The world of fashion blogging has become immense and there is more ‘beginners’ bloggers than ever. I’ve had few questions on Twitter (say hi to me at @Mode_Lily) about my blogging photography so I decided to share with you my top tips to holiday fashion blog photography.
With every new holiday, fashion blog photography can become extremely important to many of us. It’s time we not only get to relax (sunbathe and drink lot of cocktails in my case) but we also get an incredible opportunity to amass as much content (and by that I mean imagery and videos) for our blog. So it comes to no surprise it’s so important to get your photography right as there is no chance of returning and re-doing it.
So I’m taking you, my lovely readers, on a journey with me. I’m having fun and I’m hoping to inspire every single one of you, to get out more and do more of the fun bits that you might be scared of.
Blogging Tips: A Guide To Holiday Fashion Blog Photography
Location, Location, Location
When choosing the right location for your fashion blog photography you have to consider the whole theme of your outfit post. Think of answering these questions first.
- What style do you want to go for?
- What is the purpose of the outfit post?
- What Is The Theme of Your Fashion Shoot?
Make sure the outfit entirely complements the surroundings. Are you dressed up in a pretty vintage dress? Then you might look out of place in urban surroundings with a graffiti wall.
If you can, try to find a location with similar colours to your outfit. I only know too well how hard this one is, especially if you live outside London, but think outside the box, explore your area and have fun discovering it.
Also, consider what style your outfit is. Is it a simple attire? Then don’t worry to use extravagant background. If it’s an excessive outfit though, go for a simple background with not too much going on. Think plain walls.
Dress for the Season
As I took these pictures in Croatia, I found it quite significant to wear clothes that matched the surroundings and my holiday mood, so summer dresses and general holiday attire. Afterall, I’ve been planning these holiday outfits since I’d booked our flights!
Think of your holiday fashion blog photography as a perfect opportunity to revitalise your blog, kind of like a breath of fresh air. You’ll look rested as you no longer have to squeeze your fashion photography in between your day to day job and maintaining your household and hopefully new surroundings will inspire to be more creative with your photography session.
Holiday provides a perfect opportunity for a new location, a new background and an entirely new theme. You’re taking your readers on an entirely new journey so make sure they enjoy it as much as you enjoyed your holiday!
I was quite thrilled about going to Croatia as it’s one of my favourite locations in the entire world. I was looking forward to visiting those places that I’ve known for so many years and discovering locations I’ve never been to before. Make sure you research your holiday location before you actually go, so know what to expect weather wise. This will also give you a great opportunity to get to know the area and plan your holiday outfits. Think cobbled streets, romantic town or a photography in nature. Make sure you utilise all aspects of your holiday.
Truly think about your photos and everything you want to get out of each fashion photography session. Plan your outfits, accessories, theme and the overall mood of your photos.
Now, I’m talking about fashion blogging photography on another level. I’ve actually brought a different outfit with me on our day trip to Makarska town as the town is famous for its picturesque old houses and cobbled streets. I didn’t want to miss that opportunity (a quick change in toilet did the trick).
So if time allows it, bring another set of outfits. Again, you will get a lot more variety in your shots so why not capitalize on the opportunity and get the most bang for your buck!
Let your Personality Shine
Perhaps the most important “rule”, in my book anuway. The purpose of any of my blog photography is to hopefully capture my individual style and my personality as they truly are.
These are my / (your) images and of course I / (you) want them to speak volumes about me (you) and my (your) blog. As the blogging market is saturated with ever so amazing fashion bloggers, this is the perfect opportunity for you to distinguish yourself, your unique style and your distinctive brand!
Think outside the box. Scarves, hats, flowers in the hair, jewellery, whatever tickles your fancy. Sometimes I choose outfit first and then match the right accessorise that will complement the overall look. Sometimes it’s the other way round, depending on the theme of the whole shoot.
Whilst I absolutely adore accessorise, I tend to wear less of it in summer hot days though, and as a result my summer holiday outfits tend to be more minimalistic. The blog is about my personal style and I don’t tend to pretend to be a fashionista no matter what.
It’s all about the balance too. If the focus of the post is the outfit, don’t confuse it with an over the top accessorise and other way round, if you want your necklace to be at the centre of the attention, go for plain clothing that will only accentuate the beauty and intricacies of the accessory.
Tip: Remember, sometimes just a very simple accessory can make a big difference and transform your entire photoshoot into beautifully styled photography.
Whilst this holiday fashion photography tip is the last one, it’s as important as the rest. I’ve already covered the importance of letting your personality stand out but that goes hand in hand with feeling good.
I’ve found out the hard way. There were days when I would rather stay in bed on Sunday morning instead of traveling to the city to take my photography and as a result you could definitely see the low interests in the photography and it was always hard to find any good pictures. There were outfit shoots that I did that I clearly wasn’t comfortable wearing and ended up not posting them. Based on my experience I’ve returned clothing that brands had sent me (I’ve only done it few times though) and if I can I pick my own outfit from a brand.
So all in all, let your personality shine through in the images and whilst good mood is essential, you should also pick outfits that you feel comfortable in and relaxed. Be true to yourself and your readers.
So what do you think about my top tips to holiday fashion blog photography? Would you agree with every point I’ve made or is there anything you believe is more important and I should have mentioned it? Please let me know in comments!