We all love those beautiful street style pictures that look natural and effortless. The funny thing is, there is nothing natural or effortless about them! I’m sure most bloggers would agree that taking blog/Instagram photos in public can be extremely awkward. I mean, there is nothing more embarrassing than watching people stare confusedly and laugh at how “vein” we look candidly posing for pictures. I took these blog photos in a really busy location in Covent Garden. I remember feeling extremely awkward and rushing my pictures just to get them out of the way! I am going to take you through the struggles of shooting in public and give you some tips to overcome them.
Jumper – Asos
Skirt – Similar
Boots – Public desire
Glasses – eBay
Living in England the weather is annoyingly unpredictable. The day I shot this look it rained most of the day which wasn’t what my weather app had told me! This meant popping into numerous coffee shops throughout the day to dodge the rain. I have also shot on days where the wind has had a mind of its own, which definitely isn’t the best look for a photo. The weather can also affect the lighting in a picture! When it’s too sunny you can get these weird shadows on your face which I’m not really into. It has been horrifically cold on my shoots recently which can be very unmotivating. No one wants to take their thick layers off for an outfit photo when its 2 degrees outside! I like to shoot when it’s a bit cloudy as the lighting is just perfect, especially for outfit photos.
I don’t know what it is, but people love to stare at you when they see you posing in front of a camera. They act as if I’m filming for the news or the person taking the photo is holding a gun! NOPE! I’m just out here trying to take pictures for my blog! I mean, it’s just a picture at end of the day, everyone takes them right?! Not to mention the annoying men that LOVE to make you feel even more awkward and uncomfortable by whistling or catcalling… *rolls eyes*… I mean let me live! Then you get people who can clearly see someone holding a camera taking pictures of you, but still decide to walk through or behind you without a care in the world. I’m like really? You cant just walk around? haha.
This can be a little tricky. If you are keeping up a certain aesthetic to your pictures, location is key! You want to find somewhere that suits your aesthetic but isn’t packed with people to make you feel awkward. So, you find a nice location, you are all set up and ready to slay in your outfit, then Debbie downer turns up… SECURITY! Security comes along and tells you-you have to pay to take pictures here unless they are tourist pictures, and let’s face it, these pictures aren’t your average tourist pics!
Another downside to shooting in public is finding a place to get changed. I have heard of some people braving it and getting changed in bushes! I’m definitely not brave enough to do that but hats off to them! It used to stress me out trying to find somewhere that would let you use the toilet for free, that didn’t have a long queue and somewhere CLEAN!
- Find somewhere quiet where you can take your time not having to worry about people disturbing you and making you feel uncomfortable.
- Check your favourite Instagrammers location tags for some inspo
- Find locations that are sheltered but still outdoors for the natural lighting when weather conditions are bad
- Change in a Pub! They are free to use, quiet and clean! There is always a pub around!
- If you drive, try to take your car to the location to change in
- Shoot with a blogger friend that way you can help each other out! You can also help support each other
- If it’s sunny, shoot at about 4 pm when the sun isn’t so harsh.
- Practice your poses so you know exactly what you are going to do to cut down the shooting time….and the embarrassment
- Just do it! – I know it’s easier said than done, but sometimes you just have to go for it to get that killer photo!
Sometimes I think to myself ‘what the hell am I doing? Is this all worth it?’ Then I think yes! It so is! I love hearing the feedback from my followers/readers which then motivates me to want to take more. Yes it might be an annoying process taking the picture, but the lovely responses definitely outweigh the awkwardness. Let me know your tips!