How we plan for a photoshoot

Have you ever wondered what’s behind that Instagram picture that you see posted every day? I know I did before I actually starting being one of those people who went out on their day off, just to take the picture for the Gram. I am pretty sure there is no recipe on a single way to plan, but there are a few things that you have to tick off of your check list: location, outfits, time. While the first and last are flexible, and I do enjoy our spontaneous moments – outfits are something that I simply have to plan ahead.

Sunday brainstorming

My favourite day of the week is Sunday. Everything is quiet until midday so then it’s exactly when I take my time to do whatever I want, like a spoilt child. Most times you will find me writing my Monday’s blog post because I like to live on the edge, but if for once I have been better organised, I brainstorm. It is mostly locations, concepts for future photoshoots, I look through magazines, I let myself go down the rabbit hole of internet and wait to get inspired. They say that the only mind that can get inspired is a calm one – so that is pretty much my goal on a Sunday morning.

Location scouting

When we first started doing photoshoots and London was still quite new to me, we used to dedicate an entire day to walking around London, searching for that perfect place to capture. Now we don’t do that anymore, now we decide on a location and then do micro-scouting around. As a measure of precaution, we always have a plan B. There is nothing worse than being in the mood to shoot and wasting your time on finding locations. I even have a Pinterest board that is called exactly that: places to shoot. OK, they are mostly outside of London, in places where I hope I will go one day, but that is me keeping myself inspired.

Outfit 101

After doing this for 2 years we realised: one of the best keys to a successful photoshoot is to have our outfits well organised. And when I mean well organised, I mean a flat-lay of each outfit with jewellery and shoes of which I take a picture. If there are only 3 outfits that we are shooting that day, we don’t organise this thoroughly, but if there are more, we need to. Because most times I glamorously change in the back of the car, there is no space to get creative on the spot, so having everything already put together is what helps us.

One tip that might help you – sometimes we search for the location to fit the outfit, other times, like a picture you will soon see on Instagram (if you follow me there) is when I knew that we are going to shoot in front of a blue house, so I wanted a pastel yellow anything for my outfit. It turned out I found a pastel yellow skirt that gave me summer vibes…when it only just got spring in London.

These are the main things that we need to organise ahead when we plan for a photoshoot to happen but then there are many other small things that do matter: hair and makeup – even though these are easy to adapt, full camera batteries, having quick bites with you – nothing makes me hungrier than shooting – ok, maybe dancing and the most important of all, keep yourself in a good mood.

Kisses!

photoshoot / alexandra palace / spring in london / maxi dress / floral dress / miss casual
DRESS – Asos
Jewellery – TruFlair
photoshoot / alexandra palace / spring in london / maxi dress / floral dress / miss casual
photoshoot / alexandra palace / spring in london / maxi dress / floral dress / miss casual

P.S. You can check if the weather is nice if you want…or you can make it work 😛

A Bohemian Rhapsody | The maxi dress

Now this is something that I almost never wear in the summer, but wear almost the entire season of autumn: a maxi dress. When the change of season takes me by surprise and I can’t yet get myself to bundling up under layers of layers of clothes, I am usually cheating with a maxi dress. I especially prefer the ethnic look when it comes to them, I believe these ones suit the season the best.

When I was little and in school, we always had to do creative essays about autumn. I remember that absolutely all of us had to mention the change in the colour of the leaves, how they sounded under our feet, the smell of dry leaves, the shorter days and so on. Then a big part in the essay would be about food. The biggest part actually was about the food…and the fruits. And grandmas know best that with fresh fruits come a lot of cakes. It used to be divine. Not as nice as Christmas was, but autumn through the eyes of a child did have a bit of magic.

All that is real and we can experience it right here and now, but another part of reality is that the weather is unpredictable. We need to add layers of clothes to keep warm. So I go back to the maxi dress. What better way to hide layers of warm boring clothes, than underneath a beautiful bohemian maxi dress? You can easily put on a pair of tights, wear over the knee boots, a leather jacket, a turtle neck sweater, even a chunky sweater on top with maybe a belt to accentuate your waist. It is really surprising how I would almost never consider wearing a maxi dress during the summer but when autumn comes, I am all about them.

Another thing about autumn: for me, just like spring, is the time for re-invention. I feel like I have more time to catch up with everything, I start doing all of the things I thought of during during summer when I was too busy to, time to reflect and time to cook. This last one is a very new subject for me – thank you Tasty for all the time spent together:)

I was mentioning that autumn is the time when I dare doing those things I thought about so much previously. A year ago, after months and months of doubt, we started the blog. We have already been taking Instagram pictures on a regular basis, but I had doubts that anybody would be interested in anything I wrote. But then I was encouraged to continue by people like you, who do read my blog. A big thank you.

It is not time for Thanks Giving yet and we don’t really celebrate it over here, but that is exactly how I feel during autumn, grateful for all the thing that happened and the people I have around…and grateful for the existence of maxi dresses that allow me to layer an entire tent underneath if I wanted to.

Wine stained kisses!

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

DRESS – Zara

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