Monday, 25 September 2017

A Few Ways To Grow Your Confidence In Fashion Blogging.

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Overcoming your fashion blogging fears.

Curating style content is one of my favourite parts of curating this blog as a whole. Doing so gives me the opportunity to share my voice and share what I love; all whilst appealing to and forever broadening my creativity. Over the years, I truly feel like I've grown in confidence with my personal style and, I won't lie, I genuinely feel shamelessly proud of the style visuals I share with every post. Nevertheless, don't get me wrong; things haven't always ran so smoothly.

Remembering right back to when I first started my blog; more than anything, I wanted to delve into the world of fashion blogging. More than anything, I wanted to experiment with my personal style and document it on my blog; I wanted to start discussions and share inspirations. Alas, I had no idea where to start. The very thought of even trying to be anything like the model-esque fashion blogging babes that adorned my Instagram feed was enough to make me cringe to my core. For a long time I told myself that there was no way could I ever pull it off as well as they did.

Unsurprisingly, telling myself this led to many disastrous attempts at shooting outfits. I vividly remember my first few shoots ending with unnecessary bickering and tears of frustration. Looking back on it now, I realise that the heightened nerves and pent-up frustration stemmed from telling myself I couldn't. I was constantly telling myself that I couldn't compare to those already doing it. "What's the point?" was a phrase I often repeated through my frustrated sobs. It didn't help that we were trying to shoot in public places (errr, no thanks) and I wasn't 100% comfortable with my style.

Frankly, it has taken a phenomenal amount of trial and error for me to overcome my fashion blogging fears over the years. Once upon a time, being in front of the lens with zero control made me calm up and want to give up on what I love to do. Now, almost every time, we can bang out a shoot in 30 minutes or less, follow it up with a tasty brunch and feel a huge amount of pride for the end result. It certainly takes time. If you're thinking of dipping your toes into the world of fashion blogging (and you absolutely should, if it's your thing) here are a few ways to grow your confidence.

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Shoot with someone you are comfortable with.

I simply cannot stress this point enough; who you choose to shoot with is such an important part of curating style content. It directly impacts your confidence. All of my style content is shot by my wonderful boyfriend, Adam. Without his incredible help, I wouldn't be able to create such beautiful visuals to share with each post (thanks, boo). Now, don't get me wrong; in the beginning, we both had to find our feet with it. Neither of us really knew what we were doing; that fact, combined with my nerves and insecurities, often resulted in unnecessary bickering. That said, I certainly wouldn't go back and change those experiences. Each disastrous shoot was a learning curve for both of us; one step towards better understanding how each other worked. I'm wholeheartedly grateful that Adam allowed me to learn and grow with him in that way; I think if I'd tried to shoot with a stranger in the beginning, I would've never tried again.

That said, that's just me. You might have a totally different outlook on the whole thing; perhaps the thought of shooting with a total stranger actually makes you feel more comfortable than banging out semi-embarrassing poses in front of someone you know. You need to figure out what will work for you. And let's not forget, if you simply can't stand the thought of shooting with anyone at all - do it yourself! Set your camera on a tripod and just freakin' go for it.


Choose a quiet location.

I get it; it's all too tempting to try to replicate typically beautiful fashion blogger images, posed in the middle of a busy city street, adorned with blurred pedestrians in the background. After all, said images encapsulate the very essence of 'street style'. That said, the thought of standing in front of a lens, banging out poses, with what feels like a million eyes burning into your back; it's never going to be everyone's cup of tea. Even now, I still struggle to shoot in busy locations. It doesn't take much to convince yourself that everyone is staring at you, laughing at you, judging the hell out of you.

If you're putting off delving into fashion blogging because the thought of shooting outfits in public gives you the heebie-jeebies; chill. It doesn't mean your only options are your bedroom or your garden; there are so many ways you can still encapsulate the essence of street style without having to worry about the eyes of the general public. Shooting an outfit in a certain location, on a particular day, at a certain time, can make a world of difference as to how busy it is. Adam and I typically shoot early on a Saturday or Sunday morning before people start to show up; it means we can shoot in some great locations, minus dozens of people, and be done by brunch. You don't have to feel limited by your location.

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Do your own thing.

Part of the reason I felt so frustrated in my early days of curating style content was because, every shoot, I desperately tried to emulate what I'd already seen before. Everything from similar locations, to the poses, to the styles; I tried so hard to be something that was so far away from myself that, unsurprisingly, I failed every single time. Trying to be something that you are not inevitably sucks the fun out of whatever it is you're doing. I quickly learned that being inspired by the ferociously talented content creators on my Instagram feed was cool; but ultimately, I had to do my own thing. Doing your own thing allows your personality shine and is, at the end of the day, what will make your content entirely unique to you. Dress for yourself and for your style, and have fun experimenting with your own personal style instead of trying to imitate others. Don't do what has already been done a dozen times over - do you.

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Do you have any tips for fashion blogging?

Katy Belle.
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