“A PERSONAL FAVOURITE IS THE HILARITY OF PRODUCING A FLATLAY”
The amount of times over the months and years, I’ve tweeted, insta storied or mentioned something on the blog that had a few of you nodding, messaging and commenting in agreement. From brand blunders, photo mishaps and the general public’s view of bloggers. I’m constantly met with bloody amusement over the things I find myself doing for the art of blogging. A particular fave of mine is the hilarity of producing a flatlay – straddling a freshly ironed bedsheet, close to face planting the floor and meticulously balanced objects. All for an image that wouldn’t even probably be shown to half of my followers, but you know, algorithm probs.
So for both mine and your amusement, I thought I’d compile a little list of all the things that I find myself doing and happen on a weekly basis. From the hilarious to slightly sad. Here’s hoping this makes you laugh, nod in agreement perhaps and share your own bizarre things you find us bloggers do.
FINALLY MAKING AN INCOME OR HAVING BLOGGING AS YOUR FULL TIME JOB & STILL HAVING PEOPLE EXPECT YOU TO PAY BILLS WITH A LIPSTICK, £8 FOR A BLOG POST OR SOMETIMES ‘EXPOSURE.’
A quick scroll through Twitter is all you need to realise how corrupt some peoples attitudes are towards compensation for creators. Of course it takes years to build a following or reputation and I wouldn’t expect to be paid straight away (hellI didn’t even know it was even possible years ago!) When you’ve managed to have it as your job for over a year, it does beg the question that why are some willing to pay over your rates when others would rudely question why you’re even asking in the first place. I’m all for negotiating and I understand people want to get the best price for something but offering next to nothing for days and hours of work is the biggest insult. The most amusing ones are those that have the audacity to ask you to be an ‘ambassador’, promote the hell out of the company (for free) but also you get the wonderful opportunity to PAY for the companies product yourself. Because everyone would love to pay to work for free, right?!
THE ENDLESS ROTATION OF RIDICULOUS, CLICHE BUT ALSO PRETTY COOL POSES
Finding your go-to poses, feeling comfortable in front of a camera and learning to ignore blatant stares and eye rolling from bystanders takes time and patience. I’m often still astounded by how many people look at you like they’ve never seen a camera before, or as if they’ve not once posed for a photograph in their life. If there’s one thing 4 years of blogging has taught me, it’s how to nail the picture perfect, fake walk shot. Half lunge, half apparent ‘care free’ step into the street, this is one is something I kind of don’t blame people for staring at. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. A particular favourite of mine (and many others) if waving your arms about in a model-esque fashion. Most effective for achieving the more ‘edgy’ shots, less candid, more Vogue. Sitting on the pavement, legs sprawled over the double yellows in sky high heels, as if this were your absolute, natural habitat.
Whether you favour casual, street style images, or poised and posed, you’re creating something – bringing to life your vision and no amount of stares from bitter strangers can take away the amazing feeling of getting those shots you wanted. I especially enjoy watching peoples bemusement when you photograph in small towns – they are utterly baffled, confused and intrigued all at once. The fond memories I have of posing in a prom dress, in the middle of the road, with a tractor and car full of OAPS driving past makes me laugh thinking about what on earth they thought I was doing. We take risks, we may be ridiculed, we look amazing and crazy doing it but man is it worth it.
WONDERING HOW SOME BLOGGERS STAY SO COOL & CASUAL ABOUT THEIR BLOGGER MAIL WHEN YOU CONSTANTLY DIE WITH EXCITEMENT EVERY TIME A PARCEL ARRIVES.
I love a good, little, blogger mail haul on Insta stories – I love filming them and I love watching others! But one thing that constantly baffles me is how some are so casual about it – oh yeah, these are some lipsticks from YSL, probs won’t use them all but yanno. Other’s complain about not having the space for things (which I TOTALLY get, boxes galore and it seems impossible to store 60 lip balms and ever growing piles of shoes). But don’t ever let this detract yourself from being forever grateful for receiving these amazing things! I’ll never get used to receiving little, surprise packages in the mail and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tone down my excitement either – regardless of whether it’s 5 or 5000 things!
