If you want your blog to be successful, good pictures are key. Sure you could kill with your words, but visuals are what make your blog.
A lot of time and effort goes into good blog pictures and you can spot a lazy person from a mile away by their bad, blurry, poorly lit pictures. With the millions of blogs out there today, one sure fire way to stand out is with awesome photography. Your pictures is also another way you brand yourself and your blog, so yes, pictures are really that important.
On that note, here are my 6 pieces of advice to really nail your next photo shoot. And if you have any special tips or tricks in the photography department, share, I don’t bite
There’s nothing worse than a bad location for blog pictures. Really though, whatever you’re wearing HAS to go with your location or rather your location has to go with what you’re wearing. A date night dress and heels don’t go with your backyard, it’s rare that a garage door works as a backdrop, and please please please (PLEASE) don’t just take a step outside your apartment complex and call it a day.
Getting quality pictures means you have to put in some work. Yes, scouting locations is hard work and time consuming and even frustrating at times, but to get the quality you want, you have to do it. It shows through your pictures how much time and effort you put in.
YOU HAVE TO LOVE YOUR OUTFIT
You’re probably thinking DUH Mollie, but there’s been a few times I put an outfit on and went out to take pictures but I just wasn’t feeling it. And it was for sure showing through the pictures! The best strategy is to wear an outfit one or two times before you go take pictures in it, just to be sure it’s something you love. I wore these pants several (and by several I mean a week straight, sorry not sorry!) times and with a couple different tops before I finally shot this look.
KNOW YOUR POSES AND FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
When I first started out taking outfit pictures, I didn’t really know what poses to do, or what my good angles were, but like everything, practice makes perfect! Just to prove a point, double chin was a recurring problem, and still is every and then if I’m not paying attention! I researched poses and studied them and practiced facial expressions in the mirror. It sounds really crazy and you’ll probably look pretty funny doing this in the mirror but it’s the only way you’re going to get it down. Another thing I did was looked over some my bad photo shoots so I know what NOT to do. If you keep at it everyday you’ll learn really quickly what works and looks good on you.
MAKE SURE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS INTO IT
Having your friends or family take your pictures is probably you’re only option and sometimes it works out great, but dragging them by their ears to take pictures of you isn’t the best. If they aren’t willing to really learn how to use a camera and basic photography elements, then your pictures are just going to be shitty. Not sure how to say that nicely, but it’s the truth.
If you’re lucky enough to have a blog husband (or bf, gf, family member, or friend) then you’re golden. If not, find a local photographer, or even go to a local college and find someone just starting out. It doesn’t matter who it is, just make sure they are just as excited about it as you are!
EDITING IS KEY
There isn’t one blog picture out there that isn’t edited is some way, small or big. And if you aren’t editing your pictures, START NOW! Make sure your edited pictures match your blogs aesthetic and represents you. For me, it wouldn’t make sense to have my pictures bright and super colorful when my aesthetic is more vintage/boho-ish so we make the pictures more matte and toned down. If you aren’t editing your own pictures, make sure whoever is understands what you want the final product to look like!
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Don’t be afraid to stray away from the usual “fashion blog pictures” and create your own style. There really is no right or wrong way, and if you’re different, you’re more than likely to stand out among the crowd!