Snap That Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie
He asked the question. You said yes. The ring is beautiful, too. It’s the moment you have dreamed of all your life. Only, better. It’s a moment you want to capture and remember for a long, long time. And you can’t wait to shout it from the mountaintop.
While there is a good chance you are actually standing on top of a mountain as he proposes (for those who are wondering, the Ijen Crater, Mount Fansipan and the Tiger Leaping Gorge are some of the most beautiful choices), news of your engagement will travel infinitely faster if you announced it on the figurative mountaintop: Instagram.
So, how do you take the perfect engagement ring “selfie” that will do both the moment and the ring justice? Here are a few tips to consider.
The rule is simple: Less is more. Where there is natural daylight, always go where the light is. (If there isn’t, maybe wait a little.) To get the most sparkle from your diamond in the shot, find a spot with some sun streaming through a window or between leaves, and keep moving your new rock until you catch the light perfectly. No filter necessary.
Photo: Instagram/Sophie Turner
Apart from the diamond, the other star of the shot is your hand. Before you snap your photo, make sure your hand is manicured and moisturised. According to nail guru Jin Soon Choi, dark red colours are recommended to make a sophisticated statement, and opaque nudes with a hint of pink for a romantic vibe.
Another tip to get your hand “camera ready” is to raise it above your head for about 15 seconds so the blood flows away from your hand, making it less veiny.
To moisturise, apply a little cuticle oil and hand lotion. Don’t get overzealous with it though. Also, slip your ring off before moisturising to avoid smudging the diamond(s).
The sea. Mountains. Clear blue sky. The sunset. A lavender field. A canopy of trees. The Eiffel Tower. These seem to be very popular backdrops against which to paint a pretty picture of the mood and your ring. One tip: Create space between your hand and the background, so that the focus is on the rock, and you’ll have that desired Bokeh effect. All you need is your phone. The “Portrait” mode on the iPhone does a pretty good job.
If you prefer to get creative and add a little something extra to enhance the shot, there are a few things people seem to really like: A cup of coffee with latte art, flowers, chocolates, anything with hearts on it, his hand – the possibilities are endless.
Photo: Instagram/Larissa Chamberlain
They say a picture paints a thousand words. In this case, you have already said “yes”, a thousand times yes, what else is there to say? Well, that’s one way of announcing it. (It was Margot Robbie’s way.) But if you feel there’s more to be said, here are some do’s and don’ts. Do: Be spontaneous. Be cute. Pun. Tell us how he asked. Use emojis. Keep it short and sweet. Don’t: Be obnoxious and show off-y.
Clean your ring with a soft polishing cloth. Before taking the much-anticipated shot, make sure your stunner is shining bright. Think outside the box, take an InstaStory or a Boomerang to add some movement and give the rest of us a better view of that bling.
Feature images: The Canary Diamond Co