A Walk on Folly Beach | Seersucker Sass

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Walk on Folly Beach

Do you ever just have a moment where you're like "Wow!  I am an awkward human being!  Why am I allowed in public?  How do I function?"  I have those every time I take blog photos, but especially during this photo shoot on the beach.

I really thought a beach shoot would be easy.  A lot of the stress I feel when taking photos for the blog is because I can't find a background I like.  So a beach photoshoot seemed perfect, because what is prettier than a beach?!  I would frolic around, Amy would take some photos of me, it would be awesome.

Amy and I get down to the beach, and it's crowded.  Groups of frat bros and bachelorette parties are walking buy as we're trying to shoot, and I can just feel their (more than likely imaginary) judgement.  Finally, things calm down a little bit, and I start to feel more confident. 

I start frolicing.  I instruct Amy to just take photos of me as I run toward the water and then run back toward her.  I get really good at frolicking, and then I frolic too far and my rear end gets soaked by a wave.

And then the wind picks up.  At first I was totally making it work for me.  But then it really picked up and my hair was everywhere.  And Amy's hair was everywhere.  We were like two Cousin Itts trying to have a beach photoshoot.  We found a little relief from the wind under the pier, and I think Amy found a lot of relief when I decided to wrap the shoot.


















Top // Shorts // Watch // Bracelet


If you share my struggle of being super awkward in photos, here are three tips that I have to make your beach photoshoot a little easier.

1. Study photos on Pinterest.  This would have been about 50 times easier if I had just looked up what other bloggers, or even models, were doing for inspiration.  Great examples - here, here, here, and here.

2. Give instruction to the person using your camera.  This might seem like a no-brainer, but I am really awful at just passing a friend or family member my camera like they're a mind reader and know exactly what I'm trying to accomplish with photos.  If you're shooting with a non-photographer for the first time, give them a little guidance.  Do you like to be photographed horizontally or vertically?  Is there an angle that you prefer or hate?  Sharing this info will make things a lot easier for everyone involved!  (I am seriously so lucky that Amy just took to taking photos, but I imagine things would have been less stressful for her if I had actually given some guidance other than "Make me look like an Instagram model.")

3. Move. When I don't know what else to do in blog photos, I start walking.  I think photos look much more realistic if my hair has some movement or my arms aren't planted in a pose.  I'm also a lot less uncomfortable.  I've heard bloggers say they try to move a little for each click of the camera, so I took that into consideration when taking these photos.

A big thank you to my girl Amy for taking these photos!  Do you have any tips to share for taking blog photos?  I need all of the help I can get!

  


24 comments:

  1. LOL your opening sentence has me rolling!!! Love it! And yes, I can SO relate! XORach | http://www.rkcsouthern.com

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  2. This is me anytime I shoot in public...I can't stop thinking "what these ppl must be thinking of me" hahaha. I totally agree with all three of your points...giving your photographer actual inspiration pictures, it's soooooo helpful!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

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  3. Oh girl I can relate! There are times when I am so at ease in front of the camera and then there are times that everything I'm doing feels forced and stiff and awkward. Your photos look lovely though so I think you handled feeling awkward really well!

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  4. Loving this outfit! I've always wanted to visit here

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  5. looks like a beautiful day for the beach! I am loving those Lilly shorts!

    xoxo Madeline | www.theblackbarcode.com

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  6. Your outfit is adorable! Nice day for the beach!

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  7. You are making me want to DIVE RIGHT IN! These are so lovely my girl!
    xoxo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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  8. I know exactly what you mean! You look super cute though and I love your outfit!

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  9. Wow, very beautiful place. Love your outfit and all the pictures!
    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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  10. You got some great photos, even if it wasn't as relaxing as you'd imagined! :) Good tips too! :) I take all my photos myself with a camera remote so it just makes posing even more awkward - will try the movement tip! :)

    Hope you are having a great week and had a nice Easter.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  11. I'm still sad I never got to visit the beach when I was in Charleston last summer! The beach is always a great place to wear Lilly. One of my blog photo tips is to always be behind the camera and test the lighting and settings and backgrounds on your photographer as the model first!!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  12. this beach looks beautiful!

    xo!
    Shelby
    www.glitterandgingham.com

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  13. You look so fab! Love beach shoots!

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  14. I think your photos turned out so fab! I always wear my hair in a bun for beach shoots since hair goes everywhere!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  15. Can I just tell you how much I love that you were so real at the beginning of this post! That's how I feel every single time I try to take any kind of photo!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern & Style

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  16. Any beach time for me is the best! I just love being by the water!

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  17. Haha I feel you - I get so embarrassed when a lot of people are around. Love your shorts.

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

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  18. IF THIS AIN'T ME seriously it took me so long to get my posing down and even now I'm still awkward af. Moving is probably my #1 tip too! x

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  19. this post made me LOL! haha i love it. The photos came out great so thats all that matters! ;)

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  20. What a great look and location! Looks like so much fun!

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  21. Such a cute outfit! Studying photos in mags and on pinterest is super helpful!

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  22. That is such a beautiful location! So perfect for shooting.

    <a href="http://labellesirene.ca”>La Belle Sirene</a>

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  23. This is definitely a perfect look for the beach! Love!

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  24. I've never been to Folly Beach! I can't wait for it be warm enough to hit the beach.

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co

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