Fashion Photography Tips For Your Next Photo Shoot
By: Taylor Davies

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If a picture is usually worth 1,000 words, it’s got to be worth at least 2,000 on a fashion blog – don’t you think? Photography and imagery is so important for drawing in readers, entertaining them, and sharing your style. We never want our photos to feel tired, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to give your photo shoots some new flavor. Sooo, what exactly is new? What’s flavor? What will feel fresh at this point?

Obviously, not every tactic I’m about to suggest is going to feel new to every blogger. The hope is that something here will be a little out of the box for you, or give you an idea for a new angle, lens, hour, place, or person to shoot.

Here are 6 fresh ideas to energize your next blog photo shoot:

Try a white backdrop.

It’s such a simple idea, and one that might feel a bit counter-intuitive given the personal nature of personal style photos. However, I love how much Leandra‘s dark look pops against this white backdrop.

Take it off.

This photo from 5 Inch and Up is so striking to me, and what a fun concept to create a dramatic still life with a pair of statement shoes and a sparkling broach (earring?). Think of all the creative ways you could showcase your favorite pieces without even putting them on!

The view from above.

It might involve using a ladder or a well-placed set of stairs – but I love this shot from above. With this angle, you get to see just a sliver of the pool, gorgeous flowers, as well as the details of the skirt on Nicole of Gary Pepper.

Shoot by night.

Though relatively new to the fashion blogging scene, I’ve so enjoyed the creativity of The Marcy Stop girls’ photo shoots. If will involve some practice and trial-and-error, but a night shoot can add so much edge, mystery and drama to an outfit shoot.

Get moving.

Bikes, skateboards, roller skates… you name it! Clothes in motion have energy and life. Just look how much fun Aimee of Song of Style is having! You’ll need a quick shutter and a light-on-their-feet photographer for a great motion photo – but the results give so much personality and will make your photos truly unique.

Make it a group thing.

As much as Classy Girls Wear Pearls is a the personal style blog of Sarah Vickers, it’s also a stylish photo diary of the New England adventures of her group of friends. If you’ve got well-dressed friends, why not get them involved?

What do you do to take your photo shoots to the next level? Share your creative ideas in the comments!

 

[Image credits: Classy Girls Wear Pearls, Song of Style, The Marcy Stop, Gary Pepper, 5 Inch and Up, The Man Repeller]

Comments

  1. karen says:

    Some fantastic ideas,,, nice post

    • Fox + gypsy says:

      We like to add mixed media elements to our photos every once and a while by adding ironic graphics! Otherwise, driving around and finding quirky settings is always fun too!

  2. Avatar of Nasreen
    Nasreen says:

    Hahah ALL these ideas are new to me so this is great :) thanks!!

    http://lazyobsession.blogspot.ie/2013/01/studded-slippers.html

  3. Erika Nolan says:

    I love a white background…I do that with my still life shots, but will use some of your tips too! Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    E

  4. Avatar of Pinksole

    I love the white background because it’s less noise, it makes you and the outfit the main focus.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  5. Sabrina G. says:

    Thanks! Great ideas!Love the phito from 5 inch and Up

  6. Andrew says:

    These are awesome ideas. I will definitely try the “take if off” approach next time I am trying to take a picture of my shoes, by myself, while I’m wearing them.

  7. K.Korrine says:

    Love the idea of creating still photography out of fashion. So many times we focus on the blogger (which is fun) not the actual product, what a great way to change it up!

  8. Avatar of Z
    Z says:

    Great photos there

    I’m a big fan of the ‘take it off’ approach, having no photogenic areas in my house. It’s a great one when I don’t have the time to locate a photographer/setting!

    Z
    http://www.are-we-on-time.com/

  9. Avatar of serena
    serena says:

    Great ideas for my future shoots!
    Come and stop by my blog http://alpacaroll.blogspot.hk/.
    I appreciate so much that you would like to check out my blog.

  10. Jai'me says:

    These are all very good tips – thank you for sharing them!

  11. Avatar of A Style of Your Own

    Thanks for the stellar tips! I’ll definitely employ them in my upcoming personal style posts. The ‘take it off’ idea is great when I don’t have someone to take photos of me :)

  12. chic-aholics says:

    Really interesting ideas!
    Of course the first thing somebody needs is a proper SLR camera.
    chic-aholics.blogspot.com

  13. Avatar of Petya
    Petya says:

    I love the first one, with the white background. Actually I love any plain colored backgrounds.
    But I don’t really like the pictures made at night… But sometimes, well, you have no choice :D
    http://instyle21.blogspot.com

  14. Avatar of Lydia
    Lydia says:

    Some of these are hard, like the shoot from above and get moving, but the rest is worth a try!

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  15. Michelle says:

    Great ideas! I’ve just started shooting in our studio with plain backdrops and I love it!

  16. Wear Luck says:

    Great timing! We will try this tomorrow at our next shoot! Wish us LUCK!

  17. Great ideas; we’ve yet to try shooting at night but we plan on giving it shot one of these days!

  18. Avatar of thattallgirl2

    These are such great ideas!:) thank you <3

    <3 CC
    thattallgirl2.blogspot.com

  19. jalie says:

    great ideas!! i’ll try them out :)

    Jalie,
    http://www.jaliechichi.com

  20. Jen says:

    Great tips :) ! Thanks!

  21. SACRAMENTO says:

    Most interesting. Thank you for the tips and congratulations On Link á la Mode.
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  22. Aswathy says:

    It is really amazing. This encourage me to take more photos. Thank you for providing these photos.

  23. Shannon says:

    Very nice. I am all about original picture shots and will probably start incorporating some of these. White backdrops are the best and If I had a skateboard I’d totally do a “get moving” shot

  24. josephchen says:

    Good post. Images are looking nice. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Avatar of MonicaP
    MonicaP says:

    I have done the “Get Moving” .. a little athletic jacket shoot :-)
    http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com/2012/11/champion-athletic-jacket-at-target.html

    Will try a few of the suggestions above :-)

    Monica
    http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  26. Julia says:

    I like to make group photos, it’s cool when you see a few friends in the street that have their style/

  27. Avatar of Nasreen
    Nasreen says:

    My tripod is broken and sometimes no one is around to help so im definitely going to try taking pictures of my items on the floor or with a pretty backdrop!

    http://lazyobsession.blogspot.ie/2013/06/black-and-blue-jeans.html

  28. Great photos and examples:) Thanks for sharing!

  29. emcee says:

    will try the night shoot one time with my muse.
    http://www.loverush.com.au

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