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How to get the most out of your backyard photo shoot

The beaches might still be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t craft a *fabulous* Instagram feed this summer. Believe it or not, your backyard is the perfect setting for a photo shoot. There are no strangers to judge your A+ poses, your fam can snap the pics and you can pick the most postable ones from the comfort of your couch. So, grab your camera: Here’s how to get the perfect summer snaps at home.

Take your mirror outside

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Sara ✌🏻 (@unikornoostyle) on

Perfect for showing off a new outfit and upgrading your self-portrait game, + the trend is Emma Chamberlain approved.

Take up space

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Tabi Nicole (@musadellamoda) on

Whether you’re laying on the grass or sprawled in a lawn chair, taking up space in your yard (and the frame) will give your pics an editorial feel. Swipe left on the above pic to see behind the scenes of this glam shot.

Dress up

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by ModeSens Fashion Director (@jinglengstyle) on

A cute summer dress is a terrible thing to waste. Don’t be afraid to get fancy with your backyard ensemble and makeup.

Props are your friends

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Bailey Buj (@baileyabuj) on

From tree stumps to books to pets, props will liven up any pic, and give a theme to your overall shoot.

Try a new perspective

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Radhika Soni | Blogger (@radhika.sonii) on

Getting a super-low angle like in this pic (or a super-high angle, or upside-down) creates an eye-catching photo like no other.

Don’t forget to smile

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Because nothing is more beautiful than a happy gal livin’ her best life. Whatever you choose to do for your backyard photo shoot, remember to take lots of pictures so you have options. Try different times of day to find the best lighting, and play around with the settings on your phone or camera until you’re 100% satisfied with your shot.

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by Bailey Bujnosek | 6/17/2020
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