Taking Outfit Photos When You’re Awkward AF

How to take outfit photos

OK. So a little while ago I did a blog post all about how I’d never be a fashion blogger. I stick by those words. But I have to admit, I do enjoy doing a post with actual photos of me in it. Not because I’m hella conceited (cos lol, really?!), but because I think having more of *me* on *my* blog makes it more personal and more human for you guys. Would you agree?

So while I’m not going to start creating posts all about an outfit I wore, I am going to carry on sharing these sorts of photos where I pose awkwardly in my garden…especially with this lush weather we’ve been having lately.

If you’d have told me a year ago that I was going to start taking these sorts of snaps, I’d have laughed in your face tbh. Posing just isn’t really me, but I’ve found it surprisingly easy to start feeling more at ease now, so I thought I’d share a few tips on how to take outfit photos when you’re as awkward as I am. So, y’know, not posing in front of pastel coloured walls in the local town…but instead finding a corner in your garden that isn’t covered in weeds.

I’ll add the disclaimer here that I’m fully aware that my outfit photos are pretty far from pristine, so if you want schooling in taking proper outfit pics, you may want to venture elsewhere…

Finding a passable background

Whoa there – a “passable” background?! YES. If you’re just starting out taking outfit photos, you may never take your first one because how often do you really stumble across the perfect background that isn’t in an inconvenient place? If you’d prefer to take the photo somewhere private with your tripod, a willing partner or just something sturdy to balance your camera on, then try your garden fence, shed or side of your house. I’ve used all of these in recent shots and while they’re not exactly #glam, I’m still pleased with the result.

Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident

This probably goes without saying, but you want to be wearing an outfit that you feel really good in. In the photo above, those trousers are my absolute favourite and I like how they fit. The same goes for the top. The outfit might not exactly be super duper fashionable, but it’s super duper me and I think that shines through much better in photos than someone dressing a way they wouldn’t usually dress in actual real life.

Don’t overthink your posing

The first time me and Liam were taking outfit photos for fun (a glimpse into us as a couple lol), I was overthinking how to pose and it just didn’t work. Then he made me laugh while taking the photo and the result is the picture you see over to the right in my sidebar. It’s one of my favourite photos of me, and it goes to show that the more you relax, the better the result.

Get to know your self-timer settings

On my camera (Canon G7X), I can set the self timer to take multiple shots which is really handy for trying out a few poses and then searching through the results for the best one. A lot of cameras will also have remote controls you can buy – but you may want to wait and see if outfit photos are going to be a regular occurrence before investing in one.

Just a tip about self timer – don’t make any drastic movements when doing multiple shots, as they’ll end up really blurred and unusable!

Try, try and try again!

You aren’t going to love every photo you take. In fact, you might hate some – I know I have! Keep trying out different poses, outfits, backgrounds until you’re happy with the output.

Practice how you want to stand and your facial expression until you’re set on what you like – and don’t be afraid to repeat the same look and feel across photos if it’s one you’re partial to! I like the “stood against the wall while leaning forward and laughing like a loon at nothing”. Give it a go. You might like it too.

So there we have it – a few tips for if you want to start taking outfit photos. Happy snapping!



  1. June 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I had this problem earlier in the week as I’ve been sent some t-shirts I wanted to be photographed wearing. I’ve never liked posing or having my photo taken but especially since my body has changed post-baby. I avoid looking in mirrors for long periods of time and when I see photos of myself I remember – I don’t always associate myself with having that body. I always have to be doing something while being photographed and not actually pose so I feel less awkward, so poor Luke has to take dozens just to get one or two I’m happy using.

    • Cat
      June 18, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      I take SO many photos before I’m remotely happy with the result! But the same goes for any blog photography I do, I guess! I don’t like overly posed photos in general and much prefer more ‘candid’ ones, which aren’t always the easiest to create when really you are posing but pretending not to!

  2. June 18, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Ah you have some fab tips here!!! I must admit there is a part of me that would really love to do fashion posts but I would need a passable background like you suggested and I don’t really! Maybe one day!! Haha! Really good post dear!!!xx


    • Cat
      June 18, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you – glad you enjoyed the post! You probably do have a good enough background as they really don’t have to be perfect. Give it a go!

  3. June 19, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Yes! I loved this. As a fellow awkward nerd this has given me some encouragement. So far the only photos I like of myself have been a couple my Fiancé took of me with his iPhone on portrait mode.

    Totally agree with the feeling comfortable in your clothes thing. One of my fave pics of myself I’m wearing a Batman jumper and camo jacket. If I was wearing something that wasn’t me, it would show right away on camera.


    • Cat
      June 19, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Haha, thank you! I’m glad it’s been encouraging…us awkward nerds must stand together!

      It’s all about feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing… and if that’s a Batman jumper and camo jacket then you are v v cool in my eyes!

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