Justin and I are excited to announce that we’ll be cruising down to Austin, TX next week to move there for a year! Justin has accepted a job at Fetch and I’ll still be doing freelance photography!
If you know connections in Austin or have recommendations about places we should go or things we should do, I’d love it if you’d drop me a message and let me know! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send me a message on social media, @gdeimz.
If you’re a photographer that’s new to TikTok and you have no idea what to post, then this is the article for you! I’ve been using and learning TikTok for a few months now, and I wanted to share with you some of the ideas I’ve tried on TikTok as a photographer! I compiled six ideas that you can use to get started on TikTok today!
#1: A Day In The Life
People want to see what your life as a photographer is like, whether that’s heading to a photoshoot, working on some edits, or even something wild like photographing a music festival. Here’s the TikTok I made about one of my favorite days ever, when I got to photograph Post Malone at VooDoo Fest in New Orleans.
#2: Before-After Photos
These can be so much fun because you get to see the process from the original unedited photo to the final beautiful image! You can also show off your Photoshop skills with a Before/After photo. Here’s one I made, and I combined it with the Wipe It Down challenge to try to widen my audience.
#3: Your Photography Glow Up
You know those terrible photos you took five years ago? Pull those out, because a new trend on TikTok is to show your photography glow up. Put the photos in order of oldest to newest, so people can see how much you’ve improved. It actually took me a few hours to go into the archives and pull out these old photos, but I love how it turned out.
#4: Behind the Scenes of a Photoshoot
This can be an on-location shoot, or even a product shoot at home. People love to see how photoshoots happen in real time. Here’s one I did of a donut photoshoot in my house. Make sure you end the video with the final images so people can see the end result.
#5: An Editing Video
As cool as photoshoots are, editing videos are just as cool! Show people the process you go through on Lightroom or Photoshop. You’d be surprised how impressed people can be by some simple spot removing and color corrections. Here’s a pretty extravagant Photoshop session I did for a TikTok. It took a few hours, but simpler edits work fine too!
#6: Photography Tips
This one is gold on TikTok. Any advice or tips you have to share as a photographer is really valuable. People want to know how to pose better, how to get great shots with their iPhone, outfits that work great for photoshoots, and much more related to photography. Here’s one I made called 5 Prompts to Pose Couples.
Bonus: Whatever is Trending Right Now, But with a Photography Take
This one works great to get new audiences to see you. Go on the trending page and see what people are making videos about (or what songs they’re using) and try to make one, but with a photography spin. Here’s an example of one I did when it was trending.
And most importantly, have fun! This is a totally new way to share your art, so go try making some TikToks! Make sure to tag me if you do use any of these ideas. I’m @gdeimz on social media, and I can’t wait to see your TikToks!!
Today someone messaged me and asked if she could use one of the photos I had recently posted as her phone background, which gave me the idea for a little freebie–because hey, we’re in quarantine and sprinkles make things better.
If you never quite sure just how to pose with your partner for a great picture, or you’re a photographer looking for posing ideas, then this is the article for you! I’ve compiled a list of my go-to poses for couples, and I have a one-page freebie at the bottom for you to keep as a helpful guide! Big thanks to my favorite couple Jersey and Luis for being my models for this project (and standing in the freezing New York City winter weather to get these shots!) Now let’s dive into these poses.
Lean Toward Each Other
Position the couple so one person’s shoulder is leaning into the other person’s chest, and have the person behind wrap their arm around and lightly grab the right arm of the first person. It helps to mention to lean their heads toward each other and getting their noses close together. This cozy pose is great for a mid shot, or a close up.
Facing Each Other
This one is an easy one. Have the two look at each other while holding hands. Can be used for a wide shot or a close up, and you can play with how close they are standing to each other. One person can also wrap their hands around the other person’s neck and lean in close for a kiss (warning: it’s adorable!!)
Facing The Camera
The classic shot shows the couple fairly close together with one person wrapping their arm around the other. You can vary the hands–hands in pockets, hands straight down, or like in this shot, Jersey had her hand by her face, tucking her hair behind her ear. Do whatever feels most natural for you.
Half Looking at the Camera
This can be a great moment. Have one person look at their partner while the other person looks at the camera. This usually results in some natural smiles and laughs, because who doesn’t get excited when they spend a few seconds taking in how lovely their partner looks?! A great variation of this can be to alternate having both partners look at each other at the same time.
The Ear Whisper
Alright, now that you are warmed up and have the basic poses down, here are a few advanced level poses! This one is a great prompt I use with couples. When a couple is already fairly close to each other, I’ll tell one partner to lean in and whisper something into the other person’s ear. It’s great for capturing a candid moment, because generally one of them will say something silly, or sweet, and the other person will break out into a huge smile or laugh. If you’re not great with posed photos, I recommend a pose like this, which can help bring out your personality and feel really natural.
