Putting yourself out there as a blogger on the Internet is always a scary thing. For me, taking photos of myself and pretty much allowing people to judge me is one of the scariest things I do as a blogger.
So as someone who constantly puts herself out there on the Internet every day, I tend to have a few security blanket type things that help me deal with the pressure of living that Instagram-worthy lifestyle. I should preface this post by telling you that I’m fortunate enough to not have had to deal with too many mean, ignorant, or hateful comments. Honestly, I don’t think that it’s fair that people so openly judge and say the most awful things about bloggers. It really comes down to this: If you don’t enjoy someone’s content, don’t go to their site. But I guess that’s a post for another day, right?
Let’s get to those “security blankets” or blogger tips, shall we?
Oh yes. The sunglasses. I get comments ALL the time from people asking me about why I am always wearing sunglasses. And while I don’t think this is necessarily a hateful comment, I do feel the need to explain myself. The most obvious reason why I’m in sunglasses in 99.9% of my photos is that it’s just easier. I never have to worry about whether my eyes are closed during a shoot. It helps make a shoot go faster and gives me more options to choose from when I’m selecting photos to post. I know this may seem “less personal”, but I just feel less pressure when I have my sunglasses on for photos. Oh, and they’re a great accessory (blogger tips truth!). DUH!
My go-to outfits
If you’ve been following Pink Champagne Problems for a while, you may have noticed that I don’t typically stray too far from my basic looks. Girls like Allie, Blair, and Krystal do amazing jobs at looking so unbelievably chic and dressed up on their blogs. But for me, I know what I look “good” in and I don’t like going too far outside the box in fear of not getting a good response. You’ll see in tomorrow’s post that I really stepped outside of my comfort zone and wore a gown to a special birthday shoot location…with a decent amount of people around. Which brings me to my next point.
A friend or photographer
I love shooting with Allie because not only is she my photographer, but she is also one of my best friends. We always have fun when we’re shooting together and it kind of makes me just forget about the people staring at me as I’m shooting. When Matt first started taking my photos, I was a little shy to do it in public with a ton of people around. Now that he has the hang of it, we can get a look done in 15 minutes or less. Follow this blogger tips: having a friend or a photographer you’re comfortable with around when you’re shooting in public helps alleviate some of the embarrassment. And let’s not even begin with attending events. I could probably write an entire post about this (I touched upon it in this post)! I typically don’t go to events without friends because I get so nervous when it comes to networking…even though I’m a pretty social person.
If you’re a blogger, what are some of your security blankets? Even if you don’t have a blog, there are certain security blankets we clutch onto on a daily basis. Like our phones. If I’m in a social setting where I’m uncomfortable, out comes the phone. In the elevator with a ton of strangers? I probably have my phone in my hand. I’m not saying the use of these security blankets are the best, but they definitely help certain uncomfortable situations become better.
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