22 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    I’m the world’s worst selfie-taker. I’m going to work on it!

  21. Amy Schuff Jul 22 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Yeah, you totally rock the selfies!! Thank you for sharing your tips with us!

  22. Conni M Jul 22 2014 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I need to start doing this more! Thanks for the fresh ideas for the ‘old selfies!! Awesome

  23. Kimberly Jul 23 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    I never take selfies! I like that you don’t always include your face and you add interest…that’s a good way to provide variety, not just “this is my face again” 😉 Thanks for all the tips!

  24. Lila Jul 23 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    LOVE your Instagram feed- thanks for sharing these great tips!

  25. Amy Avery Jul 23 2014 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    LOVE these tips, now to practice and swap out some photos that need replacing! I shared this on my facebook and now people have commented that they are awaiting new profile pics!

  26. Amber Jul 24 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    These are fabulous tips, I never take great selfies.

  27. Renee Jul 24 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Love these tips!! I have always loathed selfies but now I’m excited to try again 🙂

  28. Jana Jul 24 2014 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips. This is something I haven’t put much thought into, but need to practice. I hate how I can always see my arm or look like I’m reaching. Off to practice…

  29. Melissa Sanchez Jul 25 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    thank you for these tips! i’m not a big selfie taker, but with these tips, i may try it out more 😀

  30. MelissaU Jul 25 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I love these tips! I sure they are going to prove incredibly helpful to the general population as they circulate across “the interwebs” helping guide us all to better express ourselves in a gorgeous way 🙂 I especially like that all the selfies speak of something in you but none show your face fully; very creative 🙂

  31. Felicia Murray Jul 26 2014 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your tips!

  32. Laura Jul 29 2014 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Love this!!! I need to try.,
    Would you mind sharing the program or app that you use to edit these iphone pictures?

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