Blogger Must Haves for Better Fashion Photos

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As fashion bloggers, we all know that having great photos can really help your blog stand apart from the pack. But if you’re just starting out and haven’t invested in a professional kit yet – don’t worry. While there is no substitution for having a professional photographer follow you around with a DLSR, with the right tools your iPhone will do more than enough to capture stunning and detailed photos. Plus its the easiest way to share via Instagram instead of transferring digital images from a camera, to your computer and back to a smartphone or tablet. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite products for your iPhone (or Android), and some tips that will work no matter what you’re shooting with.

Olloclip iPhone lenses

iPhone Olloclip

This little gadget gives new life to your iPhone camera by adding different lens features that easily clip onto your phone. Use a macro lens when you want to get close up with your newest baubles or details in fabrics. Clip the wide-angle lens on to the front-facing camera to include everyone in your event selfies. Or shoot some more artistic shots with a fish-eye lens. How creative you get with these lenses is really up to you, but their size and portability means you don’t have to drag your DLSR all over town if you would rather throw your phone in your bag and go.

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Joby GorillaPod Stand

These are hands down our favorite tri-pods, for either a DLSR or using your iPhone or Android. When you don’t have a photographer handy, set up your camera from any angle or surface and set the photo timer. I love that I can leave the case on my phone and still use the GorillaPod. But if you don’t want to frantically dash into your photo, our next recommendation is for you.

Buy Now $20

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HISY Camera Remote

There are a ton of these little gadgets on the market, but our favorite is the HISY Bluetooth Remote for how easily and quickly it pairs with our phone and the cute colors it comes in. It’s small enough to hold in your hand while taking photos without being overly noticeable (or seen at all if you’re creative with your angles). The only item I would add to my closet to replace this would be an Apple Watch, which also lets you control an iPhone camera remote.

Buy Now $15

Creative Market

Now that you’ve got your photos in top form, one of the final touches is editing and perhaps some text overlay. Creative Market is a curated, independent market full of top quality Photoshop Actions, Palettes and Fonts. These metallic paint styles are reminiscent of the metallic temporary tattoos we’ll continue to see all summer long and would be great design additions to any site or photo. At the very least, its easy to spend an hour browsing through designs, fonts and even stock photography (or a new blog theme!) – consider yourself warned.


If you’re ready to get the entire non-photographer bundle from Amazon, we’ve collected it all for you here.

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About The Author

Kim earned her analytics chops at digital marketing agencies in Portland, Oregon, and her fashion chops as a teen navigating the preppy ’90s and now as an editor for IFB. Fortunately for the gems in her closet, wrangling the marketing and analytics for multiple websites doesn’t keep Kim behind the computer—she’s spoken at conferences as international asSimply Stylist NYC and as homegrown as Tiny Startup Camp. Her love of design translates to her home renovation projects. And when she’s not doing any of that, she’s chasing a two-year old, a husband, and a dog or drinking Oregon’s best coffee and wine. Actually, sometimes all of those things happen simultaneously.

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26 Responses

  1. Brooke

    It’s great to see alternative options to styling photos with your iPhone. I wanted to originally get a smaller camera than my Nikon DSLR, but I’ve heard phones work just as well (if not better). I love that there are lenses and tripods available to help you with all your phone needs, I’ll have to check out those products!

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  2. Vonnie

    I’d love to have some things like this for my LG phone. I regret getting rid of my iPhone now…

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  3. Stefanie

    Love these tips because yeah, most of us can’t afford a professional photographer to follow us around, and yes, pictures are EVERYTHING! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Brittany

    Hi there I registered with IFB months ago and can’t seem to login nor have received a confirmation email. I also messaged you on Facebook and no one has gotten back to me either. Am I missing something or is there a glitch on the site or something? Are you able to help me? I’d really like to get my account up and running ASAP.

    Thanks!

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    • Kristen Philipkoski

      Hi Brittany, sorry you’re having trouble with your membership. Did you check in your email spam folders? If you don’t see anything there, please try registering again and I’ll keep an eye out for it. best, Kristen

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  5. Kathleen

    Love it! Ordered the lens, the gorillapod and the bluetooth remote for my iPhone 6Plus. I don’t always have someone to take pix so the gorillapod and the remote are going to come in very handy!
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  6. Anna

    Great tips!! I can’t wait to try some of these. I’ve been wanting the HISY for a few weeks, now I’m definitely getting it!

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  7. Inez

    I’ve been trying to save up for a DSLR, but I can’t get over how convenient a compact camera is to handle and carry about since I have very busy days and take my own photos.

    Great tips though, now, I’m even thinking how much more convenient using a phone would be with the OlloClip lens

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  8. Luís de Oliveira

    Great! Also, when it comes to mobile phones, what is better for fashion bloggers?! For example, a iPhone 6 or a Samsung S6?!

    Thanks 🙂 With <3 from #DOliveiraFashionBlog | doliveirafashionblog.com

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  9. Danielle

    Hello, I have a collaboration blog with a photographer. I am a designer, not a photographer. I have an Android and have taken really great shots that upload to instagram great. However, when I send them from VSCO to my email and insert into the post they are blurry. Is there a post that addresses this question?

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  10. Alexa

    Thanks for the tips. I have been working for months now to get as close to the blogs who can afford professional photographers. I guess what you said is the next best that we can do. Thanks!

    XOXO
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