The Original Donut Selfie Video

Good Morning America calls it "the new selfie craze."
From Karen X, the founder of Butterbar viral videos.

Donut Selfie Tutorial

Basic Tutorial: Make a donut around your head

Tutorial Part 2: Advanced Tips

Get a wide-angle lens for your phone, as seen in the video:
iPhone 5/5s     iPhone 4/4s      Android      iPhone 6

Tutorial Part 3: Video Editing on the iPhone

Tutorial Part 3 Android Edition: Video Editing on Android (created by towkaynew)

Submit your donut selfie

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Share it with #donutselfie and email it to donutselfie [at] gmail [dot] com

Featured User-Submitted Donut Selfies:

Donut Selfie on Good Morning America!

Donut Selfie on America's Next Top Model!

Wedding Day Donut Selfie in Italy

Wedding selfie from Maurizio Mèlia Photography on Vimeo.

9-Year-Old Girl Donut Selfies Around Sydney

A Year of Travel: 2015 Around The World

Couple's Around-The-World Trip (Milan, Budapest, Amsterdam, Hong Kong)

Donut Selfie: Donut Edition (Australia)

Beautiful adventure in Hawaii

Gorgeous Bali Trip with Underwater Donut Selfies

Donut Selfie Beatboxer (Japan)

Flights, Taxis, and exploring in South America

Family Christmas Tree Decorating Donut Selfie

Intuit QuickBooks Conference - Featuring Train and Arianna Huffington

Family road trip in the Philippines

Smiling Students in Malaysia

Day in the life of a Ballroom Dancer

Fun trip through Indonesia

Scenic Trip through Thailand

GoPro Tour of Mexico

Relaxing time in Costa Rica

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Donut Selfie is made by Karen X. Cheng
It inspired the Beats By Dre #SoloSelfie
For media requests, email karenxcheng [at] gmail [dot] com

The Idea

I was playing around with camera angles one day with my friend Arram and we were doing sweeping camera motions around the head trying to make optical illusions. I did one that was from one side of my head to the other - made a donut around my head - and the video started looping and woahhhh that looks cool. Soon enough I was running all around the city trying to get cool shots, playing with slo mo effects and iPhone lens attachments, and this is the result!

Selfies are usually flat images and nothing has changed besides some filters. But in the meantime our phone cameras have gotten way more advanced. This is a gorgeous way to capture yourself and your surroundings. And the best part is you don’t need an expensive cameras or rigs - you can just use what you already have on you.

More people start doing the Donut Selfie

I shared my video, Donut Selfie, along with some tutorials. Petapixel covered it first - then it was in Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, and Good Morning America. I was getting submissions from everywhere in the world, from Mexico to Malaysia. One couple even used it to document their wedding day.

Beats by Dre contacts me

A week later, I got an email from Beats By Dre. They wanted to send me a pair of headphones. I’m thinking - oh, they probably want me to make a YouTube video to promote their headphones, and I didn’t think much of it. Then they asked to meet up.

It wouldn’t just be a YouTube video. They wanted to use Donut Selfie as the inspiration for their global holiday campaign. And they wanted me to be in the commercial - which oh by the way would have a bunch of celebrities in it too. I couldn’t believe it.

Honestly I thought the whole thing was too good to be true and would fall apart at any moment. Why would they want me in their commercial when they had celebrities? Not to mention Black Friday was in 2 weeks - how the heck were they going to make a TV commercial that fast?

But they did it. And the #donutselfie is now the #soloselfie.

When I first put out the donut selfie video I remember thinking it would be great for selling earrings or headphones because of the way the camera goes to the side of your head. I definitely didn’t expect the #1 headphones brand in the world to use it as inspiration for the biggest campaign they’ve ever done. The internet is such a crazy, amazing thing.

Thanks to Beats by Dre, Arram Sabeti, Alex Ting, Finbarr Taylor, Yishan Wong, Amy Lin, Orion Hombrebueno, Kevin Fan, June Lin, and Dan Arlow for help on this project.