Thursday, January 14, 2016

Be #SelfieConfident: Instagram

Introducing #SelfieConfident

For a while now I've been wanting to start a hashtag group on Instagram. There is such an amazing community there, I just couldn't decide what to do that wasn't either being done already or limited to a niche audience. I love taking part and capturing photos for other Instagram community tags, so I couldn't wait to get started.  I needed an idea.

I noticed recently that some people regard selfies as vain, or merely someone fishing for compliments. I don't see selfies this way at all and I in a way I hate that there is any negativity around things like this. We all take selfies don't we? Even if we are too shy, scared or cool to publish them. I'm sure we all get those moments where we think 'oh, I actually look pretty good today'.

To me, selfies show that for that particular moment in time, that person felt happy or needed to share that particular emotion.  We should be confident, comfortable and happy in our skin and it's not all about vanity, though sometimes being told you look nice or happy or whatever makes us feel good and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Who doesn't want to feel good and better still, who doesn't want to see others feeling positive about themselves too? Knowing that a friend has put a picture on where they are feeling pretty or happy makes me smile. I'm genuinely happy that they are happy. If they put a sad selfie up maybe they need a chat or a big old slice of cake. We all have some kind of battle at times.

Whatever the weather, lets be selfie confident and super proud of who and what we are. If you want to pout - pout. If you want to cover your face with an octopus - then go right ahead, whatever floats your boat I want to see it (within reason), so get tagging!
Be proud, be #selfieconfident and share those cheeky chops with the world.

I'll be picking my favourites each week. It won't just be the handsomest but maybe the story behind it, a funny quote, a cheeky smile or some good story telling eyes. If you love this idea as much as I do, please share this so we can show the world the real people behind the selfies. I have always loved portrait photography, so this is so exciting for me - let's get started!