A pause kept occurring; the sun managed to blaze through the clouds in short repetition. The unpredictability confused the passers-by. As I sat on a bench and gazed upon Green Park, I saw a woman dressed to perfection. “She is a fashion blogger”, I told my friend. “And she is doing a fashion shoot”.
Dressed in all black; her Chanel bag hung from her wrist and to the front of her. Her coat looked as luxurious as her boots. A photographer was missing, but her partner seemed educated enough to know the right angles.
Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live – Gianni Versace
At first glance, I hate to admit that a pang of insecurity swept through my nearly wiped-off lipstick and hair that the wind styled – post blow-dry. I was taking photos for my blog as well, but I didn’t look that well put-together.
From the moment my shoes touched down in Covent Garden, I saw phones snapping in every direction. There were tourists excited to stand and pose by landmark buildings and statues. There were friends huddling in desperation to all fit into a selfie. Some people walked and snapped themselves at the same time – not quite sure why.
My white shirt
I was there to greet my friend and visit the National Portrait Museum. We grabbed lunch after and decided to sit by Trafalgar Square.
As everyone is aware, if you are with me and I like my outfit, you will be a photographer. Though I only like a few snaps and then moving on. I actually find the act of posing for images quite boring; too much can ruin a day.
When I’m relaxed, jeans and a shirt are my uniform – Monica Bellucci
It was Audrey Hepburn who signified my love for this classic piece. For years I stopped buying anything that remotely appeared too sophisticated or smart, having been told that I dress too formal.
I’m over that fear now. My jeans are always from River Island – only they fit me well, and my jacket is from Warehouse. The earrings are Chanel; an old Christmas present from my dad.
Stand in obvious shots
London is a great place for a fashion shoot, because if you feel nervous about posing with others in view, here you will blend right in.
Typical attractions are ideal. So many others were wanting images by Trafalgar Square, that no one noticed me.
Lighting is key
Outdoor lighting can be unfriendly. In the day-time, my focus is ensuring that I’m not squinting or that the sun is not half on my face – creating shadows.
Sunset is a beautiful time to take a picture. If you see in my: makeunder post , I was slightly too late and the lighting went dark. My trick was to add an orange tint to the background – VSCO highlight tint.
Considering how many people will be walking down one street in London, you don’t want ‘photo-bombers’ interrupting. Therefore, being quick and moving fast will work when you are not in the mood to wake up before the streets overcrowd.
A slight contradiction to my first tip, however if you want a little privacy, don’t go to the well-known tube stops. Instead of Hyde Park, I went to Green Park.
Do you have any fashion shoot tips? Have you done a fashion shoot in London before for your blog?
If you loved this, read: How I Shoot my Selfies