1, 2, click! (how to shoot your own blog photos)

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog…can’t believe it’s December already!

So. This post has basically been inspired by all the bad-ass bitches who take their own blog photos. I have always wanted to try self-portraiture because, you know, it isn’t practical to always have Ken on hand to take my photos. And also, he’s not a photographer so he just clicks the button and hopes for the best. I dreamed of having the freedom to take pics at my own pace, pose without the pressure of the person getting sick of taking photos, and of course just having 100% creative control.

I’m going to explain below what you need to take your own photos and then some tips & tricks I’ve picked up while doing self-portraits. This shoot is the very first shoot I did in public with the self-timer and I’m excited about how they turned out!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN PICS:

A wireless camera remote. 

You need something that you can use to click the shutter and focus your photos, without running back and forth between the camera and your position. Ideally small and easily hidable. Ken bought this Amazon Basics Wireless Remote Control for Canon Cameras ($8.49) while he was in the US but if you’re in Australia you can get the Canon Remote Wireless Control RC-6 ($35) at JB-Hifi or Digital Camera Warehouse or probs just your local camera shop. I can’t believe how expensive it is to get it here…but it’s 100% worth it!!

A tripod.

A good tripod will hold your camera up nice and steady, and also allow you to adjust the angle, height and position of your camera to get the exact shot you want. I’ll link another Amazon.com one for your people that can access Amazon (lucky!) – this Albott 64 inch portable tripod with carry bag ($29.99) is fantastic and such an affordable option. Otherwise you’ve got the ATF Clover Tripod ($39.00) and the Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod ($109) – I’ve heard great things about the Manfrotto. There are so many options online, it’s probably worth having a Google search to see what suits your price range and camera 🙂

COS stores striped apron dress // Mode Collective eyelet heels // Lyla&Bo black bag

Top tips for taking your own blog photos:

i. Choose a location where you feel comfortable. Make sure it’s a relatively safe place, with good lighting and a nice backdrop that suits the photography you want to do. It’s not always possible to avoid passers-by, but I try to find places with low foot traffic so I don’t get awkward.

ii. Use the manual settings on your camera if possible. Adjust the aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc to get the look you want. Make sure the photos aren’t over exposed or to dark. This minimises the amount that you need to edit. I try to get the lighting right straight away for that reason. If you don’t know much about your camera, read a few articles online. There are heaps of tutorials! Or else just have a play and you’ll figure it out soon enough.

iii. Have an answer to the question “What are you doing?” This is my worst nightmare – someone actually approaching me. My one is “I’m just doing a project for photography class.” It’s simpler than explaining that you have a blog lol.

iv. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and make mistakes (as I did in the shot below where I’m out of focus!). Do different poses, sit down, stand up, smile, frown, try close ups and far off shots, see where your creativity takes you. And most of all, have fun!

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Hope this helped you guys, I’d love to know if you take your own photos and what you think of the process. Feel free to ask more questions down in the comment box or on insta too!

Stacy x

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Black on black on black.

A humble opinion: black is back (and it never left, in my books).

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I wear a lot of black, and as a Melburnian that’s pretty standard. We are known for our dark wardrobes. However I also am an avid pattern lover, a new-found pink advocate, and a Gorman-obsessed hoarder of things like a pineapple printed skirt. But I’ll always come back to black, and I own quite a bit of it. Lately I’ve been thinking that there is more than one reason why I like to wear black.

I’ve compiled a little list for you, right here.

Reasons that I wear black clothing:

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1. Black matches EVERYTHING. Literally 99% of my wardrobe can be worn with black jeans, or a black jacket. It makes things so much easier when you’re getting dressed. And also, if you don’t wanna thing about matching at all? Just wear all black.

2. Black is slimming and makes you look sexy. Like duh, we all know that. A black skinny looks so much better on me than a yellow one. It just hides any bumps and lumps.

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3. Black camouflages stains. Coffee stain? What coffee stain? Legit, I am a super messy person, and I often spill food on myself. That’s why I sadly rarely wear white.

4. It works for every season, which means it’s anti-fast fashion! This one is legitimately my fave. I mean, firstly, the black clothes you buy will not date. You can outfit repeat them like there’s no tomorrow! But also – in a world where were buying more and more clothing and creating so much trash, black clothing that is timeless can be worn again and again, meaning you don’t have to buy a new jacket next season! Save your wallet and the Earth and never be out of style.

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5. Black is hella cool & I f***ing like it. Aside from all the above reasons, I don’t feel like I need a reason besides this one hehe.

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So there you go. If anyone tries to tell you not to wear black, or that you’re mo, or that you should wear more colour, tell them to kindly pls stahp coz black is the new black, babes.

Stacy x

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Skirts = the new Pants

Hello Spring!! I’m mighty glad the Melbourne weather has been warming up. And my legs definitely agree. I’ve always been a jeans gal, but over the last year or so I have somehow been gathering a larger number of skirts than ever before in my wardrobe, and perhaps with that a growing confidence to show my legs. (I have to say this new found skirt-wearing confidence + collection is gonna be hella useful when I move to Alice Springs in a few weeks because it’s gonna be way too hot there for jeans!)

Anything buttoned, embellished, frilled & asymmetrical etc. has been my latest obsession. Who needs boring straight hems and pencil skirts when you can have wrap over sides and raw edges and eyelets and high-low hems and heaps of fun bits & bobs!? Here is specimen A in my new fav skirt ft. cheesy ass posing:

Shiny gold buttons. FRILLS. Where more could you want 😜

Atmost&Here Sienna Button Frill SkirtThrifted striped turtleneck top – Karen Walker sunglasses – Country Road Natasha Earring

If you wanna get in on the bare-legged, button-happy, frivololity-ness, here is the link to my new fave skirt and a couple of other picks of mine from The Iconic:

Hope everyone is off to a great start this week!! Get those legs out, and soak up that sunshine!

