How to Take the Perfect Beach Selfie

No one goes on holiday without their camera – you want to remember those cool new places and memories and, let’s face it, show them off on Snapchat to everyone stuck back home!

You’ve put your favourite bikini on, your hair is doing that gorgeous, tousled wave thing just right for once, and your skin has gone a glorious shade of bronze. Now, how do you capture all of that in the perfect photo?

two girls taking selfie on beach

Lighting is everything

You can never have too much sunshine, right? Well, when it comes to photography, the answer is actually yes. If you’re positioned with your back to the sun, pointing the camera directly towards it, your face is going to be cast in shade and that’s not flattering on anyone. Instead, face into the sun yourself or, if your eyes can’t cope with that, hold your phone or camera so that the sun is off to one side.

Perfect your poses…

When you’re on the beach you’ll probably find yourself taking selfies in positions you wouldn’t normally take them in, like lying on your back, and with body parts on show that you’d normally have covered up. Take some time to work out what’s flattering for you.

If you’re on a sun lounger, reclining back flattens your tummy compared to sitting upright, and bending your legs makes your thighs look leaner. A simple standing pose that works for everyone is to twist your body slightly to one side – instant curves!

woman sipping cocktail

…but not too much

Know what all of the best Instagram selfies have in common? They look totally natural. Try not to appear stiff and ‘over posed’. Instead of just standing there with your hand on your hip, do something. Sip a cocktail, twirl a beach ball, splash about in the waves… the result will look beautifully candid and infinitely more interesting than that cookie cutter pose that’s in everyone else’s holiday album.

Pack a sarong

Not totally body confident? That’s fine, most people aren’t. All you need is a chic sarong and you can cover up your least favourite parts and add an edge to your photos at the same time. Trust us, a colourful, chiffon sarong floating about in the breeze looks amazing!

woman on round beach towel

Keep it colourful

Nothing says ‘tropical paradise’ quite like a vivid riot of colour. If you want a photo that’s going to stand out and rack up those likes on Instagram, then you’ll need some eye-catching props. From your swimwear to your beach towel to that fruity cocktail you’ve got in one hand, look for bold colours and fun prints – bonus points if it’s all coordinating.

Protect your valuables

Okay, this one’s not exactly about improving your photo technique. But no selfie is worth ruining, or losing, your iPhone over. We all know that sand has a habit of getting absolutely everywhere, so be especially careful not to get it on your camera lens (if you do, try to blow it off rather than rub, so you don’t create scratches).

And though a good selfie session can be fun, it also broadcasts to lots of people the fact you have a phone or camera on you. When it’s time to hit the waves, ask a friend to watch your stuff or take it with you, which brings us onto our final tip…

woman swimming half under water

Go underwater!

If you want a beach selfie that’s really unique, don’t just stick to the sand – get in the water! A splash-proof cover for your phone or camera is a small investment for all of the awesome images you’ll be able to capture underneath those crystal clear waters. Leave your hair to float loose for true mermaid vibes.


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