As a blogger, you need to know a lot of things. How to write, how to edit, how to style and how to photograph are just a few examples. The task of taking photos of products, events and travels is one thing (that I can write more about later?), but I think a lot of bloggers can agree that the biggest challenge is to take good outfit photos.

Even though you can buy a tripod, remote and use a self timer, the best and easiest option is often to get someone else to take your outfit photos for you. But even though someone else might hit the clicker button, there is still a lot you can do to improve the photos. Here are some tips:

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Visualise and describe exactly what you want. 

Handing someone a camera and just saying “can you take some photos of me?” does often not end with the results you imagined. Why? Because people can not read your mind, and they do not know what you are thinking. If you have any previous outfit photos or any inspirations photos to show to, that is often the most simple way to go. If not, be sure to describe in detail what you want and how you want it, be sure to instruct your photographer properly. If you are visualising something, you can also take a photo (like I have done above) which shows the frame you want , and get your photographer to take “the exact same photo”, with you in it.

Some questions to consider.

What do you want to be in the frame (all of you, half of you, portrait)?

Do you want landscape or portrait photo?

What should be in focus?

From which angle and perspective do you want it to be taken?

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Play with perspectives. 

When taking outfit photos, I always think it is fun to play around with different perspectives, so that not every photo is the same old standing up and down photo. If you sit down, be sure that your photographer does as well. Get your photographer to take some photos from above, some straight forward, and some from underneath. It can have a lot to say!

Some questions to consider.

How can I show of this outfit the best way possible?

What is my most photogenic angle?

What is my most photogenic perspective?

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Don’t be afraid of the sun.

I know that a lot of people say that you should never take photos facing the sun, and that photos with the sun/ sunset in the background are not pretty, but I disagree. I always use natural lighting for my photos (no blitz here), and even though I love to have the sun facing the subject, I think it is good to spice it up a bit, and take photos with the sun/sunset in the direct background. It might be harder to focus, and you have to try out lots of different angles to get a good result, but it is worth it.

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Think about your backdrop.

Even though you are the one that is in focus, it is just as important to remember what is not. Choosing a backdrop for your photo is such an important factor for a good outfit photo, and needs to be considered. Choosing it can be quite a “personal” thing, and it should be. You need to choose a backdrop that you like and feel comfortable with (not everyone feels as comfortable posing in a crowded street/ park), and not just something you have seen another blogger do.

Some questions to consider.

Do I like typical street style shots, green and flowery backgrounds or a simple white wall (for example)?

Do I feel comfortable posing here (you readers will be able to tell)?

Do I want my background to be all blurry/ bokeh (low aperture) or just as clear as me (high aperture)?

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Posing 101.

One of the most awkward things when it comes to shooting outfit photos, at least if you are in public and getting someone you know to take your photo, is posing. You want to show of the outfit in the best possible way and get some pretty photos of you like the big bloggers does, but then again it feels a bit awkward and uncomfortable and you are not sure what to do. Believe me, I have been there. Of course you should never do anything that feels uncomfortable, but if you do start to feel awkward, just shake it off (literally). Just do what your mind and body tells you, and try out different poses using your hands and legs. It is important that every photo doesn’t end up looking completely the same, so change how you stand and where you keep your hands, in addition to changing expression and where you look. Look directly into the camera, then look down, and then maybe look to the side. Smile in some photos, look serious in some of the other. If you feel like your hands or legs look awkward, keep your hands in your pockets, take them through your hair or sit down on a bench. The most important thing is to always feel comfortable and relaxed, because if you are tense or nervous, it will easily be visible in the photos.

My best personal tips/ tips from photographers. 

Your eyes are always one of the most important factors in your photo, and you want them to look clear and bright. To get your eyes looking as open and lively as possible, there are two simple things you can do. First of all, when someone is taking your photo and you want to look directly into the camera (like I do on the photo above), be sure to look a tiny bit up from the viewfinder/ right above the camera itself. This will make your eyes look more open and your eyelashes longer (without it looking like you are actually looking up to the sky). While you do this, it is also important to slightly (just the tiniest bit) close/ tighten your eyes, to better focus directly and to get a better “pose-face”. Also make your photographer to work with the natural lighting to get catchlights!

Some questions to consider.

Again: What is my most photogenic angle and perspective?

Which emotions do I want to show in my photos?

How can I make my outfit look the best possible? (For example play with your skirt/ dress/ accessories or whatever)

How can I make this photos and this shoot fun? (So important!!)

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Keep on editing.

Even though taking the photos themselves is of course really important, I would say that editing them so that they look the way you wan to, is just as important. Often you can think a photo looks really good as soon as you see it on the camera, but as you keep on editing and improving it, you can look back and clearly see that it was not as “good” originally as you thought. I do not think there is anything wrong with editing your photos, and in my opinion you just make them even better by doing so. I always use Adobe Lightroom on all of my photos, where I work with the lighting, contrast, clarity and colours. I then use photoshop for layers and effects, and to save them for publishing on the web. Also always remember to resize your photos, so that you don’t upload files that take forever to load for you readers.

Some questions to consider.

What is my editing style? (I think it is really important to find your way and your style when it comes to editing!)

Do I like my photos really light or dark? Colourful or not?

Should I invest in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for better editing?

(I used to edit at pixlr.com, but am so happy that I decided to switch the Adobe – it is totally worth it!)

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These are some of the things that I have learnt to be more aware of when shooting my outfit photos, both from my own experience and advice from photographers whom I have worked with. I of course think that when it comes to taking outfit photos/ photos in general, it is about having fun and exploring your camera, and not think too much about what you’re doing. It is important to always do it in your own way, so do not follow these tips if you feel something isn’t right for you, but it is just some help along the way.

Do you want more photography tips/ other tips in the future? Which ones?

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