Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guest Blog {Maria from Little Tree/// Outfit Photo Tips!}

Okay, so last week I was giddy with excitement over Amy from Vanagon Champion's guest blog, and this week I am just as excited to have another one of my absolute favorite ladies, Maria from Little Tree, guest blogging for me! I's a lucky gal, for sure. {Also, random fun fact- Maria is one of my favorite names... ever. I used to tell people it was my name when I was little. Is that weird? I think the Maria obsession started with West Side Story. I like, really wanted to grow up to be her, but without the whole boyfriend killing my brother thing.} ANYWAY. Real life Maria has an amazing blog & constantly posts THE most beautiful outfit photos. Since I'm delving into that world a little bit more as of late, I'm SUPER stoked that she's sharing her outfit photo tips. I, for one, could use them for sure! Enjoy :)

Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I blog over at Little Tree. When I first started my blog I wasn't really sure how do outfit photos, and I really didn't get used to it until I started doing them more often, and a few times a week. I am here to share some of my personal tips with you guys, and I hope they help you achieve the look you want! Again, I am no pro, but I do think that practice makes perfect, so if you're not getting the results you want, keep trying, you'll get there!

1. Use natural light when possible.
This is a big one for me. When I first started, some of my outfits were done inside, and the lighting was less than great. Not all photos taken inside come out badly, but without proper lighting, a good picture could turn bad, quickly. If you're going to shoot inside, try picking a room that gets a lot of natural sunlight. If that's not possible, try using an attachable flash(this makes a wold of a difference). When you pick a good time of day, and the lighting is just right, your photos will come out more beautiful than you could have expected! Try to incorporate lens flares, and perfect lighting whenever you can, it will make a huge difference in your photos.

2. Invest in quality products. 
When I first started my blog, I was lucky enough to have a good camera. I know this can be a huge expense but if you are serious about your blog, it is a MUST. I have a Nikon D5000 and having a more pricey camera has really made all the difference. There are sites like Abes of Maine, that have discounted prices and specials constantly so keep an eye out for those if you're trying to save up. Also invest in a quality tri-pod and remote control if you are not used to the self timer. My remote was only $20 and saved me a ton of time while taking my photos. The remote helps you focus and every picture comes out on point. When you get more comfortable using your camera & equipment I also recommend saving up for some nice lenses. These are very costly, but again make a huge difference in your photos. 

3. Choose outfits you feel comfortable in.
I know it can sometimes be intimidating to see high fashion posts and posts where girls are wearing things that you may never wear. If you're thinking of trying to dress a certain way for your posts that isn't really "you" I don't think you should. Different people dress in their own unique styles, you don't need to be high fashion to have a good outfit post. If you wear only thrifted items, then wear those...if you love vintage and have nothing new in your closet, that's fine too! There are no rules, and you should work what you got, because chances are people will love you for who YOU are, not what you're wearing. 

4. Choose a great location.
I haven't always been the best person regarding this because a lot of my outfits were taken in my own backyard, but at the time it was what I could work with. I understand how hard it can be when working a full time job to travel and take outfit shots. If you have the time, try and go to places that have a cool feel to them. If you love a certain wall in your town, take some pictures in front of it, readers love seeing different places you like to visit, and it will keep things interesting! It's also a good idea to keep your camera handy while you are out, you never know when the right location may just pop up and you'll want to capture it!

5. Don't forget the details!
When taking your photos, don't forget to zoom in on the accessories, and special quirks to your outfit. Make sure you take pictures of your rings, purse, earrings, hair accessories, etc. All of these little things make your outfit special, and a full length shot sometimes doesn't capture all of the pretty details.

Thanks for having me Carmen, I hope you enjoyed my tips!


  1. Awesome tips! I always love her photos.

  2. Awesome! Love it! I have a good camera, but I also tend to use cell phone photos...ugh!

    Christen :>

  3. Oh mii gosh! Oh mii gosh! Every time she comes up on my dash I always think of you... I meant to mention it but thought better of it in case there was blogger unliking. She's so pretty!

    Love from Jo'burg

  4. That photo by the train is so prety! Great tips :)

  5. Great tips...and great photos!



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