He liked it so he finally put a ring on it, and now you’re chomping at the bit to show off that bling on social media! Girl, trust us, it’s only natural. Before you start snapping away and clicking that share button though, make sure you’re doing your rock justice. Because filters can only help SO much, we asked a few fab photographers to teach us their secrets for taking the perfect engagement ring selfie. Is your rock ready for a close-up?
1. Get the light right
Natural lighting is everything, particularly when it comes to capturing the sheer gorgeousness of your engagement ring (shine bright like a diamond, y’all!). That’s why destination wedding photographer Nicholas Purcell recommends standing in front of a large, bright window to snap your selfie but
preferably not with the sun beaming right in that same window. “Maximum brightness is what you’re aiming for without direct sun,” he notes. Otherwise, the lighting will be too harsh and less than flattering for both you and your bling.
2. Keep the background simple
Ever notice how fashion bloggers and brands always shoot their accessories against a white backdrop? That’s because a white wall or surface simplifies the background and provides for a much more striking image overall, points out Purcell. The ring pops and becomes the focus of the photo, as opposed to those dirty clothes you forgot to pick up off the floor, oops! Not a fan of white? No worries. Place your hand on any simple but elegant surface, such as dark wood, says Vanessa Stofenmacher, co-founder of fine jewelry brand Vrai & Oro.
3. Experiment with angles
The key to capturing the perfect engagement ring selfie is finding an angle where your diamond really sparkles (you’ll want to polish it first, advises Purcell). “The camera should be above and slightly to the side to show the three-dimensions of the ring. Now, just rotate the shooting angle until you get maximum sparkle.”
4. Snap a pic under a chandelier
Speaking of sparkle, according to photographer Jon Kline, diamonds sparkle best when they’re near a lot of different light sources at once. “Take your picture under a chandelier or other multiple lights grouped together,” he suggests.
5. Don’t zoom in
Want your rock to look extra large in that Instagram pic? Then whatever you do, don’t zoom in! “Zooming in tends to flatten your ring out,” warns Kline. “Just move the camera closer to the ring to get a good shot instead.”
6. Remember to relax
Just like you’d relax your smile in a standard selfie, you’ll want to relax your fingers in a ring one, states Stofenmacher. “Then lay them flat but naturally on the surface.” Now, that’s better!
7. Get a manicure for goodness’ sake
Even the best engagement ring selfie can be ruined by a bad manicure so always keep your fingernails looking fresh. For an au natural look, Stofenmacher suggests painting them a neutral shade, such as nude. “Red gives off a more classic vibe, whereas black is edgier.”