There’s a recipe every fashion blogger uses for their blog photoshoots:
- Stunning outfit(s)
- Awesome photographer
- A good hair day
Plus a secret ingredient: a great location!
Perhaps it’s not so secret of an ingredient since you see it in every photo we take; however, it must be known that a location can make or break a shoot!
Some bloggers are lucky to live in a place where they have a ton of great locations to choose from. I’ve never really lived anywhere except for a mid-sized midwestern town, and for some reason the town founders didn’t anticipate Instagram being a thing? Like, they should’ve been way more forward thinking. That being said, no matter where you live, there will always be a great location for you to take your blog photos at! If you’re not sure where to start, here are 5 tips on how to find a location that works for you!
Determine which environment works best with your style or outfit
Everyone has their own sense of style, and some environments work better than others for it. For instance, if you wear more bohemian-inspired clothing, it may look better in a nature environment than on a city street. If your style is more eclectic, then you should think about having a collection of locations that you can choose from based on the outfits you’ll be wearing.
Explore, explore, explore!
Sometimes you’ll find the best spots where you least expect them! Google scenic places in your area, walk down (safe looking) alleys, and keep mental notes of cool places you see.
One January day, it was very cold. Like, you don’t want to be outside for more than 5 seconds cold. My friend and I braved the weather to go take blog photos, but we quickly had to pop into an art gallery to get relief from the wind. Turns out that this gallery recently put up an interactive art exhibit that gave us AMAZING photos. It was a perfect act of fate, chance, or whatever you’d like to call it, and better yet, we were WARM.
Look for props or landmarks you can interact with
Nothing’s more awkward than not knowing what to do with your hands. If you pick a spot that you can interact with, you totally bypass that awkwardness! Here’s a few ideas:
- A good brick wall to lean against
- A fountain to perch on
- A balcony to gaze off of
- A light pole that you can swing on
Try to eliminate unnecessary background clutter
So you found the perfect spot…except for the huge dumpster trying to photobomb your pictures. Sure, you can’t actually move the dumpster, but communicate with your photographer to let them know what you do and don’t want in the background. With the correct angles, no one will ever know the background is busy!
When in doubt, look for some rad street art
Look, y’all know I’m a street art junkie. I have a radar for it, and so do a lot of other bloggers. If you’re ever struggling with getting the perfect photo, see if there’s any street art in your area. They usually pop up on side streets in more urban areas, so keep your eyes open!
Here are some street art guides for some bigger cities in the U.S. if you’re looking for some direction:
If you’re ever getting discouraged looking for your perfect spot, that’s okay! Not every spot works out, you just have to keep trying places until you find the best one for you!
I hope this post helps a newer blogger, or even a seasoned one who’s in a rut with their current locations! What tips would you add to this? What are some of your favorite places to take blog photos? Let me know in the comments!
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