Stacy x

LAYER ME UP

I’m always looking for interesting ways to spice up my wardrobe without filling it with junk that I’ll wear three times and then discard. I’m also trying to find multiple ways to wear things so that I can change it up. I recently got a new white blouse shirt with ruffled sleeves which I love to death, but needed more ways to wear it other than “plain white shirt”. I also recently did a wardrobe cull, where I tried on almost every item of clothing I own and was ruthless in getting rid of the stuff that didn’t fit or never saw the light of day. Hence this outfit was born – this ASOS slip has been neglected a bit but has made a comeback thanks to my wardrobe cull. This slip-over-shirt combo is a winner I think – sorry not sorry! bit but has made a comeback thanks to my wardrobe cull. This slip-over-shirt combo is a winner I think – sorry not sorry!

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boohoo.com Frill Sleeve Ruffle Blouse // ASOS midi slip dress (similar dress here) // Nike runners // Sportsgirl pleather jacket (similar here, and here)

Side note: I am loving the statement sleeve trend – bell sleeves, ruffles, frills, tie details, cut outs – I definitely need to get on board more with sleeves. My tops department is looking a little boring at the moment. I’m pondering whether I could update my shirts with some wrist ties or maybe some tassels even?! My imagination is going wild.

Anyway, I really feel this slip dress layered over a top thing isn’t going away any time soon, so I’m gonna keep wearing it. Happy weekend everyone! Hope you’re staying warm!

Cheerios,

Stacy x

MILITARY-ESQUE

// Tobi.com layered bodysuit // Cotton On skirt // sass&bide coat //

Braved the Melbourne cold for this outfit shoot, but I really wasn’t feeling stockings or long boots for some reason. Ah the sacrifices I make for fashun 🤔 This is my new favourite bodysuit from Tobi, an online store that has a huge range of cool clothes. I chose this bodysuit because it reminded me of that Kookai square neckline cami top that every cool chick has been wearing but it also has the white underlayer so I can at least be somewhat covered. After all, Melbourne you have not been kind his winter!

I have paired this bodysuit with khaki green coat and skirt, mostly because I was like “hey these two things match” but also because it’s been a favourite of mine lately. It’s such a versatile colour, I would even consider it to be a “neutral” like grey or black. I can’t see it going away anytime soon. Also this coat is so much fun, and it’s actually been neglected in my wardrobe for a while now. I’m thinking it may be on high rotation for the rest of the season.

I hope everyone is staying warm and layering up like me (especially if you’re in Melbourne, brrr!) and oh yeah, Happy Hump Day 🐪

Seeya later,

Stacy x

T O B I ~ M A X I   D R E S S

I absolutely adore formal dresses, and frocking up. I honestly wish I had more occasions to act and dress all fancy-like and do my make up. But then again, why do I have to wait until an event comes up?

I received this amazing grey pleated maxi dress from the fashion clothing shop Tobi.com with a beautiful laced up back and decided to wear it immediately just to go out for lunch in Williamstown with the Mr. and take some snaps too. When he saw what I was wearing he raised an eyebrow and was thoroughly amused at my “out for lunch” outfit choice, but he rolled with it, bless his soul 😂😂






Tobi.com Jamee Maxi Dress // Lioness Portofino Faux Fur // Sportsgirl earrings 

I absolutely got stared at by some tradies who were working on the tower behind me, but I don’t blame them. It’s pretty weird for someone to be swirling around a random patch of grass near an industrial area wearing a long flowing dress and a faux fur that’s resemblance is that of a giant gorilla 🔥 I was self conscious for all of about 5 seconds and then I felt empowered actually. Dressing up is the bomb.com!!

Tobi.com is offering free shipping atm for all orders to Australia and they have amazing prices. Go go go if you’re looking for a new swanky outfit to wear to lunch and scare tradies with….or even if you just want a new shirt for work 🙌🏼

It’s Friday and I’m off to all-you-can-eat Japanese. I can’t wait to stuff myself with vegetarian gyoza, edamame, spring rolls, soba noodles and matcha ice cream asap. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Stacy x

GOLDEN HOUR ✨

Dusk is my favourite time of day – it’s the cusp between afternoon and evening, when shadows start to lengthen and everything starts to slow down and unwind. There’s a reason they call it the “golden hour” and it’s not just because of the soft lighting that we get when the sun starts to set. Though that indeed is a perk and why I choose to take most of my photos at dusk.

This outfit from the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is one of my favourites, black with a hint of metallic. It’s simple, yet intricate. It’s elegant, yet edgy. When I saw this skirt on ASOS I knew it had to be mine, and what better place to wear it than to fashion week 🙂

ASOS midi skirt // Kookai everyday crop // Dune London bag // Senso Taffy heels

I attended the VAMFF designer runway show on Saturday night with Celeste and we saw some amazing new collection pieces from Thurley, Misha Collection, White Suede and other gorgeous labels. Definitely true to say that we both added a few new pieces to our fashion wishlist for the Autumn/Winter coming. I always love an opportunity to frock up too!

Anyway, gotta go, it’s dusk. Time to make some magic happen ✨✨✨

What’s your favourite time of day, and why?

Stacy x