What are "Fancy Selfies", and do you need them?

Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram and come across super cute photo of a girl at home with her baby? Or maybe it's a cute pic of her chilling on the floor with her dog? I see these all the time!

For years I assumed this meant that she must have a camera-savvy friend or husband hanging around ready to take cute pics. Or perhaps she had a special monthly budget set aside to hire a photographer to come over and capture some cute social media photos? Tell me I'm not alone in assuming this!

These assumptions have for years led me to believe that those cute "at home" photos couldn't be a thing for me, unless Jackson and I set our weekends aside and spent all of Saturday taking photos, which we weren't about to do. Just not that important to me.

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what is a fancy selfie katie graham photography bemus point traveling destination wedding photographer

BUT, I've come to realize a method that a lot of these women (and men too!) online are using, which allows them to have these cute at-home photos without shelling out loads of cash on the regular... and the best part is that it's totally doable for me and you!

What I've learned within the past 4-5 months is that a lot of the time, these people don't have photographers--or even "Instagram Husbands"--on stand-by. What they do have is:

  1. a camera
  2. a self timer

That's it! It's so simple!

The beauty of this is that just about anyone has access to a camera with a self-timer. If you have a smart phone, chances are your phone has a camera with a self-timer option! If you're unsure, simple Google your phone model and see if it does.

I've used my phone's camera in the past for self-timed selfies...but my tool of preference is my beloved Canon 5d miii. This dslr camera is my baby, and I love looking for new and exciting ways to use it in my everyday life! My newest method is for "fancy selfies".

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what is a fancy selfie katie graham photography bemus point traveling destination wedding photographer

The next logical question is, "Do these images mean anything for me? Should I even worry with this?"

My answer is, yes! Definitely! "Fancy Selfies" or simply knowing how to work you self-timer is massively beneficial for a variety of reasons...

  • Snag a quick family pic on Christmas Morning in front of the tree from more than just arms-length away.
  • Capture images of you and your special-someone on trips in front of landmarks where there isn't anyone else around to take the picture.
  • Capture marketing images on the fly when you're in a pinch or working on a shoestring budget.
  • Create quality social media images that feature you without being a typical selfie.

No matter what season of life you're in, I feel there's always going to be a situation where you can use this method! Keep reading to learn how to take "fancy selfies" for yourself...

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what is a fancy selfie katie graham photography bemus point traveling destination wedding photographer
what is a fancy selfie katie graham photography bemus point traveling destination wedding photographer

How to take "Fancy Selfies":

  1. Decide on your camera of choice. For me this is typically my Canon 5d miii, but any camera or phone with a self-timer function will work!
  2. Determine where you will be sitting/standing. You're going to want to pay attention to background and lighting! Choose a location with a pleasant background that helps to tell a story, and choose lighting that is flattering and even on the face. Pro Tip: If you're indoors, face the window! Facing the window will create the most flattering light.
  3. Set up the composition. Do you want it horizontal or vertical?
  4. Prop your camera in place. If I'm using my phone I can usually place it on top of something, or use a phone tripod like this one if I'm on the go. When I'm using my Canon 5d miii, I use this tripod to stage my camera.
  5. Turn on your self-timer funtion.
  6. Run into place. Don't blink!
  7. Take the image.
  8. Check image and retake if needed.
  9. Done!

It's that simple! A lot of times people can overcomplicate the process, when it doesn't need to be that difficult. Keep the system simple, and the more you use it the more seamless it will become!

If you're going to be using a DSLR like I typically do, here are some specific tips to help you make the process as simple as possible...

  • If you're shooting alone, use a tether cord to connect your camera to your laptop. You can then set focus, adjust basic settings such as ISO, aperture, or shutter speed, and remotely shoot from your computer. This is how I take the majority of my images for social media! I simply make sure my laptop is out of frame so it doesn't show in the final image.
  • If you aren't shooting alone, use someone you'll be standing by to set your focus. Then click the shutter and run into frame.
  • Purchase a remote control! You can use this so you don't have to continuously run back and forth between shots.
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Family portrait captured on my Canon 5d miii set up on a tripod, using 10-second self timer mode.

I hope you found this both helpful and encouraging! If you did, please share this with someone else you think would appreciate it! You can do this using the grey social icons below.

See you all in the next one!

Katie xx