Outfit Photoshoots - Dos and Don'ts

12 July 2018

I've been harping on a lot recently about a recent photoshoot I had in London, so for today's post I figured I'd compile a list of tips surrounding working with a photographer. To be fair, this was my first ever shoot and I'm as far from an expert as you can get, but I definitely learnt a lot and thought I'd impart my new-found 'wisdom' with you all. 

Do - Bring a few outfits // Don't - Strip in the street
Lol so I'd like to take this opportunity to say I did both of the above and the latter wasn't my finest moment. Picture the scene; we're down one of the gorgeous streets in Notting Hill and I decide I want to change into another of my outfits. There's both a police van and an ambulance on the street we're on, and I'm trying to get changed without being charged for the least sexy stripping the world has ever seen. Well, anyway, the skirt I was wearing got stuck so I had to get Fran to pull it down for me, classy. Moral of the story; wait and use a bathroom as a changing room.

Do - Shoot outside pretty houses/buildings/trees // Don't - Get runover 
After shooting outside the white houses of blogger dreams, we decided to head to the more colourful ones on Portobello Road. What the published outfit photos don't show is the absolute fear in ones eyes as a car comes hurtling towards you whilst you're mid-pose in the street. Be safe kids, look and listen. No 'gram is worth a stand off with 3 tonnes of moving metal. 

Do - Fake it til you make it  // Don't - Be afraid to ask for guidance
As aforementioned, this was my first ever attempt at looking slightly less gormless than usual, in front of a camera with a proper photographer. Yep, I had no idea what I was doing. Nope, I didn't just stand there and panic. The trick is definitely to pretend that you know what you're doing and what your best angles are. If you're stuck, ask questions, but be prepared to get into positions of your own accord and come up with your own ideas.

Do - Keep moving // Don't - Keep actually moving 
I'm sure this is one of those hacks that we've all seen a fair amount of on the 'gram. That 'oh you just caught me off guard strolling down this pretty street' kinda shot. Slow motion is definitely the trick to these. Move, but not too fast. It's alllllll about that comedy-sketch slow-motion movement. No one needs 89 photos of them looking as if in a mad dash to get to the Post Office before closing time. Just be cool and casual, cool and casual.

Joking aside, I asked Jodie, who shot my photos, whether she had anything she'd like to contribute to this post, what with being a photographer and all that. Her response was to pick a versatile location to get the most out of the shoot as possible and also to make sure to credit the photographer as word of mouth is really important!

What are your tips for outfit photo shooting?


  1. Haha - I loved this post so much!! Definitely had my fair share of these "don'ts" haha xx

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

  2. I suck when it comes to being in front of the camera, I definitely need to gain some confidence thats for sure! Totally agree with the fake it til you make it thing though!

    Lucy | Forever September

  3. This post did make me chuckle! I've never had a photo shoot although I do think I should invest in a professional mugshot. But the mention of not getting run over is funny not funny - I'm so glad you're safe, you're right, nothing is that important, haha! Great post :) x

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com


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