I thought I’d start this post by saying I am nowhere near worthy of the blogger photoshoot expert crown. In all honesty, I’ve only ever done a small handful of photoshoots. That being said, I learn so much more every time I go out and shoot. From posing to locations, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. I wanted to put together a little ‘photoshoot 101’ post, all about everything I’ve learnt so far. So here it is, my blogger photoshoot tips.
01. Find A Photographer
I’m very lucky in the fact that one of my good friends Emily lives super close to me, and is a camera magician. How on earth she gets my mug to look semi decent is beyond me.
If you’re stuck on finding the right photographer for you, definitely have a look on Instagram. If I see someones shoot photos, and I adore the style of it, I’ll try to hunt down the photographer. Most of the time, people will credit their photographer, but if they don’t, it’s always worth an ask.
Or, you could always photograph yourself. I managed to shoot all of my images for my Boohoo collab, and I’m pretty proud of them not going to lie. Yes, it was harder work doing it myself, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
02. Get Inspiration
Pinterest and Instagram are my two go-to sites for photoshoot inspiration. It’ll show you places you never thought was a ‘instagramable’ location, it’ll show you how to hold yourself, it’ll literally show you everything you (as the model) needs to do.
Call me sad, but I also have a Pinterest board full of other peoples shoots and poses. I’ve found it so helpful to have a quick look through before I head out the door!
03. Find Locations
You should already have a basic idea of some good locations around you, but asking your blogger friends, your photographer and looking on google is going to be your best bet.
For example, I live in Oxford, so if I was looking to shoot around the city, I’d have a look for tourist attractions and parks and gardens. The ‘Places’ tab on Instagram is also really helpful for finding new locations.
If you live in London, Maria has a fabulous post all about Instagramable hotspots.
04. Keep Your Hands Busy With Props
Knowing where to put your hands is quite a task. Well, it is for me anyway.
The biggest thing I’ve learnt is to bring a prop. A pair of glasses, a takeaway coffee, a book, anything that gives your hands a purpose. Trust me, it’ll save you having to delete multiple photos since you look like you’re impersonating Salad Fingers.
05. Make Sure You Have Enough Storage
Touch wood, this hasn’t happened to me
yet, but make sure you have enough storage on your camera or phone. Imagine having everything planned out, you’re just about to shoot some beautiful content, and the dreaded ‘Storage Almost Full’ notification pops up.
Whilst you currently can’t add more storage to an iPhone, getting yourself a cheap micro SD card for your camera will really come in handy. It also makes transferring them over to your computer a breeze.
06. Try Out Different Camera Angles And Move Around
If you’ve hired a photographer, it’s unlikely you’ll have to tell them to move about.
However, if you’ve managed to convince your mum to take some outfit shots for you, ask her to move more to the left, more to the right, crouch down a little,
climb up a 20ft tree…
What I’m trying to say is angles can either make or break your photoshoot. Personally, I’m not a fan of head on images, but as soon as the camera moves to a different angle, I could end up falling in love with the photo.
Don’t just rely on the camera though. Make sure you’re moving around, standing in different ways and looking in different directions too.
07. Consider Your Surroundings
As much as I wish I was a photoshop professional, I cannot for the life of me work out how people can edit out people, bins, rubbish, anything that they don’t like the look of out their images. It’s mind-blowing to me.
If you’re not a master of photoshop (how many of us are?!), then always make sure you’re double checking what’s around you. It could be something as simple as throwing away some rubbish, or moving a few inches to the right. It’ll be worth it in the long run!
08. Bring More Than One Outfit With You
I always wondered how so many bloggers managed to constantly provide beautiful fashion look books. How did they A) manage to find the time and B) afford to pay photographers every single day to take a photo of their outfits?! It wasn’t until someone said on their Instagram Stories that they’ve packed up their multiple outfits for their shoot that I then realised they shot in bulk.
I’ve mentioned before how I always found taking blog photos in bulk to be a massive help, but stupidly, I never considered it could be done with photoshoots as well.
Apparently (don’t quote me on this because I’m not 100% sure if it’s factual), some photographers will only allow you to wear a certain amount of outfits per shoot, so always make sure you double check beforehand.
When I did my first ever photoshoot, I was a nervous wreck.
What would people think? What if someone walked past and saw? What if I looked like a complete idiot?
Trust me, as soon as you’ve taken the first few snaps, you’ll feel so much more relaxed. Just enjoy it and have fun!