Many of you who also run a blog probably know the struggle: finding the perfect location to shoot your outfit pictures. The ‘big’ fashion bloggers just always seem to find the places that work, that complement their outfits without being too distracting. Of course, many of them travel to the most lovely places all over the world, but still, it really demands serious skills. So, how to do it? (And this is as much as a motivational post to me as it – hopefully – is to you!)
GO ON AN ADVENTURE
Improving your outfit pictures by choosing the right location is, in my experience, a matter of wandering through your own neighborhood, looking for those hidden spots that might just work perfect. That takes time, time you may not want to ‘waste’, and time that might screw up the lighting or your hair and make-up while it is ticking away, such as with this shoot (even though I loved the graffiti wall in the end). But it’s so worth it, because you can always go back to that place you know works well (for example, my blogging friend Lauren and I always have this location as a plan B, in case we don’t find anything).
JUST GIVE IT A TRY
The next thing, when you think you find some place cool, is to just shoot away and check afterwards if it indeed worked. Because sometimes, you can only decide on that after you’ve seen the pictures. Just as those jeans that turn out to make your butt look fat, locations can disappoint in hindsight. For example, the golden hour sun could not make this location look any better (even though I thought the rhythmic windows might look good). On the other hand, this place, with its weird white pillars, didn’t convince me at first, but turned out to be awesome in the pictures (if I may say so myself).
LEARN AND IMPROVE
Recently, I went to this cute place some forty-five minutes of cycling away. I always kinda knew of its existence, but never thought it worthwhile to go all the way there. Well, when we arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes: pretty houses and white facades everywhere! In the end, we shot these pictures in front of the river, which (I now think) actually doesn’t do justice to the prettiness around there (there’s too much going on I think). But at least these photos turned out airy and light, which is what I was going for, and I’ll definitely return for another shoot.
And while we continue to improve ourselves, let’s be inspired by looking some of my favorite bloggers, who perfectly understand which locations work: Anne (queen of the pretty facades), Ebba (queen of the streets), and Lydia (queen of lighting).