In September of 2014, I went to New York Fashion Week for the first time, and I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied in Lower Manhattan for a style shoot!
We walked from one street to the next trying to avoid the shooting of a commercial on the opposite corner, and we finally found the most charming little street that made us swoon.
I’m excited to finally share that shoot today, but I also wanted to try something new!
Whether you’re a blogger looking for tips on your next shoot or wanting to learn how to be a better photographer for your own blog — I thought it would be helpful to share my thought process behind the shoot.
Tips for the Photographer
TIP 1: WORK THE LOCATION
What are some new locations you can try on your shoot? One way you can shoot in a more editorial way is by showcasing the area around you. So here, we used the stairs and shot using the rule of thirds where Kat was on the left side of the image to set the scene.
Think Vogue editorials — where the model is on one side of the page, but never directly in the middle. This will make the image more interesting and help tell the blogger’s story.
TIP 2: KEEP MOVING
We first started shooting on a part of this street that was under construction AND they were shooting an Infiniti commercial on the opposite corner. Needless to say, we had to keep moving down the street until we found the perfect spot (without orange cones).
And ohh did we ever find a charming little street! So if you’re shooting in a location that’s really not working for you, just keep moving around, get creative and don’t give up. You just might find a hidden gem.
Tips for the Blogger
TIP 1: BE SOMEONE ELSE
I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing Kathleen was channeling a little bit of Carrie Bradshaw while we were shooting. ;)
Is there someone you can pretend to be — or put yourself in their heels — that can help you feel more confident while you’re being photographed? It’s totally okay to pretend you’re someone else if it helps you feel more confident and tells your story, and can also help take your mind of the fact that you’re being photographed if you’re getting a little nervous.
TIP 2: HIGHLIGHT YOUR FAVS
Is there a specific piece of your outfit or an accessory you really want to make sure is seen? In this shoot, Kathleen wanted to make sure her Kendra Scott ring and necklace were front and center.
So I had her bring her ring close to her necklace to show both accessories in one frame. Try to think of a way you can incorporate multiple pieces in a way that looks natural — like Kat did by playing with her hair.
Leave a comment and let me know!
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