Behold the selfie – the craze that is taking over the world (literally - more than one billion selfies were posted to social networks just last year). And, according to these figures, ladies - you simply can’t have a hen weekend without hundreds of images documenting the night’s shenanigans (and the sheer volume of wine consumed). It is, after all, tradition nowadays to knock someone out with your selfie stick (accidentally, of course) and suffer from some unfortunate (read: hideous) pictures of you munching away on your Doner kebab, that inevitably end up surfacing on Facebook the next day. So, to help you out, we’ve rounded up some handy tips on how to take the perfect selfie during your hen party…
Find your signature pose
via Buzzfeed and virallane - Ah, the old foot in the sink selfie
The trick behind a good selfie (which was voted Word of the Year in 2013 and even put into the Oxford Dictionary) is a mind-blowing signature pose (as you can see from this woman, who has found a magnificent way of showing off her new alarm clock). Posh Spice, Madge, The Queen – they all have their own pose down to a T and you sure as hell should too. As this is your last night of freedom, you can even go a little crazy (we’re not talking legs behind the back of your head kind of stuff, don’t worry) and aim for something different to the standard I’ve-had-so-much-tequila-that-I’m-not-even-sure-what-my-name-is-and-how-to-get-home pose.
via mybs.com - Ah, the toilet selfie - what a delight
We cannot stress this point enough. Before sharing a snap with the world, always check the background (especially for your dirty clothes) – you don’t want your photo going viral on your hen weekend (we’re sure you have seen those images doing the rounds on Facebook, with rather unfortunate, err, things in the background). This shouldn’t be too much of an issue if you take selfies in a club, although keep an eye out for those photos at the end of the night when you have inevitably had too much wine and are struggling to put one foot in front of the other on the completely level and firm pavement.
Lights, camera, action
via Buzzfeed - We hope this woman does not know the functions of a bidet
This one may be pretty obvious. If you don’t have good lighting, you might as well give up this selfie taking lark now. The right lighting will make you look absolutely flawless (not that you don’t anyway, of course) – so be sure to take advantage of natural lighting. Or, when you are in a club, stand next to the laser beams and just hope for the best.
via ShazzaRazza and tumblr - A camel eating your face makes for a great selfie
There’s a subtle art to taking pictures, and that subtle art is staying still. Whilst we understand that may be a tad difficult because, as we have mentioned previously, you will be drinking an unholy amount of wine on your hen weekend, but you don’t want a blurry Facebook album on your hands. The trick is: stand on your left foot, hold your right one behind your back, grip your left ear lobe and look an absolute fool (we’re kidding – just lay off that tenth bottle of Pinot).
Switch up your filters
via Madonna Instagram and Complex - a filter can cover all manner of sins...
The selfie is nothing without a good filter. This is your hen weekend and, towards the end of the celebrations, you may be looking a little worse for wear (10 cocktails can really do that to a person) – so stick an Earlybird filter on your photo (Instagram’s most used filter according to the Huffington Post, FYI) and bask in the thousands of likes your selfie is sure to get (well, it will as long as you follow these tips).
Do NOT knock people out with your selfie stick
via Instagram and Reddit - These two are being wildly reckless with their sticks in a crowded place
Voted one of TIME’s 25 best inventions in 2014, the selfie stick is a necessary evil on your hen weekend. Whilst you may not relish looking a fool as you pose for an actual stick in your L-plates and willy hats, these gadgets can come in particularly handy after ten or so cocktails. You shan’t be dropping your phone in a pitcher of Strawberry Woo Woo with one of these in your clutch bag. However, watch where you put your stick (namely, keep an eye out for the Bride) when you attempt to take a picture after drinking the bar dry – a black eye does not make for a great wedding photo.