It’s only slightly ironic that after writing a post about how I take my own photos, I work on a post a week later that I collaborated with a photographer on… But hey, I never turn down a good photoshoot. ;) With that said, if you’re new to having your photos taken by a photographer, I thought it might be helpful to share a few photoshoot tips and how to prepare for your first one. After all, at one point in time, I had never shot with a photographer. (Unless you count my senior photos in high school, and let’s just say I had no clue what I was doing then!)
Wait, you mean you have to prepare for it?! Of course, you don’t technically, but if you’re a fellow style blogger, trust me, you’ll want to have at least one outfit planned, and if you can, I recommend shooting as many outfits as the photographer will let you in the time that you have. (And I’m not saying you should take up all of your photographer’s time; be respectful and make sure you discuss how much time you are allotted and how many outfit changes you can have ahead of time.)
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, and if you make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. Some items in this outfit were provided by the brand and are designated with c/o (courtesy of). All opinions are my own!
What I’m Wearing
Coat: Autumn Olive Boutique (no longer available; similar here for just $40!)
Top: Earl Clothing c/o Fred Meyer (similar)
Jeans: High Rise Vintage Flare Jeans via Old Navy (on sale for just $20!)
Shoes: Block Heel Sandals c/o Fred Meyer (similar under $20!)
Bag: Shaffer LA Greta Bucket via Box of Style
Necklace: c/o Fred Meyer (similar under $20!)
Scarf: Vintage via Value Village (similar)
Photography by LYREL Media
So how do I prepare for a photo shoot? Read on to find out all my tips and tricks!
If I had to guess the most frequently asked question about blogging that I get, I’d take a not-so-wild guess and say that it’s about how to take your own outfit photos. To be fair, I’m very lucky to have been able to wrangle Dave, my mom, or work with a photographer from time to time, but sometimes it’s just not possible. I don’t expect their lives to revolve around my blog, so a girl’s gotta get a little creative.
Disclosure: Affiliate Links are used in this post and some items were sent to me by the brand and are marked by “c/o”. All opinions are my own, of course! ;)
What I’m Wearing
Dress: Have My Money Cold Shoulder Dress c/o Tobi
(Shop more high low dresses, trench jackets,mint green dresses, pencil skirts,black dresses from Tobi! You can save 50% off your first purchase.)
Sandals: Mossimo Supply Co. Lakitia Quarter Strap Sandals via Target
Hat: Topshop Classic Fedora (similar for under $40)
Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson (similar)
How to Take Your Own Outfit Photos for Your Blog
So how exactly am I able to shoot a variety of shots all by myself? It takes a decent amount of equipment, trial and error, and even some embarrassment, but I promise you too can your own outfit photos. Luckily I’ve done some of the hard work by already using my recommendations, so if you like the pictures I’m able to take of myself in posts like my latest Stitch Fix, this post about Fall Fashion Trends, or any of my makeup tutorials, then read on for all the details!
There were many reasons I started blogging: I wanted to share my opinions about products I was trying, outfits I was loving, and adventures in being a first-time dog owner. I also wanted to meet other like-minded women and men who shared my passion and interests. However, since blogging takes place online, I thought it would always be from a distance. What I didn’t realize, and what I’m so happy to have found, is both an online community through blogging as well as an in-person one.
Photo by Vivian Hsu Photography
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet so many talented and wonderful women and men through blogging. It’s also been incredible to be connected with local businesses who understand what blogging is and trust us, as bloggers, to share our opinions to a whole new audience. Recently I was invited to speak on a panel of style bloggers at the #StyleBoss Event at Westfield Southcenter Mall. We pulled street style looks for a mini runway fashion show and talked all about summer trends and how to look put together and on-trend without breaking the bank. I recently guest posted on the Westfield Style Blog about five summer trends that I think every girl can rock, too.
Sponsored Post: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Essilor. As always, my thoughts and adoration of my new glasses is all my own. ;)
If you’ve been following along for a little while, you may remember me mentioning some changes we were making to our home. One of those changes was repurposing a bedroom and instead creating a two-person office. It took awhile for us to find furniture. We wanted everything to match – so we finally found Ikea desks we both liked and chairs we both could agree on. I honestly never believed a 5’3″ person and a 5’11” person to both agree on the same chair… but it finally happened. I thought it would be fun to give you a little tour of my personal office space and share my favorite things on my desk now that I’m all settled in.
Storage & Organization: If you’re anything like me, you end up with a ton of little junk that doesn’t really have a great place to “live.” For me, that’s things like lip balm, hand lotion, paper clips, memory cards, and USB drives. I ended up with acrylic stacking organizers from Ikea and an acrylic letter tray from Target that work great for this purpose!
I’m thrilled to have Christine kicking off the guest posts this coming week while I’m gallivanting around Europe. I have a few posts planned too, but I hope you enjoy the new voices around here! Christine blogs over at The So-Called Homemakerr about life, family, recipes, and much more. She’s also running an amazing blog sponsorship program, so she’s sharing her secrets on how she does it!
Hey everyone! This is Christine, The So-Called Homemaker. I am so excited that Jenn is letting me guest post today, because this is a topic I have been asked about many, many, many times in my blogger life. It’s also a subject I really enjoy talking about. Running a sponsorship program is one of my favorite things about blogging, and I like to believe that I am good at it. Today, I’m going to talk about my best tips on starting your own sponsorship program.
How to Start a Successful Blog Sponsorship Program
Step 1. Decide what you want to offer. The easiest way to do this is to think about what you’ve gotten from the blogs that you sponsor. What did you like, and what did you not like? Should you offer only sidebar spots, or will you offer in-post ads as well? And what about the “bonus” items in an ad spot. Did you really enjoy a lot of social media love? Did you like having access to a group Pinterest board? Think about what other bloggers have done that you like, and decide what to offer your sponsors based on that. But be realistic. Don’t offer more than you have time to do. If you offer something but don’t deliver, you will not get a good reputation as a blogger to sponsor and people won’t pay for your spots!