But How Do You Take Photos In Front Of People?

… The most common question I’m asked. Well, amongst “how are you so confident in front of the camera?” and “don’t people stare at you???” but hey, pretty much the same gist. I’ve only been blogging for 2 and a half years (I say only because to be honest it doesn’t seem that long compared to some people) but in those 2 and a half years I’ve learnt a lot when it comes to being the other side of the camera, when in reality I’m a lot more comfortable behind one.

Those years beforehand I was always a handygal with a camera (even if that camera was an iPhone 4 or a HTC wildfire #tb), but that doesn’t mean something suddenly switched in my confidence or my sass-hormone increased which meant I wanted to opt for being in front of a camera – I just decided I wanted to take my creativity elsewhere. Writing, editing, ya know the drill, I’ve spoken about that before, but I’m still asked how I find the balls to take photos with people around without cringing and ending up with 100 photos of me saying ‘sorry’ to passers by for invading their space for that perfect backdrop.

WHAT’S YOUR END GAME?

Funny I should mention end games… I finished Pretty Little Liars recently and it was A TERRIBLE ENDING.

Moving on. When it comes to your outfit snappo’s forget the ooh’s and the aah’s and think of your final project. Ok, it’s a bit cold and an old lady is giving you the eye from across the road, but DAMN these photos are gonna look good. And the likes on instagram? Potentially 1 or 2 more than the last photo (lol). Hey, maybbbbe a cheeky regram from a brand I’m wearing?! Focus on THE SHOT and THE POST. When I’m having my photos taken I only ever look at the camera, my photographer, the sky, or a blank wall in the distance – pretty much pretend nobody is there and it’s just you for that ideal shot.

GET LOCATION PLANNING

Most of us have to shoot blog/instagram photos at the weekend, and unfortunately it’s the busiest time. As much as we want to lie in until 11am and eat avocado on toast (except I’ll have marmite because avo on toast is vile, you healthy lot) the best times to shoot photos are EARLY before anyone gets up. If you’re a little shy it’ll always help to shoot images during quieter periods, or find cute calm lanes in the middle of nowhere (of which there are none near me).

P.s. mid-late mornings are now a good time for outfit shooting because of the Winter light… anybody dreading the time that it gets dark at 2pm?!

GUYS, DON’T BE EMBARRASSED

Sometimes I’ll stop if I’m in a busy area and move somewhere quieter, but it’s not because I’m embarrassed to be in front of other people, it’s usually because A) I don’t want a million people behind me in the shot, B) I don’t want that gang of 16 year olds to keep laughing at me and put me off my pose game and C) my photographer is probably creasing at this point. I’m literally NEVER embarrassed anymore, because I know I have to go through this whole process to get what I want to achieve, and well, technically it’s my job. I know blogging isn’t a job for all, it’s still my hobby too, but would you laugh at someone who was having a picture taken of them? Would you laugh at anyone for doing their hobby or job? Puts it in perspective!

GET IT OVER WITH

How long do you think it takes me to do a set of photos? I swear people think it takes a whole day. A ‘session’ for me is literally 10 minutes. I usually go out with either my dad or my boyfriend, and obviously being unwilling men they want it over with as quickly as humanly possible, so I change poses every 5 seconds and they click the button every 1 second. We do full length photos first, maybe a few different angles and heights, then up close ones from a few angles… and done. I don’t exactly spend forever doing it (and you don’t need to either) so the confidence strug doesn’t last too long!

SHOP MY LOOK

Jumper – ASOS

Jeans – Dorothy Perkins

Coat – New Look

Bag – c/o Next

Boots – c/o Next

Earrings – ASOS

Classic casual outfit anyone? I wore this on Thursday for a trip to Cribbs Causeway in Bristol while I’ve had a week off with Jimmy – we spent money on knitwear and we had a GBK. It was great. I wanted to be comfy so I opted for jeans and ankle boots (and a pop of awesome earrings). I shot this look outside the Cribbs Mall and I had 3 car horns beeped at me and many wolf whistles/things shouted my way, but guys and guyals, REMEMBER THE FINAL PROJECT and just look away from everyone walking near you. LOL.

R x

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8 Comments

  1. 10th November 2017 / 9:05 am

    Love this outfit robyn, and post! It’s so true that you just have to not care and get it over with! People will stare but if you want the photos, you gotta do what you gotta do! Xxx

    • 16th November 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks girly! People always stare but once you get over that point of caring/looking past it then you really do start to build that confidence with the photo taking don’t you!?

      R xoxo

  2. 10th November 2017 / 9:53 am

    Yes, Robyn! I loved this post. I always feel a little self conscious whenever I do outfit photos in public and always opt to go somewhere more quiet. But these tips are so handy and useful. I’ll definitely bare them in mind when I next shoot some pictures in public xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • 16th November 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks lovely lady! Somewhere quiet is good but it’s good to get out of your comfort zone so you can feel like you can always go out and get your photos done whether it’s busy etc! Try them out girl you deffo don’t need to be self conscious, always looking FAB!

      R xoxo

  3. Parie Joshi
    10th November 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Loved this post Robyn! I used to get really embarassed too but now I’m like LOOK AT ME!

    x

    • 16th November 2017 / 7:21 pm

      GIRL you’ve just become so amazing in the few months with your fashion posts. It’s like your confidence has made you a new woman – work it!!

      R xoxo

  4. 10th November 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Loved this – and what a great idea for a post! I am terrible at taking outfit photos in public, I’m lucky to have some nice little lanes and things in Norwich but there are loads of other nice locations here that are a bit more public that I really want to shoot at. Going to have to try your tips and just think of the blog and the gram, haha xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • 16th November 2017 / 7:22 pm

      That’s pretty much what spurred me on to get to where I am now! I had lovely little areas where I lived, but there were more ‘street style’ areas in public places that could get me such cool photos that I had to weigh up the pros and cons basically! So… these are the pros, and there aren’t any cons!!! Go for it cause you always look AMAZING!

      R xoxo

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