Posh Tip: Take Your Covershots To The Next Level

Making a good first impression is vital, especially when it comes to listings in your Poshmark closet. The covershot is the first image that users see and can often determine whether they like or buy the item or follow you. And like your first impression, you want to show potential buyers just how awesome you and your listings are.

So how do you capture this in a covershot? How do you entice users to click on a listing and look at the rest of your closet? Lucky you, we have some tips for you to take amazing and authentic covershots.

Clean and Clear

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No, we’re not talking about the facewash. A clean and clear covershot is one where the eye naturally falls on the item you are selling. You can assist potential buyer eyes by making sure that there are no competing objects in your covershots. See the difference?

Accentuate and Highlight

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Taking a clean and clear covershot doesn’t mean the exclusion of accessories. Instead, other items can help highlight its features, such as color or texture. Just remember, there is a difference between a well styled layout and one that is haphazard. You won’t want to cover up important details that make it hard to figure out the essence of the item.

Background

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Choosing the right background is vital to taking a great covershot. You can even use the background to help highlight the item. By choosing a complementary color, you can help an item’s color pop and help capture the item’s true color. Whereas a white background is great to highlight texture or the details of an item, as you’ve seen in the other above examples.

 

With these tips, you’re sure to get your item sold in no time. Have tips of your own? Share them in the comments!

 

How to Master the Flat Lay Covershot

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Looking to elevate your Covershots but don’t have a photographer to snap a pic for you? Or does the item you are selling no longer fit properly so modeling is out of the question? Flat lay to the rescue! These clean and simple layouts are eye-catching, stylish, and can showcase an item just as well (if not better!) than wearing or hanging the garment.

We caught up with two Poshers and flat lay masters to share their tips. Find more gorgeous shots in their closets for even more inspiration!

Kaitlyn | @Lynwol

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Lighting, editing & staging

Lighting is EVERYTHING, I take all my pictures in full, natural light. I LOVE to use my ig filters of my pictures (hint: I don’t use the pre-set filters, but I filter the pictures manually). Last, I usually find at least one other item that will complement the beauty of the item I am selling.

Style it to stand out

Styling: Just because you aren’t modeling an outfit doesn’t mean that you can’t put an outfit together for your flat lay Covershot.

Backdrop is everything

I take all my pictures on my desk, which I may or may not have painted white just for that purpose.

Kristin | @fancypantsmcgee

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Focal point, details & fun

Let the item that is for sale be the star of the show. Use a clean background and style your merchandise with other items that will enhance its beauty. Pay attention to detail. Smooth out wrinkles and tuck price tags away to ensure a crisp and clean covershot. Have fun! Play around with different layouts of your items, try different angles, and style your items the way you’d wear them. Let your personality shine through!

Let the item take the spotlight

I use a simple, clean background (for me, a white table) that gives me a blank canvas to showcase the merchandise. I also try to style the items with other on-trend pieces and change my covershots periodically to keep them current.

Bright light is best

I take my covershots on a white table in front of a set of large windows in my home. Natural lighting is the key to getting bright, eye catching photos.

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Community Feature: Covershots that Shine!

 
We here at PMHQ love a good covershot; the kind that makes you stop and take a peek at the rest of someone’s closet. Modeling your item, utilizing a ton of natural light, using creative angles and alternative points of view can help take listings to the next level. Need some inspiration? Here are some that we’re loving lately. We can’t wait to see more!
 
 
 
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@pebbles1008 / @splendeur

Closet Feature: @frankiesbazaar

We couldn’t be more thrilled to share Tania’s delightful mix of vintage and modern finds in today’s Community Closet Feature. The closet boasts a variety of unique vintage duds as well as bold contemporary pieces to ensure a wardrobe that won’t bore.

Of course we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this community member’s eye for a stunning covershot; we love her clear images and amazing posing skills! If you’re looking to add a special piece to your own collection or two to ensure an outfit that no one else has, be sure to stop by her closet soon!

  1. Urban Outfitters Navy Polka Dot Layered Skirt: $20 Retail $55

  2. Vintage Plaid Blazer: $20 Retail $70

  3. Vintage Red Polka Dot Tokyo Sweater – $10 Retail $40

  4. Turquoise & Silver Elephant Ring: $6 Retail $13

  5. Vintage Brown Suede Cropped Jacket: $35 Retail $100

  6. Vintage Polka Dot Cropped Chiffon Jacket: $17 Retail $50

  7. Apt 9 Grey Suede Ankle Boots: $6 Retail $50

  8. Vintage Dark Red Floral Tapestry Jacket: $35 Retail $75

Friday Five: TGIF InStyle!

