What I’m wearing…
I’ve been in front of the camera, shooting and posing, trying to get ‘the shot’ for just over 4 years now. I’ve never been camera shy, but the difference from when I first started blogging to now, is actually huge, when I look back at photos I look so ‘stiff’! and I still haven’t mastered the perfect pose, but it’s a lot better than years before.
When I first started blogging, I used to take the photos in my garden or somewhere where other people couldn’t see, because I was a bit embarrassed I guess. Now, I always do it in public places and have just got used to people either watching or asking what you’re doing.
I think it’s something that people over-look until they stand in front of the camera and try to do it! Any blogger will tell you, it can take 200 photo’s to get that 1 Instagram shot you are looking for! And sometimes, after all of that, you still haven’t got it!
What I’m wearing…
There’s actually more to it than you’d think, so I’m sharing my top tips and how I try and get my shots…
8 TIPS FOR STREET SHOOTING
1 . Every outfit needs a different ‘pose’. Look through my instagram feed and you’ll see me doing very similar poses but I try to alter them to the outfit. For example, here in these photos, with this long flowy skirt, I’m trying to move more and get more movement in to it and show off the beautiful skirt, rather than if I was wearing a pair of jeans, maybe I’d try to stand still and elongate my legs. Work out pose to the outfit if that makes sense. Maybe it might look better sitting down?
2. Practice. This sounds ridiculous but stand infront of a full length mirror and try out some different stances and poses. I actually don’t like the word pose, but I’m not sure what other word to use! Everyone has a different body shape, practice to put your body in to a position that is flattering and how you feel comfortable. When I’m trying to make my legs look longer in a pair of jeans or something similar, I always kind of put my hip to one side and put one leg out further than the other. Just move around in the mirror and see what works for you.
3. It might look effortless but it isn’t. Don’t just stand there and hope for the best, you don’t want to look like you’re on a catwalk but you need to ‘work it’ a bit and put that mirror practice in to place! Go girl!
4. Try and find a quiet-ish place, or a corner where people can walk around you. If you’re worried about people around you, but want to get that shot, get there early! I once got to covent garden for 7 am to shoot there with no one in the background as it gets so busy around there! In the summer, early mornings are the best time to get those shots without all the pedestrians and tourists!
5. Ignore passers by. People will often stare, ask questions, builders will try and photo bomb you and you’ll have some distractions, but just try and concentrate on the camera and what you’re trying to do, otherwise you’ll be there for ages!
6. NEVER SHOOT HUNGRY. I can get extremely HANGRY (hungry and angry mixed together) and it isn’t pleasant haha. If you’re hungry, you’re probably going to try and rush the photos just to be able to go and eat. Get fuelled up, go to the bathroom if you need a tiddle and try and be as comfortable as you can when you start shooting.
7. This is your shot, your photos, your work. Be confident and don’t let people passing by put you off! It can be daunting posing around with lots of people walking by, but it won’t be the weirdest thing that they’ve seen that day!
8. Research locations. I spend so much time on googling maps, and dropping the little yellow man down to street view to scope out locations!
I’m still not a pro at it! You are depending on weather and lighting as well. It’s so much easier in the summer, I can’t wait for it! There are some things out of your control, just like the weather, so you’ll have to ignore the rain drops on the skirt!
I hope this may be useful!
Photography by @_loriloves