Easy Photography Tips for Aspiring Fashion Bloggers

When I started MDM a few years ago, I didn’t have too much experience taking “interesting” photos (ie editorial, attention-grabbing images that showed off what you’re wearing without just standing there!). But, I’ve learned a lot over the years when it comes to taking photos, just check out the evolution below!

The first year of MDM…

The very first pic I ever posted on MDM!
Still pretty one-dimensional but I started adding some skirt flips!
Our trip to Vegas was when I started experimenting with some different photo styles!
Same for our trip to New Hampshire!


This was my first real editorial-style photo!
Still one of my faves! Just a stepladder & my parents’ backyard!
When we moved out to San Diego, I really started my photography journey!
Playing with accessories can add a lot of visual interest!

Now, in 2021…

This impromptu 4th of July backyard photoshoot made for some cool photos!
I’ve started to really hone my photography style, but I’m still growing towards where I want to be!

My Tips and Tricks for Fashion Photography…

Invest in a DSLR camera (aka a digital camera with a lens); we have the Canon Rebel T6 and it’s an inexpensive, easy-to-use starter camera! DSLR cameras take much better pics IMO, and you have much more control over settings and focus than you do on a smartphone!

Hubby taking photos with our DSLR camera

Find a set of filters that you love & will complement the colors of all of your photos so they look consistent on your feed. (I’m planning on writing a whole post on filters; there’s lots more to delve into here!)

I use the Tezza App and love the vintage vibe it gives to photos! Filters are key to enhancing photos and making them consistent with your feed!

Stay consistent in lighting (ie shoot all your photos at similar times of the day when the light has the same kind of vibe). For example, if you love bright light, make sure all your photoshoots happen when the sun is at its brightest. If you love a more dreamy look, sticking with dawn or dusk can give you the vibe you’re looking for. Moral of the story here: consistency is key for a uniform-looking feed!

Here’s my current Instagram feed; most of my photos are taken in medium light; not too bright and sunny, but not dark either!

Choose the right background for your outfit. Generally speaking, you want the background to complement your look, not distract from it! Choose what you want to focus on: if the location is the thing to highlight, a simpler look may be best. If you want all eyes to be on your style, consider a background with complementing colors/vibes and a lens that blurs everything but you (we love our 50mm lens for this!).

A patterned look like this goes well with the mostly-neutral background that has a few square elements reflecting the print of the outfit!
I really wanted the focus to be on the motel in the background, so this monochrome denim outfit was the perfect complement to provide interest without distraction!

Close-ups are your friend! Sometimes, you don’t have to show your whole look to communicate your vibe. A good detail shot is the perfect addition to any fashionista’s feed, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

I really wanted to show off the details of this pressed floral top, so a close up was the way to go!

Create your own personal brand through your photography style. Personal branding for any blogger is key, and a little trial-and-error to find your style is time well spent. Do you like vintage vibes? Saturated colors? Muted tones and neutrals? Your photos become your calling card and can help you stand out in a sea of other bloggers!

Post a variety and see what sticks! I’ve found that 99% of blogging is strategic experimentation. Sometimes you gotta put it all out there and adapt to what people like! For some, vibe-y detail shots might be great, but for others, photos of you might garner a greater response. For me, I’ve found that most of my audience prefers something personable (ie photos of people) rather than product photos or flat lays, but yours might be different! Polling people on stories is a great way to get an idea of what people want!

Example of a poll I did to see what my audience resonated with!

Every blogger has their own journey, especially if you don’t have a professional photography team behind you from the beginning (I know I didn’t!). There’s a lot of pressure out there to be perfect, so make sure you’re focusing on being your own personal best instead of comparing your growth to others! Photography can and should be fun, and there’s so much to learn even for the most seasoned professionals, so take your time and find out what works for you!

Hoping these tips help, feel free to drop any questions you have in the comments and I’d be happy to answer them! 🙂

Xx Tabi

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