Fashion Photography Tips For Beginners

I like to think of myself as quite a visual person, and I tend to be drawn towards photos and colour when it comes to magazines and blogs. I’m always far more inclined to read something if it’s got a lush photo featured with it, because usually if the photography is alright then the content will be alright too.

In my 2+ years of blogging, and 3+ years of owning a DSLR, I’ve learnt a thing or two about photography, but in particular, fashion photography and portraits. A few months ago I wrote a post about the basics of your DSLR camera (and what all of those complicated settings mean), but today I’m going to talk about fashion photography and some tips around how to stand, where to stand, and how to get that perfect instagrammable fashion shot. They’re also not just necessarily for posh camera owners!

THE ANGLE

I went through of a phase of getting my dad to just stand in one place and take a few photos of my outfit. He’d stay at the same height the entire time, and it didn’t give my photos a lot of angle variety. A simple way to switch up your photos (so they’re a bit different each time) is to get your photographer to sit on the floor and shoot ‘upwards’. My dad bloody hates doing it, but those ‘up shots’ – as we call them – are pretty cool. They’re good for elongating the legs too…

THE DEPTH

The amount of times I used to stand against a plain wall and take outfit shots is unreal (anyone remember those days of mine?!) but now it’s all about DEPTH in your photos. Instead of standing flat against a wall, stand looking down the road with your photographer still on the path (or at more of an angle anyway). The depth means you can get that professional blurred background and also means you have that ‘walking down the street’ candid shot.

HAVE PLENTY OF USELESS SPACE

What I mean by that is make sure your photo isn’t just taken up by you – have some empty space around you so you can rotate your photos a bit without chopping off your head or feet. Rotating to different angles adds a different look to your image, like before, for some variety in your shots. You can always crop the photo if you want it closer up in the end. See the photo below for an example!

IN THE SHADE, OR IN THE SUN?

At this time of year it’s SO tricky to shoot outfits. Basically, the easiest weather to shoot in will always be with light cloud, because a bright sun can over-lighten your photos, and shadows are irritating and hard to get rid of. I prefer staying in the shade and lightening the photos, but you can shoot outfits in the sun if you’re good with aperture/exposure settings (see that other post I linked to in the first paragraph!). If you’re a beginner then stick to the shade and brighten your photos in an editing app or software – it’s easier to lighten images than it is to darken them.

YES, PRACTICE YOUR POSES IN THE MIRROR

I always do weird things with my hands when I’m on outfit shoots, so I genuinely look in the mirror and work out which poses work best for me. It does take confidence to take fashion shots, but you build up your confidence once you start seeing the fab photography you’re producing!

MOVE AROUND

Want a ‘walking down the street’ candid shot? Then candidly walk down the street (a bit slower than you might usually). I used to be so still when taking photos, because we all know it’s a bit cringy, but move your legs into different positions (you know what I mean) and stand differently so it’s less static and forced. Have fun with it! If, unlike me, you have good gnashers, then smile too 😉

IF IN DOUBT, TAKE A BILLION PHOTOS

I usually take about 100 photos per blog post, and narrow them down to 15-20 that I actually use. The majority of my photos end up with me doing some odd facial expression with my tongue poking out of my mouth, so just take a load of pictures so you hopefully have some good’uns in there.

DETAIL SHOTS

I love a good detail shot. If you’re taking full length photos then by the time you’ve cropped your photo for up-close images, they’re really bad quality. Get right close up to the good stuff and they’ll be much less grainy. They usually perform a lot better on Instagram too!

MIX UP WHERE YOU’RE LOOKING

Look into the camera for a few nice photos, but you don’t want them to look too ‘family photo at a wedding’. Look into the distance, or to the side of you, for that natural oh, are you taking a photo of me? photo.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE MIDDLE

Often we take photos of us in the middle of the photo, it’s just natural instinct, but it can be different to be off centre with scenery (or whatever) to the side of you.

Top – c/o Jessica Buurman

Skirt – ASOS

Bag – c/o Zatchels

Shoes – New Look

Sunnies – ASOS

Aaaand there you have it! Hopefully you have a few tips to take some FAB fashion street shots. I’m so inspired by other photographers and a few of my favourites at the moment are Kaye from Fordtography (fashion/portraits), Zoe Griffin (fashion/events) and Ami Ford (music/events). Let me know what you think of my tips, and tag me in anything you’re particularly proud of!

R x

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** c/o shows items gifted to me to style for an outfit post **

27 Comments

  1. 20th June 2017 / 9:11 am

    Such a helpful post! I’m looking to starting do fashion posts again, so I’m going to show my sister and fest friend this post so they know how to get THE shot!
    Laura x

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you Laura! Ah you’d look great, deffo will give them some ideas and tips!

      R xoxo

  2. 20th June 2017 / 11:57 am

    Robyn this is the most helpful post I have read on this subject, thank you so much! Literally can’t wait to drag my boyfriend out for an outfit shoot now haha. I am nearly always against a wall background, and have really wanted to do some of those ‘down the street’ style ones, but I just need to find a good (quiet!) street…
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Aw thank you so much, glad you thought so! It’s so good to try and get some depth with ‘down the street’ looking shots. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your posts!!

      R xoxo

  3. Fatima
    20th June 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Thank youuuuu for this fab little post! So handy for me since I am trying to up my fashion photography game! Would love to read more tips and advice posts like these 🙂

    Fatima x http://www.fatimawrites.co.uk

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:28 pm

      No prob, so glad you found it helpful! Will definitely bear that in mind 🙂

      R xoxo

  4. 20th June 2017 / 3:32 pm

    This is super helpful! I want to start doing more outfit shots, so I’m definitely going to keep referring back to this. You look so stunning in these photos. Your outfit is so cute x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:29 pm

      You should do! Fashion photos are so fun to take and mess around with. Go for it!

      R xoxo

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:29 pm

      Glad you think so!! Thank you.

      R xoxo

  5. 20th June 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Now sharing this link with my boyf who shoots for me! Such a handy post. I’m definitely learning more and more as I take more outfit shots and getting more confident!xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Haha yesss! Get the boyfs involved! I’m the same, you always learn new stuff when you’re shooting!

      R xoxo

  6. Liam Pitts
    20th June 2017 / 7:31 pm

    I love this post Robyn!
    If only I had someone to read this to help take my photos better, ha!

    L. x

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Ughhhh why don’t you just take mine and I’ll take yours, I’m always in the same boat!! LIVE CLOSER

      R xoxo

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:31 pm

      No problem, glad you found it useful! 🙂

      R xoxo

  7. 21st June 2017 / 11:56 am

    This is by far the most useful post i’ve seen for fashion photography! I find it very difficult to get good shots so I’ll give your tips a try, thanks for sharing!

    Jess x
    http://www.acornlifefitness.com

    • 21st June 2017 / 3:31 pm

      That is SO lovely to hear!! Tried to do it from a novice point of view, as we’re all beginners once!

      R xoxo

  8. Jess
    25th June 2017 / 10:37 am

    This was so helpful, thanks, Robyn! I would love to do fashion posts but I just feel too awkward in front of the camera and don’t know how to pose!

    http://www.jessicablu.com

    • 27th June 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Ah brilliant! It’s one of those things you have to try with someone you feel comfortable with, and as time goes on you feel more and more confident!

      R xoxo

  9. 24th July 2017 / 11:02 am

    Amazing tips for beginners.

    • 9th August 2017 / 7:26 pm

      No problem Chelsea! Hope it helps!

      R xoxo

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