BLOGGING TIPS | HOW TO APPROACH STRANGERS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND NOT GET REJECTED

How to approach strangers for photography and not get rejected? The truth is you will be rejected 10% of the time. At least that is what I encounter from getting street snaps myself. On fortunate days, I will have great photographers who would collaborate with Wondermika on street snaps. But there will be a day when you’re just out shopping and you see someone with such amazing style that you just have to photograph them even if it means approaching them yourself. But how do you do it, what do you say?

People declined being photographed for many different reasons:

  • They are shy
  • They don’t think what they are wearing is nice enough
  • They are in a rush
  • They don’t feel comfortable speaking to strangers
  • They’re not sure if you’re a real blogger or just plain creepy

 

Now, the reasons in red are beyond your control and I suggest that you move on and not take it personally. But the reasons in blue suggests that you can do something about it, do something to avoid it. You can minimise the chances of getting rejected. Here’s what I learned through experience.

 

Have a name card

Carrying a name card that says who you are not only helps convince a person that you will be snapping their pictures for blogging purposes but also helps them remember your blog in the long run. It also gives them the chance to check out your blog right after the snaps. Without a name card, anyone can claim to be a blogger. Well, name cards are easy to make and even non-bloggers can make a false claim but having a card really helps with making a first impression. By the way, because your name card will go to strangers, do not share any details that show where you live, work (if you have a day job) or your personal mobile phone.  What you want to share are:

  • Blog url
  • Blog-related Twitter/Instagram handle and link to Facebook page (not your personal ones where you could be stalked)
  • E-mail (an e-mail that you have set up just for the blog and not your personal e-mail)

This is my name card. On the front, I have my name, position and blog address. At the back are my contact details along with what else I do besides blogging (styling, writing, fashion direction).

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Start with a compliment

Every time I start approaching someone by saying “OMG, I love your style!” the response is more positive than ‘Hi, I’m a blogger, can I take a photo of you for my blog?”. Start with a compliment and then quickly ask if you can take a snap and why. Try this:

“Wow, you look amazing! I love your style. Can I take a snap of you for my fashion/beauty blog?” At this point, quickly give your name card and have your camera ready.

 

Use a camera instead of a phone

Yes, I’ve been there where all I had was my phone. And boy, did I get rejected a lot! Invest in a camera to show that you are a serious blogger. Some cameras can be found at cheap prices under $100. Thankfully, I was gifted a Samsung NX300 and a Nikon D40! With a proper camera, not only will you look convincing and more professional as a blogger, your blog will benefit from the quality pictures too! Getting a ‘yes’ to snap someone also depends on timing. So, it’s a good idea to have your camera ready to snap anytime. Wear it around your neck or in a bag. What you want is to minimise the delay that you will be giving the other person. Here are some cameras under AUS$150:

Olympus Stylus Vg-165 Digital Camera - Black
Olympus Stylus Vg-165 Digital Camera, AUD$69, from JB Hi-Fi which offer international delivery // Buy here //

 

Canon Ixus-132 Digital Camera - Silver

Canon Ixus-132, AUD$119, from JB Hi-Fi which offer international delivery // Buy here //

 

Samsung Dv150f Smart Camera - White
Samsung Dv150f Smart Camera, AUD$149, from JB Hi-Fi which offer international delivery // Buy here //

 

Look presentable

If you’re a fashion blogger, you might want to look the part. And if you’re a beauty blogger, a great do will give them more confidence. It’s also about representing your blog in a professional manner. Check out this post on how some bloggers dress.

Zara Shorts, Aldo Platforms

 

I hope these tips will be able to help you get those much needed street snaps! I’m not an expert but I’ve definitely learned along the way.

Do you have any tips of your own? Link it up here and share with Wondermika readers! Link away by clicking this button below:

 

A Love Tale Between Wonder and Mika – I just want to say I love you

Hello, lovelies!

We are Wonder and Mika. Follow us as we go on a romantic trip together to celebrate our love!

A romantic photo shoot featuring the Brisbane city skyline. We are getting cozy as the sun begins to disappear. Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.

The car is here. We are ready to go on our romantic trip. Wonder tells me that it will be a fun drive up a hill. Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.

We’re here! We can see the entire Brisbane city. The view is amazing. And Wonder is giving me a soft hug. Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

“Love is when you can’t imagine living your life without that special person.” whispers Wonder into my ear. The first duty of love is to listen.

A romantic dance… just the two of us =) What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

Love is when you accept the good and the bag… oops! I meant bad =) Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.

We are on top of the world. Love makes you feel that way. It really does! We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

We hope your life will be filled with love and peace too.

Love you!

Wonder & Mika

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Meet the new Moss: Lottie Moss, Kate Moss’ 16-year-old sister who is now a model too!

She might have two more years left at school, but 16-year-old model Lottie Moss (Kate’s half-sister) is about to shake up the fashion world.

Her first debut in the fashion scene is this editorial shoot “From Lottie with Love” in which she is captured wandering through the streets of London. “She’s so sweet and full of character, with a piercing stare that can turn from coy to seductive in a second,” say photographers Sean and Seng, who shot her for this issue. “We wanted the shoot to have an easy London feel.”

There was a controversy surrounding the shoot claiming that Lottie was under aged when the shoot took place. Lottie just turned 16 in January but it was said that the editorial deadline would have been 3 months prior to the release date which was before Lottie’s birthday.

So, how lucky is Lottie you think? Just at 16 she now her first editorial shoot. We’re guessing that her life from this point onward can only get more exciting. Can the fashion world even handle two Moss girls? We’re about to find out.

But before you get to the editorial pictures, have a look at Lottie’s portfolio shots which was published on her modelling agency’s website, Storm.

 

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The Editorial Shoot

Here’s Lottie’s first editorial shoot for Dazed photographed by Sean & Seng. In the shoot, styled by Robbie Spencer, little Moss wears pieces by the likes of Topshop, Prada, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana.

From Lottie with Love, February Issue

Lottie wears hand-painted sequin sleeves and top by Maison Martin Margiela, leather skirt by Zadig and Voltaire, necklace Lottie’s own.

 

From Lottie with Love, February Issue

Lottie wears all clothes and accessories by Miu Miu.

 

From Lottie with Love, February Issue

Lottie wears silk dress and slip by Dolce and Gabbana.

 

From Lottie with Love, February Issue

Lottie wears embellished coat by Prada.

 

From Lottie with Love, February Issue

Lottie wears all clothes and accessories by Miu Miu.

 

Q&A

Dazed also gives us a little insight into the life of Lottie this charming Q&A:

Tell us something unexpected. 
I love sloths.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever given? 
‘Trust me.’ (Ex-boyfriend.)

How do you sleep at night? 
Curled up like a ball.

Go-to girl-power anthem? 
‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)’ by Beyoncé.

Which is your favourite book to pretend to have read? 
Harry Potter… I’ve never read any of them.

When was your last kiss? 
Two weeks ago.

What was your favourite item of clothing from the shoot? 
The Prada coat. It was covered in jewels.

 

More photos of Lottie and Kate Moss.

Lottie was first discovered during Kate’s wedding.

Young Kate Moss for her first sitting in 1988 and Lottie Moss now.

Lottie Moss is following in her big sister’s footsteps. Kate’s half-sister turned 16 on Jan.

Kate Moss and her daughter. Will this young beauty follow her mother’s footsteps too?

Kate Moss for David Yurman.

Kate for Dior.

 

Lottie’s Twitter


 

Whatever it is, Kate Moss is still our top model here at Wondermika. And we wish Lottie all the success! What about you? How successful do you think Lottie will be? Share some love in our comments section below.

Love you!

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