I always get questions when I shoot as to how to pose or what to do when you’re in front of a camera. I think this will be a hard blog post to write as it is something I just do and is easier to show. I do have a few tips to share, of course, but I also just want to say I have my go-to moves! Picking up my leg or playing with my hair is always just natural for me. I also just search pinterest and Instagram and copy what I see as well. I think when you find your angles and what you like the most, that is what you should stick with and do different variations of!
My Photo Tips
Moving naturally like walking or adding a slight jump, or a genuine laugh is what makes pictures look an feel authentic!
You have to just go for it sometimes. Yes people may look or you have to go out of your way to get a good shot, but it is worth it and plus they will forget and so will you!
Posing in the mirror is a big one as well. Before shooting I always pose in the mirror and see what I want to play up outfit wise.
The best pictures are the creative ones! Add props, colors, and filters to make your image stand out!
Set up a scene, a picture is worth a thousand words so let your pictures tell a story
Let’s talk outfit details! This skirt actually can double as a dress on me since it is pretty long! I actually wore it as a dress to work with my sneakers and I loved the look! I’ll have to shoot it as well! This top is from Pretty Little Thing and shows the perfect amount of skin since the skirt is so long on me. I wanted to wear different heels but I went with these because of the height. I also found it the day before I shot this look at Wasteland on Melrose and I loved the loops at the top. Simple details like that really stand out to me.
Of course I had to add my Lack of Color Hat! I definitely need another one as well because I wear this one so often but the color is perfect for the blog. I shot this look in Venice on Abbot Kinney and I think it really matched the vibe of the street since it is a great place to shop and hang out.
These photos were taken by a photographer named Danny (@ddmportraits on Instagram) and I loved how they came out! If you are in the Los Angeles area and looking for someone new to shoot with, definitely check out his page!
Hat : Lack of Color // Shirt : Pretty Little Thing // Skirt : (similar)
If you keep up with my Instagram stories, then you know that this past week I had the opportunity to go to the Wonderworld LA pop up museum! This was an interactive pop-up experience that featured 10 picture perfect rooms to take fun pictures in. Since it was an opening for the museum, there were lots of cool surprises in every room. I got my nails done, grabbed some cotton candy, put on fake lashes and I was ready for my close up! I usually do not really like to get my photos done at these places, but this event was more than that! I really enjoyed going with my blogging friend,Gina from Teenie Genie, and I saw so many other LA blogger babes there as well!
Just a little about Wonderworld LA: Each room has a different feel. There is a mushroom room, a room where you can take a picture on the moon, a room with giant teacups and, of course, a flower room. These are just a few of the 10 rooms they have.
If I were you, I would sour their Instagram page before going and check out their design so you can match your outfits to each room. It also helps to go get inspiration from other people who went and see what creative ideas they had.
Another great part about this was, as I mentioned, getting to see other LA bloggers I follow and have become friends with! (I have a whole post on the LA blogging community coming soon so stay tuned for that.) I honestly did not plan to take any pictures at the pop-up. I feel like I always end up saying that and making a blog post so I should plan more accordingly outfit wise. I just wore a casual look and I later decided it would be a break from the regular fashion content I show. I was just planning on taking Instagram stories and not being their too long, but it turned out to be more fun than I thought!
Tickets for the museum can be found HERE and I would book in advance since you usually have to reserve a day for these kinds of pop-ups.
Let me start off by saying it’s easy to pose when you have an amazing photographer and makeup artist! I got together with a few friends from elementary and middle school and put together this amazing look! If you’re in the San Antonio area I will so give you details for the best photographer and makeup artist! I’m seriously glowing because of all of the makeup and highlight! Also, this was the first shoot I have ever done featuring my little fur baby! I was so excited and did not expect her to be apart of the shoot but she was scared and not comfortable because of all of the lights and unfamiliar faces that she just stuck by my side.
I’ve seen lots of videos on Instagram featuring behind the scenes shots and how they got the end result and I thought it would be a great blog topic. Honestly, the best poses are candids to me. I like to set up a scene, picture what I am about to shoot and just go for it! Practice truly does make perfect!
I’ve met up with a few other bloggers and have seen what they do for posing so I created my own style by seeing them! I, of course, have the go-to poses that I am comfortable with and know what I look like when I do them. I recommend practicing in the mirror first as well! Practice your go-to poses to find your good angles and make it a muscle memory! THEN practice with your outfit on too because if you have a fun skirt you want to twirl in or a purse you want to hold a certain way, that is what can really make a photo! Content creation is key! Being different and confident is what will set you apart from a touristy photo in front of a cute wall.
Lastly, and most importantly, just MOVE! What I like to do is put the camera on shutter mode and walk, twirl, jump, play with my hair and keep moving! Do not move to fast so the camera has time to catch all the movements, but this is the biggest thing I can tell you! A killer photo truly is made by the tiniest details from natural movements.
Dress : Meshki
Like I said in my La La Land post, there are so many opportunities that come with living in Los Angeles. I am definitely thinking about moving to Austin to try to keep living in a bigger city that will have more things to do to keep up with my blogging. One of these opportunities has been being able to participate in free photo shoot meetups. I was kind of worried at first but you get to know the people and it is a fun experience!
This photo shoot was not like the last one, it was in a studio that had different rooms and setups! I wish I had been able to see what the rooms looked like before I went because then I could have thought out more looks! Nonetheless, I was excited to go and shoot this dress! I honestly hadn’t shot in a while and I hadn’t done full hair and makeup in a while either! I almost did not want to go because of traffic and I was already tired after work, but after going and especially after working with these photographers I was glad I went!
So this dress is actually my boss’s dress! When she had a photoshoot I planned for her to wear this outfit (except with black boots) and we never got to it. I found it at a consignment store here in Los Angeles and I had the idea to cut it along the sides so it flowed and could show the black shorts underneath. While I wish I had my boots here with me, they are not black anyway, and since she didn’t shoot it I wanted to really bad. Thankfully she allowed me to borrow it and I totally fell in love with how these pictures turned out!
Photos shot by RK Visuals // @rk_visuals_ on Instagram // these are the unedited versions
Dress : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Boots : Charlotte Russe
I recently went to my psychiatrist, yes I have a psychiatrist, and I told him how I moved to Los Angeles. He proceeded to call it ‘La La Land’ which I have of course heard before. I didn’t think much of it except for it was kind of a funny referral and that I should rewatch that movie.
While I had been in Texas I was scheduling meet-ups with other bloggers, found a few conventions to go to, and local events and then it hit me… this is the real reason LA is called La La Land. Yes because of the nickname, LA, but also because to me LA is where you can really live the American dream! It is so hard to be an actor/singer/producer/editor/fashion mogul but at least you have the chance to here! You have to work for it and you may not make it… but that tiny bit of hope that you may is worth it.
I met these awesome influencers in my first LA meet up! It was so fun and I didn’t know what to expect, but I learned so much from just one meeting!
So one of the opportunities that I have found here is photographer meetups! Okay, let me describe this to you! I “modeled” which means photographers and models meet up somewhere in the city and walk around and shoot. I knew no one but that was the fun part! Once one photographer takes your picture, 10 more come! It was a crazy experience and they are all on different photography levels, but here are a few of the pictures that they tagged me in! Totally worth going to if you’re in LA, such a great experience!
Instagram of the photographer : https://www.instagram.com/six.cat.photography/
Hat : Lack of Colors // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Shoes : Halogen // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Jean Jacket : Abercrombie