1. We might of left our hearts in Vegas, but the PoshFest fun isn’t over yet! We are so excited to announce our PoshFest winners for our Posh Party Instagram Giveaway and our Covershot contest.

Congrats to Sayestebrown for winning our Posh Party Instagram Giveaway for winning $100 in Posh Credits! Give so much Posh love for bostonshoppermizfabulousityjessicarabbit13 and thebayarean for winning $25 in Posh Credits in our CoverShot contest.

Happy Poshing!

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2. Calling all Insta-fans! Take pictures of how you style your favorite Posh purchases and enter for a chance to win $50 in Posh Credits. Don’t delay – our POSHSTYLE Instagram Giveaway is officially ending Monday, October 28th 12PM PST.

With this last week, get chic!

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3. Extra, extra, read all about it: Poshmark’s celebrity investors include Rachel Zoe and Ashton Kutcher! Last week, the media was buzzing all about the announcement on VentureBeat – and so for the fun of it, we’re reliving the spotlight!

Check out what VentureBeat and Refinery29 have to say about it!

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4. Magazine mavens, have you seen this month’s edition of InStyle? Poshmark was included in InStyle’s #bestofdigi under their Consignment Insider list. Refashioning is SO in!

Read all about it!

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5. Drumroll, please! There are BIG, BIG things that we’re planning at PMHQ for the app in the next few weeks, and we can barely keep it a secret.

Just stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels these upcoming weeks – we’ll definitely give you hints!

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Get to Know Poshmark User Songya

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There’s nothing we love more than getting up close and personal with our community! We recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Songya, getting to know all about how she discovered Poshmark, what her favorite places to shop are and her fashionista inspirations.

How did you find Poshmark?
My friend Olivia introduced me to Poshmark. She downloaded the app for me and forced me to do my first listing, a floral Forever 21 dress.

How do you package your sales? 
I steam all of my items first, even if they are clean. I’m not a great folder but I’ll fold my pieces nicely then I use brown craft-like paper to wrap them. They finally go in a bag with a note card. 
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Who are Poshmarkers you look to for inspiration?
I like the way Christina lays out her outfits; I browse her closet simply because it looks so nice! Lindsey has beautiful cover shots.

Where do you like to shop, besides Poshmark?
Big luxury retailers, but I’m not loyal to just one. A lot of Zara, cool pieces from F21, and Etsy for cool home goods.

Define your closet personal style.
Feminine, elevated, slightly edgy.

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 How amazing are these hand drawn note cards she includes in all of her Poshmark packages? Obsessed. 
 

Where did you get your username?

It’s French, my boyfriend helped picked it. My username @magriffe means ‘my style’ ma=my Griffe=claw, which is slang for style 

What was your best purchase on Poshmark?
A tank top from Pamela; it was shredded, and I wore it all summer.
Thank you to Songya for hanging out with us! Be sure to check out her fabulous listings below, and stop by her closet today!

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Great Photos = More Sales.

Having amazing pictures in your Poshmark listings is one of the most important parts of creating a great listing. But don’t fret – read these simple tips to make the most out of your photos!

1. Style your Covershot

Your Covershot is the very first photo in your listing – and first impressions definitely count, so be sure to wow potential buyers by including a gorgeous Covershot in your listings! We find that if you wear your item in your Covershot to show how you would style it, the chances of selling your item are much greater.

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2. Pick the right setting

Where you take your pictures is as equally important when creating a listing. You want to be sure that what you’re trying to sell is what stands out – not the pile of clothes sitting on your bed in the background!

If you’re taking your photos at home, we suggest picking an area of your house that’s clean, free of clutter, and has natural light beaming through.

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3. Take clear, bright photos

One of the most-convenient things about Poshmark is that you can snap the photos for your listing using your phone (easy-breezy!). And while the camera on the phone is pretty amazing, the lighting and coloring of the photos can sometimes be less-than-ideal depending on the environment in which the photos are taken.

This is why snapping your photos in natural lighting is preferred, but we know that’s not always possible. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that will quickly correct the exposure and tone of your pictures, such as Snapseed, Photoshop Express and VSCO Cam.

4. Include a variety of photos

We strongly encourage including as many photos of the item you are trying to sell to give potential buyers a better idea of what the item really looks like from multiple angles. Some ideas of the photos to include in your listings are:

  1. A clear styled shot of the product on you.
  2. A full front shot of the product lying flat or against a clean, contrasting surface.
  3. A full back shot of the product lying flat or against a clean, contrasting surface.
  4. A detail shot of the product, showing any special details or pointing out any possible minor defects or wear.