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How I Take Lifestyle and OOTD Pictures

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!

Posing Tips:

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 πŸ™‚

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 cameraΒ  πŸ™‚ I also switched facial expressions a few times and just went with it πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ˜‚

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!



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  • Reply
    23/02/2018 at 11:44 am

    Those pictures are GORGEOUS!!!

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    23/02/2018 at 3:18 pm

    These were all such great tips! Thank you for them! πŸ˜„

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    23/02/2018 at 3:54 pm

    This is amazing! Thanks so much for the tips!!

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    24/02/2018 at 12:49 am

    I’m always out looking for photography tips and loved this post. I was curious, what photo editor do you use??

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      Taiya Maddison
      25/02/2018 at 2:49 am

      Thank you so much! I use Lightroom on my computer! I am planning to do an editing post very soon!

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    24/02/2018 at 3:59 am

    Wowowow girl!! These are AMAZING and super cute!! Love the location <3 Thanks soooo much for mentioning me 😘

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    24/02/2018 at 4:49 pm

    Awwww loved this post taiya!! You always have the best photography ever! You should do a how I edit my photos post!

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      Taiya Maddison
      25/02/2018 at 2:50 am

      Aww thank you Nabila! Thanks sooo much for commenting πŸ’“

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    24/02/2018 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for all the tips! Your photos are gorgeous, as always. I really love the backgrounds you guys found. πŸ˜€

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      Taiya Maddison
      25/02/2018 at 2:51 am

      Aww thanks Carli! I can always count on you for a sweet comment πŸ’“β€οΈ

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    25/02/2018 at 4:36 pm

    Your photos are so pretty! Thank you for the tips!

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    28/02/2018 at 6:34 pm

    Your photos and entire blog is just amazing and you’re an amazing inspiration! Keeping doing you girl!

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      Taiya Maddison
      02/03/2018 at 3:53 am

      Oh my gosh thank you so much! You have no idea how much that means to me πŸ˜†β€οΈ

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    04/03/2018 at 8:06 pm

    ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THIS POST AND THESE PICTURES!! these pictures are all absolutely goals taiya! you and alice are definitely models too! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ’ž

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    04/03/2018 at 9:56 pm

    Hey Talya I was just wondering what kind of camera do you use

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      Taiya Maddison
      04/03/2018 at 11:59 pm

      I switch up what I use but mostly I use my Nikon D3000 or my Sony A5000 or my iPhone!

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    Roshan Jeanette
    29/03/2018 at 6:04 pm

    I’m actually new to blogging, this was really helpful I want to start taking more pictures to put up on my blog

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      Taiya Maddison
      30/03/2018 at 9:38 pm

      I’m so glad you found this helpful! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’“

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    31/05/2018 at 6:04 am

    Wow! These tips are super helpful! I’m gonna try to remember to add an action when taking photos!

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      Taiya Maddison
      31/05/2018 at 2:56 pm

      I am so glad you found this post helpful! Definitely try that tip, it helps so much!

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    Michelle @ Aesthetically Dreaming
    05/08/2018 at 6:09 pm

    Absolutely love these 😍This is so helpful, thank you!

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      Taiya Maddison
      06/08/2018 at 12:20 am

      Aww your are SO welcome Michelle! I’m so glad you found this post helpful! πŸ˜†πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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    Shalyn Nicole
    14/03/2019 at 4:41 pm

    I know this is a bit of an old post, but based on these pictures, I realize that we live in the same city! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing! <3

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    19/01/2020 at 5:25 pm

    Omg, you should totally do more photography posts like this one! I am definitely going to try messing with lighting more often because that always seems to give me trouble especially with shadowing! I like the idea with using an action to help with posing, because trying to look natural when you or someone else is posing is pretty hard! Thank you so much for all the tips Taiya!!!

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      Taiya Maddison
      24/01/2020 at 9:30 pm

      Oh my gosh, thank you Izzie! That means so much to me!!! Thanks for reading and commenting <3

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