How I Take My Own Pictures & Made a DIY Mini Flower Wall!

One of my biggest struggles as a content creator was learning how to take my own pictures. A good selfie on my iPhone can be hard enough sometimes sis (I can't be the only one who takes 200 pictures, to get 2 good ones), but being able to run my own photoshoot with my DSLR? A challenge. Over time I've figured it out, and boiled down my system to basically needing 5 things:

1) A good camera (my Canon T6i does the trick)
2) Good lighting (heyyy ring light and softboxes, or golden hour and a nice window depending on the vibe)
3) A decent looking background, ideally something that fits the aesthetic of my photo 
4) A way to see myself (there are lots of options, but I like to plug my camera into my TV with an HDMI cable)
4) An automatic way to take my pictures (ideally some type of remote I don't have to hold)

Black woman with blonde hair in front of flower wall

The biggest game-changer for me was this Neewer LCD Timer Shutter Release Remote from Amazon (Jaleesa from Alien In Da Room put me on to it back in the day). It's basically a remote for my camera, that I don't have to hold. I can plug it in, and set it to take as many pictures as I want with breaks in between each photo so I can change poses. This remote runs on two AAA batteries, so you can easily take it outside and do your thing as well. Did I mention that I don't have to hold it? This is definitely essential if you're a fashion or lifestyle blogger, because depending on the photo/outfit/pose it can be hard to figure out how to hide a handheld remote.

To check out how I run my own photoshoots, and how I made a mini DIY flower wall (using flower mats, push pins, and poster board) check out my new YouTube video below!

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What's your biggest challenge when it comes to taking your own pictures? Let me know in the comments!

Stylishly Yours, 
Theresa Seyi

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