A few months ago, I got in front of the camera for the first time to show you the real-girl way to wear a duster jacket. I’m the fashion editor on Who What Wear Australia, so I’m normally the one behind the lens—producing, styling, and directing the photo shoots. From the side I’m used to standing on, I have to admit, I thought it looked kind of easy to be a model. You just stand, pose, and occasionally throw out a fake smile, right? No. Wrong. So wrong.
The day of my shoot had been locked in my calendar for about a month, and as every day drew nearer, I started to feel more and more anxious. What have I got myself into?
The good news? The shoot turned out way better than I’d imagined, and I gained a whole new appreciation and respect for fashion bloggers. Getting dressed up and standing in front of a photographer is nerve wracking stuff. You have to trust the photographer completely—trust that they’ll make you feel comfortable, that you won’t feel awkward, and that they’ll make you look and feel like the best version of yourself. (I was lucky, the photographer was one of my best pals, Dave Wheeler, so it definitely made it easier!)
When it was time to shoot our first look, I basically just froze. I stood completely still, and didn’t know where to look, whether to smile, or what to do with my hands. Luckily Dave talked me through what I should be doing—which turns out, is a lot. Constantly moving, looking up, looking down, walking—all while making sure your outfit (which is the whole point of this exercise), looks its best.
So other than a great set of images that I now get to keep to show my kids one day, I also learnt a lesson—being a fashion blogger is hard. I learnt that putting yourself out there is definitely more difficult than it seems—it takes confidence and practice to make it appear so effortless.
So how can you move through the awkward feeling of having your picture taken? We’ve spoken to some experts, who recommend tricks like ‘squinching’ or certain poses. But if that doesn’t work, do what I did. Take a deep breath, pretend the camera isn’t there, and be your most natural self. The most successful fashion bloggers are the ones who’ve been around for a long time, and you know what they say—practice makes perfect.