Fashion blogging & Photography

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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.

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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?

8 thoughts on “Fashion blogging & Photography

  1. I think photography is something a lot of us struggle with especially with the high cost of a great camera or a lack of photography experience. I will say, I’m lucky as my friends and family have been my various photographers along the way, especially my brother. I only started taking my own pictures recently and i will say walls are the easiest places to use. As for the stares and questions I get when I set up my tripod, I don’t always mind them as some can be entertaining. Harare is beautiful by the way

    Princess Audu

    1. Thank you Surah. It good to have friends and family helping around. My sister used to help me. But between school and other commitments it became difficult. I always love your pics. Thank you for stopping by 💗

  2. Photography is really tricky. I still take mine in my backyard, which yes tends to get boring but I don’t get around much so my backyard will do for now. When it comes to picture quality I have invested in photography apps since I mainly use my smartphone. Unfortunately I have not come around investing in a good camera. Hopefully in the near future.

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  3. Since I’m just starting, I take my pictures inside my house and it really isnt great for lightning.. Maybe I’ll start using my backyard. Since I’m an only child, I don’t have any siblings wh can help me.. saldy. But maybe in a close future I’ll get a good camera and go in the city and ask friends to tag along and be my personal photographer.

    Have a nice day 🙂
    xx Fédorah urban-gal.blogspot.com

  4. I can relate to all the problems you have stated. I salute the fact that you are now used to the stares and feel less bother by it. I hope I can develop the same thing in myself too. I agree that finding the right person to work or do a collaboration with is hard, and even harder when you don’t have the circle that shares the same interest with you. Anyway, what a cool post. I hope you can just keep on doing your good work. Xo.

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