About 18 months ago I started following a few fashion blogs which soon lead me to start an Instagram account and then I quickly discovered the #everydaystyle hashtag – OMG real women sharing their outfits each day!! How good is it to see the latest trends and wardrobe ideas on real women!! Models do a great job but seeing other women I can relate to sharing their style and daily outfits has provided the most fantastic inspiration.
I can get ideas from women with similar lifestyles, climate and body shape to me. I also love seeing how different some women’s style is to mine and the impact this has. It’s definitely made me enjoy trying new styles and finding new ways to wear my clothes. So I decided to join this fabulous community and share my outfits too!
Taking a little bit of time to plan and create an outfit each day is the little thing I enjoy doing to make me feel good. Sometimes I plan my outfit the night before, sometimes I grab it on the go. I try to make the time amongst the breakfast shenanigans, getting the little lords dressed, packing snacks and doing the laundry to take a quick photo and I then share it on Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes I only have 5 minutes to take the photo so I’ll share it later in the day when I have some time. Some days I have clean hair and make-up on and somedays I have neither. But I still enjoy sharing my pics and getting involved.
This is the first outfit photo I ever shared – my photography skills were pretty impressive ha ha!
And here is a recent pic showing much better use of light, angle and space!
If you’re keen to join in and share your outfits which I highly recommend, here’s how I take my photos if you’re interested. This is an express session I’ve come to perfect in 5 mins max.
- Install a timer app on your iphone (I use Timer Camera)
- Set up the phone using a tripod or steady support – hello recycling bin and shoe boxes (see pic below)
- Get the angle right – chest height seems to give the best angle
- Press the camera button (I like to set it to the 15 second option before the pic is taken)
- Stand back approx 3m so you get the full outfit in
- Try to get a fairly plain backdrop so the focus is on your outfit
- Morning or afternoon light seems to work best for me but sometimes I take whatever I can get and I use the filters in Instagram to add more light
- Play around with poses and you’ll start to work out which ones you like best. I prefer to look to the side as I don’t like the front-on angle on me so much
- My timer app doesn’t have a square format option so I open my pic in a photo editing app (I like Little Moments) then save as a square format for Instagram
- Upload to Instagram and Facebook and share your style!
I recently attended a lovely lunch hosted by Olympus and Styling You where we learnt about their latest and greatest digital camera (the PEN E-PL7), practised selfies and discussed posing for photos. Here are some of Nikki from Styling You’s top tips:
- Use natural light
- Tilt your head on an angle in a close up selfie
- Tilt your chin out and slightly up
- Placing hands on hips creates space between your body and arms
- Crossing your legs can narrow the line of your body (but beware if wearing dark pants as it can give a tree trunk effect)
- Play around with poses and work out what works best and feels right for you
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll notice I often don’t look at the camera and I often have my hands in pockets or on hips. This seems to be my happy pose place so now when I go to take outfit poses, I can get one I’m happy with fairly quickly (which is important on the days I’m racing off to daycare then work!).
One of Nikki’s top tips is to face to the side, place a hand on your hip and look back towards the camera. Here is my attempt. It feels a bit odd at first but it does give a narrower look to your body line – win.
For more tips and inspiration view the full post on How to pose for photos by Styling You.
Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid was also at the event and she has done a fabulous wrap-up of the tips we learnt – Getting Selfie with Styling You
Ingrid from Fabulous and Fun Life has also written a great post – 10 Tips Learnt at the Styling You Selfie Workshop
So do you ever share your outfit photos? Have I helped inspire you to start? I hope so xox