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.
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.
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!