6 of the Best Locations for Optimal Outfit Photos for Fashion Bloggers + Freebie Worksheet

March 28, 2016



I am no expert in the area of photography, especially fashion blogging photography but I do know a few things about locations to choose for style or outfit photo shoots for the best optimal photos.  What I know can be attributed to what I find aesthetically pleasing with other style bloggers, my husbands knowledge of locations with colors in my outfits and from what locations I know makes me feel confident no matter the outfit. Before I share with you ideal locations (6 of them actually) for optimal style or outfit posts I must tell you why I think finding locations and taking the time to do so can help your photos out for the good. Oh and there are some freebies at the end of this post, so stick around.

We all hear or read that it sometimes helps to plan ahead or the night before on our outfit for the next day so as not to wake up feeling rushed and with no idea what to wear. The same goes for figuring out locations for photo shoots. There were moments where I just put together an outfit for the sake of needing content on this blog but then hated the outfit, or my husband and I were rushed and didn’t choose a great location for photos hence needing to try again another day or time, which takes up wasted time. I also feel like random parking lots or outside my home photos are too unplanned and therefore my least favorite. There is just something special about the below 6 locations I will highlight and the reasons why they help optimize style photos.
What are these 6 locations for optimally pleasing fashion blogging photos:



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Buildings as background or little shops along a street add an element of “they actually took time to stop there and take these along the street” and while these types of posts might gather attention from onlookers these are my personal favorite. The more artistic the building structure the better and make sure the buildings wall or structure colors and textures will go with your outfit.

2). Colorful Walls:


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Colorful walls can enhance the colors you wear in an outfit, or make colors pop. Be careful not to choose a wall that will contrast with your outfit, but make sure the colors you wear will standout, with the help of the wall color.

3). Walls with Texture:




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Walls with texture versus just plain white walls can add a whole other element to the look and make an outfit stand out. My favorite walls tend to be stone or brick as these lend a good hand to almost every outfit I have worn depending on the colors of the stones and bricks.  You could also try taking pictures in front of window glasses, walls with cracks or holes in it for extra attention. Like the above locations, have fun and see what types of textured walls you can come up with.

4). Railroad Tracks:


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We have a railroad track a few miles from our house that we have used for several outfit shots. The location of the tracks is surrounded by trees and at sunset creates the perfect opportunity for photos as there is a sort of rustic danger to all of my outfit shot here.

5). Snow:


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The natural lighting of outside enhanced with the natural white snow all around can sometimes cause some pleasing results for photos. Bright colors with snow, or classic black and white outfits stand out in this outdoor wonder.

6). Water Fountains or Body of Water:


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Water in itself represents refreshment. Sometimes outfit shots along water such as a marina, beach or even with just a water fountain bring about refreshment, relaxation and richness.  Water can be a good light enhancer as well as it reflects the light from the sun and bounces back nice bright lighting for photos. No wonder style posts near a marina or ocean front are so rich in brightness.

Above are some excellent locations to start with as you consider ways and places to get the best optimization for your outfit photos. For me the above locations have led to a higher confidence in my outfits as well as better success with being pinned on Pinterest or at least getting featured more on other blogs, and for any blogger, fashion or not that feeling is great.

I wanted to further this post with a gift for you or your fashion blogger friends and include a “Planner for the Optimal Outfit Photo Location” when you sign up here. This planner will help you jog your memory of places you like or want to discover nearby and help you gather outfits together for those places. Now consider temperature and weather of course but in general have fun with the checklist as my gift to you. Print it out and lets see what you come up with. It you print yours out and complete it, take a picture of it and tag me at @rachelgaray28 #6bestlocationsforfashionbloggers on twitter for a shout-out/tweet. If you don’t think you can remember to tweet it out, no worries I instructed you on how to do so on the planner in case you want too. I am excited to see what you come up with.!


What are your favorite outfit photo locations? Where is your next planned photo-shoot?

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  • Celia M. - High Heeled Life March 28, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for sharing these great suggestions … loved your outfits and the backgrounds definitely help make you pop in the photos … wishing you a blessed week..

  • Abby March 28, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I really need to diversify my photo shoot locations. Lucky for you there are plenty of options in your area. I just shoot where I live nearby and I prefer shooting against green landscapes and open areas.

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom March 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

    This is something I would like to work on, maybe with the temps warming up now… I do have some snow photos and wow, they really do make your outfit pop. I never thought of buildings, but that is a great idea. I do love colorful or textured walls that I have seen in other bloggers posts. I think I always think of parks, but I should of these other ideas you mentioned as well!


  • Patti March 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this good advice with Vis Monday! xo


  • Becky @ bybmg March 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Great tips, Rachel! I can’t wait to be able to get out and explore our city more this summer to discover some great places for pics!

  • Shea March 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This is a great post! Most of the time I just take photos in front of my house or in my yard, but I’d like to venture out more and have more variety in my backdrops, so thanks for these ideas!

  • Darcy March 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Great list! My favorite spot for pictures is in front of a brick wall 🙂

  • Brooke March 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Great post!! Erica and I live for colorful walls!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Brooke March 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Great post!! Erica and I live for colorful walls!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Sydney Fashion Hunter March 28, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Great post Rachel! I’m hearing you about being rushed and ending up taking pics in the backyard when the hubby has a spare 5 minutes. I have been trying to do a whole lot more location shots when I travel lately. I do like a wall and a body of water though. I must admit though I do like a car park for a more ‘urban’ outfit. All the concrete and steel just seems to work. I can’t do the snow thing though here in Sydney, it would be about a six hour drive in the middle of winter to make that work and that is never going to happen lol.

  • Kathleen March 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Love your tips and I agree with them all!

  • Rachel Dinh March 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Great post! I love all the great tips!


  • Shannon March 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Love this! So many fabulous ideas! Funky buildings are always my favorite!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Jackie March 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    This is such a great post! I always have a hard time finding creative locations to shoot…and somehow, I always come back to those walls. I think for me though, a big part of it has to do with the fact that the lighting is usually better when a wall blocks out direct sunlight during the brighter hours of the day.

    Something About That

  • Johanna March 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Such a huge fan of colored walls!

  • Eileen March 29, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Love the tips! Thanks for sharing – will definitely try some of these 🙂
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  • Michelle March 29, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I wish I had more colorful walls nearby my house LOL. They always make for such pretty photos that really focus on the outfit


  • The Blended Blog March 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks so much for the great suggestions! And thanks for linking up with Style Perspectives today!

  • Nina March 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Those are some fantastic suggestions. I do find with the warm weather and some planning, I find some good spaces for shoots. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. My last one was in the cute back patio of one of my favorite coffeeshops. I’m going to utilize this planner for sure! Well I’m just stopping by from the Jersey Girl Texan Heart link up! Thanks for linking up!


  • Cydney March 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips, i really want to introduce more fashion onto my blog so this will really come in handy!

  • Roxanne March 31, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Fantastic post! Thanks, girl!

  • Ana Luiza March 31, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    What a great guide! I’m all about the statement walls!
    – Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde

  • Dawn Lucy April 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Great ideas! Now if I could just think of something clever to say to perplexed passersby! 😉

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday & have a fab weekend, Rachel!

    Dawn Lucy