DIY: How to Take a Selfie! Tips from a Pro Photographer! #Podcast #PhotographyTips #Selfies

I am pretty sure anyone with a smartphone has taken a selfie — or at least attempted to do so. Unfortunately it’s likely to require 20 or more attempts to get one decent photo (or more). The “or more” is often what it’s taken me to get one semi-decent selfie (see below)


As you can see, I took it in my home in one of the bathrooms before my smartphone and a forward facing camera. Don’t think that a forward facing camera is solution for good selfies. The view from that phone is a bit more of a wide-angle shot so that the perspective is a bit skewed. The best shots are ones that don’t mess with changing “normal” photos and often require so many attempts.

What I am presenting now is the other half of the interview time that I did with Dr. Sabrina Fabi and a well-known editorial photographer Nico Apo. After I talked to Dr. Fabi, we tried to do selfies of Dr. Fabi and myself and weren’t too successful. Mostly it was because I was given a hot new “selfie stick” but we had to sync it with bluetooth and that was just too demanding of our time since we all had to go in different directions in a few minutes. Instead we had Nico shoot our photo:

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Me with Dr. Sabrina Fabi.

Considering this room was had substantial illumination by indirect natural light, I think it turned out exceptionally well. Not everyone can do this kind of shot — without a flash. I liked it a lot!

I had a chance to do an interview with Nico Apo and here is the podcast of our conversation. It’s smart and sharp as a tack with great tips and advice that we ALL should take and/or use.

Podcast with Nico Apo.

Problems with smartphone photos:

When I was invited to interview Dr. Sabrina Fabi about Xeomin, the point was to talk about how you can make yourself look better for your selfie-type photos. It’s hard enough to let go of tension and stress (e.g., driving to WeHo on a serious deadline to meet a famous makeup artist) in your regular life, doing it on command for a photo to post online, you want it to look better than average if it’s going to Intagram, Twitter or Facebook! Since by the very nature of the photo, it’s going to be fairly close-up and not anywhere close to being full-length, it’s all about how you look from waist up. So those frown lines, pursed lips and squinty eyes aren’t going to say anything other than you are tired or busy or ??? (fill in that blank).

Think about those women in that interview with Dr. Sabrina Fabi and how they looked before the Xeomin and then a couple of weeks after the injection. Night and day right? That could be you too if you feel that your selfies don’t reflect a relaxed and confident you.

Worth thinking about and worth considering how to take a good to great spontaneous photo for any reason.

Thank you to Nico Apo for her interview. She’s awesome and gifted as a photographer. I don’t have a photo of her and her social platforms reflect that she prefers to be the photographer and not the photographed!

Find Nico Apo on these social platforms.

If I do an injectable any time soon, I want to use Xeomin. I like the fact that it’s purified. It makes sense for me and my lifestyle (along with getting new lenses in my glasses so I stop squinting).
If you have tried Xeomin or any of the tips that Nico has suggested in the podcast, please let me know.

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