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We’ve all seen the beautiful photos of women posing for stunning picnic pictures on social media, but you can recreate your own with my tips for a DIY picnic photoshoot ideas.
Picnic Photo Ideas Checklist
- Picnic basket or Picnic table
- Picnic blanket
- Champagne and flutes
- Tripod and Camera
- USB Remote clicker
You’ll need the perfect picnic basket to start and a lovely picnic spot with lots of greenery. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket that won’t be too bright or too dark for the photo.
Pay attention to your posing and you’ll have epic picnic photos!
How To Create A DIY Picnic Photoshoot
Vintage cameras are not necessary for a vintage picnic theme. Simply choose outfits that have a vintage look like a milkmaid dress for women, and suspenders for boys. Remember that your picnic setup can be a family picnic with classic board games in the photo, or be used for a family photo.
If you’re setting up a luxury picnic, you may even consider using a picnic table like the one in my Fall picnic photoshoot video!
Your Look And Location
Step 1) Get glammed up for your DIY picnic photoshoot with an outfit that will photograph well. Choose a flowing or floral dress. Go for other feminine details like ruffles for puff sleeves for great results.
If you lack the time to do a full face of makeup that’s totally fine too! Just grab a pair of sunglasses and a large sunhat.
Then pair them with a bright lipstick for a stunning wow factor. Look off camera to add some attitude.
Step 2) Find an appealing location for your couples picnic photoshoot that boasts beautiful green grass, flowers, or even a water feature on a sunny day.
Choose a secluded spot so that other people won’t be in your shot. A large park or botanical garden would make a great location. You can even use these DIY tips on the beach.
Best Time To Shoot – The Golden Hour
The best times to shoot are late afternoon hours when the sun is not so high overhead or early morning. This is called the golden hour because the sun won’t cast harsh shadows or shine too brightly in your pictures.
Step 3) Connect your tripod and USB remote so that you can trigger your camera at the moment when you have your pose just right. I ordered my USB remote clicker from amazon and of course it works like a charm. They come iOS and Android compatible so you should be able to use them with your phone.
PRO TIP: Be sure that your clicker is hidden in the photo at all times.
Step 4) Place your blanket on the ground and begin arranging your props. Food, flowers, and champagne should be placed closer together to avoid negative space.
Take care to place each item within the frame and use them as props. Just be sure to keep them from obstructing your face. For example, don’t put champagne glasses or bottles in front of your face.
Perfect Picnic Food
Go for picnic foods that are bright colored and can stand up to the sun for some time. Fruit, nuts, and meats work well. Ideally, you would have a charcuterie board and maybe a baguette to add a bit of chic to the photo.
Do not stage a photoshoot using ice-cream or soft cheeses. Dairy won’t stand up well to the elements.
Step 5) Now step into the frame and pose among the gorgeous setting. Pose with your back straight and your shoulders back. Think of what a great time it is to be alive and that inner beauty will radiate!
Remember to take as many shots as you like and check the photos to see if there are any adjustments to be made.
If you follow these 5 steps, you’ll be able to create a perfect picnic photoshoot to cherish for years to come.
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