How to find your photography style

How to find your photography style
How to find your photography style
How to find your photography style

I think it's safe to say that photography is a pretty big part when it comes to blogging. You don't have to be great at it - although it can help - you just have to have your own personal style. My personal style? Lots of white backdrops, washed-out colours, fifty thousand flatlays and a lot of horrific out takes (maybe that'll be a blog post in itself one day). After months of toying with different ideas Ollie and I have finally settled on a style we both like shooting that takes around ten minutes to do. The shorter the amount of time I have to be in front of a camera, the better! When shooting with Jake back in London we had a set style that ran through all of our photos, but obviously with Ollie he has his own way of shooting, so that took a little getting used to. I think the best way to get the most out of your photos is to be comfortable with the person your shooting with, and to make room for mistakes - which we've had a lot of along the way. But most of all? Practise. A lot. And the whole standing-in-front-of-people-whilst-getting-your-pose-on? I'll let you know when I get the hang of that one..

Leather jacket from Warehouse (cheaper here)
Cami top from H&M (sold out but identical here)
White trousers from French Connection (or here)
White leather rucksack from Grafea (also love this style)
Ankle strap shoes from Steve Madden (similar here)

How I got over my fear of photography

How I got over my fear of photography
How I got over my fear of photography
How I got over my fear of photography
How I got over my fear of photography

Nothing says awkward quite like an overdressed girl posing for photos in a street full of people - especially people that like to shout things and laugh and - even worse - actually watch you do it. Then again, that's one of the fantastic perks of blogging, and it takes some time getting used to it. Shock horror - a blogger that doesn't actually like having her photo taken! It's not actually uncommon, as I've come to find out from some of my other bloggy friends.

The first thing I've learnt when it comes to getting my pose on is to do just that - pose. Easier said than done when your boyfriend is standing metres in front of you with big fat camera watching your every move. Which is another must when it you're trying to get comfortable in front of a camera - making sure you have a strong relationship with the person taking the snaps. I have a serious case of resting bitch face which means I have a habit of giving the stink eye to the camera way too often. The remedy? Have you photographer make you laugh or smile once in a while. Because trust me, a fake chuckle is completely obvious, and ten times more embarrasing than doing the real thing.

But my main tip? Stop caring. Obviously this comes with time (and practise), but it's probably the most important thing you can do, or not do. The more ridiculous you make yourself look in public, chances are the better your photos will turn out. The better your photos turn out the better you'll feel about going out and taking a whole new set of them next time. That being said, I still have my fair share of horrific out-takes. Maybe that's a whole new blog post in itself?

White jumpsuit from BA&SH (via Girissima.com)
Bag from Forever 21 (or similar here)
Platform sandals from Spy Love Buy

How to dress Parisian chic in 5 simple steps

Parisian dressing
How to dress Parisian
How to dress Parisian
How to dress Parisian

In 2012 my Tumblr was practically dedicated to the Voguettes - AKA Emanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld. Skinny jeans, tailored jackets, white tees - sound familiar? It's essentially my style in a nutshell. But I won't pretend that I invented this magical combination. No sir. This my friends, is the highly scientific, top-secret (not really) mathmatical equation that will help you channel Parisian chic in five simple steps. No knowledge of the French language required.

1. Find the skinniest pair of jeans you can fit into and roll up the ankles (ankle cleavage is tres sexy).
2. Throw on your boyfriend's plain tee - do not iron!
3. Step into your highest (black) heels. Pointed toe looks best.
4. Throw a monochrome blazer over your shoulders to keep you warm, but do not use the sleeves. Do not!
5. To finish, keep makeup and hair simple and fuss-free. Leave any lipstick at home!

And there you have it - you're now officially half-way to Parisian Vogue. Kinda.

GREY COAT | W Concept  TEE | Warehouse (or here)  LEATHER TROUSERS | Blk Dnm (cheaper here)  HEELS | Boutique 9 (another budget option here)

Steve Madden X Charli XCX

Steve Madden outfit
Steve Madden outfit

SHOUT OUT to all of the stylish trainers out there for making lazy days appear more luxe rather than lacklustre. Double shout out to my good friend Jake for being good with a camera and making me look like I've had more than three hours sleep. Which I haven't.

Before I forget to mention/spam you all: I'm in the running to win a trip to Berlin Fashion Week with Stylight (just a few days to go). To help me get there, I'd be forever thankful if you could all spare two seconds to 'heart' some of my recent looks on their site tagged 'winter'. You can find all my looks here and you can sign up to Stylight by clickinghere. If i win, expect love letters. Lots of them.

BLAZER | No name  TEE | T by Alexander Wang  TROUSERS | Blk Dnm  SHOES | New Balance 410 (here)