Cell Phone Series: How to take the BEST ring selfie!!!!

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Ekkk!!!!! You’re engaged! You have the PERFECT ring and now with a few tips from me you will get that PERFECT Instagram-worthy photo!

1.) LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT! Lighting is everything! If you aren’t outside, stand next to a window for some natural light. If you taken an iPhone in a darker room it will almost always be blurry. And take it from me, fluorescent lights and yellow lights are not any better. Natural sunlight for the win! But no matter where you are, watch for shadows.

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2.) Know your ring. Every single ring is different. Test out different angles so you can capture the most amazing qualities about your ring. For example, if the way your ring is set is super unique try shooting on a angle so you can highlight that. Have a really unique (or gigantic) stone? Try an overhead shot.

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3.) Skip the flash. Trust me.

4.) Nails. Pay attention to those nails. Everyone wants to see the ring but no one wants to see dirty, hangnails. Haha! If your proposal was a surprise and you’re nails are due for a manicure, just put on some location and get creative with your posing. For example, hold hands with your fiancé or frame your nails out of the shot!

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5.) Backgrounds. Unleash your inner photographer. Find an Instagram-worthy skyline, latte, fuzzy rug, or patterned pillow and allow it to serve as the background for this beautiful ring selfie.

6.) Back it up. While self-phone photos are not going to be as quality as professional photos, there are a few tricks you can use to make the pictures look more sharp. Avoid zoom on your camera, instead, physically move the camera yourself and it will make a much less pixelated photo. If you are using an iPhone, set up your shot and then tap the screen where your ring is to focus the lens. If you have an iPhone that has “Portrait Mode”, click that mode, and follow the steps above.

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7.) Avoid Creepy Hands. Ummm…. say goodbye to those creepy hands where you can see every pore, line or teeny tiny hair by relaxing your fingers, adding a prop, or resting you hands on your fiancé's arm. You can also avoid scary hands by doing a slight tilt of your camera- or your hand- instead of shooting straight on.

8.) Pick One. You want your ring to stand out and look awesome. Skip the collages and instead pick one great shot to feature.

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9.) There’s an app for that. Use an awesome editing app like Photoshop Express, VSCO Cam, Afterlight, or my personal favorite PicTapGo.

10.) SHARE! If there was ever a time to be sentimental now is it!!!! You are GETTING MARRIED to your best friend! So write the caption, get creative with those emojis and share away my friend!