Learning to take pictures of yourself; the blogger’s dilemma. (and ootd!)

22 Jun

J. Crew blazer, BCBG button down tank, Express skinny jeans (similar), monogram necklace (similar), Marc Jacobs watch.

When I’m at school, I can usually scrounge up someone to take the occasional outfit photo for me– usually a begrudged roommate or mildly inconvenienced sorority sister. This summer I’ve sort of been in blogger no-man’s-land. I’m busy with a 40 hour + per week job, and I’m living independently in my own apartment, so there’s no one around to bother. Work is very professional, so it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask someone to snap a quick pic during my lunch break.

In December, I bought a cheap mini-tripod at Target on sale. For the last 6 months, it has remained in the plastic, untouched. I really wanted to take pictures of myself, but I was scared. I’d have to learn how to set it up. I’d have to figure out how to use the self-timer. Even more daunting, I’d have to convince myself that constructing this whole thing somewhere outside my apartment  wouldn’t make me look self-indulgent, idiotic, or otherwise utterly narcissistic.

It was only after I spent way too long analyzing this little gem that I realized my blogger laziness was not going to cut it.

Yes, that’s me taking a picture of myself in a [dirty] bathroom mirror. In heels. Standing on top of the bathtub. And yes, as all outfit bloggers know, there are 40 more equally similar/terrible photos in a folder on my desktop, where they will remain indefinitely. It’s truly embarrassing how long I spent looking through the series debating whether any could actually go on the internet. [Answer: HELL. TO. THE. NO!]

So today, I finally mustered up the courage to cut open the plastic and take out the tripod. Then, without the help of google or a manual, I messed with all of it. And I made mistakes. And then finally, I started to learn. And it was the best feeling! It’s still a work in progress, but practice makes perfect, and I can’t wait to show you all the fabulous (and budget) outfits I have been putting together for my internship.

Do you have any similar problems with outfit posts? How do you solve them? Do you ever feel weird taking pictures of yourself?


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