Hey guys, so when you started out fashion blogging did you feel slightly embarrassed asking a friend/family member to take a photo of you and your outfit? When they said why, did you feel reluctant to say you wanted to start a fashion blog? Well if you're anything like me and like to keep things to yourself then YES that's exactly how it felt. Of course, fashion blogging is not something to be embarrassed of, rather the opposite but because that person who you asked help from had no idea that that's where your interest lies. If you're quiet about it like me then it poses many questions like "since when did you like fashion?","you have a blog?" and next comes the ordeal of telling them how to take photos. You tell them how you want the photos to look. telling them "zoom into my jacket", "get me at the side" "take a picture of me beside this tree and looking dreamily into the sky". (we all do it don't worry) You end up feeling embarrassed. BUT "cast thy nighted colour off" all you Hamlets out there for I have some tips that have helped me.
TIP 1: Start off telling someone you trust/a lover of fashion/someone you know won't judge you or laugh at you. Bring a friend along to help you out and take the photos, play some music and don't think about it as a daunting task , just have fun :) Soon you won't care what anyone thinks because you're awesome and are brave enough to go out and do it.
Once you've past that milestone then comes the bigger step of taking photos in public, I have yet to do it in a busy, bustling street with tall buildings and fancy statues behind me but until then I think driveways and secluded parks will do just fine. I really do admire those fashion bloggers who stand confidently in a public place, pose and move on ignoring the peering eyes from behind a pole (I did see this in a photo one time!). Maybe when I really get my blog up and running I'll build up the courage to do it. Do you feel shy taking photos in public? Or do you feel shy but ignore it and run with your ideas? Let me know :)
TIP 2: Start by going to parks or somewhere in the open but not extremely busy. An empty car park looks good in photos but don't have a supermarket in the back :P Walk along your estate or some place local just get out there bit by bit and soon enough you wont care if there's many around.
Okay so...first tell someone, second get out there. Got it. Still feeling awkward when you're doing outfit posts? It comes down to thinking too much about it. I remember these thoughts running through my head, "Okay will I put my hands here?...what pose will I do now?...Maybe if I...or?..." Oh the awkwardness of it all.
TIP 3: Don't think about every pose. If you're showing off your outfit then just standing looks good as well as looking down, crossing legs etc. so just don't over think it. Smile from time to time, its a fashion blog not a serial killer article (bit of an exaggeration but you get me)!