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My Blog Photography Tips

Blogging involves a lot of things mixed together: writing, photography, creative directing, and more. Although all of these are just as important, photography does play a large part in blogging. It can be hard at first to figure it all out, but with practice and some help over time you’ll be a pro. So I thought I would share some of my tips on blog photography to help!

You Don’t Need The Best Equipment, You Just Need To Know How To Use It

It’s been said many times that you don’t need to have the best equipment, and it’s true. You could have the best, most expensive camera ever made, and if you didn’t know how to use it the photos would be bad. So get what ever type of camera you can afford, whether that’s a point and shoot camera, a phone camera, or DSLR. And do some research on how to use your particular camera.

I would also suggest watching some youtube videos or reading some books on photography in general. My personal favorite book is “Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs” by Henry Carroll. And a Youtube channel I love to watch for photography tips is Mango Street. Both of these keep everything very simple. You can also see what equipment I use for my photos in this post here.

Plan Photos Out Before Hand

A big help when it comes to blog photography is having a plan before you start shooting. If it’s outfit photos I always like to know what outfit I’m going to be wearing, and then pick a location. For lifestyle photos I like to have an idea of where in my space I’m going to shoot, what products/items I’m going to need, and when I can take the photos. Just always be okay with things changing, because 9 times out of 10 your original plan will be different than the photos you get. Sometimes things look better in your mind than on camera, so think of the plan as a rough draft.

Look For Simple Outfit Photo Locations Before Hand

Before taking any outfit photos, spend a day or a few hours looking around for different spots near where you live. Make sure that what will be in the background won’t be too busy. I always like to stick to more neutral backgrounds so it compliments a lot of different outfits. If you can, find spots with minimal people and not in direct sunlight. And every so often explore to find new locations, both city and nature.

Have Photo Shots & Angles in Mind

It’s always helpful to have some different photo shots and angles in mind before taking photos. When it comes to outfit photos, I personally have a guideline I like to use as a base. I start with full body photos from both normal standing view and from down below angled up. I do the same angles for most of the outfit photos so I can choose which ones I prefer. I then get closer and do from waist up photos and waist down photos. And then it’s detail shots, movement shots, and closer face photos. I also like to have my mom, who takes all my outfit photos, move around a bit to get different angles of where I am. Over time you’ll find what shots and angles you like best, so experiment!

Come Up With Some Go-To Photo Poses

Being in outfit photos can be very awkward at first. This was something I had to get over and it did take quite a lot of time. And to be honest there are still times where I’m taking outfit photos and I’m not sure what to do. So to help, come up with a few go-to poses you can do. I like to keep mine as “natural” as possible. So you can cross different legs over each other, stare at the opposite side of the street, do a little “walking”, angle your body to the side, and anything else you can come up with. It’s also helpful to have a purse or pockets, so this way you can place your hands somewhere.

Know What You Want To Be The Focus

When taking lifestyle photos you want to always keep in mind what you want to be the focus. I usually put that item more in the center of the photo, but it can be off to the side. You just want your readers eye to go there first.

It Takes Time and Practice

Just like anything in life, your blog photography will take lots of time and practice. If you continue taking photos, the more you take the better you will get at it.

Create Your Own Photography Style

Although it is great to get inspiration from other bloggers and photographers, over time you want to create your own photography style. It will take time and lots of shooting to develop your style, but don’t be afraid to try different things. When it comes to my blog and Instagram photos I personally like to keep things cozy, more natural everyday shots. I don’t like when things feel too planned out or too over edited.

Less Is More

I always like to keep in mind when taking photos that less is more. For lifestyle blog photos I like to keep the area clean and not filled with too many items. If there are too many items in a shot at once it can be overwhelming to your readers. For outfit photos I always like to keep my accessories to a minimum as well.

And those are my blog photography tips! I hope these helped, and let me know how you feel about your blog photography, and any challenges you have faced.

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12 responses to “My Blog Photography Tips”

  1. Kim says:

    These are some great and practical tips! Totally agree with you that less is more. Whenever I photograph in my apartment, I always find myself tossing out a bunch of clutter and getting rid of the unsightly things. You’ve done a fantastic job of maintaining your photographic style! I feel like I could point out your photographs from anywhere because it feels so “Kara”

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Aw that is the nicest comment ever! Thank you so much Kim! I do the same thing when I photograph my space x

  2. Stacey says:

    These are all perfect tips to follow by! You’re very right about not having to have expensive equipment to have great photos. I went to an arts school and my main focus was photography, and while most kids got new cameras their parents bought them I got an old one passed down to me so I learned how to make it work. I ALWAYS see people buying very expensive cameras and don’t have a clue on how to use it or don’t even use it to it’s full capacity (I admit it actually irks me lol). Lovely post btw girl!

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Stacey! That irks me too haha. Some people just think that if they have the most expensive equipment their photos will be better.

  3. Angie says:

    Great tips Kara! I have not taken any outfit pictures as I always think they end up terrible! So I will take some useful tips from this post and maybe I will be able to get a few good ones! I think I overthink the preperstions of the outfit picture and it ends up looking staged. Thanks for sharing your tips!! ๐Ÿ’•

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Angie! I’m glad these tips could help and I look forward to seeing your outfit photos in the future x

  4. E. says:

    Hi Kara,
    Very interesting tips! I didn’t know about Mango Street channel so I’m going to take a look, thanks for the recommendation. In my opinion, “Poses” are very important and I try to get inspired by popular bloggers or instagramers (mums and sisters do a main part of it like photographers hehe)
    Kisses,
    E.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you E! I love watching Mango Street’s channel so I hope you do too. I get inspired by other blogger for poses too, and sometimes it just comes naturally x

  5. Areeba says:

    Omg! Kara! You’ve always inspired me about how to do well in blogging! Thanks so much hun for always sharing such AMAZING tipsโค๏ธโค๏ธ You pull it off so well all the time and make it look so easy.. I hope I can also get some sophistication from you!!๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ
    Much much love
    Areeba

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Aw thank you so much Areeba! That is so sweet of you to say. You’re already doing amazing at blogging, and I always enjoy reading your posts x

  6. These tips are so useful! I love your photograph style and I’ll definitely be buying that book for a read!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

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