Before scheduling a couple's session with the engagement photographer or breaking the joyful news to friends and family, many socially-savvy brides are taking to Instagram with proposal selfies. Whether the snap captures an ecstatic couple just after the proposal is accepted or features a closeup of the bride's ring-clad finger, engagement selfies are a major bridal trend for 2015. The average couple may only be armed with a smartphone and a handful of lighting filters to document the grand event, but as it so happens, a camera phone is the only necessary equipment to capture this special moment in time. Read on for seven tips on taking the perfect proposal selfie.
1. Properly Primp Your Hands
If you plan to train the camera on your hands after the proposal, make sure that your digits are ready for their closeup. If you don't have adequate time for a trip to the salon, try an abbreviated manicure by exfoliating and moisturizing your hands before topping nails with a cuticle oil or nude polish.
2. Adopt a Flexed Finger Pose
To properly display the brilliance of your sparkler, splay your fingers against a flat surface and angle your camera from above.
3. Choose a Carat-Illuminating Filter
Unfortunately, there is no "Diamond Enhancement" filter on Instagram; however, selecting an appropriately illuminating cast will lend your engagement ring additional luster on camera. A yellow-toned filter such as Rise, Hefe, or Earlybird will brighten your diamond dazzler, while one like Inkwell will lend vintage elegance to your ring.
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4. Highlight Your Emotions — Without An Emoji
While a tightly cropped shot of your ring may elicit gasps of joy from your friends and family, snapping a couples' selfie will provide a more holistic picture of the moment. In order to depict the underlying emotion behind the proposal, arrange the shot as a close up of yours and your fiancé's faces with a sliver of the background in view.
5. Capture an Action Shot of the Moment
The most moving engagement selfies, and indeed professional photos, often incorporate movement. Consider snapping an action shot in which your exuberance over the moment is on display, such as a close embrace or a leap towards your fiancé.
6. Position the Camera Properly
The most flattering selfies capture the subject straight on or from above. When acting as your own engagement photographer, position your camera or phone on a horizontal axis from your face or angled slightly above your head to encapsulate the best image.
7. Don't Be Afraid to Smile
A stylized pout may suit other selfies, but your engagement photo is the ideal opportunity for displaying your most radiant smile.