For this installment of Tech Tuesday, I’m opening up about one of my blogging pet peeves: Taking outfit photos. From start to finish I can’t help it, I just hate it. It’s not that I don’t love taking photos, come on, it’s pretty obvious that I do. But there’s something unnerving about grabbing the tripod, assembling it on my living room floor, which I discover is slightly unlevel, and taking photos of myself in front of a bookcase, which is the best back drop I can think of. And by best, I mean the least boring. No one wants to see me against a white wall. I might as well be in prison.
And then there’s how to pose. Advice from America’s Next Top Model pops into my head. Smize! Long neck! Soft eyes! Don’t do that with your leg! Look down–your nose looks smaller if you do that!
No matter what I do, it just feels hilariously wrong.
Weeks later, I ponder what would make my outfit photos better. I hatch a plan. If we moved to an apartment with a yard, I can take my photos outside! Since this is an entirely irrational answer, I hatch my second plan to go to a local dock when no one’s around and do my photos there. Unnerved by the thought of going to an abandoned dock in three inch heels, I scrap the plan.
Of course, there’s the easy answer of asking my husband. But he doesn’t like doing it, and to be honest, I don’t like him doing it either. Not that his photos don’t turn out great, they do, but because this is my project from start to finish with styling, photographing, editing and posting.
Somewhere in the middle of this, I begin to wonder if my outfit is blog-worthy at all. Aren’t the proportions off on that dress? And I totally changed my mind on those shoes so that’s not even what I actually wore. If it’s not blog-worthy, does that mean I don’t have style? How will people know I’m a good dresser if it’s not on the blog? ALL THESE QUESTIONS, ALL THE TIME!
There’s a lesson here and it’s not to take better photos, but to do what makes me comfortable. And that’s probably closer to laying my clothes out than taking traditional outfit photos. The nice thing about blogging is there’s no rules, no one forcing me to do outfit photos. There’s only what I want to do and what I feel pressure to do. And really the pressure comes mostly from myself. So really I should just lighten up and put away the tripod.