I’ll honestly admit that taking blog photos is my least favorite part of being a style blogger. The term “photo shoot” may sound glamorous, but it really isn’t that fancy. And since visually displaying my outfits is a big part of what I do, I make it work for me. So in case you were curious, here’s what I do for my blog photos.
Photography by Kevin Thonkulpitak
Have you every wondered how bloggers take their blog photos? It is very rare that someone has a photographer boyfriend who takes photos of what they are wearing every day. From my experience, most bloggers shoot multiple outfits a day, rather than shooting every single day. I mean – can you imagine having to look photo ready every day? Not me!
People’s routines always interest me, even if they are just boring things like what toothpaste they use or whether they sleep on their back or their side. Maybe I’m just weird, but I like to know the day in and day out things about other people’s lives.
Here is how I shoot blog photos when I work with a photographer. Sometimes I have Dan snap a few photos here and there, but when I’m working on something for a brand I like to hire someone with a nice camera who knows how to take and edit photos really well.
Blog Photos: The Night Before The Shoot
I personally like to shoot on the weekends. The night before the shoot, I will lay out about 5 outfits on my bed, including the bags, shoes, and jewelry. I try on all the outfits if I haven’t worn them before, because it isn’t fun to get to the shoot and realize that an outfit just doesn’t work. Once I have everything finalized, I snap a photo so I remember everything. I choose four outfits and pack them up in a bag for the shoot, with some extra makeup and hairspray for touch ups.
Blog Photos: The Day/Morning of The Shoot
My favorite times to shoot are the morning when the light is soft and the crowds aren’t out, or the golden hour just before the sun begins to set. Recently I’ve been shooting in the mornings to knock it out and look really fresh with my hair and makeup. I get up about 2 hours before I’m supposed to meet my photographer and do all the hair and make up prepping. I used to wear lashes and do really intense makeup for shoots, but now I keep it as natural as possible with a little more lipstick, blush, and contour so that I don’t look washed out in the photos.
I wear my first outfit to the shoot location so that we can get started right away!
Blog Photos: During the Shoot
If I haven’t sent my photographer photos of the outfits, we will do a run down of the outfits so that we can plan locations that look good with the colors and vibes of each look. Then we get started! Shooting in the city involves a lot of waiting for people to walk by, random people asking where my shoes are from, and generally not caring about what anyone thinks. If you want to be a fashion blogger, you have to get over people looking at you and wondering what you’re up to. It takes practice, haha.
I’m not a stellar poser, but I’m learning my angles with time. I know that I suck at making a serious face, so I typically try a couple serious and couple smiling. A good photographer will help guide your posing (chin up, chin down, adjust your necklace, fix your hair, etc.) and make your vision come to life.
Blog Photos – Misc. Tips
Some photographers charge by the hour, and some charge per outfit. So it really just depends on your speed and how you like to work. I’ve worked with photographers that take 2 hours to shoot 3 outfits, so they shoot by the outfit. Some photographers take 1 hour to shoot 3 outfits, so they prefer to charge by the hour. It ends up being about the same cost, which in my opinion is well worth it. My goal is always to shoot 3 outfits, but I bring the 4th just in case I have more time.
I know some bloggers who shoot 6-7 looks in a day and change in their cars for each look. I personally like to change in Starbucks, but I’ve changed outfits in some weird places! My top 3 weirdest are the National Gallery of Art, the Union Station bathroom (so gross) and an architectural museum. Like I said earlier, it is very rare to find a blogger who shoots what they are wearing every single day. That’s exhausting.
Coming home after a shoot is always fun, with a hurricane of clothing to clean up and perfect hair and makeup for the rest of the day.
Do you have any other questions about how I shoot my blog photos? Comment below and I’ll answer the best I can!
My favorite look from last week is Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style!
I love how Jodie mixed color and prints so well! Jodie, her stepmother, and mother all had a stylist do a personal color analysis, then put together an outfit based on the results. Head to Jodie’s post to see all three of their outfits and color matches!