Happy Friday! I hope you guys had a great week! I’m still in NYC but feeling really blessed and enjoying the different city vibe. I have taken so many photos since I got here and still can’t decide what’s going up on the gram so I wanted to talk about instagram #ootds. Most bloggers travel with a dedicated photographer, usually their husbands, boyfriends, or paid photographers. I usually only have whoever I’m with. But that doesn’t stop me from trying to get the best photos. At the end of the day, you really don’t need a production team to take great photos. Here are some tips to take better instagram outfit photos!
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Scout the perfect location
I think one of the most important parts of a photo is the location. I always try to pick a spot that’s interesting, not too cluttered, and will look good with my outfit. The photo above was taken at a rosé shop in The Hamptons. I loved the rustic, vintage vibe and knew it would look great with this chic white outfit. This snap in front of the shop was exactly what I had hoped for. Always keep your eyes open for unique store fronts and streets.
Experiment with angles
Angles make the biggest difference in instagram outfit photos. If I’m standing, I usually want the photo shot real low so that I look super tall. However, when I’m sitting like I am here, it’s a little different. You have to experiment with shooting slightly above or straight on to see if the background and outfit is a flattering pair. And experiment with shooting offset.
Keep it casual
Casual poses are my favorite because everyone looks better “in the moment” if you know what I mean. It might feel ridiculous to act a little but it works! Little acts like brushing your hands through your hair, laughing, or swaying back and forth make for great poses. I love wind-blown hair :)
Zoom in on the details
Sometimes, it’s not all about the outfit. Capture the details so you can switch things up on your ig feed. Zooming in on your earrings, jewelry, or sheer panels can turn out so beautiful.
Blend in the environment
What I mean by blending into the environment is using your surroundings as usual. This cute beach house had these blue steps so I decided to blend in by sitting here as I would in real life. The steps were used to prop up my shoes and bag to keep it as natural as possible. Sometimes, I can freeze up in front of the camera but it helps to think about what you would be doing in that setting if it was an ordinary day.
Take several pics
My last tip is to take several pics from different angles and perspectives. I know a lot of people think fashion bloggers can get absurd with their cameras and posing but the slightest shift in angle can make the biggest difference. Every time you hear a click, shift your body or tilt your chin. It all counts!
Put these to the test this weekend and let me know if it helps! Do you have any tips for taking perfect instagram outfit photos?