My Outfit Picture Taking Strategy

Shirt: Forever 21 | Vest: Conversation Pieces | Jeans: Target | Shoes c/o B.A.I.T. Footwear | Bracelet: Forever 21 | Earrings: Pretties By Meg | Necklace: Oh, Hello Friend | Ring: Asos

A couple outfit posts ago had a top with stripes and it was in this exact same location for taking pictures.  I’m running out of new locations around the house to take pictures guys.  There’s this deck stairwell, the fence, the front door, the walking trail and rarely the side of the house, the sidewalk and on the deck.  That’s all I got around the house my friends.  My mom keeps encouraging me to go to the pond or a neighbor’s house that has a pretty flower in their yard, but it’s so hard to find the time to venture out and quite frankly, I’m a little paranoid by the neighborhood stares.  Even when I’m taking outfit pictures around the house and neighbors see me, I wonder what they think.  Why could she possibly be taking so many pictures multiple times a week?  Is she modeling for something?  Well I guess you could say yes, for the blog.  But they don’t even know I have a blog.

I’ve had people ask me how I find the time to always take pictures.  Actually the truth is, a lot of times I will take outfit pictures on the weekend and sometimes if it’s still light out after work we can take them in the weekdays (this never works in the winter though).  I always like to hear Marvin’s reaction on Saturday morning when I say, “Hey hun, I have 4 outfits I want to take pictures for today”.  Sometimes if he is in a good mood and not too tired, he’ll be like “sure”.  But most times, he comes back with something sarcastic like “OK, I’m snapping 4 pictures total” or “OK, you get 1 minute of picture taking in each outfit”.  Either way, I really appreciate him being my photographer!  (Did you read that hun?)  🙂

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Momma Go Round

Do you take outfit pictures daily or a bunch at one time?  What locations do you take yours at?

P.S. Have you entered the B.A.I.T. Footwear giveaway yet?  Win the shoes I’m wearing in this post or any shoe of your choice!

P.S.S. The winner of the $50 shop credit to Conversation Pieces is Amanda C. of Dragonflight DreamsCongrats girl!  Send me an email at sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize!



  1. April 25, 2012 / 5:04 am

    sandy, those shoes are amazing! love flats, and that color is just so hot right now. 🙂

    i always tell myself that i ‘ll go to a pond or my son’s school…. but i always feel like i do not have the luxury of time to do that! it’s usually around the house…. but i am really hoping i can drive around and take pictures in my area. i live in the country, so there’s some amazing places where i can take photos. 🙂

    you look lovely!

    have a great day!


  2. Annie
    April 25, 2012 / 5:13 am

    This made me laugh, because I go through the same thing every weekend with the hubs – he’s definitely a trooper for doing it though, just like yours 🙂 Love the stripes with that vest, and those blue flats are too cute!

    The Other Side of Gray

  3. April 25, 2012 / 7:04 am

    ah I totally get you, Im tired of the same location but can’t be bothered going somewhere else, plus the boyfriend’s tends to be unhappy if we have to go too far (meaning a 5 minute walk max).

  4. April 25, 2012 / 7:04 am

    Sandy you look great, and don’t worry about what other people think.
    I ONLY take pictures away from our place, in all kinds of odd places and sometimes in odd positions, people look briefly and they move on.

    If you want to venture further a field – do it! 🙂


  5. April 25, 2012 / 7:27 am

    hehe this post made me giggle bc i can relate 😀 I only ask lee when he’s in a good mood. I actually dont like to take pix weeks in advance which i know some bloggers do that. always feel extremely weird if i know someone is looking at me when we take pix bc i dont even want to know what’s going on their mind

  6. April 25, 2012 / 7:46 am

    Having a willing and patient photographer is key. Glad your hubby is happy to do it, tho with some attitude some mornings ;). It’s kinda why I don’t have many photos of me, because I hate asking for help. How about using a tripod and remote shutter? Many fashion bloggers do that. Oh, and Bravoe Runway takes like 15 outfits’ photos in a weekend! Crazy! Google her!

  7. April 25, 2012 / 8:14 am

    Love your shoes! You look adorable 🙂

  8. April 25, 2012 / 8:28 am

    LOL. My husband is a pretty good sport about taking pictures when I ask him to. I have a Sony A33 and it has a smile shutter so I’ve been using that more than a real person. Especially because of the timing issue. I like to take my pictures in the morning when my hair, makeup and outfit is still fresh and my husband goes to work at 5 a.m. so…. yeah, that doesn’t work. I take an outfit photo a day – whatever I’m wearing is what I shoot and then it goes up the following day. I drop my daughter off at school and then pull over for pictures using a tripod and smile shutter.

