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.
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…
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).
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.
What are some of your blog photography problems?