First off, big kudos to the major talent of Niah Rose Photography for really bringing this shoot to life with her photography and editing skills! All the above images are her amazing work.
Summer came on in full force this year and just as quickly as it drenched us in warmth, we are flying through the season. The summertime always lends itself well to the bohemian theme--something about the warmth makes us all feel wild. Below, my tips for models, stylists, photographers, or all of the above who want to create this look for a shoot!
1. More is More
Perhaps the key to achieving a boho look is layering up. From jewelry to clothing, pile on more layers than you would actually wear in real life...then put on some more. The effect engenders a gypsy, vagabond lifestyle.
2. "Pretty" Isn't the Goal
Yes, boho images are pretty, but pretty is not what makes them boho. To tell a gypsy story, unconventional, rough elements can set the scene better than anything else. For example, in the above images I added the septum nose ring. I would define a septum ring as "edgy," rather than "pretty." Even ethereal bohemian themes always incorporate a bit of edge. Push the envelope by adding edge to suit the vibe you want to create--don't play it safe!
3. Use Colors
It's always tempting to stick straight to the popular pale palette that is all over Instagram right now. However, color has a major time and place in a boho shoot. We talked about layering...now add different colors to that and you get such an authentic vagabond vibe. Even if the colors don't exactly jive in person, editing can make them look perfect and create a unique look.
4. Attune to your Setting
The looks I modeled above--same outfits, accessories, makeup--would be TOTALLY different shot in a badlands, desert setting. It's important to realize this when creating the feeling and the "story" the model is conveying. With the green June foliage, it was easy to evoke a forest/jungle/nymph vibe. If I was styled in the same look but sitting on a sand dune, I would add a wide brim hat perhaps and do some harder, edgier poses to adapt to the harsher setting.
Props are key (see below picture). Wide brim hats, Mexican blankets, flower crowns, faux piercings, metal hair cuffs... the list goes on and on! The whole gist of the boho theme is you are vagabond gypsy in nature--thus there is every reason for you to have blankets, scarves, feathers out in the wild with you. All of these elements add interest and texture, resulting in better shots!
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// SIMILAR LINKED IF SOLD OUT//
HAIR CUFFS // AMAZON
BIKINI TOP // TULAROSA
SKIRT // HELLO MOLLY
WHITE MAXI DRESS // INDAH
LEOPARD SWIM BOTTOMS // VICTORIAS SECRET PINK
LEATHER BAG // VINTAGE
RINGS // HOUSE OF HARLOW, VINTAGE, FOREVER 21
BRACELETS // HOUSE OF HARLOW, VINTAGE, FOREVER 21
FAUX SEPTUM RING // HOT TOPIC, CLAIRES
FLOWER CROWN // ASOS
MEXICAN FALSA BLANKET // COACHELLA GENERAL STORE