Be More Confident In Outfit Pictures

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwirling, laughing, hair flicking and general tom foolery are all actions that are seen regularly in my outfit shots. It’s amazing what a little movement and personality can add to a static image especially when locations are limited. But I remember the days when all that went down in my images was a bad case of Bitch-Face and not much else. Over the 4 years of Lydia Elise Millen dot com, I’ve honed my confidence to the point where I enjoy being in front of the lens where as once upon a time I couldn’t think of anything worse.

When I was younger during the times where I tried to be confident in front of the camera I was usually met with the same snide comments “Wow, posing much?”, “Posin’ell” or simply just “Oh wow get over yourself!”. Apparently we shouldn’t be allowed to feel comfortable or confident in front of the camera. Well I whole heartily disagree and today’s post is dedicated to putting those comments exactly where they belong, some dark corner of the internet where only the negative reside.



OK, so outfit shooting in British Winter time is probably my idea of torture however we gotta get it done, so we might as well have as much fun as humanly possible whilst we are at it, thankfully though it’s now Summer so it’s all a lot more enjoyable. But in general if you loathe doing something, you aren’t going to produce the goods you hope for. It will be evident in your stance, the tension in your jaw and the look in your eyes.

If you really are truly passionate about your blog and creating a certain standard of content you will need to embrace the outfit shots and put any bad feelings aside. Undertake shoots with positivity and good vibes to ensure this is reflected naturally through your images.



Looking back over images and thinking, why didn’t I try harder, why didn’t I really step outside of my comfort zone and why didn’t I “Work it” (as I hear all the youth of today apparently say now a days) is one of the worst feelings I’ve experienced. It’s that age old instance where you only have yourself to blame, in fact, now that I mention it I can hear my year 9 tutor now “Lydia has the potential to do really well but she needs to apply herself”.

On the flip side, the sense of reward I feel when I absolutely nail a set out outfit shots is exhilarating. I can’t wait to get home and get them up on the blog so I hang on to those feelings whenever we head out to shoot. Remember how accomplished you felt, how proud you felt and remember that it was all YOU.



Whether that really is a team in every sense of the word, PA’s, Photographers, Managers and whatever else or if it is simply you and your boyfriend working seamlessly together, make sure that whoever they are, they are nothing short of amazing. The people you surround yourself with play an intrinsic part in the kind of world you live in. Do you live in a positive one or a negative one? Do you believe in yourself? Do you have confidence in your abilities?

There comes a point in every persons life where they look around at the people in their lives and think, are these people a reflection of me, are these people the kind of people I aspire to be and aspire to have in my life. I’ve had the wrong kind of people in my life and to put it bluntly, life was not good, I was painfully insecure and I did not like the person I was when I was around them. The moment that I allowed the right people, good people into my life I flourished. On the days where I needed a boost, some help or just someone to hold my head above water for 5 minutes, they were there. So I cannot stress enough, how important it is to allow good people into your world.



A wise blogger once said to me “I want people to see my pictures and know that I am a nice person”, and that really resonated with me. People have always had their preconceptions of me, and rightly so, we all have preconceptions and 9 times out of 10 its because of the way WE present ourselves.

I decided to fight my profound hatred of my smile and show it all the time because a smile is a Universal language. A smile is a smile and it can only be taken, not given negatively and I wanted the World Wide Wed to have a glimpse into my personality. The moment I learnt to smile in pictures properly was the moment I truly felt comfortable. I didn’t need to know angles or poses, I just needed to smile more.




