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As many of you know, I’ve been trying to expand LSS outside the boundaries of just beauty blogging to also include a lot more fashion content as well. With that seems to come a whole new set of issues. One does not simply take a photo of their outfit. Remember the days when that was enough? No, these days everything has to be super stylized and perfect. If you don’t have a professional photographer at your disposal you have to fake it till you make it as hard as you can…

Denim Shirt - Life, Set Sail
Denim Shirt - Life, Set Sail
Denim Shirt - Life, Set Sail
Denim Shirt - Life, Set Sail
Denim Shirt - Life, Set Sail
Don’t get me wrong, as a perfectionist by nature I openly embrace the challenges of outfit of the day photographs (but I do have my moments) and by now I feel like I’m finally getting a little more comfortable shooting in public spaces…because as I’m sure any of you who are in the same boat know, it definitely takes some time getting used to.

So what do I have to offer up in form of tips and tricks? Let’s see…

Don’t Make Eye Contact
People will stare and it’s fine, they’re just curious. Though this may make you feel a little self-conscious I will promise you it’s a million times harder if you make eye contact. Just ignore them and go about your business.

Prepare Your Bag
If you’re shooting on location you are likely going to need to remember a few things. I always bring a pair of comfortable shoes if I’m going to be wearing heels. Even if you think you’re not going to be doing much walking you are going to want an extra pair to give your feet a break. On top of that you should bring along whatever makeup you’re going to need for touch-ups. If you’re prone to shine you may want to bring some powder, otherwise make sure you definitely bring your lipstick along to keep it looking fresh. Shooting more than one outfit? Bring a bold and a nude colour so you can switch things up between outfits. What you will bring obviously depends on your own needs so make sure you really think about things ahead of time so you’re not stuck wishing you had brought something along. Other useful items include a soft cloth to wipe down accessories, hand sanitizer and a water bottle.

Be Patient
We’ve all been there, you’ve got the perfect shot lined up and ding dong over there wont get out of the frame. Sure you can just take the photo anyway, but it will be so much better if you just wait. And if you’re the victim of purposeful photo-bombing don’t be afraid to tell perpetrator to move along!

Have Fun
I learned a long time ago that if you’re not happy it will definitely show in your photographs. My mom used to make me model vintage clothing for her eBay store and somedays it was truly horrifying. Hey, sometimes muumuu’s don’t make a girl feel that confident! Whatever it is, don’t take yourself too seriously. Smile, laugh, shake it out…whatever you have to do to avoid resting bitch face will likely be in your favour.

Location, Location, Location
Do your research! What kind of feel do you want your photographs to have? Does the locations theme and colours go well with the outfit you’ve chosen? Things always look a lot better when they mesh well. I generally like my photos to feel light and airy. I’m drawn to pastels and simplicity…can you tell? Location is probably the hardest part about shooting outdoors (next to what you will be wearing) so be sure to think about it well ahead of time.

What about you? Do you shoot in public? What is your biggest obstacle?

xx -b.

shirt (on sale): sam edelman // leggings: aritzia // earrings: coutu kitsch // shoes: borrowed
photos by anneke forbes

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  • Eye contact (or lack of) does help, but I’m used to getting on with it, and ignorining. When you get used to that then nothing really matters, what’s the worst that can happen?

    Buckets & Spades

  • Love the shirt and earrings so much! I know I already said it, but who cares!? A+ to Steven for picking those 😉

    myslumberingheart.com

  • Haha agree with the don’t make eye contact! That’s what I struggle with the most, is feeling self-conscious in public!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Awe hahaha, it’s funny though…I mean what must they be thinking? I had a photographer doing some photos last night and had a drive-by-whistler, those are always fun 😉 xx

  • The location thing is always the hardest for me as I always know a perfect place that’s ages away or there’s no parking! When I first started my blog I was so nervous in public but I definitely find it a lot easier now :) I find most people don’t really care even if they stare for a bit!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

    • Oh yah parking is always a huge issue for us too, especially if you’re looking at anything in the city! Glad to hear that your confidence is growing in public, after all if it’s for something you love why be concerned what others think? xx

  • First of all: I’m obsessed with the location in this photo. It’s like a beauty / fashion blogger’s dream! Where is it? Second, I love the outfit too. These tips are really helpful, I’ve been shooting outfit photos outside for a while now, and usually being in public with strangers doesn’t really bother me that much. If you just have an attitude of “I’m famous on the internet and you don’t even know” then it feels a lot better (even if you’re totally not famous) For me, the worst thing for shooting outside was when I was at university, and we would shoot photos on campus. It was the most convenient location and it worked, but sometimes I would see people that I knew, and knew I wasn’t famous on the internet, haha! And that was a bit more awkward. But you just have to push through it, I suppose. Overall I think the more often you do it, the less awkward it becomes.

    -K
    http://www.thoughtcouture.com

    • You and me both girl! The location is a monument in Kensington down by the river – sorry, that’s kind of vague but I’m really bad with directions lol.
      As for being bothered by people, I think I got over that pretty quickly, it’s just annoying when they’re in your shot haha. I can imagine it being a lot more intimidating when you are around your peers. When it’s strangers it’s totally fine because you know you’ll likely never see them again 😉 xx

  • Love the photos so much and amazing tips, I need to get better at shooting more outfit photos because I want to branch my blog out a bit!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Claudia

    These photographs look amazing. Love your shoes and shirt too, so simple yet look so stylish. Can we swap wardrobes? haha. Great tips too, I need to take note on the eye contact one, I always look at people staring hoping I will telepathically tell them to go away! xx

    • Haha, well to be honest, two thirds of this outfit are borrowed! Only the top and the earrings are mine. Currently working on my own wardrobe goals 😉 xx

  • Love how your post turned out! Nice work girl :). I completely agree on the location front; it was always the hardest part of blogging for me.One thing I always wanted to do and never got in the habit of was noticing shoot-worthy locations in my everyday travels and recording them in a notebook, or snapping a quick iPhone photo for future reference. It’s so easy to keep your head down and get where you’re going instead of keeping your eyes open for good shoot locations. Okay, I challenge both of us to do this for the next 7 days and see who can come up with the most awesome locations. Deal?

    • Such a good tip! I’ve been trying to do this when I do actually leave the house haha. I’ll take that challenge but I don’t plan on going out that much this week lol. I’ve got the BEACH thing and Cochrane on Sunday – that might be fun actually, just a bit more of a drive. I’d love to do something in the wheat fields! Oh and of course out photos on the 30th. I’ve been snapping screenshots of instagram photos so I can remember the locations of where I want to go take photos. That reminds me, I need to ask Katie where she found that adorable pink wall! xx

      • Sounds like your location scouting skills are doing alright! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you regardless :).

  • Cee

    Shooting in public was something I had to work up to – mainly because I started blogging in 2010, when fashion blogs were still relatively rare, which meant people looked at me extra curiously on the street. When we moved to Paris, of course, everything changed because it had to – the streets are narrow, there are always people everywhere, and you just have to deal with it. I’m sure I’m in a million vacation videos now but at this point, I don’t even notice people around me when we’re taking photos… unless they step right into the frame. Which they do more often than can possibly be considered appropriate 😛 For the record, I think you’re doing a great job with outfit photos.
    xox,
    Cee

    • I can’t even imagine! I like my space lol. Don’t get my wrong, I love street photos with lots of movement around the focus point, but it definitely seems to be tricky! What if one person is doing something totally weird? Haha. Thanks for the encouragement Cee :) xx