I am no stranger to taking photos outside. If you’re a fellow bloomer, then you are familiar with how my aesthetic echoes color, vibrancy, and lots lots of energy.
Truthfully, I prefer taking outside photos. Keep reading to find out why.
I just live for it all. Photographers will discourage me from taking photos around the time when the sun is out but their suggestions are always met with resistance from me.
When it comes to knowing the best time to take photos outside, it depends.
I love natural light over anything else and plus, my best photos come from being taken around 9 am.
Yes, I pay close attention to the details.
As much as I take photos, preparation has always been on my side. A well-organized, and thought-out photoshoot bag, always results in the most bomb photos.
If I’ve forgotten an item for the shoot, it will translate to my photo because my face will read worried and annoyed all at the same time.
If you’ve picked up anything from me, you know that I also love offering practical items to my readers.
Before I share my 3 items, one of my best-kept secrets for having a seamless shoot is preparing at least 2 days in advance.
If you are someone who tends to stress over things, your future self will thank you if you go ahead and plan way before a scheduled shoot.
Rechargeable Battery Operated Fan
This fan is everything and more. The fact that it’s rechargeable and pumps out good air to cool me off, keeps me going back to it for every shoot that I book.
A girl doesn’t ask for much other than my makeup to stay on during the shoot.
This is what I used for the shoot that I most recently did and even with all my changes, I was able to stay cool with this fan.
The features are enough to do the job and it gives you the option to use the battery or charge it with the USB cord.
I prefer the USB cord because I like knowing that it’s charging hours before my shoot so I know just how often I can get away with using it before it dies on me hehe.
To give you some options, here is a small battery-operated fan, a battery-operated clip fan, a rechargeable fan.
Amazon Bluetooth Speaker
I love having music on. Anything upbeat, 3-5 mins long, I’m in my happy place.
Here is the nearly 5 stars rated Amazon Bluetooth speaker I recommend. It’s even waterproof and made by JBL.
Silent shoots are boring. What I love about music is how it automatically puts my body at ease.
Having music playing in the background is a must! Beautiful photos are created when you are relaxed.
I don’t judge those who don’t use music but if you are someone that gets stiff during a shoot with a new photographer, create a playlist for the shoot and bring some Bluetooth speakers.
Now, I couldn’t find my Bluetooth speaker but I definitely recommend the one above as it’s affordable, has great ratings, and its enhanced bass feature will keep you generating dope content for your shoot.
Amazon Black Girl Sunscreen
Now, a review of this sunscreen is way overdue. I love how supple it leaves my skin and not that matte look.
Some people prefer the 24/7 matte look but I don’t naturally go for that look as I prefer the dewy, supple look.
Discovered through a podcast, Black Girl Sunscreen can be found on Amazon! I usually purchase mine from a local Target or at Ulta and the prices are pretty consistent; anywhere between $15-$16.
Even if you’re not someone that regularly takes photos outside, all of my melanated bloomers need to purchase this today.
This sunscreen lasts a long time. I bought 3 of them and finished the first container in 2 months.
Fans, Bluetooth, Black Girl Sunscreen, Where To Buy
Other places you can purchase black girl sunscreen at target, for small fans, try going on Google and searching for “Mini fan battery” or “Best Rechargeable fan”
Here are some options I found from a quick Google search