Seriously, What is the Point of a Selfie?

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Selfies in general get a bad rep because it comes across as vain, for instance the critical reception of Kim K. West’s book Selfish, which features tons of her selfies. Many critics found Kim’s book narcissistic and kind of pointless. While her book for some appeared as unnecessary, others valued Selfish and used it as pose inspiration or a photography reference.

JustNatonya What is the Purpose of A Selfie?

Although selfies are basically you taking a picture of yourself, the self-taken photos are not really a bad concept. Whether promoted on social media or saved privately to your phone folders, if you think about it, selfies are low-key forms of self-care. Selfies are a great way to increase confidence and experience freedom of expression or personal admiration.

Selfies are private ways to celebrate your beauty and say, “Hey, I look good today!”

Selfies come in all forms, for example posing in front of a bathroom mirror. I like the informality of a mirror selfie because it teaches you to improvise. For me the blurry tone and noisy background adds charm to the spontaneous moment, creating an aesthetic of being free, living life and capturing a personal “feel-good” moment of yourself.

Once you capture that memory, you share those moments online hoping to send some positive energy to others. I think selfies become problematic when the person is posting for attention. You can always feel authenticity, even through a computer screen.

Are Selfies in General Professional?

Being a fashion enthusiast and style journalist, I blog about how to conveniently add the hottest looks or latest trends to your lifestyle and how to make more use with the clothes in your closet. One big essential part of my blog is to feature photos of myself demonstrating my style tips. Currently, I’m not able to hire a professional photographer so it’s in my best interest to get creative, therefore selfies in general are a huge plus for me. With the right lighting, flattering angles and a cohesive filter, you can take an ordinary selfie and make it pop like a professional photographer took your picture.

Check out my car selfie below:

As a fashion blogger, it’s almost implied that you need a professional photographer to capture your OOTDs for blog and Instagram work. While professional pictures are easy to attract the attention of others including brands, it’s not easily accessible for everyone. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to go broke trying to be like the fashion bloggers I’m inspired by on Instagram. I wrote a post about that concept, which you can read here.

Typical mirror selfies have grown into more than you holding the phone and snapping a picture. Today, phones are not just equipped with front-facing cameras but the addition of self-timers makes it easier for you to become your own personal photographer.

Deciding whether or not a selfie in general is professional, I think it depends on the individual and their brand. Your followers may relate more to a noisy shadowy mirror selfie than the staged photo shoot. On the other hand, many brands want high quality photos that clearly highlight the product you’re hired to promote.

Creativity comes in all forms and as long the product is in focus, you can develop something intriguing without hiring a professional photographer or buying a DSLR camera. Just stay true to yourself and make the most of what you have in your possession.

Check out how Amra used her mirror selfies to showcase her makeup look. Although it’s a selfie, it’s very professional looking and the product is in focus. Not quite sure if she used her phone or a fancy camera but the photo turned out in super high quality, no professional photographer necessary.

Look at Amra’s selfie video of her Fashion Nova swimsuit. While it’s not in the brightest light like her makeup selfie, the video is a relatable lifestyle moment. What do you do when you put on a swimsuit these days, you snap a photo. In this particular case, the beauty guru recorded a video. It’s a great demonstration of using the selfie method in a professional way to promote a product without hiring a professional photographer or using an expensive camera.

I like selfies in conjunction to professional photos shoots. One day I would like to be professionally photographed but for right now it’s nice to take my own photos. Selfies are more than people taking pictures of themselves. It’s a symbol of self-love, creativity and a display of photography skills.

To break the mold of professional photo shoots, it’s nice to see something different on Instagram feeds because it provides more risky and frankly authentic vibe. Even if a filter is added on the picture to provoke a mood or emotion, the photo itself is refreshing because it shows personality. 

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Included in my list of favorite Instagrammers is Sorelle Amore because she takes practically all her photos by herself. In my opinion, she is The Selfie Queen because she makes the most of what she has by taking advanced style selfies.

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Overall, this post is not to downplay professional photo shoots, which I appreciate because they bring a certain artistic and editorial direction to what brands are communicating to consumers. I just think selfies are another form of art as well, they can go beyond stretching your arm out for a quick picture too.

What do you think about the concept of selfies? Are they out of style or is it something you want to embrace more often?

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. I love selfies! I read somewhere once (ha I’m saying that a lot today) that taking a selfie was the quickest way to give yourself a little mood boost because you automatically smile for the camera and that releases some happy chemicals in the brain 😀
    I adore seeing peoples selfies too because yes, you look good and I’m so happy to see you with the confidence to pop that on the internet for everyone to see how happy you are with yourself in that moment!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Exactly! Selfies are confidence boosters😁 I enjoy taking them, even if it’s stashed away in a random folder on my phone😂

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  2. Chloe Chats says:

    There’s definitely nothing wrong with taking a selfie, and it’s great to see so many people who do, if you feel like you’re looking cute, then you should deffo take a selfie and capture that positive moment!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I agree Chloe, capturing that positive moment is so good for the soul!

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  3. Em says:

    This is such an interesting read! Selfies can definitely get a bad rep, but hey if you’re feeling yourself? Celebrate that, get the love you deserve! Love love loooved this xx

    Em // http://www.emilybecca.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So happy you liked this post Em! I think selfies are an excellent for of self-care, you just gotta do you ❤

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  4. I don’t really have many opinions about selfies! I certainly don’t think they’re attention seeking or narcissistic. If you look good, then take a damn picture! I hate taking selfies because I basically hate every photo of me though.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I agree with you. Selfies are self-care acts that super healthy for increasing self-esteem 🙂

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  5. That’s such an interesting perspective, I’ve never considered a selfie as a form of self-care. TBH, I loathe photos of myself (and my Samsung Galaxy makes it look like I’m underwater anyway, the front-facing camera is rubbish). But you’re absolutely right, it’s all about the composition, lighting and getting a little creative. I’m not sure I’m ready to take selfies just yet but if and when I do, I’ll be bearing all of your tips in mind. Thank you, Natonya, I loved this post! Lisa x

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I’m so happy you found this post useful Lisa! I try to come up with different topics that’s relevant and useful to bettering our lifestyles 🙂 Can’t wait to see your selfie one day! Tag me ❤

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  6. I don’t really master the art of taking a selfie but I look to take one from time to time. And you’re right, you celebrate your own beauty. Coz I always find myself thinking “I look good ont his selfie”

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Exactly Corinne! Selfies are a way to celebrate one’s beauty, nicely said!

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