outfit pictures

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!)

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).

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).

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).

ripped mom jeans

black blazer

merely Merel

mom jeans

H&M t-shirt (dark grey) | H&M mom jeans (similar) | Mango blazer | Fred de la Bretonière sandals (also pretty)

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  • mei 25, 2016 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Bloggersstuggels inderdaad. Vind het ook altij moeilijk om telkens opnieuw een leuk plekje to vinden :)
    Leuk om te lezen dat ik niet de enige ben, hahaa :)

    X, Eline

    • Merel
      mei 29, 2016 - 11:06 am | Permalink

      Haha nee ik dacht ook al, dit is vast voor velen herkenbaar ;). Ik blijf het ook raar vinden dat een locatie soms helemaal fantastisch lijkt, maar dat achteraf dan toch niet is. Vaak kan ik er dan ook niet echt de vinger op leggen waarom niet. Andersom is overigens ook het geval. Het is gewoon een kwestie van ervaring opbouwen denk ik!

  • mei 25, 2016 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Ah, zo herkenbaar! Ik heb altijd het idee dat al mijn achtergronden hetzelfde zijn, maar vind het altijd zo lastig om een passende achtergrond te vinden bij mijn outfit.

    • Merel
      mei 29, 2016 - 11:20 am | Permalink

      Jouw achtergronden zijn inderdaad wel vaak vergelijkbaar, maar dat vind ik juist een pluspunt! Jij hebt sowieso echt een fotografiestijl waar je echt aan te herkennen bent. Ik verbaas me altijd over jouw Instagram, die zulke verschillende foto’s bevat die toch allemaal bij elkaar passen. Chapeau! :D

  • mei 29, 2016 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Big YES to this outfit! All Black is always the right choice!
    You look amazing girl, such a pretty face, and I love your hair :)

    • Merel
      mei 29, 2016 - 11:25 am | Permalink

      Oh thank you SO much for your lovely comment!! Yay for all black, haha! But just to set things straight: you don’t wanna love my hair, haha. It’s completely ruined from all the bleaching (I had it silverish-white before), so all I can do now is carefully wait ‘till it grows back, cut it waaay to often (to get rid of all the broken ends), and basically have the patience to not do anything with it for the coming year or so *insert crying emoji*. But thanks anyway haha! X

  • mei 31, 2016 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Zo leuk al die tips, ik ben altijd alle leuke plekjes vergeten als ik foto’s wil gaan maken :D
    Naomi, x

    • Merel
      juni 19, 2016 - 8:04 am | Permalink

      Haha, dat heb ik ook vaak! En dat ik dan weer ergens langs fiets en denk: ojaaaa, waarom ben ik hier niet nog eens naartoe gegaan!?

  • juni 6, 2016 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I love this outfit! So effortlessly chic and casual! The shoes look really comfortable. As for the location, you are so right! I love knitwear photography and always in search of beautiful interesting textured walls/gardens/street to shoot my knits! It is a great excuse to go out, walk and explore the city!

  • Merel
    juni 19, 2016 - 8:05 am | Permalink

    Hi Alina, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, knitwear photography will be my next struggle, once I ‘mastered’ (haha) outfitlocations. I now simply use my bed, couch, or desk, but I’d love to take knitwear photos outside! Ah well, I guess I just need to start knitting sweaters, so I can incorporate my knitwear into outfit shoots ;).

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