Hello! I laugh at the thought of calling myself a ‘seasoned blogger’, so there’s no way in hell that this post is condoning this. HOWEVER during my trip to Switzerland, I was only half prepared for photos, and so I’ve made a list of tips on how bloggers, influencers and just people wanting to up their instagram game can bring out the best photos of themselves on your trip.
I only really got a handful of I guess what could be called ‘instagrammable’ photos. By this I mean the cute touristy photo, nice outfit, GORGEOUS background, perfect props, etc. The need to pre plan and research is crucial for it, and looking back at it now, I wish I then (literally 2 months ago, oops) was taking my blogging slightly more seriously, as I’m currently trying to do.
Know where you’re going
So, when I went to Switzerland, I didn’t plan anything for my blog at all! I hadn’t planned the trip myself, so all I knew was that we would be spending most of our time in Bettmeralp, skiing. To be honest, I would’ve loved to have spent more time seeing the rest of the country, but it was my first time skiing, so I was pretty happy.
Make a list of where you’re going, what’s nearby, how long you’re there for, what you’re doing. PLANNING would have to be one of my favourite things to do (a well known fact, I’m sure) and planning itineraries is the most fun thing to do, I actually have a certificate iii in it (in travel, but same same).
Search locations and accounts on instagram!
As for if you’re planning a trip and having ‘photos’ in mind, I’d start scoping out photography places about 2 months before you leave. Instagram is FANTASTIC for this, especially with the new(ish) saving tool. I create folders for each location I’m going to on my trip, and then go from there.
Since for our trip, we last minute had to look at what locations were available for us in Bern, Brig and Zurich. We didn’t exactly plan ahead, in fact we literally only planned the tiniest bit for Brig, and just winged Bern and Zurich. We were sadly really pushed for time, but we definitely made the most of Brig!!
Just by searching locations in Instagram, and following other accounts that predominantly post from the location will really help you get some inspiration for your photos, and you’ll then know what props and clothes to bring/wear.
Plan outfits, props, hair and makeup
For me, makeup and hair aren’t a huge thing. However, some bloggers of course really take this into their planning, good for them. My hair and makeup are usually really simple 15-25 minutes to do when I’m travelling. Usually a brush and straightener, with perhaps some light foundation, lipstick and mascara. Blush is a new thing for me too, so I’m starting to use that in my makeup forte currently.
As for outfits, think of what colours are predominant in the place you’re going to! I’m actually planning to do a HEAP of photography over the coming up weekend (you’ll see why in my next Monday post!) and I’m already following this list and planning planning planning. So as not to give it all away, I’m thinking bright colours, some flowy outfits and perhaps some edgy ones too. Also, taking a bag of clothes and maybe 2 (or more?) pairs of shoes with you when you’re doing photos is a great idea. I’d be popping into local bathrooms or cafe bathrooms for quick changes, or using simple layering to create the look of different outfits.
Finally, props. I personally haven’t used many in my photos, BUT I’m really wanting to play around with them! I’m thinking of flowers, bags, umbrellas, dogs (pets can be cute props of course!), coffee cups, books, etc. This list can get extremely long, to the point where I could seriously write a whole blog post on it. I’m excited to see what props I use next weekend!
Plan and pack camera equipment (if any)
This sounds so stupid, but I ALWAYS write in detail what camera equipment I’ll need for my travels. I have forgotten my tripod when going to places like Japan, where I really wanted to do a long exposure of Shibuya crossing. It would have looked SO COOL but I left it all the way in Australia. I only have 2 different camera lens, and my Canon 600D, but of course it’s always easy to forget things. BATTERIES AND CHARGERS guys REMEMBER!! I remember running out the door at like 5am for a flight and last minute remembering the charger! Also my SD card adapter, since I have the smaller MacBook Air, which doesn’t have an SD card slot (next time I need a new laptop, MacBook Pro!).
You definitely don’t need these fancy camera photography things, in fact I use my phone for a lot of my photos, and with a quick edit, they still look quite great and ‘Instagrammable!’
So, are you guys heading anywhere soon? I need some travel inspiration!