But the one thing that stopped me all these years (5 to be exact) was the fact that I didn’t have a boyfriend or close friends who were photographers. I also couldn’t afford to pay photographers weekly for multiple shoots. But once I decided to start, I soon found out that finding a photographer with limited budget was actually the least of my worries. So today I will show you some effective and inexpensive ways to find a photographer for your fashion blog.
“The defining factor [to success] is never resources, it’s resourcefulness” – Tony Robbins
Ask Your Boyfriend
If you already have a boyfriend who is a photographer or enjoys photography then great! Good for you. But if you just have a boyfriend, that’s okay too. Neither my boyfriend nor I knew how to operate a DSLR camera when I first decided to start a blog. We didn’t even know that we can shoot on autofocus! So during our first shoot all the photos came out blurry!
We quickly found tutorials on YouTube and educated ourselves about the basics of operating a DSLR. Through practice and a lot of patience on my boyfriend’s behalf, we finally figured out how to take reasonably decent photos. He took the photos for my beginning blog posts (here and here) as well as our travel posts in Japan (Tokyo At Night and Shibuya Crossing). The photos from 5 Things to do in Asakusa were good enough that a Museum Volkenkunde in the Netherlands contacted me to borrow the dress I wore. (Read all about the experience here!) They will be showcasing the dress AND the photos taken by my boyfriend as well as crediting him and my blog! Trust me, if my boyfriend (who is NOT a photographer and does not have a single creative bone in him) can learn photography and take photos like this, so can yours!
“Practice and patience is key”
If your boyfriend has a lot of free time but isn’t willing to help you out sometimes, dump him. He’s not going to be there to support you through all your blogging endeavors and difficulties. And why would you want a boyfriend like that? ; )
What Camera To Use
In today’s blogosphere you really need great quality photos to stand out. It is worth it to invest a little in a DSLR camera. We use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Zoom Lens. If you have the budget, I would recommend getting the newer versions, either the 5D Mark III or the 5D Mark IV because the autofocus is better and improved.
If you are on a budget, I’ve heard great things from friends who love photography about the Canon Rebel T7i or the Nikon D5300.