I originally started writing this post about taking outfit photos about 2 weeks ago, but never published it then. I just didn’t want it to be yet another fashion post without much substance. “Hello, today’s outfit is this and that.” Let’s face it, nobody got time for that.
The past 3-4 months, I tried to post updates 3 times a week. If you ever tried writing consistently as a blogger, you know it requires a lot of time, focus, devotion and CONTENT. Shopping, preparing outfits and shooting photos is one thing (or 3). Putting together a post and a written copy is another.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to complain or pity myself. Let’s consider it my blogging confessions because I truly love what I do. I just wanted to be transparent with you about what’s going on behind the scenes. Should I start a new series on this?
SO. Instead of JUST talking about this fabulous Honey Punch dress I wore for the photo shoot, I’m going to talk about 6 Easy Tips For Taking Outfit Photos and how to look natural when you do it.
6 Easy Tips for Taking Outfit Photos
1. Mix it up and have fun with it.
Don’t get stuck with one pose throughout the entire photo shoot. Photographers don’t like it, and your viewers certainly won’t like it either. Of course, it’s good to have a signature pose but remember to move a little! Personally, my best shots are the candid “in between switching poses” ones. That just goes to show that even if you don’t nail a certain pose, the photographer can catch that movement right before leaving you with a perfect candid shot.
SIDE NOTE: I should have prefaced this post by saying I’m by no means a professional model. All tips I’m giving are simply what have worked for me (and my personality) in the past 4-5 years of being in front of the camera. #GirlsJustWannaHaveFun
2. Pretend like no one’s watching.
Like I mentioned before, my favorite shots are the candid ones. Most of the times, when people see me in front of the camera, they say I’m such a natural. Well, I always laugh at it because I still remember being very awkward in the photos when I was younger. What changed over the years? Probably my confidence and the fact that I don’t care as much what others will think of me. I treat every photo shoot as a fun time and it shows. Ask my photographers. 😉
3. High Heels, baby!
High heels are your best friend during the photo shoot. Well, that’s a lie. They are a pain, especially if you have to wear them in the dirt or other unexpected places. BUT, they will give you a better posture and a boost of confidence, which will show in the photos!
4. Move those hands.
Probably the most common requests I get from the photographers is to do something with my hands. A few tips that I can share on this is to: play with your hair (in a natural manner…), play with your accessories or hold on to something. Of course, there’s many other ways to do it, but those seem to work for me the best. Hands up (above my head) and behind or anything like that seem too posey on me and I just don’t feel like myself. If it works for you, that’s fabulous!
5. Suck it in, arch your back, but don’t forget to breathe. 😉
Let’s not forget about working on the right posture! I always ask my photographers to show me the photos during the photo shoot, so I can adjust whatever I didn’t do right before. Many times, we get a great shot BUT if I don’t like how the clothing looks around my belly, butt, or thighs, I will ask to shoot again. We all have some insecurities, right?
Sorry if it’s TMI, but ladies, STEER CLEAR from being captured on camera when you’re on your period! A swollen face and a tummy is not a good look. Of course, I’m talking from my own experience, maybe you’re glowing during those days… but for me… I swear. Every time I shoot photos while I don’t feel my best, IT SHOWS. And I know exactly why.
Are you a blogger or a model?
What are your tips for taking outfit photos? Any blogging confessions?
I’d love to know! There’s always a room for improvement. 😉