Sunday, January 25, 2015

Plaid and Leather Look- Tips on Creating Your Best Content

Plaid Shirt Dress: Living Doll L.A (here)
Oversized Lapel Coat: Banana Republic (thrifted)
Faux Leather Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Booties: Asos
Top-Handle Bag: Thrifted

OK so, not sure if anyone can relate but, when one is a blogger/full-time student/employee, finding time and decent shoot locations can sometimes feel like an impossible task (can I get an AMEN?!)
I mean at times you just want to run out of wherever you are at the moment (at times you won't even know exactly where you are to be honest) stop a random by-walker and take a few snaps to have content to put up. But deep down you know good and well you won't be content with blurry/half-good content, you want the best of the best for your blog because at the end of the day this is your brand and you want to develop it to your and it's up-most capacity.

 Today I want to share with you guys some tips I swear by to get the best photos for my blog. Most of these will seem pretty obvious but what the hey! why not share, right?

1. Natural light is your best friend!
-like I said, life IS hectic, at least for most of us. When I used to work full-time at Ralph Lauren I would take my photos during my lunch break(!!) in order to have that afternoon light (thanks Aicha and Yessi for almost never complaining when I dragged you girls out with me). Yes I had to cut my actual meal time short but I much rather that than waiting till the end of my shift when the sun was already setting which usually resulted in grainy photos.  

2. Pick a simple background or one that suits the shoot.
Yup, we've all been in that situation where you have 4 minutes to do the shoot and would do it inside a car if it were up to you. But trust me, it's better to wait and even recreate the look if you must than (like I said) create mediocre content. If the background is too busy, in a way that you don't desire it to be, it can take a toll on the popularity of that post. Sometimes less is more, for example, when I'm doing outfit shoots I rather have a simple background that allows for the focus to be on the actual look. Single-colored walls are great for these type of shoots.

3. Angles are everything!
Most of us up-and-coming bloggers are blessed to have family members, friends or even significant others that volunteer (by volunteer I mean forced by us) to be our photographers. And, in my case, none of them are professionals in the field, but you'd be surprised how far a little training can go. I, for one, have my entire close circle trained to shoot shoot shoot. Hold that clicker down even if i'm looking sideways! Sometimes the least posed photos make for the most blogger-friendly ones. Oh and of course, once we do the whole look photos down we move on to close-ups. Simple things we all know by now, i'f you're friends with the said blogger type! *full smile face emoji*

Hope these few tips were a tad bit helpful for you guys! 
And remember, you don't have to have all the time in the world to follow your dreams!  
If blogging is something you've wanted to do, don't be intimidated by your busy schedule or what "professional blogs" have to look like. Just be and you and never forget to HAVE FUN!



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