We all know how difficult it is to get that perfect instagram shot, there’s normally around 20 minutes of uhm-ing and ahh-ing at the photos before deciding you need more (much to the enjoyment of your photographer). It’s difficult to remember that everything you see has been meticulously filtered and edited to show the best version of your day – I didn’t spend half an hour in front of the Eiffel Tower to post a photo that makes my nose look 12 sizes larger than it actually is. As much as we all enjoy seeing those perfectly posed (or perfectly candid) shots, there’s something really lovely about being treated to the outtakes: the real giggle with multiple chins and buck teeth and the photos that show how fed up you are of endlessly posing.
It’s easy to forget that everything you see on instagram is, more often than not, staged. As so many bloggers and youtubers have said – instagram is not real life.
We all share our best bits because we don’t want people to know that we’re actually currently sat surrounded by Space Raiders wrappers and the remnants of our halloumi lunch feast; unless you’re a literal flatlay magician, there’s no way to make that look good. I want people to believe I am a glamorous, leopard-print coat wearing holiday-goer who spent way longer than 6 days in Paris. In reality, I spent most of the time looking rather soggy and eating fast food, not dining at authentic restaurants with tiny, overpriced portions. 2018 is my year for being more authentic and sticking true to real life, starting with sharing a lot of the ridiculous photos taken on this trip. Although I’m not one of those Instagram models and none of my photos really portray a glamorous life, I still feel obliged to tell the truth.
“I think we should stand downwind.”
Paris consisted of not so many glam, blogger-style photos and a lot more of the cheesing in the front of the Eiffel Tower because I can’t believe how much this bloody trip cost me kind of photos. Y’know the tourist kind where you just can’t believe you’re standing in front of a super cool landmark.
I did try to get some blogger-esque photos but it just doesn’t feel in my nature to do that; although outfit photos are some of my favourites to shoot, I’m not a natural when it comes down to the hand in the hair, gazing non-chalantly past the camera poses. I suffer from really bad blogger envy when scrolling through everyone else’s photos, I make a mental note to try harder at looking like a blogger (for reference: there is no such thing) and then we start shooting, I get the giggles, and my professionalism goes out the window.
Being unprofessional is fun and usually result in some of my favourite photos, from both my own shoots and other people’s.
I almost hope this post inspires people to do the same thing, because although we can all appreciate a nicely edited shot, there’s something really special about those photos that show the bloggers’ personality. Although I do want to take myself and my blog a lot more seriously this year, that won’t necessarily apply to fashion photos. The thing I really like about my writing, and the thing a few people compliment me on, is how much of my personality shines through, and that’s something I think I could incorporate more into my photos.
My boyfriend, my main photographer, tries to get me to have a bit more fun with it and stop worrying about getting those ‘perfect‘ shots – he’ll say “strike a pose” and wait for me to do something ridiculous; I can always rely on him to get the funny photos that are perfect for this post.
A compilation of me being fed up/angry at people walking in front of my photos.
It’s time to stop taking instagram so seriously.
I do get caught up in trying to have the perfect theme and the perfect poses, and portray my personality through candid captions. But my photos need an update and a refresh, and in 2018 I’m going to care less about how I look in a photo and care more about making sure people know my personality. It’s gonna be a big year for Loulabellerose, I’m feeling more determined than ever.
How are you going to progress in 2018?