So this was actually a couple of months ago now, but me and my flatmate Hannah decided to do our own little photoshoot to fill a day in lockdown. It was something new to do and took up the whole day, and the results were pretty good! (Head over to her blog to see her photos). We actually planned to do more photoshoots but weirdly ran out of time before we both moved back to our family homes.
DECIDE A THEME
Our theme was TALA Activewear, which if you know me at all you know I’m obsessed with, and I’ve passed that love onto Hannah too – now both of our bank accounts are crying. If you don’t know, TALA is a sustainable and ethical activewear brand founded by Grace Beverley, and they recently celebrated their 1st birthday so are still a very new company but absolutely thriving and incredibly successful already.
I wanted good quality photos in this activewear as I had built up quite a collection (I have even more now and no doubt it will continue to grow) to use on my blog and Instagram, and am so pleased with how they came out.
MAKE YOUR SET
We took all of our photos in this little corner of our lounge. We cleaned up the area, positioned the plants (which are actually grown from TALA tags), added cushions and a throw to the sofa and positioned the B_ND resistance bands in corner and made sure there was plenty of light hitting the spot. Take a few test photos of the area you’re photographing to make sure nothing is out of place!
You might be thinking, I could never do a DIY photoshoot because I’m so awkward in front of the camera. Well, let me tell you the first few photos of me did not turn at well at all because I am INCREDIBLY awkward in front of a camera. It took me a while to find poses and positions I was comfortable in and also that were good angles for me. So if that sounds like you, don’t give up! Keep going and keep experimenting.
TAKE ACTION SHOTS INSTEAD OF POSING
Some of my favourite shots are these ones using the resistance band, I think they look more natural and all I had to do was my favourite exercises and pretend I was teaching a class while Hannah snapped away some amazing shots.
PLAY AROUND WITH FOCUS
So not always looking at the camera! This was something that Hannah made me do so that I relaxed into it a bit more and it definitely worked, I love how these photos came out and were a lot easier to shoot than trying to master that stare down the camera lense. When you’re taking photos like this, make sure you’re actually looking at something and not just staring into the distance.
TAKE INSPIRATION FROM INSTAGRAM
Whenever I didn’t know what pose to try next, I went on some of my favourite influencer pages and tried to replicate the positions that they were in, and it really helped me out! It saved me from having to think of positions to put myself in (which you’d think would come easily to a dancer but apparently not). If you don’t follow many influencers who post that kind of content, your favourite fashion brands should also provide some great inspiration!
You’re probably thinking, that’s all well and good if you have a flatmate who has a great camera and photography skills? Fear not! Don’t be afraid to set up a camera or even your phone on a tripod (or a pile of books/ your TV stand) and use that self timer feature! You could still get some amazing shots that way. Also, don’t think that you need to be a photographer because I am a complete novice and still managed to take some good shots of Hannah!
WHAT I’M WEARING
I haven’t linked these as they’re usually all out of stock, but just for reference:
BLACK ASTER FULL LENGTH TOP – S
BLACK ZINNIA LEGGINGS – S
GREY ZINNIA LEGGINGS – S
SEA ZINNIA LEGGINGS – S
BLACK ZAHARA BRA – XS
PINK ASTER CROP – S
RED VENUS HOODIE – XS
BLUE ZAHARA BRA – S
BLUE HOSTA SHORTS – M
My top tip for getting your hands on TALA items is to constantly check eBay and Depop! I’ve got loads of bargains from there when I’ve been unable to get things in the launches/restocks.
Have you ever done a photoshoot at home before? It might just be one of my favourite things I’ve done in lockdown and now have over 100 photos still to sort through and edit, so you’ll definitely be seeing more from this shoot in future posts. Hopefully we’ll get some more done too!
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