Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners

Tips for Beauty Blog Photography Beginners

Since I’ve started blogging I’ve learned that it isn’t just about writing helpful reviews or articles anymore. Visual content is a huge part of blogging now and having images that really catch people’s attention is extremely important if you want to keep them coming back for more so here are some tips for anyone new to beauty blogging photography that is really useful for anyone!

Tips for Beauty Blog Photography Beginners

 Invest in editing

I’ve spoken about some free editing (and graphic designing!) tools here, but let me just stress the importance of editing. It can make a world of difference. I hardly get any natural lighting in my house (so bummed), but I try to make do and then edit my photos so I can at least fake it. There have been plenty of times where I take a photo and think it’s amazing and that it doesn’t need a boost, but even a tiny bit of editing can really improve your photos. I’ve realized that editing tools are even more important than having a fancy camera so definitely play around with editing to up your photography game. If you’d like to learn more about how I edit my photos then let me know! Call me, beep me, gram me, whatever..

Tips for beauty blog photography beginners
Tips for beauty blog photography beginners

Use natural light

I am a stubborn person. If someone gives me advice, it tends to go in one ear and out the other (sorry mom), but I’ve gotten better at listening to, and implementing, the advice I am given. I never used to believe everyone when they said that natural light was everything, but after being a strictly artificial light girl and then playing with natural light, I can tell you that nothing beats natural light so if you can, take advantage of it! Artificial light isn’t badthis post was completely done with artificial light— but, natural light just can’t be beat.

YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick
YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick on left in artificial light
YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick
YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick in natural light

Figure out your aesthetic

This is really important simply because you want your photographs to be cohesive and flow with your brand. This has also been one of the hardest parts about photography for me because I love so many different styles of photography–minimal, colorful, pastel, etc. So, play around and figure out your aesthetic. Personally, I just like to keep my photographs bright and love white space (am I basic or what?)

Tripod, tripod, tripod

Regardless of whether you’re using a swanky DSLR camera or your good old smart phone, invest in a tripod! I have pretty shaky hands (thank god I didn’t pursue the medical field!) and shaky hands can cause your photographs to be blurry. Invest in a tripod that fits your budget and really take advantage of it so your photos are crisp and clear.

Play around with props

Props really upped my photographs because it makes them more aesthetically pleasing. I love lifestyle product flatlays and photos because they really give the image more depth and personality, and that is what will keep people coming back for more. You don’t need to use a ton of props to make a photo better. Personally, I don’t like to use a lot of props–just one or two– but do what you like! If you need some prop ideas and inspiration, I gotchu.

Spring/Summer Favorites Tag. Spring and summer makeup favorites featuring YSL Oil in Tint, MAC Razzledazzler, Stila cream blush and Roses de Chloe

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! We all have to start somewhere and just remember that you can only get better with your skills the more you practice and make mistakes. I’m no photography expert. In fact, I still get extremely frustrated at time, and maybe even shed a few tears when I can’t get my photographs to look just right. But, it’s all about livin’ and learnin’– right? So do not be afraid to make mistakes; you’ll grow from them!

Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners
Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners

I MEAN… if the example above is anything… practice will definitely help and if I can do it YOU definitely can too!


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