The weather in London for the past month or so has been amazing. If you live somewhere that is consistently warm all year round, or at the very least you can expect to have a hot “summer”, then you probably don’t understand why Brits get so excited about anything over 20 degrees. But anyway, the sun coming out makes it so much easier and more convenient to take nice photos in London. Being a blogger, my mind is always switched on to photo opportunities. Good weather + my camera and tripod = a shoot! But sometimes I struggle to think of where to go to make my visions come to life. So in today’s post, I just wanted to brainstorm a few ideas for us, as well as share some inspiration from other bloggers and ideas for photoshoot concepts.
Abstract photoshoots are my favourite to consume as a viewer/reader. I always find it really impressive when a blogger shoots in unconventional places that aren’t typical but still have a lot of character. Some examples of “abstract” locations for a shoot could be a supermarket, a launderette, a train station or even a library with books as your backdrop. The idea is that it pushes you to be the focal point of the photos, in the sense that, you don’t have a beautifully scenic background to distract your audience with. Instead, you are the main attraction.
Colour is really eye-catching and adds a bit of personality to a photoshoot. Some of my favourite colourful backdrops in London include Notting Hill houses, yellow walls e.g. Clutch Chicken and the graffiti walls in Chance Street (Shoreditch).
There’s something so sophisticated and timeless about a simple black, white and grey backdrop for a photoshoot. I also find that monochrome settings help to bring out the details and vibrancy of your outfits. Another useful aspect about monochrome locations is that they “go” with everything. You don’t have to think too hard about your outfit matching your surroundings because it’s almost guaranteed to pop against a neutral background. A few suggestions for locations include: Canary Wharf, Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
Last but certainly not the least is a natural backdrop. This means incorporating nature into your shots, for example beautiful open fields, plants, flowers and parks. Despite my hayfever (who can relate? 😭😭😭), I’m really into all things green this summer. It just looks crisp, fresh and is extremely relevant to the current season we’re in. A few examples of fields and parks to shoot in include Hyde Park, Greenwich Park, even your local park!
I’m aware that not all of my readers are from London or can travel to London reasonably quickly for a blog photoshoot. But if you’re open to travelling to one of the world’s greatest cities (if I do say so myself!) you may be fortunate enough to find cheap flights in a summer sale. I’m personally really looking forward to travelling more, especially after I’m married, and I intend to make the most of the photography opportunities abroad for my blog. Sometimes a little change of scenery such as flying to another country is the inspiration you need to create amazing visual content. But equally, it’s also good to get clued up on the options available around you first, so I hope this post has provided you with some creative ideas.
That’s all from me today. As always, thanks so much for reading and do leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Which locations, or even countries, are on your blog photoshoot bucket list?
God bless you!
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In His hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind. – Job 12:7-10
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