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I am so excited about today’s topic because it’s something that bloggers ask me about frequently and I think it can really help you feel more confident on your next blog shoot!

I want to introduce you to De’Ana Fierce, a Petite Model Consultant & Coach! (She is so talented, y’all.)

She’s going to be sharing posing tips you can use on your next blog shoot! She also blogs about petite modeling and provides resources to help you express your personality in your photos.

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I also want to give a huge thank you to Riane of Stello Style who graciously modeled all of De’Ana’s tips and made our day even more fun. :)

Without further ado, here’s De’Ana!

Blogs are an avenue to express your visual creativity. Bloggers are building relationships across the globe and some are even getting the opportunity to work with major brands because of their blog.

This is why I believe bloggers are models too. If you’re a blogger, at some point you have modeled for your blog or another brand.

A model is defined by Merriam-Webster as, ‘A representation to show the construction or appearance of something.’

Therefore nine times out of ten, if you have a blog you are performing some type of modeling for your blog.

Most blogs consist of photos to give the viewers a visual take on what they are presenting. With all of this in mind you want to make sure you are doing a great job in your photos.

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It is very important to show your personality in your photos to continue to build your blog community. Your blogging community enjoys viewing your blog because they can partake in life experiences with you.

So you want to make sure you are comfortable and confident in your blog photos.  Let’s say you’re heading to your blog shoot. You have gorgeous accessories and the latest trends in your wardrobe — but when you arrive on set, you get a brain fart.

You start asking yourself, what am I supposed to do with my hands? How do I pose for this picture? Okay, I’m just going to sit in all of my photos…but wait, how do I do that?  You simply have no idea what to do!

I know how stressful this can be so today I have 6 Posing Tips for Bloggers. These tips are easy to follow and will help you look and feel confident in your photos. Let’s get into it!

6 Posing Tips for Bloggers from Model Coach DeTip #1: Shoulders Down, Chin Low & Neck Elongated

Normally you will start your photo session by standing. When you are standing, you want to lower your shoulders and tilt your chin down towards the ground. These both are small movements that make a huge difference in your photographs.

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When you are tense, your shoulders tend to inch upward which hides your neckline. By lowering your shoulders you open up your neck, which helps your neckline to appear elongated.

Keeping your chin down is a great rule of thumb to make sure your nose doesn’t stick up towards the sky, plus it keeps the viewers from seeing straight up your nose.

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Tip #2: Hand Placement

Hands are an extension of our bodies but whenever we get in front of the camera they don’t belong. Weird, right? So to make sure you treat your hands as one when you are posing for your blog, feel free to play with accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry, purses and even your hair.

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Gently rub your fingers through your hair and move it around a little bit. You want to appear in your natural state when you’re taking your pictures and rubbing your fingers through your hair may be an everyday activity for you. Don’t leave it out of your blog photographs.

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Tip #3: Faux Walking

That’s right, you don’t have to take full strides in your blog photographs. When you want the photographer to capture you in the walking pose all you have to do is take one natural step forward, plant your feet and rock forward and backwards.

While doing the rocking motion you want to appear as though you’re walking, so make sure you swing your arms and stay open towards the camera.

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6 Posing Tips for Bloggers from Model Coach De

Tip #4: Open to Camera When Walking

Whenever you’re walking during your shoot, don’t forget where the camera is located. You want to make sure you are open to the camera or have both shoulders visible.

This is a great way for the photographer to capture the details of your clothing. Plus, we get to see more of you in the photo as well.

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Tip #5: Feet Placement

In most blog photos, you don’t see much of the blogger’s feet. So when you do want to capture your latest shoe game, you want to make sure the placement of your feet are correct.

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Make sure your feet are in a straight line — you don’t want to stand with slanted feet. You can also keep one foot straight and place your other foot to the side. This helps you to show off the details of the shoes that you might not see otherwise.

6 Posing Tips for Bloggers from Model Coach DeIf you are standing profile, you can hold your feet in place as though you are just stopped walking and took a quick pause. This pose definitely adds character to your photograph.

6 Posing Tips for Bloggers from Model Coach DeTip #6: Seated

When you get tired of standing, you can take a seat on a nearby bench and complete your look while enjoying the breeze.