  9. April 25, 2012 / 8:59 am

    Love the vest. Love the shoes.
    And I do all my own photos with a tripod and self-timer. Impressed? Lol!
    And yeah, I’ve pretty much exhausted every location around the house. I have visions of driving to a cool spot and doing them…but it never happens.

  10. April 25, 2012 / 9:32 am

    Oh, I’m always uncomfortable when I take pictures of myself; I can’t do it if I know there are neighbors outside. One time, one guy stopped and looked at the screen on the camera and asked me why I was taking photos and laughed, grrr.

    And I wish I could have David take them, but I get extra shy when he’s behind the camera, haha.

    Hope you’re having a great day! ;D


  11. April 25, 2012 / 9:40 am

    Aren’t husbands so funny about taking outfit pictures. I was outside taking pictures of our house for a non-blog reason one day and Micah came out onto the front porch and started jokingly posing for the camera… He was like I want to do “WIWW” too. Ha! P.S. Love your flats!

  12. April 25, 2012 / 9:48 am

    That’s too funny – your hubby is a good sport! I don’t take outfit pics, but if I did, I would run out of locals around the house pretty quickly too. Consider going to a park nearby on a ‘downtime’ when it’s not too busy. We have three parks in our neighborhood and two usually sit empty, with all the kids gathering at the big one. Love your outfit! xo

  13. April 25, 2012 / 9:56 am

    Hehe my hubby also takes my photos but he’s almost always excited to take them for some strange reason. I have started to branch outside of my apartment/street to take photos but I also hate it when people see me, especially the neighbors. They must think I’m a total weirdo! I try to take all my photos on the weekend but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate and I’ll do them during the week.


  14. April 25, 2012 / 10:13 am

    I am so in love with those flats! What a fun color! Wish I had as much style as you 😉

    I usually take photos on the weekends too. I’m like you and feel a little embarrassed about taking photos in front of people lol. I always look around and make sure no ones is outside or looking. So thankful we have our hubbys who take the photos for us!

  15. April 25, 2012 / 10:22 am

    lol!! i’m laughing right now, because I can kinda relate! A couple of friends recently asked me how in the world I manage to take an outfit picture every single day, and then post it that day-OO! I looked at them like they were out of this world~~~ can you even imagine?! Who (esp moms) have time to do that?! lol! Yep, like you, I do all blogging related things including photos- only on saturdays, so they are scheduled to appear on their respective days! My hands are so tied during the week that I don’t even have time to check my email until 3pm some days. I think we are alike in that way- it’s all about time management!! p.s. I won’t lie there are a few times I was standing in front of our doorway blushing a little as cars drove by haha! Hubby enjoys taking my photos, so I’m really lucky =)
    i love the heart scallop in your flats!!

  16. April 25, 2012 / 10:28 am

    Those shoes! love them 🙂

  17. April 25, 2012 / 10:33 am

    Oh, man, I’m so paranoid about taking pictures anywhere other than my house, too. I take mine mostly in the backyard, which is totally fenced in, but even then I wonder if neighbors are watching and going “what is this crazy narcissistic chick doing taking pictures of herself AGAIN?”

    Also, yay being a winner!! I emailed you 🙂

  18. April 25, 2012 / 12:11 pm

    I take outfit pics on a semi-daily basis… As in, when I wear an outfit I think is cute, I take pictures, then store them up for a post. I just take them in front of my bathroom/bedroom mirrors. Lame, I know, but that’s what works for me!

  19. April 25, 2012 / 12:31 pm

    You are very lucky to have a hubby that will do that for you! I just asked Izzy if he’d take pictures for me and he was all about it, lol.

  20. April 25, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    I love everything about this!

  21. April 25, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    Hahaha i know what you mean about the neighborhood stares!! i usually take my photos on the rooftop deck and sometimes, especially when the weather is nice, there will be people who come out to use the patio and I’m standing there frozen stiff with my remote in hand and tripod across the patio thinking, “oh my goshhhh… soooo embarrasseddddd”

  22. oomph.
    April 25, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    haha, have you seen my photos? they are ALWAYS in the same location! with two kids, i never have time to go out and take photos. i either rush and snap a few as i’m leaving work in the afternoon, or sometimes, if my son is cooperative, he’ll allow me to take a few outfits on sunday mornings.

