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How Travel Photographer Sorelle Amore is Changing the Selfie Game

Selfies have dominated the world. Whether or not you think it’s fun or tacky, you’ve taken at least one at this point in your life. However, portraits taken by photographers are given a much greater value, and who wouldn’t want their picture taken by a professional every single time they go out or travel rather than take some silly selfie? That would absolutely be awesome, but unfortunately, not all of us has that kind of luxury (except if you’re friends with Brandon Woelfel – in that case, you should stop reading this article!)

Fortunately for the rest of us, a travel influencer has risen to take the challenge of getting aesthetically pleasing self-portraits any time of the day and in any place.

Sorelle Amore is a travel photographer and influencer who just so happened to master the art of taking selfies, shedding light on new techniques and ideas that will leave you inspired to skillfully take photos of yourself as well. She puts up different and creative videos on her YouTube channel that provide tips and tricks on how to take the perfect portrait while travelling solo or enduring the absence of a photographer. Not only does she provide this useful content, but she also serves as an inspiration for loving your own body and being more accepting and comfortable towards it.

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I meaaaan…I think this might be my best photo I’ve taken of myself to date. Advanced selfie on steroids 😱 I’ve also whacked on one of my presets which will be fricking available on Sunday! What?! My moody as hell, vintage feel preset collection will be out in just a few days. I’ve called the collection…hem hem…HIPSTER AF! 🕺🏻 It’s to celebrate my recent major hipsterification of eating as organic as I can, trying to be as plastic free as possible, 90% vegan, dressing in second hand or organic clothing, drinking filtered water. I’m ridiculous. But anyway…can’t wait for you guys to get these presets in your little hands. It’s gonna be swell. Show me your poops 💩 if you’re excited (if you know, then you know). . . . #AdvancedSelfie #SorelleAmore #SorelleAmorePresets #Iceland #Reykjavik

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She also pretty much founded her own Advanced Selfie University, a comprehensive video course that reveals the secrets to mastering the art of self-portrait and has been featured on Mango Street and Buzzfeed. At first glance, you might think she’s just another one of those traveling influencers who gets paid for wearing nice clothes and for posing with brands – but she’s not. She represents a strong woman who is simply passionate about nomadic living which is basically living on the road due to wanderlust, wanting to document it every step of the way.

Her videos are absolutely insightful as it benefits anyone who simply wants a good photo, and it has even inspired me to take my own advanced selfies, which is always a good idea especially if you’re like most people who a. doesn’t have a photographer friend or b. IS the photographer friend who takes good photos of everyone but never gets them in return. She doesn’t shy away from covering her bodily impurities, and she’s rocking her own comfortable style. Through her, we discover that one can always be creative, even in simple everyday things such as taking selfies. 

“I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of sick and tired of being told that I’m inadequate every single day of my life. It’s kind of boring. And when you look in the mirror, and you’re not happy with what you see, maybe what you’re comparing is apples to oranges and not oranges to oranges. You see, the problem lies in the fact that we are bombarded every single day with perfectly polished images of models with a massive team behind them who create these magazine worthy photos and we compare our selfies, greatly poorly lit selfies to those photos and we think ‘I’m so ugly.’ But have you actually really considered how much effort goes into creating those spectacular photographs that you compare yourself to?” – Sorelle Amore on Why You Look Ugly in Photos 

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I have a complicated relationship with death. I adore and love it…and I hate it. I think about death a lot to remind me constantly that this could all end right now. We have structured our society’s so strangely these days that death is very rarely discussed, hidden away from view because it’s ‘disturbing’, older people who are brilliant, experience loaded books of wisdom are locked away into old homes so they are out of sight and out of mind. And this is how I think so many people end up living a life of regrets. Because their brain can’t comprehend one day it’s all over. Tomorrow…tomorrow you said. And? Did you follow your hearts or did you push that thing back again to tomorrow? I know your perfect life seems impossible to get. Everything under the sun tells you that it can’t be done. Even worse, you have no clue what you want. Your dreams never shout. They whisper. And if you give yourself the headspace, go into nature, study yourself, better yourself, give back, hug and love others, you’ll be able to start hearing those whispers. How will you feel about your life when you’re on your deathbed? Love for your life…or regret? . . . #LiveDamnIt! #HowManyInspiringInstagramPostsWillItTakeForYouToFinallyDoSomethingAboutYourDream!

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Some may argue that this seems incredibly narcissistic, but aren’t taking normal selfies the same either way? Though yes, it does have a hint of such, Sorelle actively promotes creativity and loving your body through her work. There’s nothing wrong with wanting good portraits of yourself, and exploring your creative side has a plate of benefits.

So if you haven’t already, go check out her YouTube Channel and Instagram and you might even find yourself practicing the art of advanced self-portraits.

Featured Image via Sorelle Amore’s personal blog

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