Hey girl! I LOVE photography! If I am out exploring a new place, I just can’t help whipping out my camera to take a few pics. I love sharing my photos with you guys and you guys seem to looove my photography posts so I can’t wait to share more behind-the-scenes and my tips with you!
My most popular post by a long shot right now is my blog post: How To Take Photos With Fairy Lights!
Since you guys loved that post so much, I decided to do another photography post super similar! I am going to share a few tips with you and the behind the scenes on how I took the photos! And then of course, show you the photos!
How I Take Lifestyle Photos:
Whenever I am out and about I always try to look for cool buildings or unique spots to use as a background for photos! I love looking for different coloured and textured walls; they make AMAZING photos!
Also, keep in mind that sometimes even the ugliest of photo locations make the best photos! You don’t need to travel to new cities and world landmarks to get a killer photo!
My friend and I were hanging out at a cool neighbourhood for the day and we had just come out of a little coffee shop! Next to the coffee shop was an old shed but it had the CUTEST rustic wood panelling which made for the perfect backdrop for photos!
So next time you go out to take photos, look out for cool walls or unique locations!
The photos of my friend below I took in front of the rustic wood shed I was talking about!
(ps. check out my amazing friend here!)
Also don’t be afraid to take photos in places with bad lighting! Take the photos anyway and it can usually be easily fixed with some editing!
I am definitely not a pro at posing, at all…
But my biggest tip is to try to look as natural as possible. Easier said than done, I know 🙂
I try to smile and laugh lots in my photos because that usually looks the most natural and candid.
I will also ask my friend to take a bunch of photos as I am walking or moving and this pretty much always works to get a couple really cool candid shots! That’s exactly what I did for the next few photos!
I mean… how cute did these photos turn out?!?!
For the next few photos I also was moving as my friend was taking photos and changing up the angles and how I was facing the camera 🙂 I also switched facial expressions a few times and just went with it 😂
Also, belive it or not… this wall was on the side of a Subway building! Crazy, right? I told you sometimes the weirdest locations make the best backgrounds for photos! The plain white wall was a perfect neutral background but the tiling adds texture and more detail to the photo!
Adding In Props:
I love using different props to pose with in photos; I find it A LOT easier to look candid and natural when you have something to hold, do, whatever! My friend and I went to Freshii for afternoon smoothie and we specially sat against the plant wall so we could take cute photos, haha. The smoothie made the perfect prop and the photos turned out really cute and candid!
If you remember the photos from my blog post, My Lazy Day OOTD, in quite a few of the photos I was either holding a mug or a book. I wanted to showcase the outfit but it was a little tricky to pose in my room naturally 😂 So holding a book or the mug gave me something to do and helped the photos look more natural!
Add An Action:
Also check out these photos we took at the record store below! They are definitely my favourite photos that we took that day! I used a record for a prop in one of the photos and I browsed through the records for another.
Adding an action to your photos also helps you achieve a natural and candid looking photo vs. just standing in a street somewhere 😂
Whether it is looking through the records at a record store, adjusting your jacket as you casually walk down the street, or drinking your milkshake at the diner, having an action in your photo makes a huge difference!
Play With Lighting:
You would not BELIVE how dark and dreary some of my pictures were before I edited them. Check out the before and after’s below. Yeah… crazy right? Don’t be scared to take photos in dark places, even if the photos don’t look good on the camera screen.
Also try playing around with shadows and light too!
Are you blown away yet? Me too!
So what did you think of those tips? I really hope you enjoyed seeing a little behind-the-scenes of my photography and found this post helpful!
Also one of my best friend’s just launched her lifestyle and photography blog! She has an AMAZING blog post on tumblr photography tips and her photos are so incredible! Check out Keeley here!
What tips are you going to try out next time you go out to take photos? Do you have any tips I didn’t mention in this post? Comment them below so we can all help each other out!
Also, should I keep doing more photography posts like this? Let me know if you do and I’ll do more!