Get a great helper
Whether your helper is a tripod and remote control, or it’s your boyfriend or best friend, you need to know you can trust them. You need to feel comfortable pulling, frankly ridiculous, poses in their presence, but also know that they can capture you at your best angle, so some artistic merit would help. You also need to feel reassured that they’re not going to get bored or impatient. If you’ve got a tripod and remote, make sure they’re good quality – there’s nothing worse than taking your best string of photos, only to find out the remote was on the blink.
Find out what your camera is capable of
Many of us own fantastic DSLR cameras, but we only use one or two of their features. When you know your way around the camera, a whole new world of styles is opened up to you. A few photography classes can really help you to understand how best to use your camera for focussing on a subject, making the most of natural light, and emphasising colour in any way you like.
Choose yourself a perfect background
Your fashion photos aren’t just about your outfit, but about how it interacts with your surroundings. Your white bedroom wall might make the perfect plain backdrop, but if you find a setting which works with your outfit, the whole look becomes far more complete. Whether you’re on holiday or in your hometown, yes, posing for photos in public might be a bit embarrassing, but the quality of the shots will make it totally worth it.
Nail those poses
This is another little thing which, initially, might be quite embarrassing for you, but once you see the results, you’ll never look back. Finding the poses which best suit your body shape, your personality, and your style can be challenging, but a bit of trial and error never hurt anyone, and as long as you and your helper get on well, it can be a right laugh. The real challenge is if you’re using a tripod and remote, as you’ll want all your poses to look great, but also enable you to hide your remote behind your back.
Don’t settle for second best
Finally, the key to perfection is perseverance. Take 50 times more photographs than you need to get the perfect look. Settling for second best only results in discontent, so put the extra work in and get something you love. It might take you hours the first few times to be selective and choose the perfect photographs, but with experience comes speed, so remember: practice makes perfect.