Seated postures are very good to express the type of day you’re having. Seated positions also help you to relax a tad bit more than standing. You want to make sure when you’re sitting that you don’t slump over. Keep a strong and straight back and torso.

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You can explore different ways to bring attention to the rest of your wardrobe like gently touching your shoes and grabbing your garment.

6 Posing Tips for Bloggers from Model Coach De

Taking blog photos doesn’t have to be hard. You want your viewers to take a ride with you and enjoy the experience with you as if they’re there.

This helps build your community and gain more opportunities in the blogger world!

I hope you found these tips useful and when you have a chance to try them out, let me know what you think! I love receiving and reading your comments, so please share them with me.

You can also find more tips on my blog!”

Megan here! I truly hope these tips are helpful on your next shoot! And I’d love to know if there are any other topics you’re wanting to learn so I can bring them to you!

 

P.S. If you’re in the Dallas area (or will be visiting this summer) and are interested in shooting for your blog or business, I’d love to meet and shoot with you! You can find out more details and book a shoot with me here

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Use natural light to snap your blog photos even when indoors — here

Have you ever planned an outfit or portrait shoot for your blog outside, only to find out it’s actually going to be raining or storming during your shoot? You probably had to either reschedule or move the shoot inside.

This has definitely happened to me a few times, and sometimes shooting inside is the plan from the start.

Either way, shooting inside can sometimes be tricky because you have to work with light in different ways.

I want to share a few ways you can shoot inside for your next blog shoot AND show you one of my favorite indoor blog shoots in Dallas with Ali Hollins of Love You, Mean It.

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Whenever I’m doing a shoot inside, I always try to find the room with the most light. Usually this is the living room, kitchen or sometimes master bedroom but it really just depends on the space.

If you’re shooting at a location other than your home, try to find the room with the most light or the brightest windows.

Depending on the light outside, you can do a few things to control the light coming in from the windows:

  1. If it’s really bright and you want to soften the light a little, you can either close the windows a bit or pull a transparent curtain over the window to help diffuse the light. Usually I leave it completely open unless it’s creating harsh lines in the room, so it’s your personal preference!
  2. If it’s cloudy outside, you can open the windows completely and let all that gorgeousness in because it’s already diffused and even — and you don’t have to worry about any harsh lines coming inside. Usually you’ll see harsh lines if the sun is shining directly in the windows (coming from the east in the morning or the west in the evening).
  3. One lighting tip to remember: You may need to turn off any overhead lighting if it makes your images look too orange or if it creates shadows on your face. You don’t want to mix orange/yellow light from artificial lighting with the cooler light coming in from outside — especially if you’re shooting an outfit since you don’t want to mix colors and make it harder to edit.

For this shoot, I turned off all the lights inside so there was only one source and color of light.

Psst, if you’re wondering how I shoot products and flat lays inside using natural light, you can read my post about it here.

How to Shoot Indoors with Natural Light

How to Shoot Indoors with Natural Light

Once you’ve found the best lighting in your location, there are a few ways you can shoot your portraits using natural light:

Face the Light

You can face directly towards the window light, which will create a more even light on the front of your body and face (like I did with the pictures of Ali at her desk).

Shoot Backlit

Or you can shoot backlit, where the window light is coming from behind you — which will create a really bright background (I personally love shooting this way! See the images with Ali on the couch).

When I shoot this way, I always try to expose (or get the correct lighting) for her face, because that’s the most important part of the portrait.

Shoot at an Angle

If you need to shoot slightly at an angle to the window (let’s say there’s something preventing you from directly facing away or towards the light), you can do this — but if you want to even out the light on your face, need to use a reflector.

You can use the reflector when you’re shooting backlit or at an angle by positioning it opposite the window to bounce the light back on you. Sometimes you have to move the reflector around to see where the best reflection happens.

This is the reflector I use occasionally for shooting portraits inside, and sometimes interiors and products if I need a little extra fill light: the Mini Sun-Bounce Kit. I’ve used it for a couple years and it’s worked really well!

How to Shoot Indoors with Natural Light

If you’re just shooting with one person, you can use a lower aperture since you won’t have to get as much in focus (remember, this is also personal preference).

