Fashion + Design

#sbestyle: Outfit of the Day Instagram Hacks

October 1, 2015
Written by: Mussarat Bata
Contributor, Social Media Manager
Images by Kim Genevieve

Another day, another #OOTD selfie. Literally. But with backgrounds, lighting, props and more capturing that perfect style snapshot is a lot more difficult than the blogger babes make it look. Lucky for you, we’ve got the tips and tricks for the ultimate #OOTD Instagram straight from the source. Los Angeles photographer Kimberly Genevieve knows a thing or two (or a million) about posting seriously stunning snapshots. Her work has been featured on Apple’s game-changing Shot on iPhone campaign and she’s been named as one of Los Angeles’ top Instagrammers. Check out her ultimate #OOTD photo hacks below and make sure to click through the gallery to see her on-point pictures from your favorite sbe venues!

First things first, let’s talk about lighting. 

I really enjoy photographing in the middle of the day when the sun is bright and the sky is blue. This always helps me to achieve my bright and colorful photographs. I also find that colors pop a lot more during the day. Natural light always looks best on Instagram, but if you’re shooting indoors, sometimes that just isn’t possible. Try shooting by a large window or using a white background. Personally, I really like to capture my subjects with a little bit of movement and laughter. It keeps it playful for my audience and it doesn’t get too stuffy and serious. Instagram should be fun, and it should represent who you are in real life. The photos I post are definitely a small reflection of me.

And what about the outfit itself? 

I think that bright colors and interesting textures look best in photographs! When I was shooting at The Redbury in Hollywood, I wanted to dress up the shoot with a little sophistication to accompany the vibe of the hotel and the guest rooms. The clothing was still bright and colorful, but it felt a bit more polished than the poppy images I often create for Instagram!

When it comes to that perfect photo what’s better, staged photos or spur-of-the-moment? 

I prefer spontaneous shots, but sometimes that’s just not possible because an idea comes to mind that needs to be styled and it takes many different elements to bring the idea to life, especially with fashion photographs. The location, the hair/makeup team, and the stylist — all of that needs to come together to create a perfectly staged photograph. 

When it comes to backgrounds —  is less more?

Yes, less is so much more (in my opinion)! I love clean imagery, and as long as your subject doesn’t get lost in the background, then it really doesn’t matter what color or texture the background is. One tone backdrop are my favorite .. if I could shoot against a white backdrop every time, I probably would.

How many shots do you recommend snapping of one look/outfit? 

I like to have at least 3 solid shots per look when I am shooting for myself. When I feel like I’ve captured three solid shots, I move on to the next look. If I’m shooting for a client, I’d probably make sure to have at least 5 – 10 strong photos for the client to go through. 

What photo editing apps do you love? 

I always edit my iPhone photos with VSCO Cam and Snapseed. I definitely credit Snapseed for helping me accomplish bright and colorful images shot from my iPhone! I also use the Touchretouch app. It’s great for removing tiny imperfections. This helps me achieve clean and crisp photos. The Self Timer app is also very helpful for self-portraits. I couldn’t of achieved my ” Shot on iPhone 6 ” campaign photo for iPhone without this awesome app.