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How I Take Blog Photos: Outfit Posts

Monday, 31 August 2015
I thought I'd start a series that explains how I edit and take my blog photos and to start with, I decided to show you how I take my outfit photos because they are my favourite. I got the idea when Kathryn, from the amazing blog chaptersofkat said about posing being awkward. I still find it slightly awkward but I've found some ways that help me take the photos and make me feel comfortable in front of the camera.



Taking The Photos:
Sometimes I will get my boyfriend or mam to take the photos for me but that makes posing a lot more awkward, so I devised a way to take them alone, easily. This is my set up; I have a box, that I use as a tripod, then my Ipad on front camera so I can see what the photo will look like. You could hook your camera up to a computer but I dont have that facility so this works great. The Ipad works amazingly because it takes out the guess work, I can see if the post looks unflattering, without having to retake a lot of photos. The box is great because it means I dont have to set up my tripod and take ages setting up angle, it's right there and it's the perfect height.
I face the camera towards my wardrobe because it's a plain background, which means theres more focus on the outfit. I just put my camera on self timer and then hold a big object up so the camera has something to focus on. This is an easier way to focus the camera without having to set up manual focus on your own.

Posing: 
I'm not going to lie and say I love being in front of the camera and I'm really comfortable but I have found a few ways that help me get the images I want.
This is one of my favourite ways to stand; I put one leg slightly in front of the other and then have one arm slightly forward. It sounds strange but I think it's very flattering. I find photos taken at a straight on angle can make my bottom half look bigger than it is, so by putting my arm there it hide it and then my leg at an angle creates a nicer silhouette. 

Hand on the hip is a go to pose for most girls but I do find it particularly flattering in outfit posts, especially if you're wearing something like a smock dress because it gives you a bit more shape. It doesnt always work, for example in this image because the top is shorter so my arm pulls it out and it could look a bit strange but in other outfits it works so well. I find with swing dresses or smock dresses, your shape can be lost and on camera they can look a little unflattering, sometimes, so just putting your hand here gives you a bit more shape. Also it gives you something to do with your hands. I find if I feel akward my hands automatically grip to my sides but this can make the photo look too awkward, so placing your hand on your hip or touching something on your outfit makes you look a lot more at ease. 

Rolling the sleeve is something I do a lot!! Again it gives my hands something to do but it also shows a little detail of the outfit. I do this more with jumpers and shirts because it show a different way of wearing something, shows an extra detail and makes you look less awkward. 
(Jumper is out of stock but I found a similar one here that you could buy oversized and look really cool, I kind of want it!!)

(Similar top from Boohoo here that I've just bought, oops lace obsession)
(Similar trousers here)

After I've took the main shots, I then zoom in and take some close ups. I find they just pull together the post and show the details of the outfit. To do these I just hold my camera in front of me as if I'm taking a selfie of the outfit. It must look so strange but it works. It's a lot easier than setting the timer up because you can hold it where you want and zoom as for as you want. The detail photos are often my favourite because you can use them as an interesting title image.

I'd say the perfect posing technique is to take a lot of photos and move around! Just loosen yourself up, move around and you're going to be able to pick from a lot of images. If I'm feels awkward I'll put some music on and just have fun with the poses, a lot of them I never use but it means I have a lot to pick from, which I can crrop down or just use. I find doing this makes for some funny images but some more relaxed ones.

My final tip is to crop the images how you feel comfortable. By this I mean, if you dont want a full front shot, crop it to the side, if you dont want you legs in, crop them out. If one part of the photo has worked well but then rest hasnt, just crop the bad bits out. It's a lot easier than just deleting your work. Everyone, probably, knows I dont include my face in photos, I find my face to be very awkward and a lot of the time just looks gross. By not including it I can get a lot more photos that I'm happy with and it means Im able to focus on styling outfits instead of fussing over my makeup and face. Just take and use the photos that are flattering for you.

Hope you enjoyed this post xo

12 comments

  1. First of all I love the outfits in this post, I definitely couldn't rock them! I want to start taking better pictures for our fashion posts, they don't look that professional at the moment. Lauren doesn't like going out to different locations and we don't have a white wall like you. Hopefully we can find a way to make them better so I can enjoy fashion posts more! Great post :) -Rachel xx

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    1. Aw you could! You could try putting a white sheet up as a background, I do that a lot for photography! You could also use a brick wall because the texture would be pretty cool. Thank you so much!!!xx

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  2. This was so much helpful! I always wanted to do a kind of style snippet as you do! By the way, I freaking love them! :) so thank you for sharing your tips! Awesome post!
    PS Your Fox Jumper is so adorable!? xx

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    1. Aw really, Im so glad you like them!! Thank you, can't wait to see yours xx

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  3. I love the fox jumper, you should definitely link where your clothes are from :) and I LOVE that frilly white top (ugh pretty evident from my picture/my latest post with my white lacy jumpsuit -totally not plugging btw haha- honestly just love lace stuff)! It's definitely hard work without the help of someone taking shots of you and getting the shots you really like, you've done super well and I love the rolling the sleeve trick ;)

    Cherie / sinonym

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    1. I never thought of linking item, I'll do that, thank you! Oooo I'll go have a look because I love lace! I know, sometimes I get people to take them but I'm happy I finally can do them alone, it saves so much time. Thank you so much xx

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  4. this guide to taking outfit photos is spot on. I really like the rolling up the sleeve shot. I should try that out ha ha. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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    1. Aw thank you and it's so good, it makes me look less awkward than I am ahah xx

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  5. I loved reading this post. Thanks for the tips! I am such an awkward person on camera especially when people are staring. Do you take photos outside as well?

    -Wildfire Charm

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    1. Aw thank you and same! I've took a few in my garden and in my street but I havent quite conquered public situations yet ahah!xx

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  6. Thank you so much for this post! I admire the way you take your outfit photos on your own and have been looking to find a way for me. I'm definitely going to have a go and hope it works. xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. Aw thank you, I'm so glad you liked it! Can't wait to see yours xx

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