For all the inspiring bloggers, store owners & boss babes, styled photography is a huge part of your business. The tiniest details can make or break your shot... BEST ADVICE, slow down and think thoroughly of the shot and the story you are aiming to tell. But for those of you who are hesitating on taking a leap, NEWS FLASH, not all styled shots require a fancy photographer. If you are just starting out and their is no extra funds to begin your passion, grab your bestie and head to your nearest local hot spot or a hidden gem of an area. I tend to use my Nikon for prop styling however these days the Iphone can take a pretty amazing shot. Don't have photoshop to brighten those photos? Hop on your phone and pick what edit app works best for you! My favorite is A Color Story.
Below I have styled a few pieces with ideas on creating images that will allow you to stand out & become eye-catching!
First up... Learning how to become besties with sunlight! You want to aim for a more shaded area to avoid overly bright photos, however sometimes their is no other option so work with what you got. Try to also avoid harsh shadows for a more clean look.
Finding a great back drop is key to capturing your ideal image. That being said it doesn't have to be this elaborate set-up. Typically with stock or blog material your frame is small, simply focusing on the items only, so you just need a little area to work with. I tend to always fall in love with white walls to avoid clashing or distractions, however it all depends on the look you are going for. White walls are typically best for capturing the small details for a more close up shot.
This photo was shot on a camera but I edited it in A Color Story so you can really tell the color of the dress!
I am a big fan of action shots, especially when dealing with a stiff model or someone who is use to being behind the camera then in front of it. This can help the image seem more relaxed and relatable. The last thing you want is to feel so uncomfortable you can see if all over their face, I highly recommend practicing and getting use to people staring at you. Action shots also show off the movement of a item to give it life. Be aware of what is on the ground and behind you, photoshop can only remove so much!
MY FAVORITE PART // I absolutely love shooting accessories. There is so much room for creativity, so when you have a thought just try it. I feel a lot of times we have these amazing ideas swarming in our brain but when it comes to executing them we get nervous and never try it. Get use to the people staring and trying things that feel so awkward... those normally end up being the best. The arm shot is a great option for any type of accessories, just be sure you are using the outside of your arm (it's prettier) & add jewelry so it looks complete.
Start searching Pinterest, Instagram and magazines for framing ideas on close up detailed shots. This skill can take some time to learn, just be aware of your surroundings. Shooting a flowy sleeve, fringe skinnies, or studded jean jacket seems to turn out best when it is the focal point. So if you feel like you just can't get that shot, adjust your frame.
Make your shot personal, here I chose a land mark & grabbed some vanilla ice cream piled high with sprinkles. This gives your reader or customers a way to connect with you. Surely I am not the only one who saves Instagram photos of all of the must-see location like amazing wall murals or killer hotel sign in the back ground of a photo, so most likely there is a handful of people doing the same thing. So if people are saving photos because of location, don't you want to be the one they continue to watch for go to places?
Leather Jacket // Kayliegh Hooded Moto Jacket [ Tobi ]
Rocker Tee // Rolling Stones Pocket Tee [ MadeWorn ]
Jeans // Rag & Bone Skinny Jean [ Rag & Bone ]
Booties // [ Vince ]
Choker // [ Rory Ashton ]
Sunnies // [ Oliver Peoples ]
Bag // The Lady P [ India Hicks ]
Mauve Dress // Better Off Lace Up Shift Dress [ Tobi ]
Clutch // Comme Des Garcons Large Zip Pouch [ Barneys ]
Handbag // YSL Small Monogram Cabas Bag [ YSL ]
Mules // [ Pour La Victoire ]
OTK Boots // [ Mode Fashion ]
Sunnies // Krewe CL-10 Blonde Tortoise To Champagne 24K [ Cayman's ]
Styled by Kenady Nashert // Shot by Bri Ramos // Tobi.com