Photo styling can be a serious challenge when you have no idea where to start.
How many props should I add? Do I own enough props? Where do I put the main item? Why don’t my photos look like hers?
These are all questions I’ve heard from bloggers from all over the globe. Too often I find talented bloggers worrying too much about their photos looking like someone elses when instead, they should be focusing on their own style.
Without sounding like a nasty pastie, one of the most important tips I can give you when it comes to photo styling is to do what you want to do.
Don’t be a sheep. Don’t follow the pack.
Just because everyone else is using marble backgrounds doesn’t mean you have to. (Not stabbing at anyone who uses marble, I use marble hehe)
You just do you.
When I first started blogging, I had no idea about photo styling when it came to products.
Sure, I’d shot hundreds, maybe even thousands, of portraits before. But products? Nope!
I just threw my items on whatever surface was available and snapped away from birds eye view and called it a day.
Little did I know that within half a year I would be receiving question after question, day after day, about photography & styling in particular. Yikes! Times have changed.
You see, no one is born a professional when it comes to photography. We learn from our experiences after all. So experiment with colour, experiment with layouts & most of all, actually enjoy experimenting!
So, without further ado, here’s a few photo styling tips I wish I had of known sooner.
Create A Props Stash
Props don’t have to be expensive.
In fact, some of my favourite props are actually from around the house! Clothing, high heels, handbags, rugs & blankets, jewellery, hair ribbons & general home decor.
I know that a lot of you probably think that I’m full of *crap* right now because you might have seen Ikea drawers on Snapchat. But…. Let me just say that my collection of props has been gathered over time.
Being a naturally creative person, I love collecting little trinkets, ribbons and all sorts of pretty things. So, I guess you could say I have an excuse. *cough*
Choose A Theme
Have some kind of story behind each photo.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a new skincare range you’re trying, a pair of shoes or your handbag collection.
Try and look at the photo as a visual, photographic story. Add some life with textures, plants or even yourself (a hand will do the trick!)
Be careful not to overdo it with colours & patterns though. Using bright colours, bold patterns and loads of textures in the one shot can be too much. Why not even go the opposite and create a monochrome shot like this one?! Mmmmm monochrome..
Keep It Simple
Avoid clutter and don’t over think it.
Play around with your props – add in a few, take a shot and see how it looks. No good? There’s no need to stress, you can just take a few out and take a new shot.
You see, styling your photos isn’t always as simple as nailing it the first time. In fact, it’s very rare that I lay out my background, set up my props and get the perfect shot first go.
Don’t Forget To Be Yourself
I said this earlier, but this could be the most important tip I’ve ever given here on my blog.
When it comes to styling, there really is no right or wrong way to do it. What works for me might not work for you. What works for you might not work for me.
Play around with props, backgrounds and whatever else tickles your fancy. If you think it works, I say go for it! Every photo you capture is giving you more experience. The more experience you have, the better!
You do you.