Arm Around The Shoulder
Have one or both partners wrap their arm around the shoulder or waist of the other person. A few variations are to have them both look at each other, at the camera, and one person looking down candidly. You can also alternate between serious expressions and smiles.
I love this pose so much! Why? Because look at how cute it is! It’s pretty simple too: hold hands and touch foreheads. For a more intimate moment, you can have them get close and close their eyes, too. For a more playful and fun shot, tell them to smile and laugh. Leaning in for a kiss is also an easy pose to go to from this one!
This can be another great natural moment between the two. You can walk toward the camera, hold hands while walking away from the camera, and even start walking away and then turn around and look back at the camera. I usually tell my couples to walk in “slow motion” so they’re relaxed and not rushed. In terms of eye contact, they can look forward, at each other, down and around. I usually tell them not to look directly at the camera, so the shot comes out looking a little more like a candid moment.
The Finale: Kiss and Foot Pop!
This is a great shot to do toward the end of the shoot. Have the couple get really close to each other, put their hands on each other’s waist or around their neck, and smooch! Jersey did the foot pop with her right foot, which I love. An advanced level variation of this is to do the dip: dip your partner halfway and then have a dramatic kiss. This might not be the pose for everyone, but if you like a grand gesture (and I do) then this can be the perfect pose!
I’ll be honest, I wrote this in part because my partner hates posing and I wanted to have a quick page of ideas that I could glance at when we’re out and I want to get a cute shot. So, I made a one-page PDF with pictures of all the poses and I’m giving it to you, too! Click here to download the freebie couple posing guide!
And if you liked this, have a look at my website, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest! I hope this gave you some ideas to try out on your next photoshoot, and good luck to everyone with your posing! Tag me @gdeimz on social if you post any of the ideas you try out!
This is a very specific article, I know. But let me give you some background. I’ve been on a little side project all year long. I wanted to see if I could take my love of all things pink, and find it translated into desserts in the city.
It all started because I wanted some adorable pink food that matched my aesthetic to post on Instagram. But then it became a challenge for me, and I started seeking out shops, menus, and restaurants on social media to see if I could compile an all-pink list. And I did, right here, just for you! So if you’ve ever thought, hmm, I wonder what kinds of pink desserts NYC has to offer, this is your spot to find out!
Simply Delicious Yellow Cake with Sweet Pink Buttercream Icing from Amy’s Bread
Amy’s Bread is a classic bakery in NYC, and their pink cake is no exception. It’s sweet icing is the perfect topper for the moist cake, and is the perfect pink dessert to grab with a coffee or on a weekend outing with friends. I highly recommend this cake for looks + taste. I might need to run to Chelsea Market later to grab a slice!
Strawberry Shortcake & Red Raspberry Cakes at Ring Ding Bar
Pink on the outside AND inside! This dessert bar does a modern take on the classic 1950’s dessert Ding Dongs, which is basically a mini cake with a chocolate layer overtop and filling in the inside. The strawberry shortcake is absolutely delicious, not to mention adorable, and the shop is even cuter! I highly recommend heading downtown to check it out in person!
Pink Bubble Tea at Bar Pa Tea
While I admit this is borderline in the “dessert” category, I’m still counting it because it’s a sweet treat! The store itself gets extra points for looking adorable and pink, and is great for photos too. They have lots of other flavors, including matcha, coffee, and add-in flavors, so go check them out for a sweet drink.
Lavender Ice Cream with Lucky Charms and a Pink Cone from Soft Swerve
Oh my gosh, where do I start with this?! While it’s not all technically pink and there is a lot of purple in the dessert, I included it because this. was. the. best. ice. cream. I’ve. ever. eaten. For real, it was delicious. And it’s so pretty for ice cream! Beware, there might be a bit of a line, but they’re speedy and it’s absolutely worth it!
Strawberry Cronut at Mia’s Bakery
If you haven’t tried the cronut yet, you need to head on over to Mia’s bakery immediately. It’s the perfect balance of crunchy cronut texture and silky sweet icing on top. And it’s pink, of course. The strawberry flavors tasted incredible, but note that it’s very rich, so might be best to share with a friend if you don’t have the biggest sweet tooth.
Bonus: Vegan Raspberry Cake at Mia’s Bakery
The folks at Mia’s were so nice and helpful that they gave me multiple pink dishes to photograph! This one is for all my Vegan friends out there. It’s a Vegan raspberry cake with a raspberry drizzle. Talk about amazing. With the filling and layers of icing, I was in total pink heaven.
Give these a try the next time you’re out and about in the city, and if you have any recommendations of other pink food or desserts that I should photograph, hit me up at email@example.com or on Instagram @gdeimz. Thanks so much and hope you have a pastel pink day! 🙂