Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bloopers + Getting Real

Can't stand up straight. 
top | vest | heels 

Is it just me, or are about 75% of your photos "blooper" worthy? There are some shoots that we do for Southern Style that result in a multitude of great photos, but there are others that seem to produce nothing great. Maybe my hair doesn't look quite right, I'm standing in a strange way, or my dress is wrinkled. In others, I'm just making a crazy face, whether it's accidental or on purpose. It seems like at least one photo at the end of each is of me making a ridiculous face, signaling that we're done.

I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself lately, especially with this blog. I have certain goals that I've set for myself - a certain number of page views, working with particular brands, reaching a certain amount of Instagram followers. While I think these goals are important in terms of how I want to see this blog grow, it's also created an amount of self-inflicted pressure to always capture the right photo, to wear the perfect outfit, and the like. I've also been putting immense pressure to create Instagram worthy photos - whether taken with my DSLR or snapped quickly before dinner. Though it's nice to live in a world of pretty, that's not actually the real world - at least not every single day.

So today, I'm sharing the bloopers - the moments captured but never shared. Most involve a ridiculous face, a reaction to something Stephen has said, a laugh that I don't think is blog-worthy. But today those moments are shared and today, I'm thankful for each of those.

The stop the photos, someone is coming, I look ridiculous anyway face. 

 Andddd that's a wrap for this set.

 I'm trying to be serious but I can't.

 Please don't make me stand in the straw. Because that's totally unnatural. But taking blog photos in a doctor's office parking lot isn't...

Hurry! Someone's spotted us! 

What should I do with my hands? And my legs? And my...face?

 Blurry AND swatting bugs. Cute.

Would you look at that? Cue this video.

The End.


  1. I am so in love with this post!!! You are such an inspiration and I think we should all share our "bloopers" hahahahaha there's such an art to balancing social media world and real life! I'm also struggling with when to "cut it off" and just enjoy the moment! Thanks for the inspiration! Lots of love! 💗

  2. These are so cute! I love your face in the white dress! I feel like I make that face constantly!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. Haha I totally feel you on these! I think more than 75% of the pics I take could end up on a blooper reel! Taking pics is tough, especially in public! And making them look natural... even more difficult! You always look amazing though! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. This is fantastic! I'm very guilty of "hurry up someone spotted us" and "stop someone is watching, and I look ridiculous". And of course the always loving RBF :-P

    Green Fashionista

  5. These bloopers are AWESOME!! So great to just laugh at ourselves from time to time.

    xx Leah /

  6. Ok the last one is just way too cute! Gary took one of me this weekend where I swear to you his reaction to what I looked like created an onslaught of bloopers! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  7. These are great haha. You still look beautiful too though!! :-)

  8. Hah I absolutely love these, you look adorable in that last one!

  9. Haha I love these! You still look gorgeous in every single one! I was definitely feeling that pressure with Instagram earlier in the year and honestly, it was taking the fun out of it for me. I've gone back to just posting whatever I feel like and it's so much more freeing - although not the prettiest.. so I'm back to thinking about creating a separate account for the blog. Sorry for the rant, so much to think about!

  10. Hahaha we totally all have these! I crack up sometimes when I upload things. I have totally had one with my hand out and I know I was saying to my husband, "stop, you are not doing it like I want you to!" LOL. I totally get what you mean about self-inflicted pressure. It's always a balance of enjoying and working.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. The majority of my pictures are blooper worthy!!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

  12. I have so many blooper pictures! I end up deleting them but wish I kept them!

  13. Haha I hear ya girl! I love doing this too. It's so important to set goals, but I love posts like these because they feel so much more "real". Lord knows like half of my photos are like this!

    Sara Kate Styling

  14. Love this post! It's so true! So many photos of mine end up on the chopping block. If I get 4 or 5 good pics, I'm satisfied. I think the last one is really cute! You look like you're having fun :)

    Taffeta & Tulips

  15. I seriously love this post! What a great idea.

  16. I love this! It's always so fun to see the outtakes since it brings out more personality of the person in front of the camera. :) Girl, I've been feeling the exact same way lately, almost to the point where I'm considering taking an extended vacation from the blog. It's just causing a lot of unnecessary stress, you know?

  17. I like all these outfits ♥♥

  18. Love seeing your bloopers photos.

  19. Haha love this post and it's so true!! I definitely feel the pressure on myself sometimes with getting that perfect photo, but I have plenty of bloopers too. I always delete them thought because my computer is already running out of space. These are too funny :)

  20. Oh, girl. As if I couldn't heart you more! Love you for owning it too!!! xx

  21. haha these are cute!! You're so right about this! I've got A LOT of me pointing the remote at my camera/tripod!

    The Closet by Christie

  22. haha this is such a cute post!!! This is so true, I have so many outtakes of hilarious fail photos! #bloggerproblems

  23. It's safe to say that at least 75% of my shots are bloopers lol. Setting goals is important but it's also important to take a step back and realize social media isn't real life. Thanks for sharing with us the imperfect side of blogging :)


  24. Haha I love these! The few fashion posts I've done, I think to myself "idk how the fashion bloggers do this - this is hard stuff". So kudos to you pretty lady! Xo

  25. love these - this is a great idea! I have WAY too many photos! The one of you staring at him like DO not take this photo, stop shooting is classic on me too!

    XO Chelsea

  26. You still look gorgeous, your blog is one of my favorites! You're doing a wonderful job! Xo, Stephanie

  27. Honestly, bloopers are the BEST!! Thanks for sharing these and keeping it real gal!! It's so easy to get wrapped up in the 'perfectness' and we often appreciate the simple! xoxo, Annie


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