DIY Photoshoot: TALA Activewear

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!

 

GET COMFORTABLE

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!

SELF TIMER

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

TALA Website

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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35 Comments

  1. I’ve wanted a tala set for ages now!! Really want the cool gray ones but just can’t seem to find them anywhere. You look stunning in the blue ones they really suit you. Lovely little photoshoot x

    1. Thank you! I love the cool grey too but definitely seems to be a bit harder to come by – definitely keep an eye on depop though!

  2. Love this! When I don’t have someone to help me I’ll definitely do this process!

    1. It’s so much easier than I thought haha!

  3. All these photos were so cute πŸ’–

  4. 100% agree and these shots look great! In addition to being a blogger, I’m also a model and have been struggling not working with any photographers since quarantine began. On the bright side, this has given me a chance to work on my own photography skills! In addition with working on self timer, you can also get a selfie stick with a small remote that takes your picturesπŸ₯°
    Love it girl great photos!!

    1. Thank you! I’ve seen some really cool video call photography shoots people have done – have you tried anything like that? Lockdown has definitely bought us some new experiences!

  5. I’ve been seeing lots of your photos on your Instagram so it was great to see a behind the scenes post! I’ve considered buying a few TALA products before but have been put off either by price or reviews. I’m assuming by this post that you’re a big fan but do you have any cons?? I defo need to try something like this myself sometime soon!

    1. Thank you for reading! I genuinely think they are worth the price considering they are sustainable and ethically made etc. I did have an issue with a pair of leggings getting a hole in but I just sewed it up haha. Honestly think I just stretched and struggled a bit too much getting them on. The only thing I really dislike about it is how pricey the postage is! So I’d never just order one thing, to make it more worthwhile. Hope that helps!

  6. Thank you for sharing this post πŸ˜‡
    It’s really useful for photoshoots….

    JENISH | https://knowafactfromj.blogspot.com

  7. Love these photos! I tend to have to do a makeshift photoshoot when I have blog photos to take because I’m the only one in my house that really understands how I want the photos to look. Plus I am SO AWKWARD in front of a camera that I’d rather just do it myself. You look fab – love that activewear!

    1. Totally get that, at home I’ll be doing the self timer option because I wouldn’t ever get my family to take photos of me haha!

  8. These photos are great! I have a number of items from TALA which I absolutely love, it’s my favourite activewear brand! x

  9. I love your photo’s Lauren! I also love the activewear you’re wearing, this is one activewear brand I haven’t heard of before and I’ll be checking their website! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Thanks for reading! It’s my favourite brand ever at the moment, definitely give their Instagram a follow too πŸ™‚

  10. Lovely photos!
    I’m definitely going to check out the Tala website.
    Thanks for bringing it to my attention πŸ˜€

  11. I love taking my own photos and it’s so much fun. I’m a blogger and no one in my family wants to follow me around to take pictures. I finally broke down and bought myself a tripod it was the best discussion, but I use to carry a chair with me before I had it πŸ˜‚

    1. haha I love that! A good stack of books works wonders too πŸ˜‰

  12. Oh my, I love this idea. I have no space in my house to take any nice photos but hopefully moving soon and there’s plenty of opportunity to take them in the new house. I have a tripod and Bluetooth shutter as well!! Can’t wait to give this a go x

    1. I need to get a new bluetooth shutter, mine broke! Excited for you to do shoots in your new house!

  13. This post was so fun to read! I definitely relate to the self timer point – I will literally prop my phone up using just about anything I can find in the house 🀣 100% right about the action shots as well! It’s so hard to pose an exercise! Also I absolutely adore this activewear I need some!!

    1. Yes me too! The most random things make great tripods!

  14. During lockdown I have done loads of photoshoots indoors initially using self timer then got a tripod with a bluetooth button to capture so I use that a lot and have used it outdoors too. Great post x

    1. I had one of those but the bluetooth button broke so I can’t do that part anymore which is annoying! Self timer shoots are just as fun though!

  15. Wow! What a fun quarantine activity! Those outfits are so cute and I totally want some now. Luckily, I am currently living in Cambodia so my online shopping urges have been seriously curbed. I used to love receiving those little fitness outfit subscription boxes! The all black and blue/grey outfits look fantastic on you!

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve had fitness outfit subscriptions in the past too it’s so addictive!

  16. Great tips! I tried my first photo shoot at home with a self timer the other day, I felt so awkward but actually it was pretty fun in the end! πŸ’•

    1. I felt super awkward at first with this one too but eventually relaxed and ended up enjoying it!

  17. Great photos and great tips for a photo shoot too!

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