23 Jul 2015 68 comments

Blog Photography 101.


It wasn’t long ago that I posted some tips and tricks for blog photos, but I had the bright idea (it came to me so suddenly, so unexpectedly) to film the process for you all. I get asked about the blog photo taking process often, so this seemed to be the best way to give you some answers.

I tend to spend a few hours taking a bunch of blog photos, as my posts are planned out in advance. This means I have an area all set up, with the products I need to photograph, so I can get through it quite quickly. Of course, it’s not a ‘shoot and go’ deal – it does take me a few different setups to get it right, so I think I’ve captured that in the video.

Hopefully the video will inspire you more than anything; I might do a few more videos in ‘photography 101’ series. Maybe how to take lifestyle photos, some photo editing basics and my camera setup. I’m open to ideas though!


If you want a little bit more information, here’s my last ‘blog photography’ post – it deals mainly with the setting up of photos, but there’s also some technical stuff for you to nosy at. I don’t always think it’s what camera you use (lenses matter though) but rather the background and lighting, so keep this in mind. I take some of my photos on my iPhone…

Are you feeling inspired to take some blog photos right about now?!

  • I’d love a series on this! Your photos are stunning. It would be really nice to hear some tips for places to find stuff like little trays, blankets, scarves, etc. that can be used to the photos.


  • Danielle Mac

    I’ve just bought the canon 70d which I need to learn how to use, so I still use my iPhone for photos.

    Danielle Mac

  • Oh I’m taking some inspiration from this post! You really do take some beautiful shots!
    Sarah xo // See The Stars

  • This post was so helpful thank you! I sometimes struggle with what to put in photos, but things like scarves, hair grips etc. really make the photo look interesting. Thanks for the tips!
    Anna x

  • This was such an interesting video! I always admire your photos, they’re always so bright and the set up is always on point! it was so nice to see how you do it!
    Jennifer – Pretty as Summer

  • I’ve only just recently started blogging so this post will be super helpful to me! Thanks so much for the tips!


  • emily couture

    I loved this video and it was so interesting to watch 🙂

    emily xx


  • Thank you so much for sharing this! It was extremely helpful and defintely gives some nice inspiration for future posts! Your photography is always so light and fresh, I love it!


  • Maggie

    This is so helpful! Your photos are so bright and wonderful so I will have to try some of these tricks!


  • Just watched your video and it was so useful! Going to use your tips to take some photos today!


  • Loved this Kate, was so helpful to actually watch the process rather than just read about it, would love to see more!

    Nic x


  • Thanks for the tips! You have a great artistic eye and your photos are always so gorgeous. It helps to have natural sunlight and gorgeous backgrounds at the ready – lucky you!

    Nabihah | Check out my Giveaway at The Sunday Wardrobe!

  • Kate

    This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ooh this is one for pinning and watching at the weekend, thank you! x


  • I loved this video, I end up taking about fifty different photos before I find “the one”. I would love another video on camera settings, especially to brighten things up. x


  • Thank you for the tips! I love the composition and framing of all your photos 🙂


  • This is so great especially since I got my new DSlR. I’ll have to give it a try and lovely video.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  • I love how you position all your items for photos and how they look! Thanks for the tips! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I loved this, and in the future I would love to see a video or post on how to edit your pictures on your camera etc?

    Paige x
    The Joys of Being Paige

  • I love how you did this! Thank you so much for the tips, your photos are always stunning!

    Morgan // http://www.blushingwit.com

  • Rachel

    This is like the best thing! You are so awesome for sharing!!!
    I’m a huge fan of your pictures, and your blog!

    Rachel x

  • I always love the photos on your blog so thanks so much!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Oh wow I can’t wait to watch this video when I get home. I am in LOVE with your photography!!

    Jenna / Beauty And The Style

  • Candace McGee

    Thanks for sharing. I’m still getting a handle on doing my own photos. I like the idea of taking pictures in advance.


  • thanks for these tips, i’d love to see this turn into a video series!

    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

  • Such a refreshing way to learn about blog photography! Thanks for all the lovely ideas and photos you take xx

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

  • I’m always in ore of your photos, they are stunning! Thank you for the tips! I needed these!


  • I just love your styling, it’s partly why I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Simpliste Daily

    Fab tips 🙂 Definitely going to give some of these a try! It’s so much more beneficial watching how you take photos like this than just written down.

    Sam x

    Simpliste Daily

  • Thank you so much for making this video Kate! <3
    It's so helpful! 🙂 I've always been so inspired by your flat lays!

    xo, elizabeth t.


