There are so many things I love about being a fashion blogger! Indeed, I have been having a blast since I made the shift! However, despite what you see on Instagram, not everything is bright colors and all glamorous. The behind the scenes are rarely shown and sometimes, we’re found in some very funny situations. Or uncomfortable. Or very awkward. Anyway, here are my top five fashion blogger adventures for you to have a little laugh. Or just know what goes on behind those shiny snaps!
1. Changing in the street
What do you do when you need to shoot your next outfit and when there isn’t a coffee shop around? Or that you are just broke and can’t afford to pay for a coffee? Sure, sneaking into a Starbucks or Costa works, although you might want to be discrete. But in residential areas, those coffee shops are not plenty. Thus, you need to find alternatives. Like changing in the street. So here you go find a corner, ask your blogger friend to shield you with your coat, strip and put on your next outfit. In summer, under maxi dresses, it is all fun and game. However in winter, offering your sensitive ass to the frost and rushing to put on that skirt, is not as fun. Although now, if you had to dress up and leave your flat in a hurry in the middle of the night, you’d be the quickest and ready!
2. Flashing passers by
When you take outfit photos for a friend, you want to photograph said outfit under all angles. You want to make everything in the photo look good. One thing I have learnt while taking photos for Ana, is that if you want to look taller on your photos, the photo need to be taken from below. It always work. To achieve that result, you either go on your knees, or even more down, you sit on the floor. It’s more comfortable. So I did. Many times. And still do. And considering most of my outfits are either skirts and dresses, well… when I sit, if I move, I sort of flash with my underwear everyone walking by. Note for later, wear shorts under skirt and dresses if you gonna photograph your blogger friend while sitting on the floor to get the best angle!
3. Highjacking locations
Shooting an outfit is not like taking a quick snap by a very crowded touristy location. Or anywhere else for that matter. Nope, it takes time. Sometimes up to 45 minutes if the right conditions are not met. Sun, light, crowd, weather and all. So when you decide to shoot at a very popular area – namely Annabel’s, Peggy Porschen and the likes – well… you take some time. Sometimes to much time. And people are not happy. How dare you highjack this beautiful yet super touristy locations to take photos that we will all love on Instagram? And because you occupy said location for more than five minutes, people start queueing for their turn to take a photo and stare at you, which makes you uncomfortable and makes it more difficult to take photos, thus makes it longer. Sorry if you were amongst the ones waiting!
4. Waiting on the clouds
England, England, England… Why are you so difficult?! Why do you give us rain when we need sun and sun when we need rain? Although, I am not sure we ever need rain… Moving on. What does make the perfect photo? A good location, a good camera and good lighting. Good lighting means no shadows, thus no sun, so clouds. Yet, you don’t want rain or dark clouds. No, you need a bright white cloudy sky, that leaves just the right amount of light filtering through. That’s how you get the perfect lighting. But of course this is England and the sky isn’t cooperative. So sometimes you wake up at 7 to start shooting at 8.30 but it rains or the sky is too dark, or the sun too strong. So you wait. And wonder. Maybe you could have slept longer.
5. Waking up with the sun
Shooting in summer is easy. Really. You can enjoy day light from 6am to 10pm. It of course depends on where you live. But yes, you get to enjoy good lighting longer. And the golden hour is later in the day, so you can even shoot after work – for those of us who also have a full time job -, how perfect?! However, when winter comes, well… I mean we all know what it means. It means that if you live in England, night starts to fall at 3. In Scotland, it’s ever earlier! So to make sure you make the most of the lighting and shoot as many outfits as possible, you wake up very very early. With the sun. At dawn. Maybe even before! At 7am, the sun has not risen yet! And when you do it at the weekend, it is painful. But you know, that’s what you do for the gram!
If this isn’t dedication to work, I don’t know what it is!
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What about you? Are you a fashion blogger? Any funny situations you have found yourself in while photoshooting outfits? Or just taking photos?
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