If you and your partner’s selfies are more gruesome twosome than Romeo and Juliet, it’s time to take a few #couplies tips from the pros.

As loved-up couples flood social media with romantic self-portrait #couplies ahead of Valentine’s Day, here’s how to turn the jeering into downright jealousy.

“Camera Cupid” Mel Lim-How, head of creative and photography at www.scoopon.com.au, says anyone can shoot a sexy snap with a few key ingredients.

“Valentine’s Day is all about expressing your love for someone special in every way possible – from the totally romantic to the utterly cringe worthy (but cute!). And the best way to capture that magical moment is with the perfect Valentine’s #couplie,” Mel says.

Mel’s top 3 tips for a cute #couplie

1. Location, location
“A #couplie isn’t a proper #couplie without a bit going on in the background. For a real point of difference and to truly express your love through a self-indulgent #couplie, capture that moment in front of a sparkling sunset, idyllic back drop or even a bustling city street.”

2. Body beautiful
“It’s all about body position. Don’t be shy to experiment canoodling in a variety of positions (we’re still talking about #couplies here!). Whether you’re lounging around sipping cocktails, savouring a romantic dinner, taking a couples’ massage, or flying high with a scenic flight in a helicopter or balloon, don’t forget to set yourselves up in a perfect position.”

3. Personality principle
“Add to this a generous dose of personal expression – be flirty if that’s you, silly or goofy, or pensive and serious – but don’t take yourselves too seriously! Or, go with an expression that shows another side your friends didn’t know you had. Be creative and enjoy the moment.”

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Mel’s best positions for #couplies

* Position 1 – Face to face
– Don’t be shy with this one! Stand face to face, reach out with your phone, get that glint in your eyes and take the snap
– The perfect way to make the best of a picture perfect backdrop

* Position 2 – Ambush cuddle

– Stand one in front of the other with the person behind wrapping their arms around the person in front in the warmest of warm embraces
– Stage an ambush at the pub, the bar or even out at a festival
– Note – beware of #couplies photobombers!

* Position 3 – Getting down #1

– Lying front side down, get nice and snuggly. Then one of you puts your arm across the other’s back – smile like a Cheshire cat and take that snap!
-Take a couples’ massage together, ask to have the tables placed close together and capture that warm and fuzzy moment

* Position 4 – Getting down # 2

– Lying down on the ground, bodies pointing in opposite directions with your heads side by side and staring up at the clouds
– This creative shot looks extra-romantic lying on the sand, grass, or while relaxing on a floating pool lounge

* Position 5 – Up high
– Get cosy while standing up, raise phone above your heads and snap away  
– Try and find the highest point in your surroundings and make sure your backdrop is underneath you
– Think hot air balloon rides, joint pedicures and cliff-top #couplies over moonlit lagoons!

Mel’s advice for #couplies – general
* Be spontaneous and take lots of shots. You can always go back and pick your best one later. Even if you’re no Derek Zoolander in front of the camera, remember – all it takes is one delightful snap out of a bunch and you’re set
* Stick to poses where you can see yourselves in the shot – avoid cropped faces
* See the light! Consider the lighting in your surrounds to avoid those unflattering under eye bags. You’re in love, not ready for bed!
* If you’re not brave enough to go with #nofilter, then check out apps perfect for retouching facial shots, or add a cool filter. There are heaps to choose from!
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