July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015

Your Guide to Snapping the Most Flattering Selfie

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a beary safe and great weekend. Dab the AIDS Bear made it back home today so stay tuned for more new pictures soon.

Doing events and traveling around the world, we have been taking pictures with Dab the AIDS Bear, Dab the Breast Cancer Bear and Dab the Anti-bullying Bear for over 34 years. In the past few year since selfies became popular we have also been taking those since we often do not have an assistant at events. So today I will blog about how to snap the most flattering selfies.

Summer has officially arrived, and that means it's time to hit the beach! It's so fun to break out that swimsuit, dip your toes in the ocean, and listen to the relaxing sound of the waves. And while you're there, we bet you'll be posting photos documenting your beach trip to Instagram, right? Well, if that's the case, we're here to ensure your swimsuit selfies (a.k.a. swelfies) look as good as possible. Try these out these tips from a professional photographer for your next Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook pic.

Find the Right Lighting
It can be hard to take any photo outside, let alone a smart-phone photo. Solve that by making sure the light is hitting your face. If you’re in the sun, face the sun—or if you’re in the shade, put your face in the direction the light is coming from. And your phone can help you more than you might realize. If your view is too dark or too bright before you shoot, tap on the screen in the area you actually want to expose [a.k.a. make lighter], and it will automatically correct before taking the photo.

Stick to the Classic Angle
There’s a reason teenagers do that above-the-head-pointing-camera-down thing: It works. Shooting from slightly above is usually a good angle and is most complimentary. It smoothes out the jawline and any neck wrinkles, too. It also makes your eyes look a little bigger and keeps you from getting a double chin. Try it!

Pick a Colorful Background
If you’ve ever played around with an Instagram filter, you know that an already-colorful surrounding makes for a wonderfully vivid post. The point is showing where you are. Keep the pool or ocean in the background, versus a flat, boring corner or wall. Slap a Hefe filter on those cerulean waves, and you’re on your way to getting tons of likes.

Don’t Take It Too Seriously
For a good selfie, it should be just that: showing your real self. Not too fake or pose-y, but fun and lighthearted. Don’t go to too many extremes for that perfect shot.

Hope these tips help you get the perfect selfie and you have a beary safe and great start to your week.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab