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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Preparing for Flawless Photos

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

As many of you know, my fiancé and I just recently took our engagement photos. Our photographer, Kirstie of Capture Life Studios, was amazing! She definitely captured our personalities and made sure we got all the shots we wanted. She set aside so much time for us and made us feel like we were her top priority. She made this whole experience so wonderful and easy for us!

I used several staple products of mine to prepare for the photoshoot and I thought I would share! Each of these products made such a dramatic difference and I don’t know what I would’ve done without each and every one.

  1. Crest 3D Whitening Strips – I’ve used these for years along with Crest’s corresponding toothpaste and mouthwash. I use the toothpaste and mouthwash daily but the strips are only supposed to be used once a year. The toothpaste and mouthwash keep my teeth white all year; so, I just use treatment two weeks before the photoshoot just to freshen up my smile.
  2. Jergens Natural Glow – I don’t know which is whiter, my smile or my skin. Luckily, Jergens keeps my skin from reflecting sunlight. I use this after I shower to build up a gradual tan and keep my skin looking healthy and alive!
  3. Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat – With the engagement shoot being all about the ring, I had to make sure my nails were as flawless as possible! (Which was harder said than done since I’m a nail biter.) This product is great to prolong any nail polish since it is a clear coat. Plus, it is way less expensive than getting your nails professionally done but gives them the same effect.
  4. Benefit POREfessional Primer – Makes any foundation glide over it like a dream while making your face look flawless. Is there anything bad to say about it?
  5. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs – This is a new product (to me) I used for this photo shoot and I am officially hooked! It instantly made me 5 shades darker but managed to still look like a natural tan. Not to mention, I haven’t been very kind to my legs in the past. Being an athlete definitely left by legs bruised and scarred. This product did a great job disguising all of these marks! It has a slight glitter to it which adds a gorgeous glow to the skin and make it look, as the bottle suggests, air brushed! Must have in your beauty collection!

Again, I can’t thank Capture Life Studios enough. She made this such an incredible experience and we will definitely treasure these pictures for the rest of our lives!