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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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

I N S T A – U P D A T E

I have literally had no proper social life and no proper time or money to blog and make pretty creative things, I’ve barely had time to even make music and that means so much to me. I think the sacrifice has been worth it though! In less than a month I’ll be finished with uni and then I’ll be able to work as a registered music therapist!! Eek!

Anyway I’ve still been posting a little bit of my life on Instagram, so here is my life in squares over the past couple of months. See ya on the flip side (last assignment due 17th of November!!)

 

Hope everyone else is less stressed than I am at the moment, I honestly cannot wait to just sleep and be a couch potato for a while after this hectic few months.

Stacy x

EUROTRIP I

Still coming to terms with the fact that I’m back in freezing Melbourne after spending a glorious month in European summer. Thought I’d post up some snaps since it’s been forever since I posted anything on this ol’ blog. Enjoy!

Buckingham palace, Notting Hill, graffiti in Paris, outfit matching with Hannah in Leeds, Luxembourg Gardens (Paris), The Louvre.

Oxford St, classic telephone box, gorgeous flowers, Musee D’Orsay, Monterosso beach, vegan feed @ Max Pett (Munich), selfie with my awesome travel buddy Lauren ❤

I hope to have some new content up, but for now enjoy my Euro-spam pls.

Stace x