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.