A common question I hear most aspiring bloggers asking... How to capture an outfit?
To put it simply, outfit pictures are pretty much what fashion bloggers are known for.
Not everybody has a fleet of photographers after them like Chiara Ferragni or Pernille Teisbaek at Fashion Week. They too, began as novices - probably grabbing a sibling or friend to take their outfit photo to post to their blog. I've compiled some hints and tips for taking outfit photos...
1. Avoid shooting in direct sunlight. This lighting can be extremely harsh, causing all sorts of shadows you don't want. Of course, this lighting can also look great, but is best left to the professionals.
2. I prefer to shoot on an overcast day. It should still be bright enough yet you can shoot anywhere without worrying about looking over-exposed or with various shadows across your face!
3. Early morning or late in the afternoon can give such beautiful natural lights to photographs. I love shooting when the sun is low in the sky, giving that amber-tint to photographs.
4. Know your angles! Whilst I'm certainly no model, I've learnt to discover the best ways to showcase my outfits. It's always worth taking more photos than too little so you have a lot to choose from and get your photographer to focus on the details of your outfit too, such as a belt, bag or interesting hem.
Up to you! Bloggers use anything from their iPhone 6 to their Canon 5D Mark III. I use a Canon 60D with a 1.8 50mm lens - great for shooting portraits and blurs out the background giving you that highly-desired street style look.
Depending on what sort of look you're going for - the world is your oyster! I love shooting on the street, giving the photos a slightly more street style edge, but whenever I can, I try to branch out into something more unusual like on holiday at the beach or forests nearby my house in Somerset.
My blog photos are usually shot by my Mum. After teaching her the basics of the camera, she has since developed a great eye and understanding of the kind of look I typically aim for. If not taken by her, then they are either shot by friends or Rosie – a great photographer based in London and an old friend of mine (we try to squeeze in a shoot with whenever we can).
- Natalie (www.maisieivy.com)