Thursday, 26 February 2015

Blogging 101: Gaining Confidence For Outfit Posts

How to gain confidence for fashion bloggers outfit posts lifestyle advice youwishyou

My biggest blogging challenge so far has been being in front of the camera. I love writing, I can write all day and all night happy as Larry but in front of the camera and I turn into an awkward, stuttering, stiff mess. It's frustrating, especially when you feel like your outfit posts aren't in line with the quality of the rest of your blog. Outfit posts are something I definitely need to gain some confidence for and I know some of you also feel the same way, so here is some advice that I would give to myself as well as all of you.

-Aspire But Don't Compare-

One the biggest blogging hang-ups that I see people talk about is comparing themselves to other bloggers. It's hard not to compare your own blog to the amazing ones that we love, but instead of comparing and criticizing yourself, you should just use them as inspiration. A quote that is completely true and that should always be remembered is that you "shouldn't compare your beginning to someone else's middle," so when looking at other blogs, don't let comparison get you down but instead use theirs as inspiration and as something to aspire to. 

-Practice Makes Perfect-

Take a look at your very first blog posts and photos in comparison to the quality of yours now. A big change, right? Similarly, your outfit photos will develop the more you do them and the more time goes on. Be patient with yourself and your progress and remember that everything comes with time and practice. After every shoot think about what you'd like to improve and try and apply it to your next outfit photos, that way you're learning from each set of photos you are taking.

-Learn To Love The Camera-

I know what it's like posing in front of the camera when you don't feel confident. It's awkward, you don't know where to look, how to pose and quite frankly you hate standing in front of it. I think the key to looking comfortable and natural in front of the camera is actually feeling comfortable in front of the camera, something I definitely haven't mastered but I think is definitely true. In the past my mum has given me the advice that even if I don't feel confident, just pretend and soon that false confidence will become how I feel in real life.

-Never Photograph In A Negative Mood-

The last few times I did outfit posts I photographed them in a zero confidence mood. And I haven't done one since. Your poor self esteem will reflect in your photos and when you look at them afterwards you'll feel like they look worse than they actually do, which is a massive put off. Photograph in a positive mood and actually have fun with the shoots, you'll look better in the photos and you'll feel better about them afterwards.

-Pep Talk-

Don't physically talk to yourself out loud (or do, if that's your thing) but if you're really feeling unconfident give yourself a little pep talk and remind yourself that the few seconds of potential embarrassment is outweighed by the amazing blog content. Reassure yourself to boost your confidence and put yourself in a positive, comfortable mindset. I do this a fair amount (mainly before doing exercise), and even though you may need a little push of encouragement from yourself, you'll never regret doing it, you'll only regret not doing it.

-Don't Give Up-

Like I said, I haven't done an outfit post since 2014, which I suppose does look like I've admitted defeat. I do regret getting out of the swing of doing outfit photos as I feel like when I start again (and I will) I'll be back at square one. It's easy to give up, but perseverance is the only way to see results in any aspect of your life. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, be patient and most importantly don't lose faith in yourself.

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  1. I definitely agree to not photograph in a negative mood that's why I've had like a 2/3 month break as I am so self conscious but you definitely get over it, so don't give up is the most valuable tip :) xxx



    Blonde Of Carbs

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  2. Thanks for sharing - really useful tips. I want to start doing outfit posts on my blog but find the photography so awkward. Just don't feel comfortable in front of the camera, can't even do it alone at home. Think I just need to go for it.
    Jen x
    www.tartanbrunette.co.uk

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    1. I know what you mean! Definitely, it's such a good feeling to achieve something outside of your comfort zone so definitely go for it and don't give up! Xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing - really useful tips. I want to start doing outfit posts on my blog but find the photography so awkward. Just don't feel comfortable in front of the camera, can't even do it alone at home. Think I just need to go for it.
    Jen x
    www.tartanbrunette.co.uk

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  4. this is such a helpful post! i avoided doing fashion posts for ages because of body confidence, but i finally managed to gather the confidence to do one and it went down pretty well - great post!

    fashion, beauty and an existential crisis

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  5. Aww this is such a lovely post. It took me a while to gain confidence for outfit posts, but now I love doing them! Thanks for sharing. xx

    Amy | The Perks of Being Amy

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  6. Definitely, definitely, definitely aspire but don't compare. That was really hard for me to do. I read a tip from I think the Nectar Collective and she said don't emulate successful people's life. Emulate how they think.

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com

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  7. Love this post and love your blog, so glad I discovered it in tonight's chat! It's so so easy to constantly compare yourself to other blogs who seem to have the outfit photos/poses/locations spot on in every post and I find myself doing that more than often but I think it's important to remember that these things do take time to build. Great advice! x

    Bridie | Upon My Sleeve

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  8. Great post! I feel like having a location you are comfortable with too will make all the difference in your attitude. If you are uncomfortable or feel awkward where you are taking photos, it will show. Great post! Could you comment on my blog telling me how you edit the photos you do for these types of posts. I would love to know and really appreciate it!

    Juliana Grace | www.julianagraceblogspace.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely agree! Course, I'll do that right now xxx

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  9. Nice tips, thanks for sharing! :)
    Rathana •• FAB FASHIONAIRE

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