When I first started blogging back in early 2015, I was determined to do everything by myself, including the photography. I bought myself a special tripod for my phone and got to work. In those early days, my poses were uncertain and ungainly, and the composition was horrendously cringe-worthy. For some reason, I quickly got the idea that I should invest in a DSLR, despite having no photography experience and an unpromising blogging career ahead of me.
I’m glad I did. While I’m still by no means an expert, I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of years. These days I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do, and since some of you have asked, I wanted to share some of my tips for taking your own pictures. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, so if you have questions, please ask!
Set up. My only equipment includes a DSLR with a 50 mm lens and a sturdy tripod. I don’t use a remote–my hands are usually occupied with my purse or a fold of my skirt, so I don’t want to add anything else to the mix! I set up the camera so that it’s around waist-height, which helps me look a little taller than I am. Finally, I set my purse (even my keys if I’m in a pinch) where I plan to pose, focus the camera, set the timer, and scamper to my spot.
Get to know your body. Time and again, you’ll see me standing with my legs crossed. Why? I know that pose will guarantee my legs will look longer–even more so if I remember to point my toes! Since I’m very small, I do whatever I can to keep from looking stumpy. As you practice, try out lots of different poses–eventually you’ll discover what works best for you.
Get inspired. Honestly, I think the best way to learn how to take great shots is by studying your favorite bloggers. When I first got started, I would try to recreate, shot-for-shot, some of their pictures. Doing so helped teach me how to angle my camera, use the light, and discover new poses.
Have fun! Get creative with your shots. Sure, it’s good to have some head-to-toe pics to show off your outfit, but that can get boring. Liven it up with something different! Twirl around, shoot through pretty flowers or leaves, and experiment with angles.
Practice your butt off. When I first started, I would often get discouraged with my pictures. They were never quite right! And sometimes I still don’t think they are, but now I know that over time, the quality will get better. Now and then I like to compare my recent pictures to ones from a year ago, and it feels great to see the progress. Don’t get discouraged–keep going!!
See? The pic on the left was taken in January 2015. The one on the right is from last weekend.