Blog Photography Problems

Blog photography has always been such a fascinating topic to me. Although every blogger has their own unique approach to the photos they share on their blog, it seems as though a lot of us can relate to the same “struggles.”

I see a TON of this on twitter. It never fails to make me laugh when I read a tweet from another blogger talking about the nuisance of natural lighting or the awkwardness of OOTD photos. To me, it’s pretty neat that we can all do things so differently, yet relate to one another on a fundamental basis.

That being said, I wanted to share some of my most prominent blog photography struggles today. These are just a few of the things that give me trouble in both in flat lays and style posts.

Flat lays

The pet that wants to get into your shot

Is it just me or do pets chose the absolute worst times to want your attention? It seems as though any time I start shooting flat lays, my dog, Ellie, decides that she needs to be involved as well. As soon as I roll out my background and begin setting things up, she’s hovering over me, trying to sniff anything in sight. She’s the sweetest thing, so of course I don’t want to shoo her away. But why does she always select this moment to be so curious?

The lighting changes as soon as you set up

If you shoot your photos using natural lighting, then I know you can relate to this one. Without fail, the conditions outside will change right as you’re getting prepared to snap your first flat lay. Every. Single. Time.

The fact that some items do NOT photograph well

Nothing is more agonizing than trying to shoot flat lays and seeing certain props or products look strangely on camera. I’ve had my share of items (particularly beauty products) that simply don’t do well in photos. This can be really frustrating when you’ve already written the post. Your choice ends up being either to scrap everything you’ve written or to use photographs that you’re not happy with.

The process of putting all your props back

By far, the thing I find most annoying about taking flat lays is having to put all my props back when I’m finished. If you’ve never taken a flat lay before, you should know that it’s a fairly messy process. By the end of it, your floor/table/workspace usually ends up looking something like this…

flatlay process
From: “A Look Into My Flatlay Process”

Comparatively speaking, this is one of my more organized flat lay spaces. And from the looks of it, you can probably see that putting all this stuff back in its place afterwards can be a tedious process. In fact, I shoot the majority of my blog photos in bulk just so I can spend less time putting things back.

The nit picky side it brings out of you

I’ve always been the type of person who wants things to be as perfect as possible. And that trait gets amplified when I’m taking flat lays. If I’m unhappy with the teeniest, tiniest detail after I’ve edited, more often than not I’ll end up redoing the entire flat lay. And if I don’t have time to redo the entire flat lay, the little error will bother me to no end (*cough* *cough* the piece of carpet you can see peeking out in the corner of the featured photo on this post).

Fashion photos

The awkwardness of trying to figure out how to pose

Determining what to do in a blog photo gets easier over time; however, for a lot of people, it’s one of those things that always comes with a little bit of awkwardness. In my experience, it seems like the harder you try to pose, the more awkward the photo ends up looking. I’ve ended up with some pretty hilarious bloopers because of my lack of posing skill.

The struggle of trying to shoot photos in the winter

If you live someplace that doesn’t see a lot of cold weather, you might not related to this one. But doing OOTD posts in the wintertime is the WORST. It’s cold, windy, and miserable. By the time you finish up, your fingers are so numb that you begin to question whether or not you’ll ever fully regain feeling in them.

The guilt of having your loved ones shoot over and over

I actually purchased a tripod specifically for this reason. Sure your loved ones don’t mind taking a couple photos for you, but you can sense their irritation when you reach the tenth or eleventh take of the same pose. It’s hard to force others to meet your nit picky standards.

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19 thoughts on “Blog Photography Problems

  1. I took a long break from blogging because I was really busy doing something. Decided to get back to it and it rained that day. No sunlight! I again made my mind up to do it other day and when i did my cat came and slept on the scarf which i was using as a prop. She didn’t move after so many failed attempts!! SHE FELL ASLEEP IN A SECOND! And everytime I pickup props to keep them back I pick all of them at once and then drop them and pick them up again and drop them.

    Omg! This is so relatable😭

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  2. Right now ALLLLL my blog photo stuff isn’t with me because I don’t have the space in my current living situation. It sucks to not be able to take the photos I want to post.

    And natural lighting??? Please it’s been cloudy and overcast here that I wouldn’t even dream of attempting.

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  3. The struggle is real! I also just can’t seem to catch a break with outfit locations, everytime I find somewhere I think is nice and quiet a bus load of people seem to suddenly appear from nowhere! I have a great spot outside my house too with an old telephone box, but every time I’m wearing something bloggable there is a car parked in front of it! The only times there isn’t a car there seem to be when I’m on my way out to the gym!!

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    1. That sounds like it would be so frustrating! It really is hard to catch a break with outfit photos, isn’t it?! One thing that always seems to happen to me is that the days I wear cute outfits have terrible weather!

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  4. Flatlays either turn out amazing or rubbish! My puppies always try to steal my fake flowers or want to chew my background which is so annoying! and it can be so frustrating having to put all your props back too, loved reading this cause all of them was so relatable!

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  5. This is brilliant Paige and so relatable! The pets on the flat lays made me laugh, my cat Simba loves lying on them after I have tried to arrange everything perfectly 🙈😂. It annoying and amusing at the same time ha ha. Great post, thank you for sharing 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  6. Saw this post from your insta and went over to my wordpress app to give you a follow 😂

    So relatable haha. Cracked me up too! But natural lighting really works best for me so time is of the essence!

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  7. I have similar struggles – this time of year the sun is higher and seems to miss my windows, whereas in the autumn/winter it’s lower and shoots straight in! Lighting is always a struggle. I use my ring light if needed but In all honesty it only works if there’s loads of natural light as it casts shadows and gives off a tungsten effect which I don’t like 😩. I haven’t taken a flat lay in ages as I’m not so much into them these days, I was mad for them when I started out blogging! I like looking at other’s still. My dogs like to have a nose at what I’m doing if I’m shooting on the floor and often have a pair of feet in the frame. Fab post as always.

    Samantha x

    Thebeautyspyglass.com

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about this time of year. The sun is usually in better position for me during the autumn and winter as well. And that’s exactly what my dog does too! She is always trying to sniff the prop/backdrops that I have laid out. Thank you!

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