The Struggle to Pick a Pic |
Unless you're a blogger, I'm not sure you understand how of a struggle the job is to choose a photo to share with you in a social media or blog post 😉. Here is the image I actually shared on my social media accounts. I'm wearing Target Belle Curve pants (last season), a Witchery t-shirt […]

Unless you're a blogger, I'm not sure you understand how of a struggle the job is to choose a photo to share with you in a social media or blog post 😉.

the photo I chose on the weekend
Here is the image I actually shared on my social media accounts. I'm wearing Target Belle Curve pants (last season), a Witchery t-shirt (thrifty) and the jade necklace is a souvenir from the NZ cruise in 2012.

The whole coronavirus problem really dampened my enthusiasm to take pictures of my "real world fashion". Not going out a lot means not putting so much effort into my dress, even though I haven't really worked with my pajamas. I missed the chance to wear some of my prettiest outfits, weekend outfits get a little boring when you wear them 7 days a week!

And don't get me started with my pandemic hairstyle. I can't remember the last time I went to the hairdresser! I actually don't care about my longer locks right now, they're very easy to maintain - a ponytail or a bun and I'm done. I'm worried that a ponytail might look a bit 'young' on me, and when I sometimes look at myself in the mirror and wear a bun (even if it's in the 'messy' fashion) and glasses, I can't help but notice more than a fleeting resemblance to my grandmother.

But I digress ... I was telling you how hard it is to get decent photos of myself.

There is one thing I love and this is my new iPhone 11, it definitely takes much better photos. However… for every image I post there are usually 50 hiccups that I then need to go back and remove.

And even when I have a shortlist then I have to carefully review them on my PC because now that I'm a certain age even with reading glasses I just can't see the finer details that really matter - like the photo is out of focus or my eyes are actually closed.

To illustrate my point, here are the images that made the final recently, for a “fashun photo” that I posted on my Facebook and Instagram accounts… and why they didn't make the cut!

weekend clothes 2

This photo (above) is not bad. Having said that, it's not great either… I don't like that you can't really see my eyes.

the weekend laughing

A big smile! I could even laugh in this one, but it just felt too wrong.

weekend clothes looking away

Now this may be a matter of personal preference, but I tend to prefer photos where I am actually in contact with the camera and the audience rather than looking into the distance ...

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Yay! You can actually see my eyes in this one - no squinting. I achieved this with a trick I picked up along the way: look down and look up just as the picture is taken. However, it seems I forgot to smile, so that was a 'no' on my part.

weekend clothes 3

Above, the first finalist. My feet look a little awkward but it was a possibility… and underneath we have the lucky winner again. I love my facial expression, I don't squint, it doesn't look too laid-back (compared to the typical 'hands on hip' style), and there are no bumps or obvious bumps.

weekend clothes 1

Do you want to know something funny? It was actually the FIRST photo I took!



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