The bloggers guide to blogger shoots

26 October 2018

At the start of the year, I set the goal of making my blog better. To do this, I bit the bullet and decided it was time for me to do some *proper* blogger street style shoots, And by proper ones, I mean not getting my dad, friend, boyfriend or dog to take a picture cutting off half my head. Since taking this step, I’ve worked with some great photographers and they have taught me a lot. Going from the confident yet slightly awkward girl in front the camera to the girl that can’t get enough of the camera (just kidding, if you look through my family photo books I’ve always loved the camera). Since I first embarked on my blogger photography journey, starting with Zoe Griffin Photography in January 2018 - I’ve picked up a few hint and tips along the way

Preparation is key.
Prior to a shoot I'll always look at my Instagram page or blog homepage and think 'right, where do I want to go with this?' Do I want a warm autumnal theme or do I want a rosy spring theme? I always have something in mind before going on a shoot, usually down to a good amount of insta stalking random people's profiles. And I'll usually share this with the photographer I'm working with (difficult customer over here). And then once I have 'the vision' in mind, picking a location and outfit is a lot easier.

Then comes my prepared photo list - I really need to think of a snappier name for this. But it's the idea of having an general gist of all the shots you want to get before shooting, and it goes a long way. For example, shooting a floaty maxi skirt and knowing you want to get a shot of you twirling around in it, jot it down so when you are in the moment you have a list of all the frames you want to get.  Bish. Bash. Bosh.

Do your hair and makeup in a way that makes you feel comfortable 

You're not going to feel great in front of the camera unless you're comfortable. And yes, you may think you look 'normal', 'average' or 'basic' but having makeup and hair that you're comfortable with pays off in the longer run. 

Props are your best friend. 

The photographer I've started working with a lot quite recently, Anmol is hot on her props! Which I absolutely love. Having a coffee cup or a bouquet of flowers may seem weird or you may think they look out of place, but they add some variety. The weirder you may think they are, the better.


As they say, location location location. Having a good idea of where you're going to shoot is great or having a theme in mind and choosing a location around that works perfectly fine too. When I was sent this gorgeous coat by the team at Femme Luxe, I immediately knew I wanted to shoot it against a black background and also against some houses with contrasting colours. And since I'm London based, which area features the two? Notting hill of course. 

Practise your moves.
Every wondered how fashion bloggers get those perfectly staged yet natural shots?

Yep me too and then I learnt it's all about the practise. Practise in front of your mirror, practise in the shower, on the way to work - the world is your runway. Although you may feel silly practising your poses, when it comes to being in front of a camera and on a shoot, you''ll absolutely nail it because as they say - practise makes perfect.


You have to believe in yourself to get the results you want. I always find that the shoots that I perform the best in are when I'm feeling confident and ready to take on the world. What is the worst that happens if you 'mess up'? You get some bad pictures, it's hardly the end of the world! I used to put so much pressure on myself when I was shooting, thoughts like 'okay I've seen this girl shoot in this location, that's a perfect inspiration - i want to get that shot too' were always in my mind. But in reality, it's the shoots where I let go and relax that bring about the best results. 

So there we have it, my blog shooting journey. If you have any tips, let me know in the comments!

Outfit Details 
Coat - Femme Luxe (gifted) 
Dress - Femme Luxe (gifted) 
Boots – Missguided via ASOS (similar)
Bag (old) - Hawes and Curtis

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