But if you want to shoot a larger group of people, use a higher aperture like f/5 or f/8 depending on the group, so you can get everyone’s face in focus.

If you’re inside and it’s still too dark even with a reflector, you can also use a tripod or something stable to put your camera on and shoot with a lower shutter speed.

If you use a slower shutter speed and hold the camera, it could cause blurriness in your image. 

Remember, a slower shutter speed equals more light coming into your camera, but you risk having blurry images if it’s too slow. So if you’re just shooting someone standing still, you can take your shutter speed down to 1/125 or 1/80 and that will create a brighter image for you.

How to Shoot Indoors with Natural Light

How to Shoot Indoors with Natural Light

If you’re just shooting the room or a product for example, and using a really slow shutter speed like 1/30, you can also set your camera to the 2-second timer so you can press the shutter and remove your hand from the camera before it takes the picture. That will keep your image from being blurry.

Lastly, if you’re shooting in a really dark location, you can also bring in a flash or continuous light if you want that option. I don’t typically work with flash or continuous artificial light, but this is the light I’d love to have eventually: Westcott Skylux Rapid Box XL Kit.

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I hope these tips help the next time you do a blog shoot inside — and if you have any questions, let me know by leaving me a comment below!

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to use your DSLR camera to shoot for your blog, sign up for my free email course, Shooting With Confidence!

I’ve been shooting with fashion bloggers for 4 years, so I know what it’s like to create images for your blog and I’ve included what I’ve learned from being a photographer for over 7 years into this course.

I didn’t go to school for photography. I learned everything I know by trial and error and lots of practice, so I know you can do it too if you’re willing to put in the effort.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Megan

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Capturing the right angles in your blog shoots can make all the difference in your photos. Here are 3 tips to get the angles you want for your blog.

I was talking with a style blogger a few months ago and she said the one thing she wishes her boyfriend would capture better on their shoots is the right angles.

Shooting with your blogger friends or partner can be hard if you prefer certain angles but they aren’t capturing the images you’re wanting.

I want you to know this is totally normal — especially if they’re not an experienced photographer (yet).

The good news is if you know what types of images you want and can communicate that before your shoot, you’ll be so much closer to getting the images you want.

Here are a three ways you can work with your photographer to get the angles you want:

Would you rather look taller or smaller?

If you would rather look taller than you actually are, have your photographer shoot at waist level or lower. The lower they shoot, the taller and more elongated you will appear. This also typically creates a more dramatic image. This was my preferred way of shooting at NYFW and I loved it!

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If you would rather look smaller, have your photographer shoot at your eye level or slightly above. Shooting at a higher angle can also have a slimming affect on your face and body if that’s your preference.

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Create a shot list before you shoot together

You probably know what angles you like best when it comes to your face and body. Let your photographer know so you both have that in mind while you’re shooting. It can sometimes be hard to communicate what types of images you want, so you can also create an album of images for them to replicate in your own style. I like to create albums on my phone for certain shoots as inspiration, or create a list on my phone to easily access while we’re shooting!

 


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I would create a list of wide shots to set the scene for your shoot, closer full body shots and details depending on what you want to highlight.

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Amanda Bell of Sophisticated Poser

Once you start shooting, don’t be afraid to check the images periodically on their camera and see if there’s anything you want to refine and change as you shoot. It’s better to find out while you’re shooting that something isn’t working so you can adjust the angles or composition.

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Decide what you don’t want in your photos

Whenever I shoot, I try to be very aware of what’s in the background — is there a bright stop sign, construction or something that wouldn’t add to the photo?

Sometimes it’s not possible (especially in NYC!) to avoid distractions but I’ll try to adjust the angle I’m shooting to avoid distractions.

This is something you and your photographer can do anytime you move to a new location. Either that or you can spend a lot of time in Photoshop removing it!

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I think the key to getting great images is communicating with your photographer about what you’re envisioning for your photos.

Don’t worry if your images aren’t perfect the first time — the more you shoot, the more comfortable you’ll get working together and clarifying your style.

Is there anything you struggle with when it comes to getting the right angles during your shoot? If so, hit “reply” to this email and let me know!

P.S. If you’re in Dallas and would like to book a blogger or personal branding shoot with me you can find out more details and book a shoot here!

