Setting Up Your Shots- Lights, Camera, Action!
There are two parts to a wardrobe post: the photos and, well, everything else! Seeing the clothes and accessories harmonize in a real way with the personal flair only an owner could give and stock photos could not is the main attraction. So please say it with me now and vow to uphold this rule: no blurry or dark photos!
Decide upon your set. Consider all that will be visible in the photographs and only let what you want seen into the frame. I suggest slight to minimal activity as you don't want to make it too distracting, but some details add personality. Here are some examples to try out:
- Place a temporary wall hook on a garden fence for a lush foreground.
- Photograph accessories where they are stored if you have them organized in an elegant way.
- Toss flower petals onto your scene for some added feminine flair.
- Thrift a large picture frame and lay your dresses inside it.
- monkeyhoney used bedsheets with a cute unobtrusive pattern.
- ehcappella staged a dressform in a beautiful corner of their room.
- terrayla's ruffled pink room was the perfect backdrop for her princess-like wardrobe.
- cadney included some gorgeous close-up shots of her favorite details.
- scarletsedusa's moody atmosphere (an exception to the dark photo rule) gave a mysterious quality.
- rozarn displayed her dresses in front of her beautiful wardrobe.
- riotkitty_ let their cute stuffed animals into the frame.
- yueri-san placed their entirely Moite wardrobe on a bedsheet in their signature color.
- mintiemii photographed over plain white sheets and added her own cute hand-drawn flair.
A little editing goes a long way. Sometimes the colors look better on camera, or maybe the dirty clothes on the floor made their way into the frame. Scrutinizing each image with a photo editing program is that finishing touch that will ensure a flawless representation of your wardrobe to capture the community's hearts!
Forming Your Post
With your photos beautifully taken, edited, and uploaded into your livejournal album the next step will be to make your post. You can add as much or as little "flair" to this as you like, but the basic things you should try and include are an entry image and the names of the dresses/skirts.
The entry image is that photo almost everyone seems to place before the cut (the link to the full post). It's there to give you a preview of what you will find and entice you into looking. A few fun ideas to try are:
- You in your favorite coordinate
- A picture of your closet space or room
- Detailed closeups of your favorite print
- Your brand novelties
- A drawing you made
- mayartemis created a cute gif of their clothing stacking up
- tehrin used their graphic design skills to come up with this amazing pastel intro
- Your age
- What city you live in
- Your occupation
- Your favorite motifs/ colors/ brands
- A link to past wardrobe posts
- How your wardrobe has changed over the past year
- When/why you started wearing lolita
- Where/when you typically wear lolita
- Other fashions you wear
- buttcape included a pie chart showing which brands they owned
- List them in a rainbow starting from your favorite color
- Create arbitrary categories you feel your dresses encapsulate (tea flavors, animals, zodiac, etc.)
- If you have a meticulous mind for dates, list by when you acquired them
- ruban_rose categorized her dresses by brand
- antik_poesi structured their pictures three to a row
- xandra292 included multiple themes into her categories
- lollipurr divided their wardrobe into just two- cat related and not cat related
- loresandpenates gridded their images to include lovely detail shots
- alyssiumbaby made an efficient layout for such a picture-heavy post
- sanakanami made navigation easier by sorting categories under spoiler tags
Don't forget to check your etiquette! After all that hard work be sure your post isn't breaking any rules and users with slower connections will be able to view it. Heres's a quick checklist to mark off:
- Place all images after the entry image under a cut.
- If your post is picture heavy please note it in the cut so others know to open it in another tab.
- Do not hotlink images unless they are from your server or a photo-hosting website.
- Keep your entry images no bigger than 500px wide or the egl layout will squish them.
- Use your judgement on how large to post your wardrobe pictures- nobody wants to scroll horizontally!
I am so excited to see everyone's wardrobe posts again this year! I've quite dedicated myself to making one every year to track my progress and phases and trends. It reminds me of flipping through old diary pages. Do you plan to make a wardrobe post this year? Please link yours in the comments so I can check them out!
I know a lot of people feel deterred from posting because they see their wardrobe as small but it's just as nice to see a well-loved wardrobe of a few pieces as it is to scroll through an impossibly large collection. Have a sugar-sweet day and happy posting!