The Truth Behind a Blog Photoshoot


Running a full-time blog is not an easy task. All lot goes on behind-the-scenes—something a lot of people are not aware of. I hear this all too often: “So, you’re an influencer. Wow, that must be an easy job!” I cannot help but roll my eyes every time I hear this. Granted it’s not physically demanding in a sense where I’m on my feet all day, slaving away but I do spent a good chunk of my time in front my computer.  So, today I want to share what really goes on running a full-time fashion and lifestyle website and give you a glimpse on how I prep for my blog photoshoot’s.

The Concept

No photo shoot of mine starts without having a concept. In my office I have a huge mood board. I collect things to inspire me for my next shoot (which typically happens on the weekends). Planning photography concepts and ideas are very helpful so you and your photographer know exactly what you’re looking for, in terms of, location, mood, colors, etc.

Finding Inspiration

I love Pinterest and Instagram. Both channels are loaded with creativity but always remember: The images you find are solely to inspire you not copy. And I also collect magazines tears, fabric swatches, colors which I will add to my mood board.

Location & Props

This is so very important. Finding the right location can sometimes take a lot of time. I’m one of those people who like to research, etc. I want my images to create a certain mood and story. Look at the images here. Do they portray an edgier vibe or is it romantic?! Clearly it’s edgy. I wanted something fierce and edgy and to me that screamed: Biker boots x train tracks. Can you tell?!



Since I’m a fashion and lifestyle influencer styling obviously plays a huge part in my life. Every little detail is well thought of. I think of colors, silhouettes and patters and how these will complement the backdrop. And as of late, I can no longer wear certain colors since it wouldn’t go well with my overall Instagram feel/feed. I’ve created a new preset that is very light and airy and I noticed that bold colors do not go well with my preset, for instance. So, you see, you can’t just go outside and shoot randomly. Everything is planned out to get the best results. Once everything has been planned out you can then finally enjoy the photo shoot! Followed by tons of editing later, writing content for the blog + let’s not forget social media! Gotta be active 24/7. It’s never ending but at least I’m passionate about what I do. I truly feel blessed being able to do what I love for a living.

How about you?! What your secrets to great photography?! Let me know by leaving a comment below and as always, thanks so much for dropping by!

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Dress | Jacket (similar HERE) | Booties (similar HERE) | Sunglasses

Have a great weekend!




  1. July 20, 2018 / 4:44 AM

    Wow! I fully understand how much work goes into a blog. I watch so many vlogs and a lot of vloggers/bloggers work even on holidays because they always need to be hashing out content. I love this concept of the train track and the boots btw.

    Mich x

  2. July 20, 2018 / 4:47 AM

    my major problem when it comes to blog photoshoot is location. You look amazing.
    The Glossychic

  3. July 20, 2018 / 5:23 AM

    I also don’t know why people think blogging is the easiest job. takes a lot of investment. You look great and i really love the outfit.

  4. July 20, 2018 / 5:39 AM

    I can relate here! Sometimes, I do find a hard time in finding inspiration for the shoot. Anyway, you did a great styling here! I love the location as well 🙂


  5. July 20, 2018 / 9:12 AM

    Great read! Your photos are always stunning! Have a good weekend(with shoots😀)

  6. July 20, 2018 / 9:35 AM

    Coming up with a concept for your photoshoot is probably one of the most important and underrated aspects when going about doing such. If you have a concept, ideas in place, and a goal you want to achieve, the photos will end up turning out 10x better because you would have had a guideline guiding you and your photographer so you know exactly what you were looking for. Also, this way the photos will correspond better with the words you write creating a more fluid story.

  7. Cora
    July 20, 2018 / 11:36 AM

    I agree with you blogging is so much work…The others who don’t know about blogging…they say oh only taking pictures that’s easy, but they didn’t know that is not only 8 hrs. a day , it’s more hrs. and work…
    Have a nice weekend Babe..

  8. July 20, 2018 / 5:25 PM

    People always think going out a doing a shoot is easy but there is usually a lot of thought and time that goes into it. My sister usually takes my pics and edits them for me which helps cut down my time. In exchange I take pics of her too.

    Deneale | Goldfields Girl

  9. July 21, 2018 / 1:36 AM

    Thank you for posting this! It was needed to be said! People don’t realize coming up with a concept not only for the written content but pictures and then finding locations and props to match that content is such an exhausting task! Thanks once again for writing this!
    Hope you’re having an amazing week!
    Ankita | Real Girl Talks

  10. July 21, 2018 / 5:56 AM

    I couldn’t agree more Vanessa! photoshoots are incredibly hard, so much detail and planning involved. Being a blogger is a very hard job especially on a top of a full time Monday – Friday job or other responsibilities that a lot of people don’t understand and don’t even try to understand. thank you for sharing xx

  11. July 21, 2018 / 1:59 PM

    You look stunning girl, love the thoughts behind what goes into a fashion photography blog shoot !!! Preparation is definitely important & location & Props!

    Serene XO

  12. July 22, 2018 / 4:09 AM

    Location indeed is quite tricky, you don’t want to overuse the same location over and over again on your photos. Anyway, thanks for the lovely read dear.
    Fab jumpsuit you’re rocking out there dear! So flattering on you!

    Jessica |

  13. July 22, 2018 / 3:17 PM

    You look fantastic Vanessa! And your shoots are always so inspiring. I couldn’t agree with you more so much goes into putting together a shoot and then there’s the social media aspect too. It’s never ending but totally worth it. Thanks for sharing your process with us.

    xo, Jackie

  14. July 23, 2018 / 12:42 AM

    hahaha pretty much exactly the same thing i do – it is a process and each look has a concept, a location, a mood. i can never just go around the corner and shoot.
    kisses from the sandpits of dubai ❤️

  15. July 24, 2018 / 11:28 PM

    This is so true, everything gets planned out way in advance with a certain theme/mood in mind and not to mention the time that goes into the actual photoshoots trying to get the perfect pics. I easily take 100+ photos in a shoot and then have to narrow down to the good ones. 🙂
    Also, I love how you perfectly paired the edgy vibe to the railroad tracks.

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