So, he just proposed and you want to tell everyone on social media, but in a stylish and non-boring way. Your goal is to announce it with a perfect engagement ring selfie that will draw attention and do the talking, with zero verbal hints. Girl, find out how to snap your ring picture to flaunt it on Instagram.
We’ve seen tons of marriage proposal announcement pictures on social media and many of them are pretty basic. We don’t want you to get it wrong. This post answers the questions ”how do you use a ring picture to announce your engagement to your family and friends’. Find below our 9-point checklist for taking the perfect engagement ring selfie picture or video, and also sample wordings for writing the post caption. Come on, let’s get right into it.
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A good engagement ring photo should look natural, effortless, laid-back and subtle. You want to give the impression that you’re not posing, even though you are. Your engagement announcement post on social media should give little or non-verbal clues to the message you’re portraying so that you leave a lot of room for others to guess. You also want the picture to speak more than a thousand words. That means you post little or no caption. For full detail on how to snap an engagement ring shot that packs a punch, follow the rules and tips below.
1. Pick an Exciting Background for Framing
Think of your engagement ring selfie picture as a frame, and imagine what the background would look like. The choice of background is very important, as it is the element that frames your image. Don’t go for a regular background. Find an interesting background to place your ring-hand against. A good background is very important and acts as the backdrop against which your hand will be photographed. So, before you snap your ring selfie, consider finding an interesting background.
While being creative about your choice of background, it’s important to pick a background that is not noisy or cluttered. You want a background that has a few things going on, to avoid people looking at the background instead of the picture. When taking the ring selfie, ensure to keep the hand in front, with the stone part of the ring facing the camera, so that the big focus of your picture is hand and your engagement ring.
Some people choose to blue the background, and some don’t. Both styles are equally beautiful, what you choose depends on what type of picture appeals to you.
Popular background choices we’ve seen with newly engaged women include hand holding a coffee mug, hand placed over rose petals, hand over flowers, hand on your laps (showing your hand placed on your jeans trousers), hand outside the car or airplane window or room window (as if waving out the window). For more ideas of background possibilities for your engagement ring selfie, take a look at our picks of the most beautiful ring selfie photos and hand poses, and use any of them as an inspiration for creating your own ring shot.
2. Well-Manicured Nails
Get your nails done. Because there’s no way to show us the ring without showing your nails, get a nice manicure before taking your engagement ring image. Even you were cornered to a surprise proposal and he put a ring on your not-perfect-looking-nails, take a proper engagement ring selfie later when your nails are done. Your nails will also be in the spotlight, and you don’t want chipped fingernails to spoil your ring picture.
Note that having well-manicured nails does not mean it has to be painted – it can be or not be painted nails. I am talking of having clean nails that you’d be happy to show off in a picture. Also, note that it is not compulsory to show your nails in your engagement ring shot, as there are many other cool ring hand poses that stylishly hide the nails and still look elegant.
Be sure to check out our post on the best pictures of hand poses showing off engagement rings where you can find cute poses that also do not show the nails, with those that do.
3. Good Lighting
This one is the most important rule for nailing your engagement ring shop. Even if you skip every other rule, do not skip snapping the picture in front of good lighting. All your efforts would come to nothing if you choose to do the snaps in a poorly-lit place, and no amount of filter can fix the damage. Take your ring selfie pictures in natural light.
Good lighting doesn’t have to be studio lighting or any fancy light which is nice to have, you can use natural light which is free and the best light. Simply stay close to an open window or outside, or use a cheap selfie ring-light with phone clip. The background light is used to illuminate the background area as well as the ring.