A few weeks ago, Pink Clove’s PR company got in touch, asking if I’d like to review a couple of their plus size dresses. Now, I very nearly turned the opp down for a couple of reasons. I don’t tend to describe myself as plus size, being a size 16 and so able to shop in most shops, and I am not very good in front of the camera (I’m ace behind it though!) BUT I threw caution to the wind and said yes. Then my dresses arrived and I loved them, and I spent the next two weeks working out how to make sure my photography for this post was as good as the shots I produce for clients through Laura Haley Photography. Because I shoot other people through the business, I knew I’d be too controlling to let someone else shoot me, and so I headed out with my Pink Clove dresses and two bags full of shoes, jackets and camera equipment to take my own outfit shots. I thought I’d share a few tips on how to do this yourself, from someone who has just started this to someone who will hopefully be inspired by this post to start.
Choose your location carefully
As a photographer I always have an image in my head of how I want my shoot to look. There’s no point going to somewhere really busy if you want to be the only person in the shot, and if you’re a self conscious person I’d recommend a very quiet location, at least for your first few shoots. Think about whether you have a theme you want to stick to (like hellomissjordan, who has an Instagram full of pink, princessy vibes-I can’t see her choosing the location I did today, because it just doesn’t match her style) and think about how you’re going to get to where you’re going. If you’re planning that hard to get to, three buses away place on a Sunday, you’re going to find it takes you ages to get there.
Get a camera with a remote
Even though I’ve done two outfit posts before with a selfie stick (just WHAT was I even doing?) to get decent outfit shots without another person you’re going to need a camera you can pop on a tripod and use with a remote. My Olympus Pen, a fairly new purchase, is great for this-and the ability to take photos of myself was my main reason for buying it. Much as I love my Canon 1200D, it is not the one when it comes to self portraits, as it just doesn’t have the capability.
The majority of photos I got on this shoot are of me clowning around. I’m not a model, I can’t pose and the high fashion style stuff I attempted looked terrible. But the photo of me pretending to balance on some bricks looks great. I took lots and lots of photos, trying all sorts of silly poses and faces, as well as more sensible, fashion style poses. And then I just kept the best ones, ending up with around 20% of the shots I took.
My clients always bring multiple outfits so we can shoot for a few posts and a lot of Instagram content in the one session. I wanted to make sure I showed off the Pink Clove dresses to their full potential and so took five different things to wear with the black dress and five pairs of shoes/boots. In the end I didn’t shoot everything, but I plan to shoot the remaining bits at another location in the future. I also took different makeup so I could amend my face for each outfit, and make my shoot really productive. It’s worth listing the things you want to shoot and making sure every little detail is perfect, or you’ll kick yourself later.
Put your camera onto auto
As a photographer, I ALWAYS shoot in manual mode, as I can quickly edit my settings to best suit each shot. When shooting photos of myself, though, I’d have to keep walking back to the camera to amend each time and this would massively slow me down, so I switched to auto. This meant that every shot was useable, lighting wise, and I could shoot over and over at the same part of the site, without having to keep adjusting anything. And, lets face it, no one actually KNOWS what setting you had the camera on when they see the finished shot.
The Pink Clove dresses kindly sent to me feature in all of these photos, and I hope you agree they’re both gorgeous. They’re also good value, the Sammy polka dot dress costs £24 and the black midi dress £14. The Veronica black dress also comes in blue, pink, grey and red-I’m tempted to grab another one to be honest. Each dress is comfortable, flattering to my curves (Pink Clove caters for size 16 to size 28 and their clothes are designed for women with boobs and a bum-so they fit me well!) and they’d make great holiday dresses. If you’re in the market for something new and you’re a size 16 or bigger, definitely check them out-I will be a long term customer of theirs for sure.
Have you taken outfit photos by yourself before? Have you heard of Pink Clove?
*Both dresses featured in this post were provided free of charge by Pink Clove in return for this post. All words, opinions and photographs contained in this post are my own