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?

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71 thoughts on “Why you should stop worrying about your blog photos

  1. Yessss Jenny!!! I constantly worry about my blog photography because there isn’t a “consistency” to my photos and they don’t all have a common theme (which is one of the biggest tips I was given about successful blog photography and “building a brand through images”). This has really encouraged me to stop losing sleep over it – there’s more to blogging than just the photos! Thank you for sharing this!

    Abbey 🌸 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • You’re so very welcome and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m so sick of hearing the “everything needs to match, everything needs a theme, everything needs to look the same and have the same colour scheme if you want to build a successful brand yadda yadda”. I mean, to a certain extent, YES. And chances are, things are going to look the same if that’s what you like but chill outtttt. You definitely don’t need to lose sleep over anything, your blog is amazing! ❀ xxx

  2. Oh so very true! Photography is such a deceptively difficult hobby. You almost fancy yourself a photographer just by shelling out for a camera (this writer admits he did). I myself dabbled in taking photos for my posts, but it became another thing to stress about and it hindered my schedule because I soon became obsessed with lighting, props, positioning, everything that had nothing to do with the content of my post. I have since learned to focus all my energy on content and build a brand on what I know. I’ll take up photography lessons in due time. Thanks for this!

    • Thanks for the insight into your own little, photography drama! It can get a bit consuming, can’t it, when you start to notice other people’s photography and then want yours to match you almost become frantic with props and positioning and lighting. Good luck with your lessons if you do take them and if not, never mind! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚ xx

  3. I love this! Photography is my passion so of course I try to subtly show it on my blog (seeing as it’s not a photography blog) but it’s good to see different people’s thoughts on the subject!
    I’m lucky in the fact I’ve been ‘a photographer’ (for want of a better phrase as I am by no means a pro) for several years now which means I have of course picked up tips and tricks, even when it comes to editing. I tend to use my own photos for my featured image and just add a title to them, nothing too fancy, yet I’m constantly getting asked how I do it.

    I believe that unless you have a photography blog, the photos on your blog aren’t extremely important. Sure, my featured images have gained me a few new visitors but I doubt they would have stayed reading unless they actually liked the post! ❀

    • Oooh this is a great insight from someone who is actually a photographer. I think it doesn’t matter how much you can tell someone “how you do it”, if they don’t have the equipment or the knowledge themselves, it’s just not going to work. For example, I know that you need natural light but I’ve taken plenty of blog photos in natural light before and they don’t look anything like the gorgeous photos I’ve seen because I just don’t know how to USE that natural light and make it work, whereas someone like you, with that knowledge would. If that makes sense? πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting! xx

      • I totally agree, without the equipment or knowledge the ability to take amazing photos becomes a lot harder! It’s simply because of a lack of knowledge that photos turn out badly ahah ❀

    • Thank you for sharing that link – I’ve seen those “stickers” before, the marble effect ones (I’m sure there’s plenty of other effects too) and although yes, you are “faking it” I think it’s a pretty neat and cost-effective idea if you do want to have that look to your photos! I can’t imagine marble slates being too cheap, to be honest! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚ xx

  4. As a person who primarily blogs about travel, photography is pretty important to my aesthetic – that doesn’t make it any easier. I think we are always more critical of our own work (whether it be writing or photography) so we always think of ourselves as being not that great. I do admit I get a bit of a thrill when I see people liking my stuff – it makes me think that maybe, just maybe, I’m not so bad after all. Oh and personally, I’d rather see a photo of a elephant at the zoo rather than that perfectly set up photo scene πŸ™‚

    • Your comment got me thinking that even though you have a travel blog which would quite crucially, rely on photos, you still don’t necessarily need the most expensive camera and equipment to make your photos “work”. Like, imagine a travel blog where ALL photos were polaroid’s or from disposable cameras? That would make for SUCH an authentic and unique blog and there isn’t a light box in sight! Thanks for commenting and sorry for going off on a tangent haha! xx

  5. I’m not a great photographer at all, but photos are so important – they tend to attract people’s attention. I agree with you, Jenny – it’s best to just go for it!

