Scrolling through my co-workers Instagram feeds I realized a few things. First, they all know how to take a great selfie. The other is that they all have easily identifiable signature poses. As someone who has trouble taking her own selfies, it struck me as interesting. It certainly makes sense—we go through life with the same face, learning how to hold it, contort it, and angle it so it photographs how we want. Somehow, though, I missed that class.
In the ever-elusive quest to be more photogenic, I decided to hit my co-workers up for a little experiment. We'd each choose someone's signature pose to re-create, and, afterward, discuss the experience. Perhaps we'll all come out with new selfie faces (or, more likely, a lot of hilarious outtakes). Keep reading to find out what happened.
Katie's thoughts: "Being that I prefer candid selfies to directly looking at the camera, emulating Faith's signature 'selfie face' proved rather difficult. Nevertheless, after about a hundred photos, I finally captured a selfie similar to that of Faith's—mouth slightly open and eyes wide. And, while I don't think I've found my new 'selfie face,' I actually like this photo. Kudos to Faith for a good pose!"
On her signature pose: "I always keep my mouth closed, turn toward the right, chin up a bit, and left eyebrow raised slightly. I can't explain it… "
Amanda's thoughts: "Well, that was much harder than I thought. Apparently, I am unable to take a selfie without parting my lips. Like how you automatically close your eyes when you sneeze, it's a reflex. I see a front-facing camera, and I instantly open my mouth like a baby bird. I don't know what that says about me. But what I do know, thanks to this assignment, is that a signature selfie face is like the outfit you feel most comfortable in. If someone makes you put on a certain style shirt you're not used to, you all the sudden feel totally discombobulated. I never realized how grateful I am that for 99.9% of my life I get to control how I take my own selfies."
Hallie's thoughts: "I was perhaps overconfident when it came to re-creating Victoria's go-to pose. Our Instagram feeds have a similar style—less posey, more casual—so, admittedly, I thought it was going to be a breeze. Wrong. This experiment has made me realize just how difficult it is to pose in a position you're not familiar with, even if it's just a slight deviation. I use my angles, but I very rarely turn my face completely to the side, like Victoria. I was having so much trouble turning away while still making eye contact with the camera. The lesson? Victoria is certainly more competent with a front-facing camera and well-placed side-eye than yours truly."
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