 


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Do you dream of shooting at New York Fashion Week? In this tutorial, I
This September I packed my (surprisingly small) bag and made my way to New York Fashion Week.
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The first time I went to NYFW was in 2014 and I had no plans or bloggers to shoot with, but I was really looking forward to shooting street style!
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Mary Seng of Happily Grey

This year, I tried to book as many bloggers as I could for the five days I’d be there, and to my absolute surprise, I booked 20!
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Little did I know, I was setting myself up for one of the most exhausting yet exhilarating weeks I’ve had in a long time.
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Shooting with 20 bloggers introduced me to parts of New York City I’d never seen before — which I loved  — but that meant shooting in unexpected lighting and locations.
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(I only got lost on the subway — and cried — a couple of times, so I’d consider that a small victory!)
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In Dallas, I usually have the time to plan for the locations and light we’ll have during the shoot. But in NYC, almost every shoot was in a different location — so I had to adjust my shooting style based on the situation.
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I want to share my experience shooting at NYFW and how I navigated shooting in new locations (mostly with bloggers I’d never met!) so that hopefully it will help you on your next blog shoot!
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Four of the main factors I considered during every shoot 

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1 :: Where is the best light — and how do I deal with harsh or uneven light?
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​​​​​​​Shooting at NYFW meant I was shooting at all times of the day (even at noon), which I usually never do in Dallas! Here’s how I shot with the different types of light throughout the day:
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If the background we wanted to use was in direct light — I would shoot directly towards the sun, but I’d make sure the model’s back was towards the light so the front of her skin and outfit was evenly lit.
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Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle

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Erica Aulds of Erienick

If we were close to tall buildings (which was just about everywhere), I would shoot in the even light on the shaded side of the building. This meant we could shoot in any direction — but one thing I did have to be aware of was light reflecting off the buildings on the opposite side of the street — so I would move the blogger around until I found lighting that was the most even on her.
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Tara Gibson of Jimmy Choos & Tennis Shoes

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Jami Ray of 30A Street Style

If there weren’t buildings to block the light and it was midday, we’d walk to a nearby park or use trees to diffuse the direct light. You can see how the light on her hair is a little softer.
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2 :: Where is the best background — and what do we do if there aren’t great options?
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So after I found the best lighting, I would try to find the best background for us to use. I would try to avoid crowds if possible, and construction, and anything that just wasn’t appealing. If shooting down the sidewalk was a possibility, I would do that — but if there was construction or a lot of people around, I’d shoot at a slight angle towards the building. Sometimes we would have to walk a few blocks, but it was definitely worth it!
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​​​​​​​Lesley Kirkpatrick​​​​​​​ of Blare June (Fun fact: she rented this taxi to use as a prop to shoot with — genius idea!)

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Erica Aulds of Erienick

If possible we would look for something that complemented her outfit. Sometimes we walked a few blocks to find the location. And if there were no great buildings, we’d shoot in the street or angled towards the street to incorporate more of the city.
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Maggie Kern of Polished Closets

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3 :: What if there are crowds everywhere — how do we handle that while shooting?
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I was under no illusion that shooting in NYC would be the same as Dallas. There were crowds almost everywhere we went. We either had to embrace the fact that they weren’t leaving or walk a few blocks to a less crowded area.
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If we shot on the sidewalk by a building, I would occasionally shoot at an angle so that the background was more of the building wall, which would help eliminate people and other distractions in the background.
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If you want to have more bokeh in your photos, shooting down a sidewalk or leaving more room behind the blogger will create more opportunity for bokeh.
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We also found quiet side streets to shoot on and would just wait for people to pass to avoid getting them in the shot. The best way I found to avoid crowds is to shoot early in the morning — one of my shoots was at 7am and the streets and sidewalks were mostly empty which made it much easier!
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4 :: How can I make the shoot look more editorial (and take advantage of the gorgeous NYC locations)?
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I loved shooting at different angles to make the images look more editorial. Shooting at a slightly lower angle tends to look more editorial so I would try to incorporate those shots whenever possible. I would also try to get establishing shots that were further away, and then move in closer to get full body and detailed shots so the bloggers had a variety to choose from.
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Amanda Bell of Sophisticated Poser

