Getting Over The Fear of Outfit Photos

I remember the first set of outfit photos I ever created. They were taken in my back garden, up against the fence with a rabbit hoping around behind me. While the rabbit was oh so cute, they were a far cry from the style goals I’d been imagining. I needed to get out and about, but one of the biggest issues when it comes to taking outfit snaps is the fact that you generally need to do them in public. Bringing you to the age old concern…

What will people think of me?

It can be seriously intimidating to stop dead in the street and strike a pose. It can be even scarier to start uploading the finished pictures. There is something about posting your picture out for the world to see that is pretty damn terrifying, especially if you’ve never done it before.

Going back to my garden shoots… after two fairly crappy posts, I decided fashion clearly wasn’t for me and I continued my blog, entirely focused on capturing pretty beauty shots, foodie snaps and interiors. I think I went almost a year without ever featuring fashion on my feed once, until I realised something important. For those of you who are a regular on here, you’d have heard this before, so skip the next paragraph. For any newbies, read on because this has become my mantra…

I truly believe that it’s the person behind the content that helps your following to grow. Forever posting flat lays, but never giving away any of yourself makes it very difficult for your followers to have any sort of emotional attachment to you. I’m not saying of course that you have to do outfit posts. You can add personality through cute captions, appearing on the occasional Insta story or in some other creative way. I’ll leave that in your very capable hands! Once this dawned on me, I decided it was time feature a bit more of Tiffany, on Tiffany Tales. So camera in hand, I marched out and tried again.

I’ve now been shooting regular style pictures since January this year, which by no means makes me an expert, but I thought for those of you thinking about giving it a go, but might be a little scared, I thought I’d give you a few beginners tips.

IT’S NORMAL TO FEEL EMBARRASSED

Just like standing in front of a crowd, talking in public or doing anything that you don’t ordinarily do, posing for pictures can easily make you feel awkward and embarrassed. It takes time to be confident in what you’re doing and not to worry that there may be people around you. The best thing to do here is focus on the camera lens and do you’re very best to ignore everything else. Simply take a deep breath and pose your socks off.

PEOPLE WILL STARE

This is essentially a continuation of my last point, but I thought it was worth a mention. Unless you find a completely deserted street, be prepared for people to stare at you. I find if I accept that fact before I head out, it makes the whole thing a lot easier when it happens. Just remember, they’re staring at you, not because you look stupid, but because they’re interested in what you’re doing. They probably think you’re a model or a celebrity, or if they’re clued up, they’ll know you’re one of those blogger peeps off the Internet. Okay, they might even think you’re a weirdo, but who cares. Chances are you’ll never see them again. Just revert to my previous advice or if it gets a little bit much, ditch the shot and find another backdrop.

PEOPLE WILL JUDGE

Unfortunately, posting pictures of yourself online seems to give people the right to be mean and judge you. Aren’t people just lovely ey!

Whether the judgment is coming from a random, a friend or someone you knew from your school days, it generally stems from jealously. A total Mum comment I know, but it’s true. While you’re busy being a total Girl Boss and building your confidence, there will be some that simply don’t like to see it. Instead of giving you guys advice here, I have some advice for them…

If you don’t like me or my content, unfollow me bitch and move on. Ain’t nobody got time for you dulling my sparkle and all that <inset sassy girl emoji here>.

POSING TAKES TIME AND PRACTISE

You’ve screen-shotted your fave babes on Insta, you’ve practiced a pose or two in the mirror and then you get in front of the lens and totally freeze. I’ve been there hun. It’s like you suddenly feel like you don’t know what to do with your arms, your face, your feet. It’s totally normal. After a good couple of shoots, you’ll start to work out what you feel comfortable with and also what you like the best in the pictures – which is kinda’ the most important bit.

BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE SLOWLY

Like I say, I started in my garden and then moved to an empty industrial park and then onto a quiet street. Slowly I have been building my confidence, building my ability to ignore the gaze of strangers and started shooting snaps in busier and busier locations. This summer I was even spotted posing in the middle of the ever-busy Time Square without a care in the world (a little Gossip Girl ref for you). Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer a quiet street or an empty tube station as it would appear, but I am getting far happier to shoot in a busy café or shopping centre. It just takes time.

SHOOT WITH SOMEONE YOUR COMFORTABLE WITH

If you don’t feel comfortable with the person behind the camera, it will generally show in your photos. In the early days you might feel a little awkward no matter who you shoot with, but I promise you you’ll quickly get used to it. My go-to camera pros are my blogger bae, from Edition Emma Grace and my trusty Instagram (soon to be) husband, the bf. If you do have a blogger mate to shoot with, this is always a major pro, as they’ll totally understand how you’re feeling and you’ll be able to support each other. Blogger friends really are the best.

