Venus Trapped in Mars

07 October 2014

25 Fashion Poses For Lifestyle Bloggers + 4 Tips To Feel More Comfortable In Front of the Camera

Occasionally, as lifestyle bloggers, we are asked to model (if you will) a bold print dress from an online store, a new pair of boots, a pair of must-have leggings or a trendy graphic tshirt. Once the excitement from someone sending you clothes wears off, the panic of, "WHOAmygod I'm not a fashion blogger I am making this so awkward I don't know what to do with my hands" sets in.



As it says on my Pinterest profile, I love clothes. Like, more than a friend. And I want people to send me all the clothes and shoes and clothes and shoes and clothes and purses and shoes and clothes. So I want to make sure that I do a good job of showing off the items they so graciously send. Because, new clothes are the bomb. 

I think the most important thing is to have a game plan before you go in. I'm not just talking about having an ideal location either. Location is great, but once you get there and still have no idea what to do with your hands, you're screwed, and you'll make it awkward. I promise you will. 






Create a Pinterest board filled with poses/imagery you love. My board is called Photog and it houses different poses, styled shoots and locations I would like to recreate. Here are several poses/styled images that would be good to use as inspiration next time you're showing off a clothing item. 











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I personally feel like a good motto to have is, "Throw a macbook in the picture." -- or -- "Throw a camera in the picture." Simple as that... I know I am a sucker for pictures of people taking pictures! Here are some good examples...






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Besides, advertisers are looking to see their product featured, not your face! So don't throw out those pictures you think you look goofy in. They can still be used! Also, think about intentionally not including your face in photos. Different angles can make for really great pictures. So don't worry about smiling big and pretty! See....




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Explain what you are trying to do, to your photographer (aka your boyfriend/husband). Dudes don't get that we don't want our whole body. You hand a guy a camera, the first thing he is going to do is start walking backwards so he can capture all of you and everything else in the background. This is bad news bears for fashion photography. 

Show him pictures. SHOW HIM, not just explain to him, what pose you are trying to do. Let him know if you aren't going to be looking at the camera, or that you don't need your face in the photo.  
Explain to him, using pictures as examples, that you are trying to get a picture of JUST THE SHOES or JUST THESE BRACELETS. Show him pictures, it will help! Here are good pictures to show a boy when you are trying to photograph something specific. 





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So those are my tips and poses I love to use for inspiration! Do you have any suggestions to add to the mix that other lifestyle bloggers can use to feel more comfortable in front of the camera? 




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59 comments :

  1. Such fun tips! My man-friend is also my blog-photographer {bless him} and sometimes our visions are very different. But more often than not, he comes up with neat ideas that I may not have thought of! Sharing this with him!
    xo Southern Style

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  2. Since I have an excellent camera that can take extremely large pictures, I actually encourage my BF to take photos of my own body. Then I can crop and edit in Photoshop afterwards. What I do try and stress to him is angles... take some in front, take some with you crouched down in front, take some with you on a chair in front, and then do the same thing from all the other sides.

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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  3. This is FAB! I'm a really awkward poser and have a couple of go-to's that I use for outfit photos, but I'd never have thought of doing a Pinterest inspo board!!! Getting on that right now :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

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  4. well this is awesome. seriously great tips!! I wish I was better at it though, I'm still learning!

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  5. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Seriously, these are so helpful! Makes me want to try them out right now!

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  6. What a great resource Sarah! I never thought about actually going a step further and looking for inspiration shots but that's such a good idea, even if you're doing your own photography with a tripod. Pinning this for sure!

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  7. These tips are awesome! For my first "professional shoot" (aka my bf taking pics of me at a hotel before a wedding because my hair was done) my honey stood like 50 feet away from me. bless his heart.

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  8. Love tip #3 :) I always look like a goofball in my photos, but you're so right about companies wanting to see their product being used/worn more than they want to see our smiling (goofy) faces :) xo

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  9. As a fashion blogger. I even find this post to be helpful. Special seen I think my husband is sick of taking the same pose. He not to the point he won't take a photo until I do something new.

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  10. This is PERFECT timing! I just got my first review dress in the mail last week and I am mildly freaking out about taking pictures in it! I am about the least photogenic person in the world and I know I'm going to feel super awkward, but these tips definitely help! Thank you!!!

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  11. OMG yes... I'm a fashion & lifestyle blogger and what the what... I can be extremely awkward in front of the camera... Thanks for these amazing tips!
    Hope
    www.hhdesignsblog.com

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  12. These are so spot on! Just because we don't just promote fashion labels ... It doesn't mean we can't rock the cute clothes. All the cute clothes. We want the cute clothes.
    Sometimes, though, I keep the pictures in the mix where my face is goofy and ridic, because I swear it just keeps it real and adds some character!

