Your photos have a lot more to do with your style than you realize. Yes, of course, your actual style is your style. BUT, did you realize that your photos say something about you, as well?
Let’s talk about the top 3 things to consider before taking your photo to chronicle your style. Today is Part One of this series.
Where did you choose to take your photos? Yes, your location says a lot about you and your story.
Did you choose a spot in front of your home? Did you pay attention to the background at all? Are you in an abandoned warehouse? Are you trespassing? Ok, that last one is more for your safety, but you catch my drift.
This photo was taken with intention. It is a spot right in front of my home. The contrast of the brick wall, with the yellow pops in the tank top was exactly what I intended to make this shirt really standout. I am also telling a story. I imagine this boy, who happens to be my son, was out skateboarding in the heat, became extremely thirsty, and chugged the entire mason jar of lemonade on the spot. I'm a big fan of storytelling photography. This photo has just the right amount of edge/urban flavor to go along with the story that I created in my head.
If you want to take a sweet photo of your daughter in a dainty romper, it probably isn’t the best choice to place her next to a wall full of graffiti. This consideration is worth giving some thought.
Do you want a wide open space like a field of green? Do you want to take a photo where your child is the sole subject? Maybe a prop you intend to use will have equal weight in the photo?
Same top, VERY different story. This shot, which happens to be of my daughter, was purposefully taken in a field (a.k.a my backyard). She's a little lady on the run, seemingly having stolen lemons off of a tree, in pursuit of the perfect lemonade drink. She still looks edgy, but softer, with a cleaner, fresher air about her. She's in nature. A girl on the run.
Two photos that tell two very different stories, but with the same tank top. I think it's obvious that two people, with very different styles, can wear the same shirt. But, how do you make it your own? How do you chronicle your outfit?
Shoot with intention. Plan this detail. Choose your location and plan ahead. It will make a world of difference.
And, lastly, it’s alright to have a favorite location, but try to introduce some level of variety. You don’t want your photos to run stale.
Have fun with this one!
What is your favorite spot to plan a photoshoot? What do you think YOUR photo locations say about your style? Are they consistent? Leave your Instagram handle below, with your response and you may see a feature!