17th August 2015

IMG_6138 The best way to dress up a little black bow dress, is by pairing it with a red lip… and matching red balloons of course 🙂IMG_6119

Oh hey bloggers (or other crazy people who like to shoot with balloons) this one is for you! Today I’m sharing a few tips for shooting with these pretty popables!

I’m not an expert at much, but I do know how to shoot with balloons! I’m not saying I’m the best at it, actually far from it, but I have had some really unsuccessful balloon shoots where I get bopped in the head, pop my balloons or just trip and fall in the ribbons haha so I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned from my few too many balloon shoots in hopes of improving your next one.IMG_6132

1 – check the weather, if its too hot, rain-y or too windy, today is not the day to tackle the balloon shoot… believe me, I’ve tried it in all three situations and you’ll end up with soggy ribbon, heat-stroke balloons that pop and wilt or a balloon straight to the face!IMG_6103
2 – stick to solids, polka dot balloons are fun and SO tempting but it always looks a little bit better when you shoot with a solid colored balloon, also it is best if you get five or six (five is usually the magic number, but I get six incase I pop one) of the same colored balloons, who knew there would be such a science to balloon shooting right?IMG_6419
3 – consider the lens, we usually shoot with a fixed 50mm sense, but with balloons you might want to switch to something wider so you can ensure you capture all of those balloon pretties, if not, you’ll need to revise your pose to awkwardly holding the balloons lower than you feel comfortable doing – it will still look good but will just feel awkward!IMG_6096
4 – Have fun! Trying to be “pretty” when balloon shooting is just awkward. Stop trying to act like an adult and let out your inner child, some of the best balloon photos I’ve ever taken are when I’m just having a ball!IMG_6042
5 – Pay it Forward – when you’re done with the balloon, find the cutest kids around and start giving them away! It will seriously light up their day to get a spontaneous balloon gift and make you feel pretty awesome too!IMG_6237IMG_6433IMG_6140I wore this little black dress for my birthday weekend! It looks like just a normal black dress online, but I gave it a Color Me Courtney twist by tying the tie waist detail into a little black bow! The rest was built from closet basics: nude sandals, a leopard clutch and a bright red lip! Since the dress is currently on sale for only $28 its a crazy steal, plus you can wear it to work with a blazer, on the weekend with flats or dressing it up like I did with a few simple pieces!

What about you, Have you ever shot with balloons? I always have more fun doing it than I probably should…IMG_6196

Black Tie Dress (comes as a flat tie, but I just tied it into a bow) Also in White
Nude Sandals  (also in leopard)|| Leopard Clutch || Red Lipstick

22 thoughts on “Pop!

  1. Mina

    I love that dress its simple yet classic…. U look fabulous as always! Your such a breathe of fresh air!!!

  2. Maria | Looking Glass

    Cute post! I love the balloons, you genuinely look like you’re having so much fun! I’ve never tried a balloon shoot myself but now I want to. I also love the idea of giving them to kids at the end! x

  3. Kathleen

    This is crazy because my birthday is August 17th and on the same day you posted this, I posted my own balloon shoot for my birthday post! It was my first time shooting with balloons and you’re right, it was a lot of fun!

  4. Eleni

    Wow, this dress looks gorgeous on you, and the bow!!But lets be honest best part are the balloons, because we are all kids at heart and wish we could walk the streets with balloons with such bravery like you did. lol.

    Eleni xo

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