In a world where apps like instagram are king, and easily digestible, quick view content is in demand, good imagery is vital, and,  if you are fashion or beauty blogging, is probably the most important aspect of your content.
If you're starting out, this can seem a bit daunting, particularly if you are comparing yourself to professional or experienced bloggers using very techy equipment (which is never helpful). But, it actually isn't that difficult, or expensive, to create decent imagery when starting. 
Camera phones are absolutely amazing for this reason. Most phones these days have pretty high spec cameras (some are even as good as digital cameras), and the wide availability of apps means that the editing process is very accessible and inexpensive too. If you have an iPhone from model 5 or higher, then this should probably suffice in creating good imagery - I have the iPhone 6 and actually take a significant amount of my content on it. 

However, if you're really looking to invest and have the money to, then a DSLR or good quality compact camera is definitely a good item to have in your blogging kit. I usually use my DSLR for sponsored posts, to achieve that higher quality. Panasonic have actually just released a new range of sleek digital mirrorless cameras, with up to 30k optical zoom, 4k photo and video - perfect if you need something for all possible blogging purposes!  


This is difficult - I know it took me years, in fact, to get used to posing in front of the camera. I am a blogger after all, I tend to think that I'm more of a creative than a model, so being in front of the camera was completely alien and disconcerting. The main thing that made me uncomfortable were the looks from passers by, and in fairness, this does still phase me every now and again. But, the best tip I can give you is to try, as best as you can, to 'play the part' of the model. I like to pretend that I am someone else when I am posing, it helps me feel less embarrassed. Whatever way you can, try to relax as much as you can - if you are very aware of people staring, then shoot somewhere secluded - unfortunately discomfort screams from photos in which you feel uncomfortable, so do what you can to feel comfortable!


Which leads me onto my final point, comfort is key! There are a few things I do to make sure I am as comfortable as possible during a shoot. Firstly, always wear an outfit that you feel great in. If you feel awkward or uncomfortable in it, then the photos will be stiff and tense, whereas, if you are shooting an outfit you love, the confidence will radiate. 
Secondly, always shoot with people who make you feel amazing and comfortable. This may be your boyfriend, your mum, your sibling or a friend - but shooting with someone who encourages you offers that moral support that is always handy if you feel a little self-conscious! I usually shoot with my mum or sister, as I can boss them about a bit and get them to stand where I want them too, and this usually reduces the chance of me being disappointed with the final images. 

Until next time, 
Bisous <3



Playsuit: Nasty Gal
Sandals: Topshop (v. similar here and here)
Bag: c/o New Look*
Sunglasses: Ebay

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Panasonic, who kindly sponsored the creation of this post. All items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

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