BRAVING THE HEAT
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be more than aware that I recently went on holiday to Tenerife. Though it was supposed to be a bit of post-university R&R, I packed a heaving suitcase full of clothes, as I knew that I’d be itching to shoot on location in the beautiful Canary Islands. It makes a nice change from the monochrome streets of London, right? However, styling it up in the sunshine isn’t as easy as all of those Instagram girls make it look. Being infamously difficult in the heat, I was a little concerned that it would be less bronzed goddess, more ‘sun, sea and A&E’! However, despite all my worries, the photos we took in Tenerife are some of my favourites, and I can’t wait to share them with you in the near future. With all this in mind, in today’s post I thought I’d share 5 tips for taking blog photos on holiday, though with the British weather at the moment, it’ll work equally well here at home!
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USE THE SHADOWS
In Britain, Ollie and I are always looking for overcast but bright days when shooting outfits. However, it’s very unlikely that you’ll get that kind of weather on a beach break, so it’s time to make the best of what you’ve got, which is hopefully blue skies all round! Shooting in direct sunlight is not only hot and sweaty, but it can make for some very unflattering shadows in bizarre places. To counter this, try using shadows to your advantage. Pose under a palm tree to create tiger stripes straight out of a fashion editorial, or use the sunlight behind you to create some stunning light effects.
SUNGLASSES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
It seems painfully obvious, but sunglasses are the key to nailing your holiday #OOTD, though maybe not for the reasons you might expect. Aside from protecting your peepers from harmful UV rays and adding the finishing touch to your summer outfit, sunglasses hide all manner of sins! In the majority of the photos I took on holiday, I wasn’t wearing a lick of mascara, let alone eyeshadow or liner! Nobody wants grubby black marks around their eyes, either from sweat or swimming. Solution? Don’t bother! Just throw on a pair of sunnies instead – sorted!
USE YOUR SURROUNDINGS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Explore your surroundings to discover the perfect shooting location. Bonus points if it complements your outfit! And no, it doesn’t have to be fancy! For example, our hotel was mostly surrounded by building work and rough terrain, but there were loads of amazing photos spots within walking distance. Whether it was the colour complement between the pink of my shirt and the green monstera leaves in these photos, or the warm reds and oranges contrasted against the monochrome in my last set, I made the most of the colour and contrast options available. From colourful walls to lush greenery to Instagram perfect beaches, there was an option for every outfit I had brought with me, so get out of your hotel and explore!
TRY A DIFFERENT TIME OF DAY
We shot two or three outfits a day when we were in Tenerife, mostly in the midday sun and the golden hour. In the middle of the day, we were staying out of the direct sunlight and using the shadows, like I mentioned above. However, the golden hour may be the best time to take photos in a hot climate, because not only is it a little bit cooler towards the end of the day, but the long evening rays make for the most beautiful warm light. The harsh contrast and saturated colours aren’t great for the street style shots I usually like to emulate, but I wasn’t in usual circumstances, so I used the golden hour’s dramatic editorial effect to my advantage as much as possible.
DITCH THE PERFECTIONISM
When working in difficult conditions, sometimes you’ve got to accept that things might not turn out as planned, so learn to ditch the perfectionism! For example, when I’m shooting outfits in Britain, I usually like to style my hair with heat, but there was no way I was putting a hair dryer anywhere near my body in those temperatures! Instead, I learned to embrace the beach waves and accept that it might not look great. Similarly, I spent less time posing and didn’t even review the shots until the end of the day. I won’t be using some of my photos from Tenerife, because quite frankly, they’re a bit rubbish! I’m not sweating it though – literally!
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How do you handle taking photos in the heat? What are your tips for shooting blog photos on holiday?