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.
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
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.
Featured Image via Sorelle Amore’s personal blog