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Why you should stop worrying about your blog photos

Blog photography has always been the bane of my blogging life. I’m not good at taking photos, period. No matter how good the camera or perfect the lighting, it’s just something I am not good at. I try my best and would say some of my own, personal photos I’ve taken for my blog are… satisfactory at best. But no matter how hard I try, they never compare to the perfectly laid out flat lays with the pretty copper and rose gold photos props in the perfect lighting which makes you envious of that particular blogger’s amazing skill.

And that’s the thing. Skill. Photography is a skill I don’t have and never have had. I enjoy taking photos – if I go out for the day to the zoo or a museum, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll have my camera on me and I’ll be snap, snap, snapping away all day trying to get a nice photo. Whether that photo lives up to the standards of someone else’s, I don’t care. Because I’m enjoying it and that’s all that matters.

So why has it been so different for me with blog photography? Obviously taking a photo of an elephant at the zoo and perfectly positioned notebooks, flowers, copper dishes and slates of marble is a totally different ball-game but it’s all pointing a camera at something and shooting at the end of the day, isn’t it? It’s the constant comparison between myself and so many other people so readily available.

Only up until recently has my lack of blog photography skills really bothered me. But now I really don’t care as much as I used to. I’m still envious of the skills some bloggers have but I also have to take into consideration that these bloggers may have better cameras than me, light boxes and endless amounts of cute photos props on hand to spruce up the photo. It’s like comparing a medal winning athlete to a school sports day. And these people may also have been honing their skill for years, taking photography lessons in school, be photographers in real life – we just don’t know.

But the thing to remember is that photos and photography isn’t the be-all and end-all of blogging. And the thing that makes blogging brilliant is everyone’s uniqueness – and that includes your photography too. You don’t need expensive cameras and fancy props for your photography to stand out and express who you are as a person. And if you really struggle, you can use stock photography from websites such as pixaby (I wrote a more extensive post on this here) which there is absolutely nothing wrong with! If your strengths are your writing, there’s absolutely no need to stress yourself out over the photography. 

So to sum up this rather long, rambly and quite frankly pointless post, you don’t need expensive cameras, tons of blog props, lights and god knows what else to get decent blog photos. We have it drilled into us that photos on a blog are so very imoortant and you’ll get more likes, follows, views if you can showcase amazing photography but that just isn’t true. What will give you follows and views is having an authentic blog that showcases your strengths – whether that be beautifully written posts, laughter-filled lists, amazing book reviews or incredible photography. None of us are better than anyone else at this blogging thing – we’re just different. So embrace your differences.

Are you a lover or a hater of taking blog photos? Are they one of your strengths or weaknesses in blogging?


Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.


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  2. Yessssss!!! Great post!! This is the fear I have always had for so long. I enjoy taking pictures of anything that speaks to me or makes me feel a certain way at a certain moment. I do it because its fun and I enjoy it. But I am by no means a pro or experienced photographer. Im always worried that my pictures aren’t good enough and I have no photography background. But after realizing that I need to stop caring about trying to be up to par with those pro photographers, because I will still continue snapping pictures that make me happy and that’s all that matters. So your post spoke volumes to me!!

  3. I like taking my blog photos, and as you said perfectly, “I’m enjoying it and that’s all that matters.” 😀👍

  4. I’m a photographer, not amateur, not professional… and many of my posts are about photography. But I do find taking photos specifically to illustrate a non-photography post very difficult and I do stress. So thank you for sharing your thoughts on this – it helps to know others fell the same.

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  6. Very critical about my blog photos… nice article ! thanks !

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  8. I really needed to read this, as I’ve read so many posts saying that amazing blog photos are the be all and end all. I’ve always felt a bit disheartened, because I’m not the best at photos. Never have been. Words are my strength! Reading this, I’ve realised that’s okay. So thank you for sharing this <3

    1. You’re very welcome Aimee!

  9. jodiedcmitchell says:

    Travel photography I find the easiest, or something out and about, like at the zoo, like you said. I think it’s probably product shots and portraits that stress me out the most, I feel like people will judge me on them, when really they probably won’t!

    1. They definitely won’t but it’s easy to judge ourselves, I know that!

  10. The Monday Project says:

    So so so true! I take all of my blog photos on my iPhone as I don’t feel I can justify a camera just yet! I think my skills are improving a little bit but no way are they up to scratch with everyone else! Xx

    Kirsty | The Monday Project |

    1. That’s great though, as long as you’re happy with your progress 🙂 xx

  11. The game for blog photos is set so high is almost like setting yourself up for failure, I find it pretty much impossible not to compare myself to people who have been blogging for years. Even with an a level in photography and a membership to the uni photography society I still find myself struggling. On the bright side I defo think my photos have improved since I’ve had my blog.

    1. That’s great! I think if you start comparing yourself to your past SELF rather than other people, your mindset towards it will dramatically change 🙂 xx

  12. This is so so true! While i’ve recently started to really get into photography, at first it really put me off blogging. I still find myself second guessing my skills and comparing them to others but its important to remember everyone started somewhere and photography isn’t the be all and end all.

    Thanks for talking about this, i feel like noone really wants to admit how annoying it is to take blog pictures so this definitely makes me feel like i’m not alone.

    Laura xo

    1. Hahah you’re definitely not alone! I envy those who love taking blog photos and have the knowledge and the editing software to do it brilliantly!

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