Helena Christensen’s guide to taking a supermodel selfie

There are few individuals who have been photographed more than Helena Christensen, the Danish beauty who rose to stratospheric fame in the nineties as part of the original supermodel girl gang and has remained a household name (and face) ever since.

Not content with only starring in the campaigns Helena now uses her wealth of knowledge and unwavering good taste to step behind the camera into the role of photographer. H

Helena Christensen

Having shot for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and worldwide campaigns for Swarovski and Rag and Bone, it goes without saying she is as strong behind the camera as she is in front of it.

Helena recently teamed up with the Chinese tech company Hauwei on a global photography partnership to celebrate the launch of its new P20 Smartphone, the first of its kind to possess a Leica triple-lens camera. We caught up with her to get her top tips for capturing the perfect shot…

Capture the candid

‘I always find that candid moments will show personality way more than if it’s a staged, completely set up shot.’

Look for light

‘Light is the most important aspect of photography for me. You don’t always need direct sunlight, you can get some really amazing photographs when there is natural light diffused through glass or shutters. I’m also a big fan of the silhouette – I love how shadows can really change the whole mood of a picture. Seek out those low light opportunities and you’ll find that your photos will have added depth.’

Don’t worry about perfection

‘I don’t believe in the ‘perfect pose’, there are many things in any given situation that determine what works – surroundings, attitude, outlook. Having a phone with a good camera handy at all times allows you to adjust to that situation and capture that moment.’

Clear your focus

‘Make sure that the subject of a photo is the first thing a person sees, don’t let background details distract the eye. Composition is important for this but also by ensuring they are sharp, clear and in focus.’

Feature by Lucy Coghlan