Some of my favorite shots show movement, so I tried to incorporate a lot of walking and crossing the street if the space allowed. I would have them sometimes go up and down the curb to get a variety of action shots (you can never take too many)!
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Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle

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Amanda Miller of The Miller Affect

I hope these tips are helpful the next time you’re shooting for your blog! If you have any questions leave a comment below!
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And if you want to get more free blog photography tips (before they hit the blog), sign up below this post!
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P.S. I’m working on something new for fashion bloggers who take their own photos, or who work with their boyfriend/husband/blogger bestie to take their outfit photos. If that’s you, I’d love to get your opinion on a few things! You can go here to find out more!
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In the past month, my husband and I have moved from our one-room apartment into our first home! Complete with a yard, an office for yours truly (currently in renovation, but I’ve been eyeing Target’s decor like crazy) and a tree-lined street which is wonderfully peaceful in the morning.

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I’ve also been able to shoot with some amazing bloggers during the rewardStyle conference and women entrepreneurs in Dallas, and most recently, I got to help teach photography one-on-one to photographers at the Styling & Shooting Workshop hosted by The Meetup Dallas (which you should definitely check out if you’re in the Dallas area).
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(Pssst you can check out all the amazing vendors from this workshop right here!)
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What I loved about that afternoon was meeting photographers who had just started shooting and photographers who had experience shooting in a variety of industries.
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There was no competition there, just encouragement, a desire to learn and lots of beautiful cakes that were begging to have their photos taken.
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And while I love teaching about the technical aspect of photography, there’s another aspect I think you need in order to improve and reach whatever photography goals you have.
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Learning photography and all the beautiful details that come with it is great, yes, but if you don’t believe you can be a great photographer (or a great anything for that matter) — for your blog, business, life in general — then it’s not going to happen.
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You’re going to get frustrated and give up. You’ll compare yourself to others and want to quit (raising my hand here). You may even think what you’re pursuing is dumb at times.
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You HAVE to believe it’s possible and that you can make it happen.
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A few years ago when I was sitting in a Starbucks, I decided I was going to try my best and see what happened with blog photography. Even though it was scary (and I knew a total of zero bloggers at the time).
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And because of that decision and belief, I’ve learned so much about photography, have seen my style improve and evolve, and — like anything worth pursuing — I’ve experienced hard days too.
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It’s not going to be easy to   (insert goal/dream/future)    . But if you believe you can do it, it’s waaaay more likely to happen.
I want to encourage you to believe in yourself, even if:
  1. You don’t know how to shoot in manual (or even what that is). You can learn how manual works and start now with this post I wrote. 
  2. You don’t think anyone would let you take their picture because you don’t have experience, much less a portfolio. You can reach out to a friend or family member and ask if you can take their pictures so there’s no pressure if you’re just starting out (I did this with my sis and it was awesome and there was no stress).
  3. You don’t know where the heck to start with photography. You can read all my blog photography posts and get started here.
  4. You don’t think you could learn how to shoot well. I think anyone with the desire to learn how to shoot can do it. I wasn’t born with any special photography abilities, I just kept practicing and haven’t given up.

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I want you to believe that you can do it.
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And then put in the time and practice until you reach your photography goals. One small milestone at a time.
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Because you can!
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I’ll be sharing more concrete photography tips in the weeks to come and will definitely update you on my office situation. :) If you want to be the first to get them in your inbox sign up below this post!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
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P.S. If you’re ready to learn how to create gorgeous images for your fashion or lifestyle blog, my online photography class The Basics of Shooting for your Blog might be the next step for you.
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Here’s what Bryn Bradshere said after taking the class: 
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“Megan’s Basics of Shooting for Your Blog class is amazing! I started my blog recently and knew nothing about shooting in manual mode. I tried reading manuals and watching videos but nothing made it click until I took Megan’s class! She is a wonderful teacher and has really helped take my blog photography to the next level. Since Megan’s class, my blog traffic has doubled and my following on Instagram continues to grow with every post! Beyond Megan’s technical ability, she is helpful and supportive. She wants you to be successful and to assist you in any way she can. This is a great class and I highly recommend it!”
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