You don’t want to capture mediocre photos. This article is beyond that, enticing you to act, because you want to take photos that stand for something; whether that’s showcasing your individuality or displaying a form of artistic expression you want to share with the world.
What’s Your Concept?
Take a step back and visualise the type of photos you want to capture. It’s the stage where you should include everything you could possibly think of. Do you prefer a bright, fun-filled concept or something mysterious and untouchable? Do what you can to create a strategy (preferably something visual), for instance, use a mood board to place all your ideas on it – even if they don’t match up yet. You can always remove them later. Don’t rush into this process and don’t limit yourself to your creativity. Rather, savour every part of this process because you only live through each mood board once – and believe us when we say, you’ll only get better at it as you go.
Go Bold with the Inspiration
To add on to the first fashion photography tip, you can’t leave inspiration out of it, can you? We all seek inspiration to create. Period. If you think twice about it, you’re able to source for inspiration almost everywhere and anytime! Fascinating, isn’t it? Not to mention that it’s incredibly convenient and accessible to snap anything with our phones or cameras – there’s no excuse. A must-do: Gather all your magazines and cut and paste them to set the imagery and style of your mood board! We promise the end result is remarkable. Another inspirational idea that many tend to overlook in their daily lives are ourselves and the people surrounding us. The way we think, speak, and dress are also forms of inspiration we can tap on that might provide value to our mood boards.
Location Matters. Source for Alluring Backgrounds.
Let’s say you’ve set the direction of your mood board and you’re ready for the next step – where is it going to take place? It could be anywhere, subjected to the concept of your mood board. For example, if it’s a fairytale/fantasy theme, you may source for cafes with such concepts and rent a costume for it. Another example that’s cost-free is to opt for a nature theme – as long as there’s greenery, flowers, and preferably a water scenery – what’s there not to love? You might be wondering, “What if I like to take my photos with walls?” Fret not, because that’s a given! The only exception when it comes to choosing a background is to be mindful of the colours so that it doesn’t clash with your outfit. If you prefer to have full control on the creatives, why not DIY by gathering the props?
Get Creative: Experiment and Play with Props
Why limit your photos when you can experiment and play with props? Props are an excellent way to add dimension and uniqueness to your photos, differentiating them from others, especially in fashion photography. There’s no better time than now to try and pose with unusual props (kitchenware, toolbox, loaf of bread, or placing desserts on your body and hands) and go absolutely crazy while you’re at it. You’ll be surprised at what you might capture and at the same time, it could reveal a side of you that you didn’t know you possessed! The final objective is to astonish your audience, entice them to like, share, and engage with your photos!
Show em’ How You Move with Your Outfit
We are accustomed to stay stagnant when we pose because we’re afraid the shot will turn out blur. We’re not asking you to dance in front of the camera, but to be in sync with it. This means not to limit yourself to one angle, but go versatile and experiment with different movements. This will also help to enhance the outfit you’re wearing. You move when the camera snaps. And repeat the cycle. Define the shot rather than let the shot define you. You want to find the angle that makes you look exceptional and keep working on that.
Unleash the Confidence within You
Nothing is possible without instilling confidence in whatever you do. And when you have to pose in front of the camera, confidence is a must-have. Even if you’re not the one posing in front of the camera, you need to be firm and courageous in your creative strategy and direction so that others will heed you. More importantly, you need to believe in yourself before others can. Because if you don’t believe in you, who will?