What No One Tells You About Taking Outfit PhotosFriday, April 21, 2017
So I've just got back from taking some blog photos, and I was thinking on my way back home 'if only people knew what really goes on when you're taking outfit photos.'
You guys know me, I like to keep things real, so today I thought I'd share some little insights into the world of outfit photo taking haha you ready?
Location, location, location:No Kristie and Phil aren't part of my outfit posts, as much as I wish they were ( I love a good episode of Location, location, location) but no seriously finding locations for outfit posts is SO hard. I always struggle to find somewhere that A: fits with my Instagram theme B: is quiet cause you feel enough of a twat posing never mind doing it where there's a crowd and C: fits with theme of your outfit.
Me and Nesta, who takes my outfit photos for me, have found a couple of good locations, but it's all about playing around with different places. I feel like Summer will make things easier though, I think you'll probably see a lot of outfit photos in fields, come summer!
The Changing Outfits Mare:So when you take outfit photos, usually you try to be time efficient and take a few outfits with you, I usually work with Nesta a couple of times a month, so we do about 2/3 outfits each time. However, the changing of the outfits, is a whole other ball game. This morning, I got changed in the car and realised how hard it was to get into skinny jeans, in the back of a Ford Fiesta. They should make that a challenge on The Crystal Maze, I tell you. I probably flashed a boob today, and a few weeks back, some boys walked very close to my car and I genuinely crouched down on the floor and hoped they wouldn't see me. They probably did though.
I need to either; always shoot near toilets, buy a pop up changing room or just always shoot by my house, before I'm arrested for indecent exposure.
The Angry House Owners:When you find a nice house and then there's the moral dilemma of do you take photos in front of someone's home? Me and Henry have taken a photo in the front of what we thought was an office, till Henry was like 'oh god, there's a man in the window, let's go, let's go!'
However, today we found a gorgeous blossom tree in front of a house, and the lady who lived there came out, we asked her and she was like ' go ahead! I don't blame you' and we had a little chat with her, so not all house owners mind. However, I'd say to try and not take pics in front of house names/numbers, and if you do see the owner perhaps ask nicely :)
I do try and avoid taking photos in front of houses though, as I don't think I'd be too impressed, if someone just rocked up and started shooting in front of my living room window. I can't imagine what the owners of the houses in places like Kensington think, with bloggers probably parading up and down there every day!
Getting That Angle Right:There is nothing more mortifying than looking back at outfit photos and thinking ' oh my god, what do I look like?' In the past, photos have included; my double chin, my flies being undone, underwear being visible (not in a good way either) and my nose looking like it belongs on a witch from Hocus Pocus, though that's just a few that spring to mind, I'm sure I could go on! However you soon start to learn what works, and usually from about 100 photos you probably like about 5! Then I wonder why my phone storage is always full!
Battling The Elements:If you live in the UK, you'll know that the weather here is pretty unpredictable, especially at this time of the year. I'll set a day to take photos, and then manically check the weather app on my phone, praying it won't rain. However, the wind is something to be more wary of, I mean I always want to look like the girl from The Ring in outfit photos. Oh and now that Spring is here, I need to always remember to take an anti allergy tablet before going outside, the past couple of times, I have had the old watery eye syndrome. Probably about 60% of my photos are of me, wiping my watery eyes, waterproof mascara for the win!
The instagram boyfriend/husband:I know full well that taking outfit photos when you're not really interested, is probably a bit of a pain in the bum. Henry would just take 100 and then joke how I never looked at the camera. Or I'd do his head in, when I'd look at the photos and be like 'oh can you take some more? I have a double chin in those.' It takes a lot of a patience to do outfit photos and for all the instagram husbands/boyfriends/wives/girlfriends/parents/siblings, I salute you, and we do appreciate it honest!
The actual outfit details from these pics:
Top : Primark
Jeans : Primark
These are just a few things I thought of, I hope you enjoyed this little insight into outfit photos, I also should note that I am of course no expert fashion blogger haha, just a few things I have noticed, I'm sure that Vogue won't be knocking on my door anytime soon!
Also sadly or maybe not so sadly, I have deleted all of my dodgy outfit photos, maybe I'll save some over the next few weeks and share them at some point!
I'd love to know if you've ever experienced any of these things whilst taking photos, or if anything else has ever happened to you whilst getting that shot!
I'm off to go tidy the house now, so I'll read the comments when I'm back from hoovering, washing up and doing the laundry, fun!
Chou for now ( I miss saying that, let's bring it back please.)