BEING ACCUSTOMED TO A FEW RAISED EYEBROWS WHEN YOU TRY AND EXPLAIN YOUR JOB (FOLLOWED BY SOME UNINTENTIONAL PATRONISING)
Most of those who are unacquainted with blogging find it intriguing, are super interested. This is lovely and it’s so nice to actually be asked about what you do and how it works. This also brings unwanted patronising from those who refuse to open their eyes to anything different than what they’re accustomed to. I have one woman who, whenever she encounters me, never fails to try to belittle and attempt to make a mockery of what I do (but then has the cheek to say I NEED to help her set up her own blog…) Stand up for what you love and don’t accept this behaviour. I’m the first to joke about myself but when someone is being genuinely hurtful towards what you’re passionate about, I think you’re definitely allowed to stand your ground (which I’m slowly learning to do!) It’s hardly as if writing, modelling or photography is totally out of the norm for a job anyway!
FEELING A LITTLE DEFLATED WHEN YOU CAN’ CONSTANTLY KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LATEST TRENDS/OWNING 10 GUCCIS/PRESENT 10 HAULS A MONTH/DON’T HAVE A SUPER PINTERESTABLE HOUSE!
Self comparison is the route of all bloody evil. We’d never end up actually living if we managed to get so tangled up in others lives and their accomplishments. But it’s difficult at times and even the most self assured people feel inadequate. Sometimes in the blogging community it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with trend waves and you seem the only one not doing something/owning something. This shouldn’t be seen as a downfall, rather than a strength – which is what I’m slowly teaching myself. So what if I don’t own my own home, generate 10000s of page views per blog post, have a success from every Youtube Video or gather 20 jumpers from Topshop every week. Talk about what bothers you, the struggles in life and feelings.
I’ve often found my most best, performing blog posts are actually just talking about, you know, life and stuff! Like my post about ignoring what others think about you – this was so popular with you guys! Do what feels right for you whilst keeping in mind what you want to work for – be a it a car, a home, stability and let that motivate you. Everyone is on different chapters in their lives, so don’t compare yours to another’s. Sometimes it may feel like you’re going a little backwards but it just means you’re working towards something even better!
GOING TO RIDICULOUS LENGTHS TO CHANGE YOUR OUTFIT
I love to snap up my daily outfits as an when I wear them – I think it keeps things relatable, authentic. When I asked you guys what you prefer on Insta stories – Professional images to iPhone snaps, I was absolutely ASTOUNDED by the results – 78 percent of you prefer iPhone images! This is great for Instagram and showing you guys snippets of my style and beauty faves, but when it comes to my blog and Youtube content I like things to be more curated – like a magazine if you will. Structured, well thought out and with a purpose. I tend to bulk shoot outfits, especially when in London, which usually means wheeling around my little, pink suitcase and trying not to roll it on others toes during rush hour on the tube.
I try to make my outfits easily interchangeable, pack smart and where I can, minimise changing time! The most impressive example I’ve seen of attempting to change and shoot multiple outfits in Kensington is those who use a portable, pop up tent to change. (GENIUS) I either risk it in the car, carefully keeping an eye out hoping someone won’t walk past the car and catch me sans trousers, or become friendly with the local coffee shops. A particular fave of mine is Gloucester Road Nando’s – I’m gonna be a hungry gal after hours of shooting, so I ask nicely if I can change in their loos a few times in promise of coming in for an epic feast later 😉 PS. I’d love to know if you have a cracking story or two about the perils of street-changing!
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I hope you loved this one beauts, something to make you laugh and perhaps nod your head to – I’d LOVE to know if there’s anything else that springs to mind when you think about the things us guys typically do! I’m all one for a little laugh, as you guys know 😉
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Photography by Ben Kapur