7 FAVORITE LOCATIONS FOR FASHION BLOGGER SHOOTS IN NAPLES, FLORIDA

Sometimes it’s finding the right location for each shoot that can be the most time consuming part of planning blog fashion shoots.  I often spend lots of time researching locations that I think would work well with the fashion bloggers I work with.  Below you’ll find a list I’ve compiled of my “go-to” places in Naples.  And if you don’t live in Naples, stick around to the end for some helpful tips on finding locations in your city.

There are two main areas in Naples that I’ve found to be the most versatile, those are Downtown Naples (5th Avenue South) and Olde Naples (3rd Street South)

DOWNTOWN NAPLES – 5TH AVE SOUTH (THIS IS A GREAT OPTION WHEN LOOKING FOR MORE NEUTRAL LOCATIONS)

    • City Of Naples Free Parking Garage – I love the versatility of the top floor of the free parking garage, the light before sunset is beautiful.  You can often also get some lovely cloud formations and the light concrete of the ground make for a great natural reflector, which bounces pretty light back into the subject’s face.  I find that this is a great option for a more urban feel, which sometimes can be hard to find in Naples.
    • Neighborhoods Surrounding 5th Ave – It’s fun to have more of a residential feel to some images, and I love the different architecture of the homes surrounding 5th Ave.  Also another added plus is the sidewalks are light colored concrete, so again you get great natural reflectors.
    • Alleyways off the main strip – During “Season” (i.e Winter) Naples can become crowded with visitors and snow birds, so finding little alleyways off of the main street can be a huge plus if you want images free from people in the background.  

 

 

OLDE NAPLES – 3RD STREET SOUTH (I LOVE THIS AREA FOR THE FUN COLORS AND FLORIDA VIBE)

    • Tommy Bahama – The lush tropical foliage outside of Tommy Bahama’s is a favorite when looking for some dense greenery and bright flowers.  It lends a summery vibe year round.
    • The corners of 3rd St S & 13th Ave S – The shoppes on either corner of these streets are fun for the bright colors and Florida vibe.  In the evening there is great light, and it could work for morning shoots as well.
    • Barbatella – This is a great Italian restaurant and gelato place (the hazelnut praline is my favorite) but in addition to that, I love their use of string lights in the evening that give a special glow in the background of images.
    • Olde Naples Building – This is another with great natural reflectors all around and a clean white building can be quite versatile. It’s on a corner so it’s easy to utilize both sides based on the light available.

 

These are just a few of my favorites within each area, but there is so much more to offer from both!

If you’re not in Naples and are looking for ways to find new locations, here are some of my go-to ways of searching:

  • Instagram Searches – I will often search by place on Instagram to narrow down locations that I want to dig into deeper.  I’ll usually search by city and then look through the photos until something that catches my eye and then see if I can find hashtags or a specific location within the caption or tags.  This can be hit or miss as sometimes there isn’t enough information to get a specific location.
  • Street View in Google Maps – This is my most used way of finding locations.  You will need to have a specific area in mind and then just roam around the streets looking for possible locations.  One reason I love this is because it actually gives you an idea of what’s surrounding you (for natural reflectors, weird reflections from an oddly colored building across the street, etc.). This can be helpful to determine if there are other cool options close by.  Another reason I love it, is you can see directionally which way the location is facing, so you can determine if it will be in good light in the evening or morning.  The only potential downside is that the photo might have been taken a while ago (the timestamp is at the top left hand corner of the image).  If it was more than a year ago, you can anticipate that it may not look exactly like that when you arrive (plantings may have changed, there could be construction that has begun).
  • While Driving Around – A location will often catch my eye as I drive by, when this happens I make note of where I am and the closest street or landmark and take a photo (if possible).  I’ll save this on my phone in the notes app or in a google doc to remember for future use.
  • Google Research – This is the final way I use, which can sometimes be a bit of a time suck.  However, it’s a great source nonetheless.  For example, I had the idea for a shoot in Washington, DC where we used murals as the backdrop. I googled DC Murals and found a website that linked to a large selection of murals in the DC area.  That was super helpful, then once I had the addresses, I looked at them via Google Street View to get a better idea of the surrounding area and neighborhoods.  If you’d like to see the images from that shoot click here. 

 

I hope you find these tips helpful! I’d love to hear if you have any other ways of finding locations in your area!

Images in this post shot on film and digital and were from recent shoots with fashion blogger, Annie from Absolutely Annie. 

 

If you are in the Naples, Florida area (or on planning a vacation) and would like to book a shoot for your blog? I’d love to work with you!  You can find out more information here.

