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!
Shop the post
What about you? Are you a fashion blogger? Any funny situations you have found yourself in while photoshooting outfits? Or just taking photos?
Thanks a lot for stopping by! I hope you liked this post.
See you soon,
Hahahaha I’m so glad you wrote this post, it really made me smile! I always feel so awkward hijacking locations but I just tell myself I’ll never see these people again! I love shooting with you, it’s always so fun!
You look absolutely stunning
Candice | NatalyaAmour.com
Finding the right timing is so important. For me living im Greece makes it so difficult to find a good, fluffy cloud to hide under, the sun is usually indirectly above and the highlights are ridiculous!. Great post love.
I can surely reflect with this! here in Canada it is the winter chill! when the wind blows taking shots are so hard as it is freezing cold! but as they say no pain no gain, lol!
I love the yellow-mustard color in your look. Its so stunning! Great post, thanks for sharing!
I bet this can get tricky! I love to take Instagram shots sometimes and my husband thinks I’ve lost my mind. I am not a fashion blogger though. I just like to take pictures of food, ha.
Your photos are always so lovely!
It can be tricky getting the great shots, especially for fashion. I don’t do a lot of fashion, but doing product shots and lifestyle shots can be a lot more difficult to get than they look. Blogging aint easy lol
Hahaha I feel this! I’m not exclusively a fashion blogger but have done quite a few fashion posts and shoots and think I’ve mastered changing underneath a coat/clothes I’m already wearing! I still find it awkward posing infront of busy areas, though.
It’s so insightful to read everything you go through in taking a perfect picture. Love the post. Xx
You do work hard and I love the outfit in these pics!
I am not a fashion bloggers, but I do understand what it feels like to chase the sun to take good pics.
These are some hard fashion blogger truths that I hadn’t been aware of. A very insightful post, thank you for sharing
Your pictures are amazing! But you are right about the behind the scenes adventures! Can definitely relate to where you’re coming from with this one!
Haha, this post really made me laugh. I remember struggling with lighting when I first started doing my nail art tutorials, but I have a set up now so I have lighting all the time. I’ve never had to struggle like you have though. Such interesting and funny stories, I don’t think I could be brave enough to get changed on a street! The things you do for Instagram ?
This is such a fun post and it made me smile, I’ve never done any fashion photos before so never really thought about these things. The people queuing in the street to get the best spots sounds so awkward and uncomfortable! Thanks for sharing some behind-the-scenes stories, it is really interesting to know! <3 xx
Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com
I can imagine the crowds that get in the way of the photos. Trying to get there when the crowds are not there can be tough.
I love this! Your photos are great, you look stunning! 🙂
Lainy x https://bookishbitsblogblog.wordpress.com
The things that you go through to get the perfect shot is amazing. You will be rewarded for your hard work in the end. Great photos in spite of your challenges.
This was so funny! I always hear people talk about changing in public and I don’t think I could ever do it on a street. The lighting thing is so true! I hate waiting for clouds, especially if there’s food involved. Great post x
This post definitely made me laugh and I feel like lots of people will be able to relate! Also, it’s so true about England and the weather!
Definitely lot of work to be a fashion blogger! Changing in public? No thanks hahaha
I really find this entertaining!! I love how enthusiastic you are with what you do…and for being so down to earth while sharing this!
Talk about taking photos in the winter! It gets dark at 4 and that’s it. I usually find spots in my block to take pics before I head out to work – that is if its not raining
I am glad to know I am not alone in this. I actually had to change clothes in my car the other day and hope nobody got a peep show. I was doing a small shoot for my blog. Lol
Didn’t know fashion blogging involves so many things. It’s as it is difficult taking a photo in public without so many things to plan for.
Love this post, it’s so relatable for bloggers! Your photos are gorgeous too! xx
Carissa | http://carissalam.com/
I am not a fashion blogger but I know plenty of them and work for a few. I think it would take so much to be able to get all these shots!
Wow! There sure is a lot that goes into fashion photography. I guess that’s why I stay home and photograph food and crafts instead! I don’t think I have what it takes to get those great shots. (Great photos, by the way!)
This made me giggle! So much truth to it though!
I am not a fashion blogger and have no desire to be one but you look fabulous as one! Do your thing!
You are beautiful! Great tips
I’m not a fashion but it’s super fun to read how you guys do it. You look great!
I love your outfit. A touch of yellow mustard color makes it amazing. Early dark in evenings made it difficult to take photos for me in winter.
Well you nailed taking stunning pictures depite the difficulties. I think having a photog friend comes in handy. Lol!
You are such a babe! That yellow sweater looks amazing on you!
My sisters and I just take over a spot for our photo shoots….lol. I have gotten less worried about what people think over time. Also, I love that yellow sweater!! It’s gorgeous!!
I’ve literally changed in bushes before LOL. The crazy adventures of what we do! I love this aviator jacket on you too! xo, Suzanne
I’m not a fashion blogger but I’m always looking for new ways to enhance my photos. I think it is important to always take the best possible photos for your blog.
Great post! I didn’t know so much went into being a fashion blogger.