Behind the Scenes: How I take an outfit photo

One of the questions I get asked almost daily is about how I take an outfit photo. When I started blogging, I would snap the photo in the mirror. This was fine, but I realised I already had the equipment and minions to take it to the next level.
How I take an outfit photo

Behind the Scenes: How I take an outfit photo

What you need:

  1. Camera that is remote friendly. I use a Nikon D40 with a Nikkor 35mm lens.
  2. Battery remote. I have a Nikon one but also bought a few extra ones from Ebay for about $2 each and these work just as well
  3. Tripod. Try to get one that is eye height. I use a Manfrotto that goes to about 165cm-170cm. I think it cost about $100 or $150. Very light and great for travelling.

This is so easy!

PS: One of my patient minions also gave me a lesson in iMovie. They are super handy!



Get on the Redcliffe newsletter list and each month a funky little email will drop into your inbox with great styling tips and tricks.


  1. Love this Rachel, thanks for Sharing. x

  2. Rach I LOVED this – you are very clever and have cute minions!! x

  3. This is fantastic!!!! X

  4. I was lucky enough to witness you in action…and be part of your photoshoot! I always love your outfit photos. A decent camera, tripod and remote are definitely in my (near) future. I need to take my photos to the next level.

  5. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Great post Rachel,thanks for sharing x

  6. Thanks for sharing this behind the scenes look. If only my minions were as patient and willing as yours!

  7. Ahhh, the minions! Yours is a good photographer too 😀

    Amber at Adventures of a Rainbow Mama x

  8. Thanks for sharing with us Rachel! I always love your selfies!

    Nicole x

  9. I use a tripod & remote too – it makes life so much easier! Great post lovely xx

  10. Can’t wait until my side kick is big enough to use the camera

  11. Umm, loving your gorgeous hair!! Kids get the best shots some times ;)x

  12. Ummm ok I’m the worlds biggest dummy! This post has made my day. I always get my 6 year old or my Husband to take outfit posts of me and they are always pretty crap…they are not professional photographers after all! I have a Nikon DSLR, I just never realised I could buy a remote for it! I have the tripod somewhere lurking away in my wardrobe. There are so many outfit posts I’m desperate to do but the timing never works out as Hubby is at work and the chickadee is at school. I honestly feel like a numpty not figuring out the whole remote/tripod thing sooner!

    • What a cool realisation! You are going to rock with your awesome photos now! Don’t forget to check ebay for remotes. I found great ones for so cheap and they work the same as my expensive ones.

  13. My dreams! Goal next year is camera and remote, my teenage minions do my pics all on iPhone but the freedom to set up wherever and whenever would be awesome! You always have the best pics!

  14. TOO cute! I want a minion!!
    xx Jenelle

  15. Hey Rachel, I sat next to you in product and flatlay workshop over the weekend. I love this post. I just read your other post ‘What goes into taking an Instagram photo” and so so true. So much behind the scenes goes into. I love your minions!! So cute.

    It was lovely to meet you in person! Xo Steph


  1. […] 3. Use a tripod and a timer. The extraordinary Rachel from Redcliffe Style tells us all her secrets here. […]