  6. I’m with you there Jenny, I can’t do blog photo’s either and i’m not really bothered in trying either. I use stock photo’s for a lot of posts or if I have a suitable one i’ll use a personal photo. I’m not that good at being organised with blogging so i’m not about to add photos to the list too!

    • I use so many stock photos and they’ve not impacted my blog negatively so whaaaaat’s the big deal? Some people have such a problem with bloggers using stock photos it’s ridiculous!

  7. Great post. It really has me thinking. I use book covers from publishers rather than my own photos for the very reasons you talk about. Maybe it’s time to stop worrying and try a few of my own photos.

  8. What a great point of view. I am interested in photography and would like to take better pics. I like testing out different setting on my camera, but blog photos don’t need to be polished. I would like to take better ones of myself though if I’m honest.

  9. This post really speaks out to me. Taking photos always stresses me out coz I am never satisfied. Like with the lights, layout, etc… coz I am so used to see amazing pictures from other bloggers… but then, if I do everything depending on others, the photos are not representing me anymore. xx Corinne

  10. That’s such a beautiful post! I’m honestly constantly so insecure about the photos I take, whether the lighting is too harsh or not enough. We need to all stop being so anxious about it, what matters is that we enjoy it and the content itself! Loved reading this x

  11. Taking photos for my blog is the bane of my existence; I am absolutely awful at it! Like you, I have to constantly remind myself that bloggers aren’t created equal in terms of photography skill–and we all have to start somewhere! Up until recently, I exclusively used stock photos for my blog, but I’ve since realized that the only way I’m going to improve is by inputting some of my own photos, too. They may improve your SEO and the readability of your blog (according to the yoast plug-in, anyway) but like you’ve said, you can still be a blogger without great photography skills! πŸ™‚

    • I think stock photos are totally fine if you’re not too bothered about the photography or learning the photography skills – like me really. I’m not fussed if I use stock photos because most of the time, to be quite honest, I can’t be BOTHERED taking photos. And editing them? Don’t get me started! But I think it’s great that you want to actively learn more photography skills πŸ™‚ I have NO IDEA what the yoast plug in is…. Haha. But in the way of stats, views etc, I’m doing pretty well so it’s obviously not affecting things too much! xx

  12. I’ve personally never worried about photos, I’m lucky enough to have a few professional cameras because of my uni course. I worry about consistency but I always see it the same way as you it’s about the content and the authenticity x

  13. Loved this post, I think blog photos and also, instagram photos, are a big aspect of “blogging”. I constantly feel pressured to post the best Instagram photo every single day and it’s so so annoying. I don’t always have the right props or lighting to take a new picture, so I do sometimes mix it up and use stock photography or post a quote, I see people posting original content every single day and I’m like “how do you have that much props and items to take so many pictures to cover every single day?” it’s crazy!

    • Haha I agree! Although those who post every single day with something authentic and original, I think they save up photos. I’ve heard people do that like take LOADS of photos for Instagram in one day and then save them all so what you’re seeing didn’t happen on that day, if that makes sense? I do think that’s a great idea though! xx

  14. That last paragraph! ❀ It's so true. If you're passionate about blogging, that should show through your writing, no matter what the picture looks like πŸ™‚ x

  15. This is such a great post girl! There’s so much pressure to have perfect blog photography! I’m never happy with my photos no matter how hard I try.. but your right, as long as you have an authentic blog that’s the important thing!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  16. I love this! Similarly to you, I love taking pictures when I am out with my friends or family and everything in the picture has happened much more naturally compared to my blog pictures. For some reason, because I have had complete control of how the picture will look, it never looks as nice as pictures I take randomly. I don’t care though and still include my blog pictures on my blog haha. Great post x

    Claire | clairesyear.com

    • Yes that’s why I love “out and about” just general life photos because it’s capturing a moment in time, instead of spending AGES positioning stuff to get a good product review, I just find it so tedious! xx

  17. I ageee with you so much on this! I try so hard for perfect photos but they never turn out as I want! But you’re right it’s the content and quality of the blog that matters , not photos ! Great post ! X

  18. 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

  19. 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.

    http://www.mollydaydreams.blogspot.co.uk

  20. 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 | themondayproject.co.uk

  21. 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!

  22. 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 ❀

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  25. 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.

  26. 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!!

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