Fashion Photography Tips For Your Next Photo Shoot

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]

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32 Responses

    • Fox + gypsy

      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!

  1. Erika Nolan

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

  2. Andrew

    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.

  3. K.Korrine

    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!

  4. Mollie Booth Parks

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Petya

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Lydia

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

  7. Shannon

    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

  8. Julia

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