How To Nail Your Photo Styling Like A Pro Photographer

How To Nail Your Photo Styling Like A Pro Photographer | Learn how to master the art of photo styling with tips & tricks from a professional photographer. Amp up your Instagram flatlay game, theme your Instagram & enhance your blog photography all through your photo styling. It's seriously that simple! | Learn more from Elley Charles, a professional photographer turned social media obsessed tech geek & part time blogger. ElleyMae.com

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.


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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!)

You can even try experimenting with colours. I often create colour themed photos over on my Instagram!

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.

 

How To Nail Your Photo Styling Like A Pro Photographer | Learn how to master the art of photo styling with tips & tricks from a professional photographer. Amp up your Instagram flatlay game, theme your Instagram & enhance your blog photography all through your photo styling. It's seriously that simple! | Learn more from Elley Charles, a professional photographer turned social media obsessed tech geek & part time blogger. ElleyMae.com

How To Nail Your Photo Styling Like A Pro Photographer | Learn how to master the art of photo styling with tips & tricks from a professional photographer. Amp up your Instagram flatlay game, theme your Instagram & enhance your blog photography all through your photo styling. It's seriously that simple! | Learn more from Elley Charles, a professional photographer turned social media obsessed tech geek & part time blogger. ElleyMae.com How To Nail Your Photo Styling Like A Pro Photographer | Learn how to master the art of photo styling with tips & tricks from a professional photographer. Amp up your Instagram flatlay game, theme your Instagram & enhance your blog photography all through your photo styling. It's seriously that simple! | Learn more from Elley Charles, a professional photographer turned social media obsessed tech geek & part time blogger. ElleyMae.com

8 Comments

  1. Jan 2017 /

    Awesome post!! I have been thinking about my photos and was just about to google for more tips and tricks. Do you have any tips on using natural lighting?

  2. Jan 2017 /

    love this! So true as well to try create your own style! I love getting inspiration from others but I use to think my photos all had to be black and white or grey and have a theme like everyone else and since I’ve stopped worrying about my theme as much I’ve started to figure out how I like my photos more.

    Stacey x
    http://www.staceylouisewhite.co.uk

  3. Jan 2017 /

    Great post and so helpful! Thank you for all these tips, because I am a beginnner in this field so I am still learning 🙂

  4. Tania
    Jan 2017 /

    This is so true!
    I’ve just recently got into photography and creating your own style is so important, the main thing I’ve found is you have to enjoy it and your not always going to like the final piece. Your photos are amazing!
    Can’t wait for your other tips

    Tania
    http://www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com
    X

  5. Jan 2017 /

    This article was really interesting and I totally agree with you! Yesterday I took a pic using a mirror as platform and the result was quiete good. My only problem is that I do not have a camera but I’m using my smartphone one which is not really good! I have to start to make some researches online to see of there’s a good but cheap camera 🙂

  6. Jan 2017 /

    I find these photography posts so useful as someone who has a bit of flatlay envy when scrolling through Insta.
    I look forward to reading more – especially something in depth about lighting as this is something I reeeaalllyyy struggle with! x

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