Thursday, February 25, 2016

"In a blog" Series #5 - How to get great blog photos




1.  Use props

Try to use natural props that you'd already have with you or find out in nature.  That way it seems more natural and less staged.  Examples are bicycles, your cell phone, a coffee mug, beautiful flowers, your pet or a park bench.


2.  Search for prime locations and backdrops

As you're driving around town, make a mental note or make a list of beautiful picture locations.  It's nice to mix up the locations depending on what you're wearing and the vibe you are trying to capture in your photos.  Some outfits need a natural setting, some need a more urban setting.  

Also, make a list of backdrops that you find.  I love pretty colored walls, but unfortunately there aren't many close to where I live.  So I'm always looking for stone walls, fences or any other different walls.  


3.  Play with angles

 Take time to practice with your camera and decide which angles you like best.  Pictures from above will make you look smaller, pictures from below will make you look taller.
Do you like pictures of your profile or straight on?  Which is your best side?  I don't usually prefer my right to my left, but I do like when I'm looking just slightly downward.  Katey tends to look to the left more.  


4.  Try different poses

Make note of your pictures that you like best.  Do you have a pose that is more flattering than others? Look online at other blogs or Pinterest and note poses you really like.  Try them the next time you are photographing a look.  


5.  Use real life settings 

Sometimes its nice to get blog pictures that are in a more real-life setting.  They make the pictures look candid, natural, not posed.  Like you took them during your day-to-day activities.  Examples of this are in your favorite coffee shop or in your home.  Walking down the street by your favorite shops looks like a captured picture instead of staged.  



6.  Smile, have fun

The easiest way to get great blog photos, is to be relaxed and enjoy the process.  You don't have to smile in every picture but look like you're having a good time.  A good relationship with your photographer helps.  



7.  Use your signature look

If you're wearing an outfit that is your style, or signature look, you'll automatically feel confident.   It really does make a difference!  Be true to who you are and what your style is.  



8.  But be willing to step outside the box

Even though you have a signature style, you still need to be able to mix it up.  Having the same look in all your pictures will start to get boring to your readers after a while.  Trying something new can be fun and challenging and keep your blog fresh!!  We tend to style a lot of outfits with jeans.  It's our natural go-to type of look.  We are aware of that and try to incorporate dress and pants every now and then.  Same with hats.  We are not big hat wearers but style them occasionally.  






10 comments:

  1. Great tips. I need to try putting in different styles here and there.
    Rachel xo
    http://www.garaytreasures.com/mommy-daughter-style-faux-fur-vest-plaid/

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    1. Thanks! It's hard to do that, but we try :)
      Glad you stopped by.
      Betsy

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  2. Such great tips!! Def. smiling and having fun, not taking it to seriously is key.

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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    1. Thanks! Glad you stopped by the blog.
      Betsy

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  3. What a great post! these are such great tips!

    styleandchocolates

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  4. These are great tips!
    Paula- www.livingpaula.com

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  5. Love this post! It's so hard to figure out how to get great photos - such a big help!

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  6. Great tips! I wished I had more time to find pretty locations to take photos and taking more candid pictures is almost impossible for me.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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