The Art of the Perfect Selfie

I survived the first THREE days of school!!

So far my classes are pretty good.  I can already see the different personalities of each my classes.  For example 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th are all pretty talkative and lively.  Whereas 2nd period and 7th period are my quite groups.  Seriously it’s been like pulling teeth trying to get my 2nd period class to talk to me.  I’m gonna have to figure out what will make them open up and fast.  
But overall I’m happy with how everything has gone.  Granted it is only the first week of school, so I’m sure their true personalities good and bad will come shining through fairly soon! 🙂
I’m really excited to see how the rest of the year pans out…..only 177 days till summer! 🙂
After the first day of school on Monday my roommate Jenny and I had a celebratory dinner of tasty sushi.  And while I was waiting for her I realized that I hadn’t taken a “First day of school picture” nor had I taken a “first day of school outfit picture.”  And since I was waiting in my car, I figured that was the perfect time for a “first day of school” selfie.

So I took one and hated it.  Then I took another. And another. And another. And another. AND Another….finally I was happy with it.  Until I got it into Instagram and realized you could see every single little blemish, red spot, and my teeth looked terrible, and my face looked chunky.  (This is all what is going through my head mind you.)

How many did I take before I settled on one? A LOT!  I swear I took like 20 (ok it was less than that but felt like way more)  Here were a few that didn’t make the cut.

Thought upon seeing picture: Awkward angle, my nose looks big, what the heck am I doing with my thumb in the air?

 Thought upon seeing picture:  Why am I shrugging my shoulders?  Angle is ok but I can do better.

Thought upon seeing picture:  EW.  No just no… nose looks huge.

Thought upon seeing picture:  Meh… arms look huge, face not terrible but I can do better.

Finally I took this picture:

Thoughts upon seeing the picture:  Yep…perfect selfie material.  Now to post it.

Then the fiddling with the saturation, warmth, sharpness, contrast, and finally the filter came into play.  I didn’t like any of the color filters so this was my final product.  From the above photo to this:

Much better.  Good hair, no visible blemish or red spots and I’ve cropped it quite nicely.

It was when I hit “share” that I realized just how vain I was being.  Who cares if there is a blemish or two and a little redness.  Well turns out I DO…A LOT.  And I can’t help it.  We want the world to see the best versions of ourselves.  And while that may seem terrible and you may be thinking “be yourself”….the truth is…I just happen to know which side is the most flattering and which filter looks the best with my skin tone.  And I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Now if I were going in and completely changing my face shape and making it look absolutely nothing like me…then I would be singing a different tune.  But I see nothing wrong at all with fiddling with a picture until it makes you more confident with your looks!

So here’s to the 20 pictures we all have to take until we find the 1 we’re happy with.

And to Instagram for helping us prefect the art of the selfie! 🙂

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