… 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.
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