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How To Take Your Own Outfit Photos

Before shooting this outfit, I let my snapchat viewers in on a secret when it comes to shooting my outfits. When I am not working with a photographer or pestering my friends to take outfit pics, I shoot on a little device called a tripod. About 90% of the outfits you see on this blog are taken on a tripod and yes, it is freakin awkward! Tripods can be found at any electronics stores like Future Shop, Best Buy, Wal-Mart or online via eBay or Amazon. They tend to be relatively cheap usually starting at $30 and up. The photos above were taken on a tripod and five minutes into shooting, a woman walked by asking what I was doing and after I explained that it was for my fashion website, she gave me a puzzled look and continued on with her afternoon stroll.

For this particular look, i wanted to add a layer of warmth with a black Off-White tee underneath a black slip dress from Urban Outfitters. I used a red bandana as a choker for that extra pop of color. The look was finished with a pair of knee-high boots which you may have seen a few posts back. But back to the main point, if you’re a blogger starting out or you want to know how to take your outfit pics on a tripod, have a look at some of the tips I use when shooting my outfit pics. Hope these help you and remember, just have fun and who cares if people are watching. If anything, give them a show! P.S. No boyfriend is required: 

Shirt: Off White c/o Virgil Abloh / Slip Dress: Urban Outfitters (shop similar one here) / Knee-High Boots: Fashion Nova (shop here) / Bandana: Miscellaneous 

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1.) Know Your Angles: before you start shooting, do a few test shots. This can often get repetitive  but it’s best to practice before you officially start getting into the groove of taking your own outfit pics. Make sure you take as many photos as possible for it’s important to have options. 

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2.) Move Around: Don’t be afraid to move around for your viewers want to get a sense of how your outfit looks in motion. Nobody wants to see an outfit photo in stills for it gives the impression that the look is boring, as well as the person to be brutally honest. Do a couple of twirls, toss your hair, jump up and down, walk around, just make sure you don’t pull a Janet Jackson or a Britney Spears if you know what I mean. 

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3.) Location is Everything: look for locations that are underpopulated where people aren’t constantly walking by, it saves you the energy of having to explain what you’re doing if someone walks past. Find spots that are vacant like alley’s, gritty looking walls or even an empty parking lot. 

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4.) All About The Details: Make your outfit posts more interesting by capturing the smallest details. Whether its the shoe game, material of a shirt or in this particular case, the back of this Off white c/o Virgil Abloh tee. When posting your photos, try to switch the order up so that your viewers can see the outfit up close or that they don’t miss any important details. 

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5.) Pose Like Riri: you don’t need Rihanna to explain this point for it’s important to slay each shot. Yes it’s fun to move around but at some point, you gotta give your readers a few still shots and when you do, don’t be afraid to pose it up like you on the set of the “Work” video. 

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6.) Crop Your Shots: if your hair be looking a mess or you feel that you could of put more effort into your makeup, then crop it out! Either zoom in on your camera lens or simply use the cropping tool to take out any unnecessary bits of your photo. In this particular case, I wasn’t feeling my facial expression so I just cropped out the top portion of the photo so that my outfit is shows from the nose down. 

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7.) Use A Wall:  a wall can act as the perfect backdrop for any outfit photo. When it comes to walls, I like to lean towards ones that are colorful and show off my outfit nicely. If you’re wearing an all black outfit, then you should probably lean towards a more vibrant colored wall or even a brick wall as depicted above.

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8.) Have An Excuse Ready: at some point during your shoot, someone will walk by and ask what the heck you’re doing. Normally when this happens, I am up front and right to the point. I tell them that it is for my lifestyle website and it usually sparks a conversation. But you’re want to save the hassle of explaining yourself, just tell them that it is for a photography project. One woman offered to help me which was super sweet but at the same time, I was so used to taking the photos myself that I politely declined. Now that I think of it, the next time it happens, I’ll say yes. Now that would be a post worth writing about 🙂

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9.) Confidence Is Key: Upon first starting this blog, I dreaded doing the outfit pics for 1.) I don’t have a man to take them for me and 2.) The thought of taking photos of myself in public makes me look both narcissistic and silly. But the key is to drop those perceptions and get your feet wet. In a post I did on how to embrace femininity, I made a point stating that sometimes you need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable because in that transition process, you learn how you handle discomfort. The more repetitive you are, the higher the confidence boost like those Kanye West sneakers! 

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10: Have Fun Being In Control: I can honestly say that the best part about taking outfit photos for my blog was that it gave me complete control in terms of directing, modeling, photography and writing. I’ve gotten so used to it now where I actually prefer doing all my shoots by myself instead of bugging my friends to take photos of me. Yeah a few strangers will walk by every now and then but at the end of the day, this is what I love to do and I have no problem explaining to a stranger why I am taking pictures of myself in knee high hooker boots 5 inches off the ground. I actually find it to be quite amusing. At the end of the day, the more comfortable you are, the better the results 🙂

For any bloggers starting out and want to know more about taking outfit pictures on a tripod, leave a comment below or send me a tweet at twitter.com/caamillexoxo

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About Camille

STYLE YOUR LIFE XO is a lifestyle blog aimed to inspire readers to STYLE their lives in the most colorful way possible. Creator and founder, Camille MacLean uses this blog to showcase her personal style, love of streetwear culture, travel destinations, local collaborations and the important life lessons that she's acquired throughout her journey. She strongly believes that every individual is responsible for creating the ultimate life for themselves not in terms of writing a book, but LIVING it to the fullest. She hopes to provide readers with more visual content plus show young creatives how she styles her life. For all business inquiries and creative collaborations, please email Camille at styleyourlifexo@gmail.com. XO

14 comments on “How To Take Your Own Outfit Photos

  1. I would love to know more about tripod photos! Love this look!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  2. great tips! I really need to start doing OOTD posts. They look like a lot of fun 🙂

    stop by and chat with me > http://storybookapothecary.com

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  3. I commend you for taking great photos for your blog with a tripod! Even if I work with someone to shoot photos for me, it can still be difficult. I could imagine how difficult it would be if I had to do it on my own!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    • Thank you! It can be difficult with a photographer because they may not know exactly what you want in terms of creativity and all the factors listed above. I think when you shoot them yourself, it allows you to play numerous roles and you are in charge of your own creativity! The more repetitive you get, the more you’ll understand your angles, etc.

      Thank you for stopping by!!

      Camille XO

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  4. This outfit is killer! You look so good. Thank you for the tips.

    xo, Lauryn
    http://www.lauryncakes.com

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  5. love this! i’ve been thinking about shooting for myself because sometimes no one is available. ill definitely test this out!

    http://www.dearyoufrombre.com

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    • Girl I encourage you to do so! It allows you to be in charge of your own creativity and it’s honestly the most liberating thing you’ll get to do as a blogger 🙂

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  6. 🙂 the images came out great! Cool angles. I’ve been meaning to start experimenting with a tripod myself. Margaret Zhang is a G with the tripod. I saw a video of her doing her own look shoots- it was very similar to what you experienced. People kept walking by looking confused as to what she was doing haha PS. Love the look

    Priscilla
    http://thestylishflaneuse.com/

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    • Thank you Priscilla! No way!?! I didn’t know the great Margaret Zhang did shoots with her tripod! I must find this video, thank goodness you mentioned that 🙂 Honestly, if anyone walks by, just give them a show and slay on 🙂 Thank you for your kind words for I am an avid reader of your blog!

      Camille XO

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