SHOP THE LOOK

  • I relate to this post so much! It feels so weird to pose in public and I usually don’t take enough time to get the perfect shot. However, I hope it’ll get better soon! The real pain in the arse is that I haven’t got a friend yet, who takes my pics since I’m studying abroad..
    Lots of love and thanks for all the tips!
    Lena xx

    thefandfclub.blogspot.co.at

    • Ah that must make it harder, because I guess you just want to get them done as quickly as poss!

  • I’m so glad you did a post on this. I can so relate to freezing in front of the camera the few times I’ve attempted to take pictures of myself for my blog. Thank you for the encouragement, it really is helpful. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • This is so true and great tips! I think one thing that always happens to me is I have a love-hate relationship with my photos. On the camera viewer I think I have no good photos and then when I load them on the computer I think I have a few good ones and then I begin to doubt myself again. I have learned not to stare at the photos too long because then you become overly fixated.

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion
    Instagram| Bloglovin’| Facebook

    • I’m the same babe, us girls are so critical of ourselves!

  • I just started my “Goals for 2018” because of this post. It says “make at least two outfit photos in a month”, and I’m so excited. Outfit photos are something that I really struggle with and I can’t really pose, but I’ll try!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  • I feel you on this one! Posing with people around is so strange and I always feel so overdone doing a whole photoshoot in the middle of a busy street. It definitely takes time to become comfortable doing this in busy areas, I’m still in the quiet streets fase, haha. Also the posing, yes omg yes, I have the same thing! Looking fierce in your own mirror, but out in the open and in front of a camera, you completely forget what to do and what your good angles are. Great post dear, very relatable!

    Marije | thegfguide.com

  • Girlllllllll you are so right. I do need to feature more pictures of myself on my blog. It’s gotten to the point where people think that I am my friends. I just feel so AWKWARD. I guess I need to make some blogger friends in my area to shoot with. Great post!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

  • Definitely a post I needed to read! I’m quite uncomfortable infront of the camera when it comes to pictures because I don’t know what to do with my face! Film I’m totally fine with. Thank you for sharing these tips!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume

  • They do scare me indeed, so naturally these tips are really helpful to me! I can definitely say that having a photographer you feel comfortable with (and someone who will laugh with you if people are staring for too long) is really important! Thank you for sharing :)

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

  • editionemmagrace

    Thanks for the mention lovely! You are rocking our shoots. You look beautiful :) xx

    editionemmagrace – Lifestyle & Style Blogger

  • I wish I had a photographer. My husband insists the his time is too precious to be spend snapping me striking a pose…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

    • Tell him to get behind that camera, he will soon be embracing his Insta Husband status haha. The trick is to tell them how great their photography skills are, that normally makes him want to shoot more xx

      • He is a great photographer, he just doesn´t see the point in taking makeup pictures.

  • I also used to find it intimidating at first, but now I don’t care anymore. Just be confident and you will be fine. Love these photos and the bag. Wishing you a great day. xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  • i used to find is so hard to look at pictures of myself, especially full body ones and as i stated working on myself and my confidence i started to enjoy it so much more.
    ❤︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

    • Same and now it’s some of my fave content to shoot x

  • Oh waaaouw love your bag !! ;-)
    Have a good evening,
    Olivia
    http://www.oliviaponcelet.com

  • These photos are great! I LOVE your bag! I’ll definitely need to save up! I always felt the same way when I first started taking blog photos but now I just don’t care at all. I’ll just take my photos and move on! :)

    xo, Chloe .. https://funinthecloset.com/measurable-difference-makeup/

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Stunning shots!! You’re right, it can be so hard to find that confidence!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

  • It definitely is not easy to step in front of the camera. Thanks for posting this so others can be enlightened too, that this feeling is normal. :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Loved the outfit!
    Bisous

    http://gallech.blogspot.com

  • Such a great post! Your photos are gorgeous! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Serena Give

    hey dear you have a great blog! i love it! do you want follow each other? tell me on my blog!

    a kiss,

    Serena

    glameglitter.blogspot.com

  • I think people stares because you look so beautiful. Glad to know that you are now more into fashion blogs. Love all the photos!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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  • Kim

    I still need to work on my outfit photos too! I try to pick locations that are less busy so people won’t stare haha.

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com