Why You Should Be Your Own Blog Photographer

Today I’m sharing something that I don’t think many people know about me and this blog. Here’s a few clues…it has to do with photography and a few handy pieces of equipment. I'm sure the title of this post gives it away anyway so say hello to the tripod! I have been shooting all of my outfit posts on this blog for the past 10-12 months with a tripod. Not my husband, my friends, or family, just me myself and I. I decided to take this route for 2 reasons:
1. As much as this blog is important to me, I got sick of forcing my husband and family members to take outfit photos. I couldn’t expect them to care as much about my blog as I do or to want to devote their precious free time to snapping photos of me and having me critic them all. After a few months of trying to force something that wasn’t going to happen, I decided it would just be me and my tripod from now on.
2.  I am a person who imagines how a photo is going to look like in my head and when the final product doesn’t look that way, I get bugged. Granted I get you’re not always going to get the best shot, but I hated having to have my family members/husband re-take photos over and over until they got it just the way I wanted. Being my own photographer has allowed me to have my own creative vision with this blog. I can alter the settings, the focus, and angle of the shot in order to achieve the “look” I’m going for.
I recently got the Canon T3i Rebel Camera for Christmas this past year and I was beyond stoked! Before this I was strictly using my iPhone (yes, with a tripod, but that’s another story I can share if people really want to know!).  My Canon camera has become an extension of my arm and it is now the only camera I use for my blog posts. I purchased this Canon camera remote on Amazon along with this amazing light-weight tripod and I have loved it! These are both affordable items you can buy and are ESSENTIAL to making being your own blog photographer that much easier.
Sometimes I’ll admit it I do envy those bloggers who have the lucky photographer/husband duo like Caraloren or  Gal Meets Glam…but for my relationship, this is what works best and it has made this blog all the more special because it is entirely mine. The photos, the writing, the design, everything!
So to all my fellow fashion bloggers who get sick of convincing your family, husband, or significant other to take all your photos, seriously consider getting a tripod! While it does get pretty awkward sometimes when people see me taking my own photos, it’s a fun past-time that I really enjoy. Blogging is all about taking risks and making things work for you personally. This is what works for me, and I hope it can help inspire some of you other bloggers as well! I’m more than happy to give anyone more tripod tips if they’d like, just comment or email me. I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. I absolutely love this post! I always feel bad making my family members take my photos and sometimes we get frustrated when we snap the same thing over and over or I am like squat on the ground and get my shoes! Haha! This is a great solution. I use my iphone right now too (I know...) but I am saving up for a good camera! Once I get one I am definitely going to look into this tripod option! Thanks so much for sharing!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  2. I didn't know you took your own photos! I also use a tripod and remote :) it takes a but longer than if my husband took them, but I also hate nagging him to take my pictures. I love doing it this way!

  3. SERIOUSLY! It just causes fights to come about when I critique the photos my family members/husband take! Good advice.
    xo Lauryn
    Lauryncakes | Beauty & Fashion

  4. Totally agree! I have found that I blog way more consistently when I just take my own photos vs. waiting for my husband to be able to shoot them. I just moved to a new city and have yet to be able to (ie: I'm lazy) nail down good places to shoot with my tripod; this forces me to have to wait for my husband to get home from work, and by then, I usually forget about it! Sometimes it's true: if you want something done "right," you just have to do it yourself! :)

  5. Great post! I have been thinking about the photography on my blog and I would like to start taking some of my own pictures instead of finding them online. The only reason I don't is because I don't want to ask someone else to take them.

    All That Glitters


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