I don’t know how to ask someone to take a picture of me “for my blog” without sounding like a… like a… what’s the mom-approved-PG word for douchebag? Because that’s what I sound like. A pretentious douchebag. It’s hard for me to take myself seriously when I’m saying, “Hey will you take a bloggy picture of me in front of this fountain?“… which is usually followed by, “What should I be doing? Should I, like, look off into the distance? Or, look over my shoulder? Should I smile? Is that weird? Smiling is weird, right?” (Sure. Smiling in a picture? Totes weird. Only serial killers and ax murderers do that.) … and then, rarely is this magical moment complete without, “Is it cute? Will you take another one? What should I do with my hands?”
I never know what to do with my hands. And I alwaaaays ask if it’s cute. Like the person behind the camera is ever going to tell me: “I don’t know, Jenn. You’re twenty-seven years old and still pretending to be a model. Is THAT cute?”
It’s not cute. In fact, the whole thing usually feels so awkward that I fidget for about five seconds in front of whatever fountain/brick wall/lake front/rooftop view I’m standing in front of and then ask, “Did you get it? Is it cute?”
Like I’m Beyonce or something. IS IT CUTE? Sure. Like my personal paparazzi fan club was just begging to take a candid picture of me. “UGH. DID YOU GET IT? ARE WE DONE HERE?”
I started a fashion blog because… well, honestly, I don’t know why. I liked the idea of having a blog – because I’ve always liked writing – but you can’t just have “a blog” these days. You’ve got to have some kind of niche. Something that makes your blog special (i.e.: searchable). And fashion and clothes seemed to hit closer to home for me than cooking, fitness, motherhood, food, interior design, finance, DIY, agriculture, dating, cleaning? There are blogs about cleaning? I don’t know. Talking about my outfits sounds like way more fun than talking about how I clean my kitchen, don’t ya think?
The problem was that I didn’t have anyone to take daily pictures of my outfits. Also, I didn’t have enough outfits to dress cute every single day. ALSO – where are you guys wearing all of these dresses to? The Met Gala? Why are you posting a picture wearing high heels and telling us it’s your “casual look” and that you’re “going to the grocery store”? Do you know what I look like when I go to the grocery store?
Well. Let’s just say the last time I wore high heels in a grocery store, it was 1 o’clock in the morning and my boyfriend and I were coming back from a party and decided we wanted a frozen pizza. That was our only grocery item that evening. One frozen pizza. Obviously not a proud blog-worthy photo moment.
But I have a lot of respect for fashion bloggers. Too much, in fact, to pretend that I am one. When someone asks me what kind of blog I have, I usually spend a few seconds stuttering around and then say, “It’s kind of a fashion blog. But not really. Because I don’t know anything about fashion.” And then they usually ask, “So what do you write about?” Good question. The other day I wrote a post about wearing a leopard print bra to a job interview. I have also written about wearing Spanx in an airport, and wooden high heels to my Algebra class in high school. So. That’s what I write about. Fashion. But not really.
It’s hard for me write posts about “The perfect bag for summer!” (I don’t know what the perfect bag is. I mean, I like MY bag – but I feel that it is a bag for all seasons, not just summer.) or “How to style a jumpsuit for the office!” (Expect to completely undress when you go to the bathroom.) and let’s not forget the “Beauty/Fashion Haul!” posts.
I buy the same things over and over again. There’s no reason for me to take pictures of it and write about all of the things that I bought. That sounds so boring. I’d rather write about that time I bleached my hair. Trust me – it’s WAY funnier.
How do you guys feel about fashion blogs? For those who have them – any tricks to the photos? Does the awkward feeling go away? I want to hear your feedback in the comment section!