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  13. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's been like "hey honey, will you take a picture of me like this.. no, no.. like this. More than one. Just take a bunch... Get the shoes..."
    These tips are fantastic because I only rarely feature clothes on my blog, but when I do I'm lost :P

    -Megan @ Never Finished

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  14. Great post! I usually try to avoid being in photos all together, but I'm beginning to notice a trend in lifestyle blogging that involves being on camera. Guess I better start planning out my outfits and running a brush through my hair lol

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  15. I just got a free dress and now I have to do a fashion post, so this is really handy! Especially the part about explaining to your photographer/manfriend what you're looking for by showing him. As soon as I read it, I knew that would help immensely.

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  16. Love the tip about showing your man-friend what to do instead of just explaining it to him.

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  17. great post and awesome tips even for those of us who do take outfit pics all the time. Damn hands ( damn chin, damn.. well you get the picture)

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  18. GREAT article! Going to remember this one

    http://www.thetouristoflife.com

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  19. These are great tips! I swear I am so awkward in front of the camera, and C makes that even worse. In fact, I ended up replacing him with a tripod and timer. I like your ideas about getting Pinterest inspiration though, and I will probably do just that!

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  20. These are all great tips and I will definitely be referencing these the next time I have a fashion post

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  21. Oh I gotta try these! If you see me on Instagram awkwardly attempting these poses..just keep scrolling lol

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  22. Haha love it. I always wonder if I'm the only one out there forcing my husband to take pictures of me doing every day shit. He LOVES IT. (not)

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  23. These are really great tips! Haven't even thought about browsing Pinterest specifically for posing/photography ideas :)

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  24. thanks for the awesome tips! I've been really struggling with this so perfect timing :)

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  25. Great, great, great tips!! I feel so awkward and yes my boyfriend takes my pictures and we are always trying things to make taking photos less awkward!

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  26. Thanks for the tips, I've just started my blog so this should get me get a head start on photography!

    z0elouise.blogspot.com

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  27. I could do all this stuff and still feel awkward when I'm taking my own pictures in public, I think if I could just do it without people staring I'd be golden.

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  28. Loved this post! I haven't quite got used to taking photos of outfits yet so this has definitely helped.

    Love

    Rhea.

    xx

    www.rheaphoebe.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. this tips are very helpful, especially when you don't know how to pose and it just becomes an awkward situatuion, thanks for sharing :)

    Cecil // www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

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  30. Those are great tips! I don't often do fashion shoots of any kind, but I will definitely remember these for the rare occasion that I do!

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  31. This is genius! Love it.

    www.la-vie-en-lavande.blogspot.com

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  32. Haha! These are awesome! I've never done a fashion post but I love the aesthetics of the fashion photography!

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  33. I love all of these, especially the lifestyle type casual not so photo shoot type photos. The problem I have is-who in the hell am I gonna get to take these pics for me? Which is just one reason I'll never be a fashion blogger!!

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  34. I love the idea of creating a Pinterest board just for pose inspiration. As a person who has dipped my toes into the fashion post world I have the same 3-4 go to poses and it gets stale.

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  35. Filing this one away for future photo shoots. Thanks for the helpful tips!

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  36. Such an awesome + useful post Sarah. I can't wait to try some of these tips. It can get literally awkward for photos sometimes.

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  37. Haha this is such a great post. I love the part about showing the "Man-friends" what you want. So true, they do need a little more guidance. Girlfriends are big helps too.

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  38. Great tips! Thanks a lot!
    xo

    http://www.berrytrendy.com

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  39. So helpful!! I pinned a bunch to a board I have for headshots/portraits. Thank you!

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  41. Great blog post! Never seen one like this before :) Good points.

    www.paletteofdreams.com

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  42. I just found this post. Amazing tips. I'm just starting out and I'm really trying to nail down the photography part! I really love the photos you chose as examples. Very helpful and the photos are my style! (:

    heysherwood.com

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  43. This post benefits me massively, not so much my boyfriend. He will now be my personal photographer. Thanks so much

    www.rachelcameron.squarespace.com

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  44. Thanks for the tips! They always come in handy! And the boyfriend thing is so true... and frustrating! haha

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  50. My little sister is in town for a few days and I've been telling her for several months that she can expect to do a photo shoot with me (since the man-friend lives several states away). She's told me to begin looking at Pinterest and get ideas for her to work with. Came across this post and immediately was like "Yes!" this helps so much. So... yes! This helps so much!

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    http://www.culturewithcoco.com
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