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The *ultimate* spring photoshoot inspo for your IG feed

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If you’ve been on Instagram in the past month, you’ve probably seen your share of aesthetic spring photoshoots. Spring is an especially good time to snap new pics for your Insta feed: the weather’s warm, there are plenty of scenic natural backdrops, and the fashion is bright and eye-catching. So, why not have your own photo sesh? GL has all the inspiration you need for a spring photoshoot, from locations and ‘fits to makeup and poses. Grab your bestie (or set up your self-timer) and get ready to capture the perfect pics.

Backdrop basics

There are plenty of amazing outdoor locations you can use as your photoshoot backdrop. Look into flower fields, national parks, lakes, botanical gardens, and other green spaces near you. Not only will you get gram-worthy pics, but you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty of the season up close. Just don’t forget to apply sunscreen beforehand and bring along some water.

Of course, not everyone lives next to a tulip field. If you need to capture the spirit of spring without taking a road trip, you can create a backdrop at home. The most common DIY backdrop is a plain-colored sheet or blanket, but a blank wall works, too. Using fake (or real) flowers as a prop, wearing floral patterns, and doing a bright makeup look can help you channel spring in the most basic indoor setup. Check out this blog post from Lulus to learn how to dress up a plain wall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by CASEY KELLY (@cykellz)

*All* the outfit ideas

The best part about spring fashion is that there are tons of trends to choose from. If your style is in line with the soft girl or cottagecore aesthetics, you’ll love flowy dresses, pleated skirts, and hair bows. Work with what you have in your closet already, or go thrifting to find the dress you didn’t know you needed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Yuyan (@itsyuyann)

Looking for something a little more casual? The y2k aesthetic is the spring trend you've been looking for. Denim + cropped tees and tanks are your go-tos. Keep in mind that the cutest ‘fits are the ones you feel most confident in. If this inspo doesn’t click with you, don’t be afraid to put together something completely new.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by elena 🦋 (@elenislafuente)

Makeup must-haves

Spring beauty means natural, golden-hour-worthy makeup that matches the color palette of your outfit and backdrop. Though you’re most likely to post your pics on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, TikTok’s short video format makes it the ideal place to find quick and easy makeup tutorials. Here are a few how-to’s to help you get glowy skin, master colorful eyeshadow looks, and find the shiniest lip gloss around.

@imsimplysteph

Easy pop of color look✨ #eyeshadowtutorial #eyelinertutorial #makeuphacks #makeupforbeginners #wingedeyeliner #colorfuleyeshadow #eyelook #cutcrease

♬ Best Friend (feat. Doja Cat) - Saweetie
@faithchappelle

Minimalist makeup 🤎 #meritbeauty #naturalmakeuptutorial #curlyhair

♬ Good Days - SZA

Striking a pose

The photos above showed a variety of poses, but you can never have too many options. Here are a few *amaze* pose guides that will add movement and energy to your photoshoot. Again, these are pulled from TikTok—but a scroll through your explore page on Insta will likely show more inspiration. Don’t forget props—holding food, a bouquet, a book, or a camera can help you avoid awkward hands in your photos.

@lynnhoa

you‘re not photogenic? ✨ IG @lynnhoa #posewithlynn #poses #posing #notphotogenic #outfitideas #streetwear #fyp #foryou

♬ original sound - Lynn
@marta__sierra

Never able to turn my posing mode off 🙊 #fun #tiktokfashion #poses #fashion #dress #parati

♬ sonido original - Marta Sierra

Have you done a creative spring photoshoot? Share your results with us by tagging @girlslifemag on Instagram.

Title Image: Instagram/@mingalondon

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by Bailey Bujnosek | 4/27/2021
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