Behind the scenes at Hair Romance

by Hair Romance on January 23, 2012 · 32 comments

in My Hair

Want to know how I take my photos for Hair Romance? Come take a behind the scenes look at how I shoot.

I’ve received a few emails asking how I take my photos so I thought I’d share a little look at how I work.

When the lovely Xiaohan of Xssat Street Fashion photographed me recently, I asked her to snap a couple of shots of my “studio” set-up.

Is this what you thought my “studio” looked like to produce these shots?

My apartment has a fantastic sun room that’s full of natural light so I don’t use any additional lighting.

The backdrop is a door I bought at the hardware store. I couldn’t shoot without my Manfrotto tripod.

My camera is a Nikon D90 and I always use my 35mm f1.8 lens. I shoot tethered into my laptop so I can see the pictures as I go (and make sure the back of my head is in frame!)

I use a cord remote to take the photos. When I’m doing tutorials I use a timer as I need both hands in shot.

Hope you liked this behind the scenes look!

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Cheryl from BusiChic January 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

Great post, it is always interesting to see how other people shoot. I use a tripod also but what great ideas to shoot tethered and with a cord remote. That said my backdrop is a neighbour’s fence out in my street; not sure what all the passerbys would think if I added a laptop to my repertoire! Thanks for sharing!


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks Cheryl! It used to take me ages to shoot only a couple of shots before – I’d have to mark a spot, then keep checking I was in shot and more 2 cm left etc. It’s so much easier to with the laptop.


Katrina from The Block January 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

I love it! I always wondering how you did that! Your apartment looks very cool x


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

Thanks Katrina!


Elli January 23, 2012 at 7:49 am

Love posts like this – thanks for showing!


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

Thanks Elli x


Nikki January 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

Thanks for sharing this! That door is genius. And it’s prompted me to remember to get a new tripod. Mine’s not tall enough. X


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

Thanks Nikki! I got the door idea from a friend who uses them as craft tables on trestle legs. They are perfectly flat, won’t warp and are prefinished (and cheap!)


Connie January 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

I wondered how you did it alone :) I am in hair envy as mine does not have the body or thickness for many of these styles :(


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thanks Connie xx


Steph @ Lipstick & Cake January 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

You are a very clever little cookie Christina! I need to find myself a door and tripod now.


P.S. Love those cushions on your couch


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Steph xx Seriously, so many uses for a door! (and my cushions are from Koskela & Target x)


CupcakesOMG! January 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

wow!!! so cool–i love seeing the “behind the scenes” of the blog photo process…and i would never have guessed you were taking thse of yourself!! i’m all the more convinced I need to get a remote shutter release now!!!



Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Thanks lovely xx I have a remote and a cable, but I find the cable is easier for these hair shots. The remote needs to see a sensor at the top of the camera which is a bit of a pain when I’m standing so close to the camera. If you’re doing full length shots the remote is perfect.


Teresa January 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Absolutely love each of your hairstyles here!


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Teresa x


gio January 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Love this kind of posts.. it’s so interesting to see how other people take photos. And you have a lovely apartment.


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thanks Gio xx


Bree @ The Blog Stylist January 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Oh I love this! You are so talented! :)


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Bree! It’s all in the cropping ;)


Jen W January 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Wow, you have it down to a fine art! What a beautiful room too :)


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks Jen! Definitely got a good system now, much better than when I first started!


Mystique January 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Great tips….You are so lucky to have an abundance of natural light in your sunroom!


Hair Romance January 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Thank you! It’s a great room, though it does get pretty hot in summer


Kristiina January 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for sharing, I love this kind of posts!

I have one idea for a post. Where I live, the temperature in winter is easily -10 to -20C. That means you have to cover your head, but that usually flattens your hair. What hairstyles would be good under a cap so that your hair still looks beautiful when you go inside?


Hair Romance January 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

That is COLD!! Where do you live Kristiina? I will put together some tips for avoiding hat hair x


Kristiina January 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

I live in Finland :)


Angie January 24, 2012 at 4:16 am

This is SUPER helpful! Thanks so much for sharing your technique with us. I have never been able to take good hair and hat pics. This certainly gives me something to think about.


Hair Romance January 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

Thanks Angie!


Carla Coulson January 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Christina I do this create a studio with the simplest of things….lucky for you have that amazing light filled room, would love to have that beautiful sunshine coming in right now on this cold and dark Paris day.
Great post and what a fantastic and informative blog you have love your work!
Carla xx


Hair Romance January 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Even in the dark Paris looks magical. Australian light always feels so harsh in comparison. Thanks for visiting Carla xx


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