I’ve been thinking of touching this subject for a while as I often get asked how I end up with those signature social-media-perfect style snaps. Although the answer to this is not as straight forward as it might seem…
It’s actually all about the right balance of different things. And don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means a professional photographer and it has taken me a while (as well as some awful will-never-forget shots and effort) to get here. This is why it’s super-rewarding to share my top photography tips with you right now. So, if you’re dying to know how to take professional fashion blog photos then you’re on the right page as this one is for you. as I’ve narrowed it down to all the key things that make that perfect blog photograph.
Regardless of the end result for a shoot, getting ideas together can be a real struggle. Simple things like creating a Pinterest board help a lot and are a great start! If you’re all for doing things the old school way then why not write it all down as bullet points / brainstorm ideas on a piece of paper.
Clash ideas, get inspired and just have fun with it! Remember that you never know something until you try it. Same applies to the posing angles you use for a picture. Why not also create a mood board with some cool poses from your fave bloggers for your own inspiration?
THE PERFECT LOCATION
You can never go wrong with a simple minimalistic theme. Whether it’s a clean wall or a photogenic local cafe. Wherever you are based, there would always be something to choose from. I am lucky enough to live in London, where we are spooled with go-to places for a location shoot.
Although wherever you are based, always take advantage of new places you might visit. Somethimes I think that living on a all-white street somewhere in Chelsea would be the ultimate goal. On the other hand, it’s all about exploring for me. Which ultimately make s the perfectly-white-wall as a plan B case scenario for an outfit shoot.
If you’ve been following my blog and Instagram already, it’s no surprise that my top three locations to shoot in London are Chelsea, Portobello Road and Shoreditch.
TIME OF THE DAY
Best time to shoot are always dawn or dusk and during the day time the best weather is when it’s cloudy.
STYLING & COMPATIBILITY
Shooting a blog post is almost like telling a story. It’s all about your personal style whilst feeding your audience with useful information – whether it’s a trend report, lifestyle thoughts or else. This is why so important to have that connection between the outfit and the location.
Details are also crucial. It might not seem to matter at the time but detail shots play a big part in a shoot especially when it comes to fashion.
For example, my personal style is all about being a monochrome kinda girl with a powerful accent on things such as accessories, glasses, shoes and colourful hair.
IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE CAMERA
Believe it or not, but some of my best photos were taken on my iPhone 7 plus or small Canon G7X. It just means that sometimes it’s not all about the best DSLR quality.
BUT KNOW YOUR SETTINGS
When it comes to editing there are a few basic points to remember – brightness, exposure and the right colour balance.
It takes guts to be super-selective and self-critical with the very final images. I’m totally guilty of saving too many favourites to choose from. Imagine if you were a magazine editor with a limit of the strongest top 5 for the final piece? What would they be?
FINALLY – REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN
Be creative, be you and just have fun with it!
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Photography by Bannie Park