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Outfit Out-takes | When Fashion Blogging Goes Wrong…

Sometimes outfit photos go wrong. Actually, OFTEN outfit photos go wrong. Seriously, for every photo you see of me looking relatively normal, there will be 10 photos on my camera of me pulling a face, gesticulating weirdly, or otherwise looking … let’s just say “less than polished”. Yes, let’s go with that.

When outfit photos go wrong, you have three basic choices:

a) laugh at them.

b) feel crushed, and hit the delete button before anyone else can see them.

or

c) post them on the internet.

Today I’m going with option C. And also with option A, actually, because if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re probably going to have a hard time with fashion blogging, seriously. The fact is, taking photos of your outfits is a pretty weird thing to do when you really think about it, and here’s the proof:

EXHIBIT A: THE FLYING FASHION BLOGGER

flying fashion blogger

[Original post]

Betchya didn’t know I could levitate, did you? Well, I can. And I do it a LOT in my outfit photos. Minutes after this photo was taken, the wind whisked me away: I was discovered a few hours later, in a field outside Glasgow. My first question when they rescued me was, “Did Terry manage to get a photo for my blog?”

EXHIBIT B: THE HUNGRY HORSE

hungry horse

[Original post]

And then it tried to eat my trousers, too. Never work with children or animals, people…

EXHIBIT C: ‘HERE’S MY PETTICOAT’

bettie page skirt and sweater

[Original photos]

Sadly, my career as a can-can dancer never took off, but every so often I like to stand in this country lane and pretend…

EXHIBITS D & E : THE WIND IS MY ENEMY

the wind blowing my skirt up

[From this post]

windy day, big skirt

[From this post]

A large number of the photos on my blogger blooper reel were created by my old enemy, the wind, and the fact that I like to wear big skirts. It’s not a great combination, but I’ve never let that stop me, which is why anytime I’m wearing a full skirt, you can almost guarantee there will be a few photos like these tucked away on my memory card. I’m only showing you two of them because some of the rest were… well, they were pretty risqué, let’s say, and that’s just going to attract the wrong kind of Google traffic, isn’t it?

Most of the other bloopers, however, are ALSO caused by full skirts, and my attempts to twirl in them:

EXHIBITS F & G : I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN

trashy diva skirt and top

[From this post]

fashion blogger, twirling

[From this post]

Aaaaand, there’s my petticoat again! GOD.

Fortunately for me, but less fortunately for the sake of this post (Which, you know, seemed like a good idea until I actually started going through the photos…), over the course of the last year or so I got a lot better about deleting the photos I’m not going to use, to free up some space on my poor hard drive, but if you want to see some more, I’m sure there will be a twirling incident any day now: I’m definitely overdue one…

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22 Comments
  • Retro Chick
    November 20, 2014

    Love it!
    The wind gets me a lot too, and my miraculous ability to stand in one position right up to the point the camera goes “click” at which point I mysteriously fall over.

    • Amber
      November 20, 2014

      Haha, I do that too – and for no discernible reason, either!

  • Ria Urban-Butterfly
    November 20, 2014

    I know the feeling, just as you click whooosh up goes a strand of hair! Do you take your pictures yourself on a tripod or have a Glamourous assitant A.K.A Mr Amber

    • Amber
      November 20, 2014

      They’re taken by my husband, Terry 🙂

  • Myra
    November 20, 2014

    Love the matching cancan underskirt 🙂

  • CiCi Marie
    November 20, 2014

    Ha, this is a great idea! However none of your outtakes seem to include my most popular ones: the ‘One-eyed blink’ (no, not a wink AT ALL), the ‘Double-chin / no-neck’ or the ‘How did my foot get over there?’ (On that last one, I’m referring to when one of my feet appears quite far away from the rest of me and usually in quite an awkward-looking position.) Or maybe you just didn’t share those ones with us..? 😉

    • Amber
      November 20, 2014

      Oh, plenty of those get taken (especially the ‘eyes closed’ ones – I’m actually fairly sure I have my eyes closed in about 90% of the photos I post, you just can’t see them because of the sunglasses!) but I went on a deletin’ spree a few weeks ago to free up some disc space, and these were the only ones that survived! I’ll try to remember to keep the bloopers from now on, though, so I can do a follow-up!

  • char
    November 20, 2014

    Yes, I do falling over and a lot of the time I have my eyes closed in photos recently.

  • TinaD
    November 20, 2014

    I’m amazed you can wear skirts at all in Scotland without having to duct tape them to your knees. I went to Glasgow once–it rained sideways the whole weekend.

    • Amber
      November 20, 2014

      It’s not like that all the time, thankfully 🙂

  • Porcelina
    November 20, 2014

    At least you didn’t flash your pants!

    • Amber
      November 20, 2014

      Well, not in any of the ones I published 😉

  • Rosie
    November 20, 2014

    This is why I don’t wear dresses / skirts very often – I live in fear of the wind. It is my oldest and evilest enemy.

  • Fran
    November 20, 2014

    I love how in the picture with the black skirt you’re looking at it with a really stern face as if to say ‘I COMMAND YOU TO STAY DOWN, SKIRT’. :p Also the petticoat with the blue hem ruffles really prettily.

  • Cris
    November 20, 2014

    Exhibit D has so much character, I love it!

  • The Accidental Mama
    November 20, 2014

    So funny! I love the behind the scenes look!
    xoxo, Laura
    http://www.theaccidentalmama.com

  • Emma Everleigh
    November 21, 2014

    Great post! I think every fashion blogger should do this; we definitely capture some good ‘uns! xxx

  • Leah
    November 21, 2014

    I don’t understand, I look like this most days.* I’m calamity Jane and ginger**, Amber were we separated at birth?

    *Scratch that, I wish I looked like this most days….!
    **strawberry blonde. With a touch of white-grey

  • Helen
    November 21, 2014

    I love these! I also get a curious number were I look otherwise ok and then a gust of wind (pesky wind again!) puts a strand of hair across my lip. I look like I’m celebrating Movember all year round !:/

  • Anca
    November 22, 2014

    Love it!

  • Suki
    November 23, 2014

    Those are the most glamorous outtakes I have ever seen! I must say I love the levitating one best, move over David Blaine.

  • Catherine @Not Dressed As Lamb
    November 25, 2014

    Hehe this made me laugh… I do a bloopers post every January 1st instead of a “my best outfits of the previous year” and they always go down well. Glad that I’m not the only one battling with the wind on a daily basis, but instead of skirts for me it’s usually my hair going everywhere. Plus I pull god-awful expressions that I can’t believe I then post on the blog.

    Thanks for the chuckle, Amber – love it!!!

    Catherine x

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