Throughout my blogging journey, I have learnt a few things about myself and the fashion industry. One of the most important lessons is the visual aspect of a fashion blog. Yes, I am talking about good pictures people.
My journey has evolved quite a bit. From the days I used my Nokia E5 to take pictures for the blog, to my Nikon digital camera days. It has been quite a journey if I must say.
Earlier this year, I made a decision to improve the imagery on my blog and I engaged quite a number of photographers to work with. Some responses were interesting, some were rather disappointing.
I remember meeting up with one photographer and he had me explain to him what fashion blogging is and why people do it He had so many insensitive suggestions. Like Missy why do you even bother? Why not commercialize your little blog? Like seriously? Now you are going to tell me how to run my blog? Needless to say, I never got back to the guy.
To get things interesting, I try to scout for good places to take pics. I used to take pictures inside our house, or anywhere close by. However that also got boring. Shooting locations and lighting are always an issue. I love shooting in the streets of Harare. These pictures show Harare, but they don’t do any justice to this city.
Sundays are my favorites. The streets won’t be crowded and its just refreshing. My first option is any street which isn’t too busy with too many people passing by. This is because its always a distraction, the weird stares, or just people complaining about not wanting to be captured in the pictures.
Back to my main story, which is good imagery. Good professional photographers are expensive, not to mention a good camera. Even though I got some sweet offers. I still had to make a totally opposite decision I had to find someone humble enough to accept my ideas and affordable. At this moment, I am realizing I never thanked any of the guys who offered to do it for free. Thank you so much for wanting to help my indecisive self.
Then there is the issue of weird stares. Surprisingly, I can handle the stares, I enjoy them, lol i know it may sound weird. On some days if you catch me in a bad mood, I am mostly going to return the stares, only I serve mine mean and cold. Sometimes I come across people who just pass ignorant comments as they pass by during our shoots, those are the people I have no respect for. I always tempted to fire right back. It gets crazy to say the least.
Now for the past six months I have been working with one photographer who has been quite a blessing. I wanted to do this post to also show my appreciation because this has helped me to gain confidence in the type of content I share on this blog.
If you are a blogger, how do you work around this part? Do you take your pictures yourself? Do you have someone helping you? What do you consider as the best location for your photo sessions?
If you are not a blogger, please let me know what type of content you enjoy seeing on the blog?