As someone who loves stories, it is really amazing that I didn’t get into blogger photography sooner. Each session is telling a different story with a stage, a costume, and some guided posing. It’s a whole different kind of fashion photography and portrait work but I love the challenge. Every blogger has a different story to tell with a different style to their brand and I want to help each and every one of them shine.
Denver has a huge growing network of bloggers, it’s one of the reasons I started the Networking Shoot. I want to help bloggers grow their brands and speak to their audiences. Having great photography on their websites is the very first step. To start off I like to get to know a blogger and their reasoning for starting their blog. Knowing more of their story and who they are, helps me better match their story to their audience. I always look for locations that fit their brand and represent them while matching the outfit (you don’t want things to compete, but to compliment). And then, of course, my favorite part, we start shooting.
I let the blogger model start off with some of their usual poses and let us both get comfortable in our roles. The more I can see how they pose and how comfortable they are in front of the camera, the better feel I can get for where to take this shoot. I’ll give instructions for movements, poses or small corrections to make natural looking poses that don’t feel forced but make you feel like you’re right in front of them. Having approachable photos that resonate with the audience is what makes a great blog post.
Cara from Never Skip Brunch was looking to show off a new Fall look in an environment that was a little different from her usual city photos. We drove for over 45 minutes looking for the sunflower fields near DIA (Denver International Airport) and were a little disappointed to find that they were past their prime. However, a sunflower is a sunflower and we weren’t going to miss this opportunity.
Cara had one main outfit with a few accessory changes and a lot of spirit and laughs. Her personality stands out from the masses and she never leaves home without her signature lipstick. Needless to say, Cara knew what she was doing and was a pro at posing and making my job super easy. Every now and then I’d give her a new pose to try or tweak one to make sure she was showing off her best side in every shot.
One of my biggest goals when it comes to blogger photography is to make sure the full story and outfit are shared. I take wide shots that show the whole outfit together along with the background, giving you more of an idea of where she stood and what she was up to. This also sets the scene for where to wear an outfit like this or even tells you a little more about the blogger themselves. In the case of this shoot, the open road and open fields help showcase the season of Fall. They also give the sense of freedom and being a free spirit, which really connected with my idea of Cara. I then get in closer and closer showing individual pieces of the outfit all the way to the details of it (the accessories). I want the bloggers I work with to have enough material to really show off the look on their blog as well as have plenty of photos that stand out individually to share on social media.
My blogger photography is a new addition to Katie Leigh but I’m so excited to be working with bloggers and expanding the term “Lifestyle Brands”. If you’re a blogger looking to get some photography done for your blog feel free to reach out to me or check out what you get in a blogger shoot on my packages page (HERE). As with all my portrait shoots $10 from your shoot will be donated to charity as a way to help create a better story for others too.