    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:43 pm

      I genuinely did!!! Now i do love smiling 🙂 xx thanks girl xxx

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:43 pm

      We all start somewhere 🙂 you will be greater than me 🙂 x

  1. Leanne 9th May 2016 / 10:34 am

    Beautifully written post, Lydia. It’s so important to embrace whatever it is that makes you happy. Your blog is so phenomenal and it’s really something to be proud of. P.S. Love that Dani Mansutti shared an instagram pic of the two of you over the weekend! x

    Love from South Africa

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:44 pm

      Thank you so much girl! Omg I still cant believe I met her she was so so lovely! I hope I get to see her again soon x

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:45 pm

      Thank you so so much! you should definitely start, it’s liberating x

  2. Charlotte 9th May 2016 / 11:04 am

    Love these tips – I am always self conscious in outfit shots standing there awkwardly lol Or I feel ugly infront of the camera so I think I need some sass and confidence. Looking diving as always lovely xx

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:46 pm

      Ugh don’t we all girl! we just gotta not worry and enjoy it! xx

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:46 pm

      Thank you girl x

  3. Tenz 9th May 2016 / 11:26 am

    What a great post, I’ve just started doing style posts again and I feel so awkward behind the camera haha, I Defo need to smile more and just generally have fun with it more!

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:47 pm

      Take your time and it will all come flooding back 🙂 enjoy it girl! x

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:49 pm

      Ahhh thats amazing thank you xxx

  4. Jordan Kelsey 9th May 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Love this comments and you’re so right. The more you do it, the more comfortable you become. And you just have to get out there, people will stand and watch but you will never see them again so you may aswell go for it. Great advice again Lydia, I always enjoy reading your posts!
    Work it!
    Jordan x x x

    Blog || Instagram

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:49 pm

      EXACTLY!!!! Thank you hun xxx

    • lydia 11th May 2016 / 11:50 pm

      I havent given you anything 🙂 I just reminded you that you have confidence 🙂 x

  5. Alexandra 9th May 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Love this Lydia! I’ve still got to find a good outfit shot location and convince the boyf to take photos but this is inspiring! Would love for you to see how your site has inspired mine!


  6. Dannii 10th May 2016 / 12:46 am

    One thing i’ve always loved about your blog is the fact that your images emit so much positivity! You look so happy and confident and it really is contagious, even through a simple blog post. It’s something i definitely need to work on but your points really do help 🙂

  7. Adele 10th May 2016 / 10:18 am

    Great advice to any budding bloggers out there! A smile is so important. I think your warmth & genuine personable character always shows through in your posts & on your channel. Adore all the black aspects of this look, they work so well with the soft beiges.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  8. Camilla Bysted 10th May 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I absolutely love this blog post! So true you need positive people around you! you go girl!

    Millie x

  9. Jessica Tonge 10th May 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Love this outfit! You look so pretty inside and out. xx

  10. Giada 10th May 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Great tips! i know that at the beginning you are not confident with the camera (I still have this kind of problem ) but you have to force yourself to have great results at the end 🙂

    Glam Observer

  11. Rebecca 15th May 2016 / 9:58 am

    Another fabulous post. I hope one day I find that confidence in front of the camera

  12. Chantal Allan 17th May 2016 / 1:18 am

    I would love to do outfit posts but I have no one to take them for me and I don’t have the money to employ a photographer which is annoying, hopefully one day I will though x

  13. Aixa Gomis 17th May 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I just started a blog and this post was so helpful! I’ve been following you on youtube for quite some time now and think you’re absolutely stunning! So glad I found your blog, love it!

  14. Eivina 20th May 2016 / 6:08 am

    Hi Lydia, I love your posts! Just wanted to ask about how you started blogging. How did you feel about people who post hateful comments? You knew that is going to happen. That’s what repels me from the idea of making my own blog…

  15. Stephanie 20th May 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I love this post! Not only are the pictures beautiful, but so c are the words! I also had the wrong people in my life, who held me back. Now that they’re out of my life, I can be as great as I want to be!

  16. Adaleta Avdic 31st May 2016 / 4:36 pm

    This is such lovely advice! I think a lot of the photo is being confident AND having a great photographer. If you don’t have both, the photo is not AS incredible as it can be! xx

  17. Kayle 19th June 2016 / 12:30 am

    I have blog stalked you for the past few days ???? and you are such an inspiration and genuine. Love love

  18. Celine Wolff 19th July 2016 / 5:51 am

    Hey!! I love how the light illuminates you from the back. I read your post on how to take blog photos, which was helpful, but I would love to know more about how you edit the photos and make them look so polished. How do you get your camera to focus so beautifully on your whole body and show all the detail?

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