When I started blogging, I focused on beauty and lifestyle. Funny isn’t it? Considering I barely wear any makeup or know a thing about it! And then, the blog took a different direction. Towards fashion blogging. Which required a complete different sort of content! Outfit photos! And posing for them. How intimidating! While I was panicking at first and feeling very uncomfortable when trying to strike sassy poses, I finally uncovered to secrets to nailing it.
I am going to share with you how I got more confident shooting in the street and achieving the perfect outfit photos. No one size fits all, so those tips might not work for you at all, but they might also help you, who knows. Or you might already know them! But just in case…
How to nail your outfit photos
1. Choose your locations wisely
I remember when I started doing outfit photos. How shy and awkward was I?! I was not comfortable at all to begin with, and even felt stupid sometimes. Don’t ask me why. I just could not relax if I knew people were watching. Thus, I had to pick locations that had to be both instagrammable and secluded (unfortunately, they rarely come hand in hand). Not secluded per se, but with a very small footfall, none even. As a matter of fact, it is always easier to let yourself go when no one is around. When you get used to it, you can progressively move onto busier or even crowded locations. Let’s be honest, the most instagrammable spots of London are always very busy, which might be rather intimidating to start with!
2. Favour outfits you are comfortable wearing
Being shy and feeling uncomfortable posing in front of strangers is one thing that you’ll overcome with some practice. Wearing pieces that you absolutely don’t feel comfortable in will not help. As a matter of fact, you will probably want photos for this particular outfit to be done as quick as possible. But you also need the photos to be good enough to satisfy the brand that sent the pieces to you. Thus, you might need to spend more time on it just to make sure the photos are high quality. And you will not enjoy the experience at all. Which will probably impact how you feel in your next outfit. You know yourself, you know what you feel comfortable wearing and that you will feel comfortable shooting in. And if you want to get bolder, choose a secluded location.
3. Ignore people’s gaze
One thing that will inevitably happen is people watching you when you shoot outfit photos. Or photos in general. If you focus on the strangers walking by, you’ll let discomfort take over and won’t be able to carry on with the shoot. Or will end up with photos where you look uncomfortable. I know it is very hard to ignore people’s gaze but it is the best way to go through it. People will watch as they walk by, for one to two minutes then move on. They might stare a bit longer but you know what, you will never see them again! Even if posing in front of strangers is intimidating, I think Instagram and fashion bloggers made shooting outfit photos quite common and people are now used to it, so less likely to judge. They might just be curious.
4. Wear sunglasses if it helps you
One thing I used to do a lot and that I still do when I shoot in busy areas, is wearing sunglasses. First of all, they give you a super sassy look and can completely change your facial expression. They made you fierce in just a second. Second of all, they make it less intimidating to pose in front of strangers. Why? Because they hide your eyes. If people can’t see your eyes, they won’t stare, meet your eyes or hold your gaze. No eye contact makes it way easier. Furthermore, sunglasses are perfect for no makeup photoshoots!
5. Imagine the camera is your mirror
Remember when you did all those sassy and bold poses in front of your mirror? Whether it is funny faces or fashion poses? How comfortable were you?! And how great did you look? Of course, the comfort and privacy of your room make it easier than in the street. Try to think of the camera as a mirror in front of which you had so much fun at home. Again, easier said than done and it takes time to get the hand of it. However, in the long run, your photos can only look more natural and appealing. Whether it is to you, or your audience. If you have difficulties at first, do not stare at the camera as you’d stare a the mirror. Take the pose but look in the distance. It always work for me.
6. Take photos with someone who knows you
I always take outfit photos with Ana. The first photoshoots were a bit awkward and I was clearly looking uncomfortable. After a while, you get used to shooting in the street, get more confident, know what angles work best for you, what poses you like. Your photographer does to! And can help and guide you throughout the photo session! Direct you even. Posing in front of someone you know, with whom you have a relationship can only be easier. They know what you want. When it comes to explaining, ask them to pose where and how you want to do it with an angle you want your photo to have. That’s how I and Ana show each other the composition we want our respective photos to have. And how we get a satisfying result faster too!
But remember one thing… Have fun! Because that’s still very important! Don’t smile if you don’t feel like it – or if the theme of your shoot does not call for smiling -, but make sure you enjoy the experience. Otherwise, it will transpire on your photos!
These are my main tips to feel more comfortable posing for outfit photos. As you do it, you get used to it, feel more confident and improve the overall quality of your outfit photos. There are probably many more tips but those six were the things that I struggled with most when I switch to fashion blogging!
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Do you often do outfit photos? When did you start? Have you always felt comfortable in front of the camera? How did you overcome the shyness and discomfort? Any tips you want to share with us?
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*Some fashion pieces featured in the photos were gifted to me.