I was a speaker at Blog Camp Manchester last Friday, which was a fantastic experience. It was amazing to see so many passionate, dedicated bloggers in one room, and despite my immediate technical inadequacies (I had a piece of paper, the other speakers had iPads and MacBooks), I think I did alright. I remembered my topics, kept my head up and only stumbled slightly when I mistook a gurgling baby for someone asking a question.
One thing that came up during my talk was the process of taking photos. I think taking your own photos (or roping in a long-suffering partner/friend/family member) is essential in making your blog your own – anyone can swipe an image from We Heart It, but using your own shots shows you’ve put that little bit more thought and effort into your post.
Unfortunately most of the general population are unfamiliar with blogging, and the sight of a lone female lugging a tripod down the street to pose in front of a brick wall can cause excessive pointing, continued staring and, sometimes, riotous laughter.
Vintage skirt, Gap tee, Primark belt, Eden wedges via Sarenza, ASOS necklace, Jigsaw sunnies
It took me half an hour to find a suitably secluded place to take these shots, and even then an elderly lady stopped in her tracks to gawp as I trotted back and forth to set the self-timer. This is the part of blogging I find most excruciatingly embarrassing (even more so than walking through the office and catching a (male) colleague reading the blog), but I persevere because I think the images are just as important as the words. One Blog Camp attendee asked if my neighbours found it odd – no one has ever said anything, but I am certain they think I’m just a little bit odd.
How do you take photos for your blog? Do you have someone to help or do you enlist the services of a trusty tripod? Where do you go to get the perfect picture?