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.