camera shy

jacket: Gap Outlet (similar) // dress: Forever 21 (old, similar) // shoes: Steve Madden // earrings: vintage from Blue Velvet
 If I wrote every outfit post about what I honestly thought while taking the photos, each post would be exactly the same. It would be about how hard it is to take photos of yourself. To take photos of yourself in public. And to post those photos online.

I have so much anxiety about taking outfit photos that sometimes I just don't. I start thinking about it the night before, when I'm picking out my clothes. Where will I take them? What time? Will the sun be at a weird angle? Will there be lots of people around? What if my hair does something weird between now and then and then all my pictures are unusable? Then I'll have nothing to blog.

I know some bloggers mention it once in a while. Sometimes a neighbor walks to their car while the blogger is mid-pose or a creepy stranger asks to help you take your photos. From what I can tell, most bloggers shake this off and get back out there. But I really, really struggle with this.

Elizabeth wrote a really great bit the other day about someone interrupting her photo session and having a bad hair day, but going back out the next day to take gorgeous photos in an outfit she loved. I am constantly so inspired by Elizabeth. She has been blogging since I was still in high school didn't even know what a blog was, aside from Xanga. Seeing her go back out there is inspiring, but it also makes me realize how inexperienced I am and how much I still have to learn. 

Bloggers share the good stuff because, I mean, who wants to see my burnt mac n' cheese? But, I still wonder what it looks like bloggers don't get back out and take the photos the next day. Or what the moment is like when they overcome the anxiety and do go out again. I can't be the only one who struggles with taking outfit photos, as much as we all have battles with our bodies and fight through social anxiety. 

If you blog, do you ever feel camera shy? And if you don't blog, how do you cope with overcoming the anxieties surrounding your jobs or hobbies?

9 comments

  1. I can relate! I often will have a friend take pictures for me, which is awkward in its own right! "Oh hey, can you take like, 50 pictures of me for my blog?" I've had my neighbors look out the window at me like I'm crazy a couple of times! But I'm definitely getting used to it and am a lot more comfortable posing now.

    I think they key to anything is just to own it. I find it makes all the difference!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  2. I ALWAYS feel camera shy when taking photos outside my own home. Heck, even in my own home if Dean is around I feel silly. I really like photography and I've taken a few classes in the past. I totally get that it takes a million photos and the perfect everything to get one good one, but I can't help but feel silly while I'm trying out all of my different options. I'm pretty sure it was Elizabeth who said a while ago that she always has a go-to excuse (like she's working on a school project) if someone happens to find her taking photos. I think having an excuse mayyy make me feel a bit better... although I don't know if I would continue with my session after telling someone.

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  3. first of all, you have the perfect legs

    second, i am the total worst about this. since being behind the camera so much it has gotten even worse. im starting to hate almost every picture about myself, but maybe i've gained a bunch of weight? since we've moved its gotten even harder.
    i always look at peoples pictures and think "how are they so brave?" its hard for me to not care when other people see me, but i think its silly cause you people see you anyways. i'm not sure i'm still working on this, but hopefully i'll figure it out.

    K

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  4. I'm totally camera shy! It's really easy for me to pose a subject but posing myself? Forget it. My body I can move around a little but my face is the worst, I'm always wrinkling my forehead or something like that.

    And I have to agree with K, you have great legs!

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  5. As a writer I have a lot of anxiety about putting my work out there and letting people read it, but it's that or not being a writer, so I (for the most part) do that. I have learned to accept my identity as the type of writer I am and that everything won't be good and everything won't be for everyone and some projects will get abandoned and that's okay. As a teacher, I go through this struggle in a much more public way, because I have to get in front of these apathetic yet impressionable group of people three days a week and I have to do my job (teaching core objectives) and I try to do that in an interesting way without embarrassing myself or messing up completely. It's really hard. Sometimes I blank. Sometimes I don't know the answer. Sometimes I show up to class with a rip in the butt on my jeans that I didn't know about until a female students discreetly pointed it out to me (true story). Some days I feel like I reached students and showed them something new and helped open their eyes to the wonderfulness of writing and communication and some days I just feel like I'm wasting 50 minutes of everyone's time and none of us want to be here right now. In the end, it all turns out okay. I might not have been their favorite teacher ever and I might not have done exactly what I hoped to with my class but each semester I get better. And each semester I have at least one students who tells me that mine was their favorite class. So I try to remember that, not the uninspired, embarrassing, disappointing stuff. I think that's what we all have to do in our jobs. It doesn't mean I still won't be nervous before each class or each time I give a story to someone to read (or, in this case, camera shy) but I will be able to move past it.

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  6. you look awesome!
    lovely outfit!

    xo your newest follower
    www.NewlyLoved.com

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  7. I know that a lot of your blog's focus is on feminism and in that line of thinking I want to say that calling someone pretty is really a pretty lame compliment considering how little control a person has over how they look... BUT, that said, you're a GORGEOUS leggy blonde and although picture taking can always be an awkward or anxiety inducing process, you look absolutely amazing! It's not really productive to just say "don't feel anxious" but I wanted to say that you don't have any need to feel anxious- keep doin' what you're doing girl! :)

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  8. I'm really lucky that my boyfriend takes the pictures because it's so much easier when there's another person behind the camera. I have one post where I took my own pics, and I will never go back to that if I can help it. Totally feel ya on the anxiety during picture taking though. Since we take snaps in our apartment complex parking lot, our neighbors are always out, some watching us. It's weird, but I tell myself that they probably figure we're doing a photography assignment for a class or working on a style blog. That helps me to not worry too much about it. If all else fails, picture the audience in their underwear!

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  9. I definitely feel camera shy if I'm taking pictures in a public place! But it helps to have someone with you (Occasionally I round up my husband to take my pictures). I try to avoid heavily trafficked areas, just because I don't want to be approached/stared at/etc. And if people to approach me, I just pretend to fiddle with my camera until they leave!

    And you know, everyone that has ever come up has assumed I'm a photographer. So it's nice to know they don't think I'm really weird!
    I hope you start to feel less anxious about taking outfit pictures; I don't always like mine, either, but that's just... life! I think the more you do it, though, the more you start to know whether it's going to work out or not. And the more you know how to deal with stupid things that come up (like weird hair, or smudged makeup, or random approaches.)
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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