  • GoFashiondeals

    Great tips!!

  • Great tips and great photos!

  • I’m so jealous of your white floorboards! I’m really excited to use your tip about the sticky tack, I never thought of that!

  • Whilst watching I was saying things like, yes move that and oh that’s a nice throw, or, that works so well…lol. I’m always experimenting with moving bits about for composition and add little heart trays or faux flowers. I find I’m getting better at my blog photography and you do learn as you go. I’ve just invested in a DSLR so am learning more, but the pictures are so clear. The one thing I find hard is getting a greyish tinge on my white boards, any advice please? I do have a small light with a bright LED bulb ,I’d love a ring light but budget is low.
    Always love your photos, very inspiring & pretty.
    Heidi x

  • Love this! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Carley Edminson

    Thanks for the great tips in the video Kate! Your photographs are always beaut 🙂


  • These were such helpful tips and they really inspired me to up my photography game. Your blog photos are always so beautiful!

    Kelsey | beautybykelsey.com

  • I need all the help I can get in this area so I am defiantly bookmarking this to watch at a reasonable time, not midnight!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • I’d love to see some photography videos based around editing and your camera set-up – settings you put your camera on etc. I’d also love to see how you take your lifestyle photos!


  • Lived the – so full of great tips! Thank you.

    – Kaitlyn | http://www.TheCrownFox.com

  • Great Tips! Thanks for doing this.


  • isabela martins

    I love your photos, they are so clean and simple and at the same time perfect.

  • This was so helpful. I think I definitely need to invest in a few bits and pieces to help with styling my photos. Your photos are amazing so I can’t wait to read more of your tips in future. xo

  • Elisha Maé Iveson

    amazing idea for a post/video
    so helpful to us new kids on the block :-* love it!

    xelisha / http://elishamae.blogspot.co.uk

  • OH KATE. This was the most helpful photography tip post/video I’ve read! You are so amazing at taking photos, they always look amazing! I love how you add in random props and other colours into the background but still keeping it crips and white!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

  • alice bea

    Always love the photography on your blog!


  • Kimberly Punter

    Thank you for making this video! I love your photography and these tips are amazing (:

  • This is so helpful! My photos suck, they need some serious work and now I can’t wait to put some of these ideas into practice!

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    Btw check out my sweet Lightbox Giveaway if you haven’t already!

  • I’m always so wowed by your beautiful photographs, you have serious skills! 🙂

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin’

  • Thank you so much for the tips! the video was so interesting and I watched it right until the end 🙂

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • pat.

    So professional. Good job.

  • Always love your photography Kate, great visual guide to how you shoot! Can’t remember if you’ve done a post on your equipment put would love to see that too 🙂

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • OnaMo

    Here is tips Easy with gh0stpartie’s********* Here’s Tips

  • Harris Cabrera

    Love this post, thanks for the tips!

  • This has been super helpful, thank you for doing it! Your photography is amazing.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Shan.

    Your photography is some of my favourite things to look at when I get around to catching up on my favourite blogs!! I’m super excited to watch this video when I’m home from work later!!

    Shannon | karmasabadword.blogspot.co.uk

  • Leonie Regan Wilson

    This is SOOOO helpful ! thank you so much for this i loved it ! <3 – Leonie | missleoniewilson.com

  • Ilia Mura

    I adore your posts on photography. Your blog design and pictures are immaculate and it’s great to get advice from someone with such an artistic eye!

    x Ilia from Ilia’s Cup of Tea

  • I really enjoyed watching this and I’m so glad you shared your tips in a video form. I’ve been using the tips from your last photography post but I’m much more of a visual learner so this helped immensely! And you’re right, I can’t wait to go home and take a few photos after work haha!


  • Your photos are some of the best in the game, so I’m so happy you made this video!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  • Emma Murphy

    I love these tips, just watching you makes me feel a little more experienced!


  • It really is all about trial and error. Always inspiring to watch the process, your photos are beautiful!

    Alisa | astoldbyalisa.blogspot.com

  • Samantha

    Loving this post!! I definitely will take these into consideration when shooting my next post 🙂

  • Finally, a photo tutorial that was useful (and so pretty!)

    xx Lauren

  • tracy dugan

    LOVE THESE IDEAS! It takes me forever to style a picture I thought it was just me. But it really does take time!
    Thank you for posting this!

  • Danielle

    gorgeous photos! so creative <3

    Life in Pastel

  • Brilliant tips… I love your pictures, they’re always perfect.