4 REASONS TO LOVE FILM PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR BLOG SHOOTS

We like to think of film photography as “old,” but this can actually be a real positive. Digital cameras have gotten so good, but they’ve only been around for about 20 years. Film photography has been around since the 1800s, and nothing can come close to capturing light in the same magical way.

  • Standout from the Crowd – Film images are timeless and authentic, the colors are soft, but also vibrant.  Film makes skin tones look smooth and velvety (hello original Photoshopping!).  There is a richness, a soul, if you will that can’t be replicated digitally. Once you train your eyes to see the difference, there’s no going back. More and more people are coming to the same realization, and while an instagram filter tries hard, there is no substitute for film as a way to create timeless images.
  • Fashion Houses & Magazines are Using Film Again – Like many things in fashion, what is old is now new again, as we’re seeing a resurgence in film from many fashion houses and magazines.  In the early 2000s digital came into vogue and after a few years many fashion companies and photographers started moving toward this new technology.  Now, years later many of those same companies (like Calvin Klein’s 2016 Upskirt image of actress Klara Kristin) and even magazines are regularly returning to film.  This switch back is similar to the idea of vinyl records coming back (have you seen them at Target?!). I believe people are missing the warmth of something real, as opposed to numbers in an algorithm.  
  • Create Images with Depth and Movement – Film images have a warmth and depth to them.  They capture movement in a way that looks different and almost nostalgic when compared to digital.  Imagine the fashion images by Richard Avedon, he often used movement in his images.  At times they were sharp and crisp and other times they were a little soft from motion blur, while in a digital image it seems like an error, sometimes in film it gives an image an old-school, nostalgic feeling.  Interested in using more movement in your images? Click here to read a post about it.

  • Turn your Images into Classics – Are you inspired by the classic images of photographers like Irving Penn or Annie Leibovitz?  Do you have a big idea for a photoshoot in a similar vein?  Film photography may be a great way to add character and soul to your shoot, and an easy way to try it out and see if you love the look of film photography.

Film photography can be a great way to get creative juices flowing and to start seeing your images in a new light.  I hope these reasons will get you excited to try film out in an upcoming shoot.  Personally, I love it when a client is excited and interested in using film in their shoots.  Film photography is something I’m passionate about and love that it’s having a resurgence.

Tip: If you decide you’d like to try out a film photography shoot, make sure you hire a photographer who has experience working with film. As the skills one needs for digital photography don’t necessarily translate to a successful film image.

All images above were shot on film using vintage cameras.  Makeup by Izzy B Makeup.

Interested in working with me for a film shoot?  I can’t wait to hear from you! Contact me here to book a session!

MY 3 FAVORITE WAYS TO CREATE MOVEMENT IN YOUR BLOG IMAGES

One of the most commonly said  things when working with bloggers is “I love images with movement!”  And I totally agree, I love it when a client is excited to put some movement into their session.  Here are a few tips I’ve found that are helpful in creating movement that looks real and natural.

 

  1. Walking – This one is the easiest way to infuse some movement into images.  My favorite is to have the client walking across the street.  We’ll usually do a few passes to get some variety.  Remember to shift your gaze around, look at the camera, look off off to the side, or just off camera, look down at your feet while tucking your hair or playing with an accessory.
  2. Drunk Walk – This is a technique I learned about from Ben Sasso.  Start in a stationary point and then casually walk forward, then back, then to one side and the other.  Imagine a drunk person who isn’t able to walk in a straight line and sort of stumbles and sways around.  While you’ll feel totally ridiculous doing this in public, you’ll get lots of “in between” moments that can really work and look authentic.
  3. The Fake Laugh – This is exactly what it sounds like.  You just start off with a big old fake laugh and what typically happens is you actually start to laugh because you feel kind of silly.  That’s what we want, the real laugh after the fake one.  Some variations on this are to make sure you look in different directions, play with your hair and accessories while laughing to give yourself variety, you could even try fake laughing and drunk walking at the same time, granted you will feel totally absurd, but sometimes the best images come when you’ve pushed past your comfort zone.

I hope you’ll use these tips in your next shoot.  Remember to keep trying new things and stepping outside of your usual go-to poses, you may find some new favorites!

These images were from a shoot with the lovely fashion and lifestyle blogger, Stephanie from She Saw Style.  All images were shot on film, with vintage cameras.

If you are in the Naples, Florida area (or on planning a vacation) and would like to book a shoot for your blog, I’d love to work with you!  You can find out more information here.