In an era in which we are armed and ready with a cellphone in hand to snap a photo at any moment, it’s almost too easy to take an impromptu self-portrait no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Everyone from President Obama to Ellen DeGeneres and her Academy Award winning selfie (seriously, she should win an Oscar for that impeccable photo) and even hit songs are getting in on the action. So why the negative connotation? Until recently, we’ve never been more ashamed or aware of taking selfies. Need me to elaborate?…
Think about your moment of selfie perfection: Your hair is unfazed by the weather, you have the perfect backdrop and lighting, your skin looks radiant, so you begin to extend your arm and lift your phone to the perfect altitude to snap a pic when someone blurts out, ‘she’s about to take a selfie!,’ making you feel more self-conscious than ever! As if it’s a bad thing.
Now you’ve GOT to know what I’m talking about!
To elaborate further, the situation usually becomes awkward as you try to defend your selfie by shouting, ‘it’s a snapchat photo!’ or coming up with another excuse…as if that’s any better! It’s unsalvageable. Accept defeat. We’re here to tell you it’s ok. It’s not narcissism, it’s photog perfectionism and you’ve come to a safe place where people understand you. There’s no need to look over your shoulder before taking a selfie here! We won’t judge you (unless you’re taking a shirtless photo while flexing in front of a mirror—that’s so MySpace of you – stop that!). Other than that, we don’t think taking a #selfie should be a bad thing. Yes, I used a hashtag, because in a world of incessant social media, it just seemed appropriate.
Ok, back to you: we want to defend you and everyone who’s been ashamed to take a selfie. There are many perks to taking a self-portrait versus having someone else take your photo and we’re making our case! Here’s why:
You Can Control the Photo.
How many times have you confidently posed in a group shot only to find out that: (A) Your eyes were closed. (B) You didn’t do skinny arm. (C) You were standing on your wrong side. (D) You suddenly look like someone ate you—aka not your skinniest moment. (E) You were in mid-sentence. (F) Ugh, is that what I look like??
You Don’t Have to Ask for a Re-take.
Whether you want to share your photo over social media or send it to a “friend,” you want to look your best. A stranger or even a friend is not going to casually take several dozen photos of you until you get the money shot. Consider our #selfie a favor and courtesy to your photographer! (Unless you’re dying to take multiple photos of me, which would be weird. Or awesome? Maybe a bit of both…)
You Won’t Miss Important Moments.
Let’s talk about the times when you asked someone to take a photo of you and your favorite celebrity or even a ‘kodak moment’ on vacation, only to find out later that your head was cut off. I understand your pain and declare that it’s okay to get mad! But that’s why we’re here – to justify you being your own director of photography so that your head never gets chopped off again! If you were able to use your camera feature to face you, this issue would’ve never happened and you could have taken multiple priceless images (even implying that you and your fave celeb are BFFS).
Get the Photo You Want.
Don’t try and deny it, we’ve all thought about sending a sexy photo to someone of interest, but have halted due to having to pose awkwardly in front of a friend, or even worse, a stranger. There’s no need to even elaborate on how uncomfortable and unnatural this situation is. Instead of looking and feeling confident and sexy, you end up looking stiff and robotic. No, no, no! That is not going to get you laid! If you were able to position the camera in a slightly-over-the-head shot or another angle that works for you, you would be getting an excited emoji in return, not a ‘cute’ reply.
Case closed! I think we’ve explained ourselves thoroughly. I hope you have a better understanding of the benefits and logic behind our actions. If not, I’d be happy to explain further, but first, LET ME TAKE A SELFIE.