When I started this blog last year, a large motivation for me weirdly enough was having control over something. I was going through a bunch of transitions in life (very cliché, I know), and I thought that creating a blog would give me the sense of ownership that I craved.
And as much as I could control the words, layout, content, fonts, and other elements of my blog, something I never felt that I had control over was the photography aspect. I always had to ask people to take photos for me, and I was at the mercy of their schedules. My husband and I work full time, so finding a time when we both were free with good natural light (gah winter and these short days!) was difficult.
I slowly had to accept that in order to get blog photos on my own time (and truly control my content), I would need to use the tripod and self-timer. And let’s just say that it’s not easy.
Over many months of frustration, upgrading lenses, and switching to a wireless remote, I can say that I’m really really happy with how today’s photos turned out! I read tons of articles on how to take blog photos yourself, and there are two girls I have to give a shoutout to for helping me improve.
The first is Oby Grace, whose stylistic photo shoots have always impressed me. Her video about how she takes her photos helped me SO much! I love how she is willing to be more artistic with her shoots, and I would have NEVER guessed that she takes all her photos herself.
The second is Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots. Another fabulous blogger who I couldn’t believe was taking her own photos! When I saw what great photos she takes, which means braving the public who usually stare and whisper when they see someone doing self photography, I was very motivated to keep pursuing better self-taken photos for my blog. She wrote a really helpful post about how she upped her photography game. Thanks ladies!
Now before I finish out this post, how about I talk about style for a quick second?! These hats, newsboy hats, cabbie caps, conductor caps (whatever you want to call them!), are quickly taking over as the latest trend.
I actually found my grey one at a thrift store last year, but I rounded up a bunch in the widget above that are affordable and cute for this fall and winter.
What do you think of these hats and if you blog, how did you improve your blog photography?