It’s amazing how many outfit pictures I take throughout the course of a year. My mom takes almost all of my pictures and we like to make outings of them. We’ll use our photo shoots as an opportunity to explore other cities, neighborhoods and parks. Sometimes we’ll bring Aubrey along too and take her for a walk after we’re done with the pictures. I’ve come to really like our outfit picture outings.
Some mothers and daughters bond while shopping, cooking or working out. Photo shoots are our time together and I really appreciate it. That and it would be pretty difficult for me to post pictures of myself if I didn’t have my lovely live-in photographer! Thanks, Mom! 😉
Here is a collection of outfit post outtakes from 2015. It’s not that any of these pictures were necessarily bad—they just weren’t as strong as the others. Some of these pictures I really did like, but they didn’t match with the rest of the photo set or they were too similar to another picture in the post and I had to pick my favorite.
(French by Nature) This is one of those times I had a lot of similar shots, so I had to eliminate some.
(Red Bow, Red Shoes) I couldn’t decided whether or not I liked the expression on my face, so I decided to nix this one. In general, if I have to question if a picture is worth including in a post, it’s not, so I eliminate it. I always want to include EVERY SINGLE picture I love, like and even sorta-like but it’s really important to edit down to the strongest photos. No one wants to scroll forever through great, good and semi-good photos.
(Into the Natural) We shot this in May and it was unseasonably chilly and overcast that morning. My body naturally runs cold and one thing I struggle with in my outfit posts is to not look cold. I get goosebumps easily, so if I have to wear a short sleeve/spaghetti straps, I usually bring a big jacket with me to keep on in between shots. Do I look cold? 😉
(Gingham Girl) This was one of my favorite looks ever, so I told my mom to go crazy with the pictures to make sure we got something I was really happy about. That made the editing process extremely difficult, so these photos were a few that I really liked, but had to exclude in favor of others.
(Aurora Lagoon) I had a shot that was almost identical to this, so I chose to use the other one instead because I thought it had more atmosphere. I did really like this shot too!
(A Very Floral Fall) My most recent outfit post. I thought the headshot looked a bit stiff and posed. I had a very similar shot to the picture above, so I chose that one instead of this one.
There you have it, folks. My mom takes A LOT of pictures (hundreds!) of A LOT of poses and then I edit down from there. I believe that’s how you get truly spontaneous-yet-staged photos. As you can see, I’ll get many similar shots and in the end just have to pick which to include and which to eliminate. However, it’s not always a matter of which picture is better than another. Sometimes it’s which picture FITS IN better with the rest of the photos as far as mood, angle, pose and composition. I’ll often have to nix a stand-out photo I really love because of just that: it stands out too much. It’s more of a stand alone photo. I’ll use stand alone photos for social media or keep them stored away to use in a personal essay in the future.