Photography for Fashion Bloggers

As most of you guys would already know, my partner is still fairly new to the photography world having only just upgraded from his ‘point-and-shoot’ training wheels a month or two ago. With Rhett now a permanent fixture behind the lens, it goes without saying that I have since foregone any up-skilling of my own in regards to actually operating my DSLR.

So whenever somebody enquires into the technicalities behind one of my photos, whether it be aperture setting, or ISO setting, or whatever-else setting, I am about as informative as a two-year-old toddler. But as I have just surpassed my fourth month on Olive and Clo, I have come to realise that I have learnt a tip, or two, or five about the ‘other things’ that contribute to significantly improving the quality of a photo. And thankfully for me, these useful tidbits occur outside the realms of equipment and settings.

So for today’s post, I thought I would share with you guys some of these said tidbits. And hopefully impart something of interest to those who are yet to find themselves in front of the camera. But before I get started, I just wanted to quickly preface that none of what I am about to say is anything new, with some points being laughably obvious to most. Nevertheless, to the 0.01% that are yet to jump into the world of photography and know just about as much as I did 4 months back, I hope this little ramble of mine proves somewhat useful.

(1) Lighting is Everything.

Literally everything. And unfortunately I can’t speak much on the ‘hows’ or ‘whys’ that is the case but in the early days of Olive and Clo, I quickly learnt that direct sunlight did very little for my sub-par modelling skills. Not only did I find myself squinting into the sun; my face taking on a startling resemblance to that of a dry prune, but the shadows and unflattering contrast did nothing for the outfits I was trying to showcase.

So needless to say, most of our ‘photoshoots’ now take place at either dusk or dawn where we are almost guaranteed soft, evenly-dispersed, diffused light and if Rhett and I ever find ourselves shooting during the day, we often prefer an overcast day to a clear, beautiful blue sky. And yes, unfortunately this has resulted in us completely forfeiting our beloved sleep-ins, opting to spend the hours before dusk chasing mythical golden light. And oh my goodness, it’s so damn worth it!

(2) Alternating Perspectives Keep it Interesting.

I need to take my own advice on this particular point with the current content on Olive and Clo’s Instagram account (@OliveandClo) feeling a little stale and very repetitive. Well, in my opinion anyway. There is only so many photos of the same perspective that I can bear without finding myself slipping into a horrendous boredom. So simply put, I desperately need to work on a new pose that doesn’t involve me sitting over a ledge, with my legs propped to one side and my face turned away from the camera. Wouldn’t you guys agree?

So with all that said, I am excited to report that Rhett and I are committed to changing it up this weekend. Which has subsequently resulted in me scouring the Instagram pages of hundreds of other fashion bloggers in search of inspiration and ideas. So yes. This pointer is still very much a work-in-progress but I’ll be sure to let you guys know how I go after the weekend!

(3) Communicate or Risk Disappointment

As the subject matter of my own photoshoots, I often make the mistake of assuming that my fiancé is a magical mind-reader that will simply understand my vision through wordless communication or worse, clipped instructions. So as you can imagine for the first few weeks of Rhett playing my photographer, we experienced a pretty major breakdown in communication, resulting in both of us walking away from a few photoshoots feeling disappointed, and frustrated, and probably even a little bit hungry.

So nowadays, Rhett and I make a point to maintain constant verbal communication throughout all our our photo sessions together. Often stopping to review photos prior to even leaving a location or moving onto a new perspective. Which has proven rather successful with Rhett’s somewhat biased perspective of me. He has been known to proclaim a photo of me as ‘absolutely stunning’ despite me looking a lot like a drunken Quasimodo.

And that’s it from me today. I hope a few of you found this little ramble useful, or at the very least somewhat amusing. Until we speak again next time, stay safe and wishing everybody an incredible weekend!

Love Linda, xo

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27 Comments

  1. blissfulbohemian17
    June 9, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Why do you choose to not show your face? It is quite artful, but just wondering!

    • June 9, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Hello beautiful chica 🙂
      I have been meaning to reply back to your Instagram DM but got side-tracked! I will waddle on over there in just a little bit!

