How To Take The Perfect Engagement Selfie
You're engaged! Yay! Now comes the fun bit: showing off (we mean sharing, of course) your bling. As will all selfies, there are ways and there are means.
Here are our tips on how to take the perfect engagement selfie…
Any excuse for a manicure, right? Preparing your handsisessential though. Put it this way: if your nails are chipped or your skin is dry it will be the first thing anyone looking at your snap will see, never mind the bling! Manicure, moisturise and - if you are going the extra mile - make sure you have had a good amount of water well ahead of your selfie (there is nothing worse than sausage fingers caused by swelling and dehydration.)
Mind your surroundings. There is nothing worse than a cluttered - or random - backdrop for your picture. You can do one of two things: focus on your sparkler or tell a story. If the former, pick a blank canvas or a pretty backdrop, always keeping in mind that your new bauble is the star of the show - not your new Designer's Guild bedspread. Whatever you do, don't (ever) go for an absent-minded hand-on-legs-shot; it's never flattering. If you want to tell a story, a la Kim Kardashian, be mindful of the light.
Find your good side
Harder said than done, we know. But all it takes is practice! Try different poses to find one that works for your hands. If you have long, slim fingers (lucky you) try to hover your hand mid air in a relaxed pose. Avoid focusing on your knuckles and beware of any stray hairs or bulky watches.
If you can't quite find your better-hand-angle (totally a thing), you might be better off with the next tip…
A Helping Hand
Fact: The best selfies aren't actually taken by yourself. You'd think that by definition, all selfies must be taken by yourself, but you'd be wrong. Go with it. If you have someone else playing photographer you are free to take instruction and get a bit more creative. Plus, they can get those angles that you can't quite catch with your single-handed snaps...
Naturally important in photography, but extra important in the engagement selfie. Especially if you want to show off your ring's fire (as in internal sparkle; not actual flames…) Natural sunlight is always best. Be aware that shadows can be your hand's worst enemy…
If you've taken lots of fun shots in your posing practice you could always use an app like pic jointer or pic stick to create a mini montage of bling. Be careful not to use very similar images four times over. It's almost better to use the same image four times than four you-can't-even-tell-how-they-are-different-images in one montage.
If all else fails
If you find the whole thing too stressful forget about hands and find a way to display your ring. It's ring box is obvious, but effective. Let it shine, let it glow and still enjoy a manicure (because you can bet any money that people will still want to look at your bling in the flesh!)