I’ve been writing this little blog for four whole years now, and I’m still not 100% sure where the time has gone. What I am sure of however, is how much my content has improved over those four years. Now granted, some of that will be down to learning what sort of clothes actually suit me rather than going for literally anything and throwing horrendous outfits together just to get a snap, and some of it will be down to the natural ~maturity you (apparently) gain when getting older, but for me a lot of it comes with the improvement in the photography on this blog.
Sometimes I work with photographers such as Kaye and Sydnie to get my shots, and other times it’s my babe Momma Love behind the camera helping me to create magic. Kaye and Sydnie both have heaps of experience but when it comes to giving the camera to Mum or one of my friends to grab my outfit photos it’s a little less smooth sailing.
I’m sure quite a lot of bloggers, especially those new to the scene, will be getting their parents or long suffering partners to take their snaps and I can wholly sympathise with the frustration of knowing the shot you want but not quite being able to get it because you’re working with someone who, despite their best efforts and intentions, just isn’t a photographer – therefore I decided to put together a little ‘How To’ post giving you my Top 3 tips for nailing that blog photography but from in front of the camera.
Yes, you read that right! I’m no photographer myself and I wouldn’t dream of giving tips that pro photographers could definitely do much better, but I have learned a lot from being in front of the camera the past four years that can definitely help you and your blog photography along a little!
- Consider your location. Sometimes, in my opinion, finding the right location can be half the battle when it comes to getting the perfect outfit shot. I’ve put together great outfits that just don’t look right on camera purely because the location I’m shooting in doesn’t work and it’s so unbelievably frustrating when you load your photos onto your computer to see that all that effort has gone to waste. Typically, I like urban areas as I feel they work well with my style and compliment the existing imagery on my blog. Because most of my wardrobe is very muted in colour, I like to either shoot against bright, colourful backgrounds or white backgrounds to make the outfits pop. If I’m wearing colour however, you will often find me posing against a more muted grey toned background to help accentuate the colours. Take a look at your favourite shoots from your blog and see what locations have worked best for you in the past and work from there!
- Frame your photos well. Now I don’t mean buying a nice frame from TK Maxx and whacking the on the shelf, nor do I mean editing a frame onto your shots before you load them onto your computer. Nope, instead I’m talking about how you and your photographer are framing the shots before you take them. For example, even when posing you should always consider the rule of thirds: where are you standing in relation to everything around you, and where is the lens focussing? Is it best for you to be stood in the middle, or would standing off to the right slightly help to make the photograph look more interesting? What about angles and perspective? Shots taken from higher up or from a lower perspective can sometimes liven up a shoot and aren’t always too difficult to produce. Play around with those angles and poses and see what a difference it makes!
- Consider your camera. Now, here’s an important one. You don’t need the latest DSLR to shoot decent blog pictures – I know many bloggers who shoot fantastic images on their phones or on their compact cameras such as the amazing DC-G9 Lumix G Compact System 4K Wildlife & Sports camera from Panasonic. Cameras like this are far more user friendly for those who haven’t used a DSLR before or who have limited photography experience and are good all round cameras for day to day too – I tend to find when I give Mum my DSLR she freaks out about the simplest thing such as where the zoom is and how to focus it, but when I give her my compact or my phone she’s far more confident and the results are much better.
I think however, all tips aside, the most important thing is to have fun with it. If you’re enjoying yourself and feel comfortable in your outfit this will be echoed in your poses and will show through the photographs too. Do you have any top tips to add? Let me know in the comments below!
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This post is sponsored by Panasonic but all opinions and undeniably amazing tips are my own 😉