Hat - H&M (link similar)
Top - Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses - H&M
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Converse
Choker - c/o Boohoo
If I were to describe myself, shy would be one of the first that sprung to mind. Since a very young age, I've lacked in confidence and I was, most times than enough, that quiet girl sat quivering at the mention of anything that meant talking in front of people or putting myself out there. I'd read fashion blogs for many years before starting my own, with dreams of having one, but there were one obstacle in that way - and it was taking photographs outside in public. I've done it now for over two years, and lemme tell ya, I'm still just as scared as I was 24 months ago - only I've learnt some ways in which makes it all a little less cringe. I really feel like my blog turned a corner once I started taking outfit photographs to feature in my posts and it's opened so many doors for me. So if you're reading this and you're wanting to shoot outfit photographs for your blog but you're somewhat terrified, here's are some of my tips to help you out.
- First things first, to get used to taking outfit photographs somewhere other than inside my house (which is where I started out!) I spent a few weeks just taking photos in the back garden. Granted I did get a few odd stares from my neighbours, but it's all good practice, and it helped me get that 'OH GOD WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE' awkwardness out of the way. Plus it helped me learn what worked and what didn't for me so photographing in public wasn't so much of a deal.
- If possible, find another local blogger to help you out with your outfit photographs. The majority of my outfit posts are photographed by the lovely Helen of The Lovecats Inc as we started taking each others photos just over two years now. Every week or so, we'll meet up armed with a bag load of outfits, very glamorously get changed in nearby toilets (or the street if necessary... #fbloggerproblems) and take photographs for a few posts at a time. I find it much easier to photograph with someone who just gets it, where you can both be equally awkward together. Let's be honest, it's so much easier to make a fool of yourself when there's someone else to share that with when photographing.
- When I first started taking photographs in public, I was adamant that I'd only photograph in places where there wasn't anyone around and if anyone did walk past, I'd pick up my bags and awkwardly play on my phone or something. Nowadays I'm not really that fussed who is nearby and who is watching (because trust me, there's always one nosey parker), but in those initial few months scouting out locations that weren't busy really helped. Wherever you live, I'm sure there's plenty of quieter streets around, maybe even around near housing areas which are likely to be quieter during the day etc.
- Now my signature style as such, is my hat. And admittedly, it's a comfort blanket and if I'm not wearing it, I don't feel very confident about taking outfit photographs. It's silly really, as it's just a hat, but when I was a real blogging newbie, I adopted the attitude of 'I'll wear this hat, it'll make me look put together and I'll sort of fake being confident'. I was secretly dying inside, but I embodied a more confident persona when I wore the hat and it's sort of just stuck. Now people know me and my blog for my hat and I love that!
- Wear what YOU feel comfortable in, not what you think 'looks best for the blog'. I can't stress this enough, it's super easy to find yourself falling into following certain trends, whether you feel like they suit you or not. Chances are, you'll probably feel awkward whenever you're photographing in public, so if you're wearing an outfit you don't feel 100% in, it'll make the whole task trickier, plus it'll be clear in photographs that you aren't feeling your best. It's so important to stick to your guns and wear what you want to wear, not what you think other people expect you to wear. Do your thing. Sometimes outfits work in photos, sometimes they don't (plenty of mine don't make the blog) but don't ever wear something purely for the likes.
- And if all else fails, something that has always stuck in my head through the embarrassment and red-faced moments, is that "most people are too busy worrying what people are thinking of them, to really ever think anything about you".
I'm thinking of doing a series on outfit photographs, doing some tips of finding locations/lighting/camera settings/photography tips etc - what do you think? Let me know if you'd be interested!
And if you're a blogger with any tips you'd add to this post, I'd love to hear them!