I am a lifestyle blogger at heart, at The Alisha Nicole. Writing about my personal journey, inspiration, and business and blogging tips come easily to me. But when I decided to create a style based blog for my online shop, Early August, and began as a fashion blogger, it completely took me out of my comfort zone.
I still have a lot to learn but here are a few things I’ve learned in my first 5 months of fashion blogging:
1. Wear what you love and are most comfortable in.
I created Early August for the “everyday girl” and girls like me who feel most comfortable and beautiful in their jeans and t-shirts. It’s what I love and am most comfortable in so 9 times out of 10 that’s what my style posts feature. If you walk like a baby deer in heels, try wearing flats or something you won’t be afraid of falling over in! If you are uncomfortable or don’t like what you’re wearing, it will show in your pictures.
2. Don’t shop outside of your means.
Let’s be real, we all can’t afford Gucci shoes and Prada bags. If you are a Forever21, H&M or Target shopper like I am, wear it with pride! Don’t put yourself in an awkward financial position just for “style”.
3. Natural light is everything.
Try taking pictures outside or somewhere that gets a ton of natural light. This makes your pictures look sharp, vibrant and you won’t have to add a bunch of artificial light when editing. I particularly like taking photos an hour or two before the sun goes down and when there is an overcast.
4. Try out different angles and poses.
You are showing off the outfit so try different poses that will give your readers the full outfit experience. I love taking a few straight on pics and then a couple from the side. A blogger who is AMAZING at this is Sheryl from Walk In Wonderland.
5. Don’t forget the details!
Things like accessories or that gorgeous handmade bag are hard to see in a full outfit picture. Try taking some close-ups to show off those details.
6. Don’t go crazy with your backgrounds.
Keep your backgrounds simple so that it doesn’t take away your readers focus on your outfit. Try shooting in front of trees or buildings that are not too busy.
7. Find inspiration from your “sister brands.”
Trying to figure out the right pose, lighting, or how to edit your photos can be frustrating. Your sister brands, in this case, would be those fashion bloggers that you admire and are where you hope to one day be. Make a list of helpful tips that you can find from looking through their old posts, BUT PLEASE, don’t compare yourself to them! They are to be simply looked up to for inspiration.
8. Don’t forget to actually write.
Yes, your style posts will be mostly pictures but don’t forget you actually have to form a few sentences too. One thing I love about some of my favorite fashion bloggers is that they always include links to where they purchased their clothing and explain why or how they put that particular outfit together. Also, you can write about what inspired that outfit, if it’s perfect for a certain event or outing or maybe focus on a specific piece and talk about that. Blogging = Writing.
9. Have Fun!
If you really enjoy what you’re doing it shouldn’t be all stuffy and serious. Have fun, try out different styles and try not to get so caught up in creating the perfect picture!
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She helps creative women turn their passion into a business without the stress and confusion through her blog and one-on-one coaching sessions. Alisha noticed there were a lot of women just like her who desperately wanted to turn their passion into a business. So she took what she learned (and is still learning) over the years through trial and error and created The Alisha Nicole. Whether it’s personal, inspirational or business/blogging posts, her main goal for the site is to inspire women to simply live rather than exist and create the life they’ve always dreamed of.