#ElevateYourSelfie

Did you know that around 93 million selfies are posted on social media every day, and 10 selfies are posted to Instagram every 10 seconds? It’ll come as no surprise then, that travellers across the world spend hours seeking out the perfect selfie spot… Look no further – we’ve found the perfect spot in each of our ten hotels.

Lift selfies are big business. No longer just a way to get you between floors, the winning combination of mirrors, lighting and intimacy once those doors close, all work towards ensuring you look 100% for the ‘gram.

In celebration of #NationalSelfieDay (yes, that’s right, it even has its own day!) we’ve teamed up with award-winning photographer Sandy Young and model Rebecca Donaldson to find out how you can truly #ElevateYourSelfie.

Taking the perfect lift selfie

Sandy’s Top 5 Selfie Tips

Having photographed some of the most influential and recognisable people across the globe, Sandy counts Hollywood movie stars, royalty, presidents and international sports stars amongst his portfolio.

• Hold your Smartphone from above, (chin down camera up) this gives you a more flattering look and defines the jaw line
• Light is everything. Try to shoot in diffused natural light, not direct as this will throw unflattering shadows on your face
• Don’t use the flash as this is too harsh for a selfie
• Make sure your eyes are in focus within the shot
• Try using the self-timer for a more professional looking portrait and find a good app like Snapseed or Lightroom to edit

Rebecca’s Top 5 Selfie Tips

No stranger to snapping the perfect selfie, Rebecca has modelled for the past seven years, working with famous brands such as Thierry Mugler and appearing in various fashion titles including Karen Millen and Pretty Little Thing and runs a business as a personal stylist alongside her popular Instagram account.

• Know your angles and get to know your face. Practice different angles and know which side of your face is more flattering for the camera.
• Lightening is key. Natural lighting always works best, but spin your body until you find the best lighting for the shot.
• Posture! Pull your shoulders back and down. Show off that décolletage.
• Smile! Everyone engages more with a smiling photo, but if that’s not for you then work on your ‘smize’ – Tyra Banks knows!
• Take a lot of selfies. Change movements ever so slightly in each image to capture the best possible shot – it also gives you a lot of choice.

What’s more, snap the perfect lift selfie in any ten of our hotels on #NationalSelfieDay, Friday 21 June, and tag,@apexhotels and #ElevateYourSelfie on Instagram or twitter, and you’ll be in with a chance to win an overnight stay for two*.

So what are you waiting for… lights, camera, CLICK!

*Terms and conditions apply. Overnight stay is subject to availability and excludes certain dates. Includes bed & breakfast for two in a city double room at an Apex Hotel of your choice.