No. This is definitely not an ordinary blog picture. This is when blogging meets art, I guess. A very personally defined art. I recently read some posts, about how blog pictures should be only barely edited and only show the clothes in specific windlight which caught my attention as a)a lot of people got involved in it making it a debate and b)I’m one of those bloggers that are struggling, trying to figure out what a)viewers and b)designers want to finally see.
I found the post completely reasonable, as the point of it was clear. Customers should be able to see the product clearly, not altered from heavy editing or distorted by avatar positioning. But my question regarding that would be, what are vendor images and demos for? All designers/creators post at least one vendor/ad picture of the product on their social media and the event so everyone should be able to see what the product looks like before purchase. What are bloggers for then? Well, in my opinion, bloggers are used to show something different. Show their own personal styling using one specific product, show their creativity and imagination and even sometimes, their art. They’re also used as a great advertisement as well, depending on how big their fan base is but that is a totally different subject.
Whether it’s my poor Photoshop skills or my limited free time, I try not to spend too much time editing my pictures or going too far with it. I do follow the rule, that in most cases less is better. I have also realized that the better the raw image is the less editing it will need. This is why I try to spend more time in taking a good snapshot, improving my photography and then only touching it up on Photoshop or BeFunky. But everyone needs something to make them different from the others. Everyone needs to find their niche and that one thing that will make them stand out.
Personally I’m still trying to find mine, which explains my constant look changes and picture differences. It’s useless as I end up hating everything I make. But I definitely know LOTD (Look Of The Day) blogging is something I cannot do. Standing there in front of an empty wall, hands down, looking like a mannequin and just changing outfits, is something that would eventually make me get bored of blogging and quit. If there’s one thing I love about this whole experience is having to use my head, trying to come up with something different, something interesting, something that would catch the viewer’s attention. I always aim for diversity. Do I always succeed? No, but I have so much fun doing it. It’s so challenging having an idea in your head and making a picture of it using specific tools. Yes, always keeping in mind that showcasing the “sponsored” products is the main interest but sometimes, the whole picture does that for you.
I believe everyone should be free to do what they feel like in their images and say whatever they feel like saying on their blogs. It’s their platform to express their feelings, creativity and imagination anyways, so they have every right to do so. Besides, it is up to each and every single one of us to appreciate, like or dislike one’s work. So try not to think of what designers like or want to see first but focus on what you want to make. If they have chosen you to work with, it means they have faith in your work. If not, yes, bummer, but remember how much fun you had doing it and how, even for a few minutes, you loved the result.
This was the case with this post’s image. Maybe I’m influenced by Halloween which is close (even though we don’t celebrate it in Greece) or I’m just too excited about the upcoming Nightmare and Salem events that open on Saturday. The dress from Lybra for Shiny Shabby September round, inspired me for something dark and witch-y. I’m sure it’s not what Natzuka had in mind when she created it, but I couldn’t help it. Hair is from Runaway inspired by the Enchantress from the Suicide Squad movie and can be found at the We Love Roleplay event for a couple more days. Pose and props are all from Glitterati which can be found in the marketplace, among other amazing creations of her, perfect for photography.
Highly recommended: The picture is best viewed whilst listening to the Castle by Halsey.
That would be all for now, catch you all next time. Have a good day/night and be kind to one another.
HEAD: CATWA – Sarah V4.10
SKIN: Glam Affair – Olivia (past Epiphany exclusive)
SCENE: GLITTERATI – Mausoleum