I want to dedicate this particular post to explanations. See, I'm a fan and an avid reader of several fashion blogs like Miss Jones ,Hello-Rio, and the one and only Miss Camille Co's blog.
Needless to say I wanted to make a blog of my own, so read on and see my hilarious attempts at fashion blogging, or what I like to call FBBs.(Fashion Blog Bloopers)
(Disclamer: I posted this not to discourage all you aspiring fashion bloggers out there, but to share with you the lessons I learned in my own attempts.)
First up, I tried an Outfit Of The Day post and ended up with this:
I know. It has EPIC FAIL written all over it. Believe me, I thought this was my first success at capturing an ensemble that I felt great in. I thought I could remedy all the wrong parts of this picture with my photo editing skills, but I found that my knack for righting all my photo wrongs is at a very minimum level.
Second try: Mom and I had a shopping day, so I figured the urbanized areas would make a great background. I was wrong yet again, and here is proof:
I thought that filtering the light would make it look better. Sad to say I didn't count on the fact that you can only go so far with trying to edit natural light.
Third try: Third time's the charm... or so I thought. No editing the natural light this time, and I had Mom coaching me on how to pose. Somehow, I could NOT get it right.We just have to accept that there are some days when you and the camera do not get along.
Fourth try: I thought this would be IT. Unfortunately, when it comes to fashion blogging, no 'eureka' moments for my case.
Confession: This white dress of mine DID NOT fit me as well as I thought it would. It's way too loose, so I had to belt it.
Hopefully, the accessories made up for it. Hopefully. My favorite is the beaded necklace with the star-shaped pendant. I made it when I was little.
So, Lessons Learned:
1) Know your photo-worthy angles. Keep experimenting till you get the right ones. You may feel awkward about it at first, especially when you try the different swings, steps, and gestures, but it'll be worth it. You'll be surprised at what poses work for you. Several posing guides are available in photography books or online. I recommend creating an account at Pinterest and compiling a set of poses and styles you'd like to use as your basis.
2) As much as possible, shoot your photos in natural light. Learn from my fiasco of a photo in my second try above. DO NOT OVER-EDIT photos taken in natural light. It's one of the best and most flattering lighting there is. Plus, there will be no harsh,in-your-face light glares that will make you squint too much.
3) Make sure the clothes you wear FIT YOU WELL. They should NOT be too tight that you look like you're about to join the sausage display at your nearest deli. They shouldn't be too loose either. Cliche' as it may seem, your body type is something you should be proud of! Don't suffocate it with undersized clothing or hide it under drapes of cloth you want to use to hide those so-called "imperfections".Be a rebel and work clothes to your advantage by trying them on before buying them and re-styling them with quirky embellishments in the form of accessories.
4)DO NOT GO OVERBOARD with the 'blemish fix/correction' and 'airbrush' tool of your chosen photo editing program. If you have a tool that reduces shine on the skin, use that one to avoid making your face look caked in cover-up.
5) Try different photo editing programs and explore each of the available tools and functions.
So, if you're really firm on starting or continuing that fashion blog, GO FOR IT!
I hope that somehow, my FBBs and Lessons Learned were able to help you.
As for me, I'll fully and unashamedly admit that fashion blogging is not for me. I'm going to start posting what I do best, which is create stories.
So, here's to letting go and getting a fresh start.
The Storyboard: My Life In Photo-Comics will be my way of sharing it with you.
For the full posts behind these fiasco photos, check out my Tumblr site.