      Honestly, I’m not really sure. Good question. I have before in previous posts. I might need to make more of an effort next time I’m out and about 🙂 xo

  2. June 10, 2017 / 12:42 am

    Seriously, I have more of an editing skill than actual photography skills. LOL

    • June 10, 2017 / 4:21 am

      You can model, write like a poetic AND edit. Come on now V, leave some talents for the rest of us! 🤣🤣😜

  3. June 10, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Linda, ref the techno info of photo’s – if you take any unedited photo – as downloaded from your camera, right click / select properties / click on the details tab and you will see all the required info (you might have to scroll down a bit. So now you can put all that info in the caption of each photo you post. Not if you edit the pix all that info disappears so I always keep the original and edit copies. That way if you mess it up you still have the original to make another copy from. There ya go!

    • June 10, 2017 / 4:22 am

      Great Idea! I am actually going to do this on every post now. I’ve seen this done previously but I had never thought to do it myself!

      Thank you – as always – for reading and your great input!

  4. June 10, 2017 / 2:55 am

    I think with #2, you could establish that being your signature pose. That way when people see it on a random site, they know it’s Linda from Olive & clo. Yes it might be repetitive & switching it up every now and then would be nice but it’s working now & we your readers aren’t complaining 😂😂. Also, flatlays of outfits here and there works too! Personally, I love to see you wearing it. You’re doing great! 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾

    • June 10, 2017 / 4:23 am

      Asaake! You are amazing.
      I love you. ❤️ My number one beautiful supporter.

      What’s on for your this weekend?
      I haven’t been on twitter in forever!
      I might chat/catch up with you on there boo! 😘😘

      • June 10, 2017 / 4:46 am

        Aww! You’re the sweetest & definitely one of my favourite bloggers! I’m trying to take twitter on that account seriously too. And I’m always available for a chat with my now favourite Australian 😃😃😃
        I’m mostly gonna be working this weekend at my full time job. 😌😌

  5. June 10, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Great tips Linda! I’m with you on lighting, dusk or dawn just makes everything look magical. It’s a shame I will never be able to take photos at dusk as I will always be sleeping XD
    As for the changing it up, I’m with Asaake, it’s become your signature look. If I’m scrolling through Insta and I see a photo of a girl with her back to the camera, legs to one side with long flowing hair and a gorgeous outfit on in some amazing landscape, I think “Oh hey Linda! :D”. But if you want to change it up, go for it! Try some new poses or angles, and see what you guys come up with 😀

  6. June 11, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    What a great post coupled with some amazing picture.

  7. June 14, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    I know you love flowy skirts, try doing a boomerang where you’re spinning or shaking your skirt back and forth playfully! I did one (low quality last minute) on IG in mid-May that’s still one of my fave! And MAGIC HOUR IS EVERYTHING!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 lol

    • June 14, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      Oh Susane! I will be sure to give it a try this weekend! Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll let you know how I go! Hehe. ❤️☺️

  8. June 15, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Useful tips! I got stoned when it comes to photography and pose! I’ll try your tips ❤️

  9. June 16, 2017 / 6:20 am

    You’ve got some very valid points. I just wanted to touch on #2 real quick though as posing (or directing someone what to pose in my case) can be one of the more challenging parts. One of the resources I found helpful here is Pinterest. There are dozens of examples and posing charts for different cituations. You should give it a look if you haven’t already.

    • June 16, 2017 / 6:22 am

      Brooke! What a great tip!
      I have only just started using Pinterest (pathetic, I know). But I’ll be sure to check it out. Thank you! ☺️

    • June 20, 2017 / 5:57 am

      Thank YOU for stopping by Daniela!! ❤️☺️

  10. June 28, 2017 / 7:48 am

    drunken Quasimodo – BEST LINE EVER!!! So stealing this!! 😂
    Love the communication!! Thinking this can relate to a lot of things… Like giving directions in the car…. its 50 / 50 for us on if there will be killings or not!! Gonna think of you next time i wanna strangle himself 😂
    xxxx

    • June 28, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Hahaha! Oh Haz. You kill me! 😂😂
      Yes! I am the worst back-seat driver! And so is Rhett. I feel you. But honestly. I feel like after they’ve taken their vows. They should just know what you are thinking! 😊😊

    • August 2, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Thank you Noelle 💛☺️
      You are much too kind!

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