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  23. April 25, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    Hahaha, I know what you mean. That is why I’m always taking photos indoors. I love your shoes!

  24. April 25, 2012 / 4:39 pm

    Those shoes are adorable! Thanks for sharing this, I always wonder how people take their outfit posts.

  25. April 25, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    yea i don’t have anywhere interesting to take my pictures… i try really hard not to envy Mara too much — her pictures ALWAYS have a beautiful/new/different background. but it is also IMPOSSIBLE to add in the whole new trouble of traveling around to take shots with baby & a less than excited photographer. i hear ya!!!

  26. April 25, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Love the colour of your shoes!

    Well my hubby isn’t so keen to take my outfit photos, so I try to squeeze them in during the week when the little one is sleeping. Sometimes that is hard if she doesn’t nap, or doesn’t nap for long! And yes I always try to do a bunch at once! With doing them with her napping I can’t go too far as the monitor might not work, so I usually just go out on my deck.

  27. April 25, 2012 / 9:19 pm

    haha! i used to take my outfit photos all on the weekends, then spread them out during the week when i was working a more traditional 9-5 job. but since i have other blog features now, i’m just happy if i can get one style post in per week, which is usually taken on sundays and posted monday.

    i know that feeling of getting him to take the pictures though- “hey boy, i need outfit pics today! head to toe please! get some detail shots if you can!!”


  28. April 25, 2012 / 10:18 pm

    I take outfit pics on a daily basis on if I have anything good on. And I’m totally in the same boat as you…I’m running out of places and the neighbors are like “yeah, we know you….you’re the girl who takes pictures of herself.” Joy. 🙂

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  29. April 25, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    Just entered your BAIT footwear giveaway *fingers crossed*

    As for outfit photos I usually shoot two different outfits in a day. I take them around my neighbourhood, in the city downtown and in my parents’ neighbourhood. If my toddler isn’t at home with daddy (my cousin takes my photos) or being babysat by the grandparents, I take her with me on photo shoots!


  30. April 26, 2012 / 12:19 am

    oh.. i actually have always wondered about this 🙂 that’s a good strategy!

  31. April 26, 2012 / 8:50 am

    I shouldn’t worry too much about the location – its all about the clothes after all and they always look great – today no exception. Off to get that stripy top from the back of my cupboard…..

  32. April 26, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Haha, so funny to hear someone’s elses. you take way more outfits posts than me yet I still have the same struggle that I don’t anyone else to see me taking them… yet funny that of course we put the same poses/pics up in front of a gazillion people! This is a very cute look… think I’ve worn a similar one. 🙂
    PS: Just wait until your little one is older where he can walk; makes taking the pics a bit more challenging!

  33. April 26, 2012 / 12:35 pm

    Good question… I always MAKE/FORCE the boyf to take pictures of my outfit on our way to the car 😉 I’ve been showing him pictures of how other people take bloggers’ pictures though so I hope that motivates him 😀


  34. April 26, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Me too, Sandy.

    I try to mix it up, but its hard…especially when I am a sahm (most of the time) and rarely venture far from home. haha.

    You look great. Those shoes are unique!!


  35. April 26, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    love this, those shoes are delightful! i have the same issues. hubs normally snaps quickly and then we’re done and my locations are limited lately to work. front of house or back of house. I think your pics are always lovely xo

  36. April 26, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    This sounds way TOO familiar :). I decided to take phitos of something else instead.

  37. April 26, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    I definitely do mine on the weekend! Love those flats!

  38. April 27, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    haha though I don’t take pictures of myself I do take a ton of shots in my place of close ups for the blog and finding the perfect background is always trouble…my tip: hang a large sheet, fabric, paper with patterns anything really up on the side of the house and snap away. The background will change but you never have to leave the house! Also, for shots of shoes, I always try to find a cool piece of wood, textured carpet or concrete to stand on : )

  39. April 29, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    I haven’t figured out the whole photo taking thing. Mostly because I don’t have anyone to take photos…I have to a) have a good hair/makeup day, b) have good light and c) get my boyfriend to come over AND be willing to snap some pics. I think I need to buy a tripod!

    I don’t worry about what the neighbors think…maybe it is because I live in San Francisco. There are a lot of people doing WAY more weird things all the time!

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