4 Tips For Beautiful Travel Pictures

Sweater: Zara (similar here and here); Skirt: Oak & Fort (similar here and here); Shoes: Zara (similar here and here)

It’s no secret that a big part of traveling for me is taking pictures. I like my pictures to reflect the beauty that any given city has to offer. You may often scroll through Instagram feeds of various content creators and wonder how they manage to take such breathtaking pictures. Here are my 4 main tips to help you get there:

Scout Locations in Advance
Before going to a city, I scour every inch of the internet for the most beautiful places. Then, once I arrive in the city, I walk around looking for the best places to take pictures. In Rome, I went on a walking tour, which really allowed me to find the most photogenic streets. I note them down so I can visit them the following morning.

Sunrise is Your Best Friend
There’s nothing that kills a picture like a thousand tourists in the background. The only way to avoid this is by arriving at your location at sunrise. Not only do you beat the crowds, you also have beautiful, soft lighting which results in the best pictures.

Plan Outfits Beforehand
Know where you’re going and plan outfits accordingly. For example, an outfit that you love wearing in a metropolitan city will not photograph as well in a beach town. Therefore, always plan your outfits based on where you’re going. I often shoot 2 outfits in one morning when I’m traveling. The only way to do this is to plan what I’m wearing in advance and pack my bag the night before so I don’t miss anything. Fun fact: if you’re shooting multiple looks, you have to be quick and unfussy while changing. Which basically means find an empty alley and change there on the way to your second location.

Find The One
A huge part of getting the right shot is working with the right photographer. I cannot stress how important it is to have chemistry with your photographer. The benchmark I use to measure how well I work with a photographer is how many outfits I can shoot in an hour. If we can manage 3, I know there’s a spark. While traveling, you’re so pushed for time that you have to trust that the person behind the lens shares your vision. Most importantly, this person has to be someone you’re comfortable with!


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19 Comments

  1. October 5, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    This is sooo soo true babe! So many good tips!! We all need to know these tips! Gorgeous outfit and gorgeous backdrop!!!

    xxx

    Ashley

    http://www.missgunner.com

  2. October 5, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Great tips. So true, you need a good photog. Your images are always so lovely. <3 xo /Madison
    FASHION TALES

  3. October 6, 2017 / 1:55 am

    Great tips!!! Your photos are amazing, always. Xx

  4. zarrah
    October 6, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I believe that a blogger should scout for locations. Great tips babe, something to put in mind.
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  5. October 6, 2017 / 9:59 am

    These are really great tips Siffat, thanks for sharing. Taking pictures at sunrise when there are no tourists is such a great idea. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  6. October 6, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Great tips. I have that cardigan too. It’s such a fantastic and affordable piece! Love these photos! You can never go wrong with Trevi. I’ve never hired a photographer but thought of it when travelling and that’s great advice.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  7. Yiota
    October 7, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Your photos are always beautiful! I love sunrise pictures and the colours of the sky late in the afternoon, so pretty! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  8. October 7, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Those tips are really good! I’ve been trying to shoot early in the morning as well, but it’s hard convincing the photographer to get out of bed that early too, hehe! Btw, I love love love your outfit! Killed it with those pops of red. Wishing you a great weekend. x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  9. October 8, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I love your pleated skirt and of course that is an incredible backdrop for photos!

    I never thought of professional blogging giving you a chance to explore more of a city by looking for photo locations, what a nice benefit! 🙂

    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  10. October 9, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Yes! All so true! I am always an early riser when we travel, I have to set my alarm early to get hair and makeup done. It encourages you to go to bed earlier too which is generally a good thing.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  11. Julia R
    October 9, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    So many great tips and beautiful photos!
    You must have been there so early – the Trevi fountain is always full of tourists!
    Love your outfit too – those boots are gorgeous!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  12. October 10, 2017 / 6:28 am

    Such a lovely read dear, and I couldnt agree more, especially on “Plan Outfits Beforehand”. ha! I actually do this myself. By the way, lovely photos you got there dear, and gorgeous red boots!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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