One of the hardest parts about blogging or creating content can be being in front of the camera. Posing for photos doesn’t come naturally to everyone, which is perfectly normal. But it makes wanting to share outfit photos a bit harder. Now I am by no means an expert, but after taking outfit photos for almost 3 years, I’ve learned some tips that have helped me a lot. I thought I would share my tips for taking outfit photos for your blog or Instagram and hopefully it helps!
Picking The Right Background
The background is the second most important thing besides the outfit. Make sure that the location you choose compliments the colors in the outfit you’re wearing. Neutral backgrounds are usually my go-to, but it’s also good to have a few colorful backgrounds too for when you’re wearing neutrals. I suggest taking one full body photo first to see if the background + outfit look how you want it to.
It’s also a good idea to have a list of different locations! There are plenty of times where I think one place will work out, but it doesn’t because there are too many people or it’s in direct sunlight. Having a list of places you know work for taking photos just makes it easier. Spend an afternoon looking for different locations and make a list of them. If you can, take a friend and have them photograph you in each location so you can see what you like!
A few other things to keep in mind when picking locations:
Avoid direct sunlight. Unless you’re taking photos with a photographer who knows how to shoot in direct sunlight, it’s better to avoid it. Plus, there’s nothing worse than squinting the whole time.
The fewer people, the better. Depending on where you live, it may be hard to get no one in the background of your photos. Just try to get the least amount of people possible, so this way you’re the focus.
Posing for photos
The hardest thing when you first start taking outfit photos is figuring out how to “pose”. For me, I used to never smile so all of my old outfit photos look like I’m pissed. It can be very awkward at first, but just know that the more you do it the more natural it becomes! Take some time either on camera or in the mirror to see what kind of poses look good but natural too. Pinterest is also a great place to get ideas on new poses to use!
If you happen to use a photographer for your outfit photos then they should be able to help you with where to stand and know how to take the photos. I personally have my lovely mom take all of my outfit photos, and if you’re having a friend or family member take them then you’ll probably have to give them some help. A few things to keep in mind:
Taking photos from a lower angle, especially full body photos, makes you look taller!
Having the camera autofocus for you and determine all the technical parts is probably the best the choice if you’re not a photographer/not familiar with photography. I always shoot using the P mood on my camera.
Take many photos from different angles! This way you have a lot of different photos to choose from.
Editing The Photos
Now the fun part: editing! How you edit your photos is really all up to you. Everyone has their own distinct style which is what makes photography fun. Editing your photos is really is up to what you like, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
Dark and moody photos are great, just make sure that people can still see the outfit.
Be careful if you choose to play around with the colors when editing.
I’m so glad you are here! I’m Kara, a 22 year old lifestyle and fashion blogger. Kara’sCloset is where I share my adventure through my twenties, life’s simple moments, and blogging tips with lots of outfits in between, all to hopefully inspire you!