Blog Photography Tips For The Minimal Sunlight Months

Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

If you rely mostly on natural sunlight, as I do, you know the struggle of the winter months where there’s barely enough sunlight in the day to get your usual work done. I always hate these darker months because it makes photographing things for my blog SO much harder. Here are my three tips on how I combat the lack of sunlight and get great quality pictures year round.

Plan Mass Shoots For Weekends

It’s no secret that I’m a huge planner. I have my blog posts planned out months in advance which makes it very easy to see what is coming down the pipeline. I usually look and the next couple weeks and plan out all the shots I want to get for each post and take them all at once! I live for the weekends because those are my big photoshoot days. I’ll take a week or two’s worth of blog photos in those couple days. Planning so far ahead really makes the darker months more manageable!

Natural Light LED Bulbs

I bought LED bulbs that mimick the natural sunlight and I.CANNOT.STRESS.HOW.MUCH.I.LOVE.THESE. OMG these are so much better than the usual yellow or orange tinted lights that are standard in every place you live. In my apartment, I just switched out the standard yellow bulbs but held on to them so I can take my beautiful LED bulbs with me when I moved. It’s such an easy switch that homeowners and renters can do!

Work Around The Sun

Depending on your job, this may or may not be an easy task. If you’re someone who has the ability to switch shifts or pick and choose your hours. I highly recommend choosing hours throughout the year that work with natural lighting. It will make your life so much easier not needing to stress about getting all your shots in and gives you the freedom to blog on the fly.

Photo cred goes to the amazing Kirstie of Capture Life Portraits. A new photo shoot coming to you soon 🙂

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you shoot around the year!

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6 thoughts on “Blog Photography Tips For The Minimal Sunlight Months

  1. Hi, these are great tips! I have a question for you, if you have time. We recently purchased a home in Tucson and I am planning on painting to update the house. It was built in the 70s and has some rooms with exposed brick walls, which we love. But the adjacent walls are a boring, somewhat dingy off white color and I want to spruce it up. Are there colors you recommend that go well with natural brick? Colors you would avoid? We have no furniture in these rooms to work off of and the carpet will be shades of gray with subtle black and white flecks. Just curious if there is a definite do or don’t do with brick walls! thanks!

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    1. Congratulations! That’s a great question! Brick is so beautiful but can be dangerous with the wrong paint color! A warm-neutral gray color is always a safe bet. Too cool and the blue tones will make the orange in the brick scream, too warm and the brick will transform your walls into a orange/brown cave!
      In our house, we have the original orange hardwood so we dealt with the same tones. I chose Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. It’s my ultimate go to and looks fabulous when paired with the warmer red/orange tones!
      I’d love to see before/after pictures 🙂

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      1. The funny thing is that I painted our son’s room gray when he started college (updating the bedroom for the young man he was now) and everyone, including that same husband, loves it. Why he is resisting now, I don’t know 🙂

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