Sunday, 4 January 2015

A Post Of Outtakes #2

I got such a positive response from posting outtakes on my blog last time that I decided to do it again (because for some reason I want to ruin the carefully-crafted internet persona I've worked on for the past 4 years, or something?)

But seriously, I'm posting these photos because although I may attempt to make you believe otherwise, I don't actually live in an always-sunny picnic-world of perfect skin and flattering angles. Nobody does. But because blogs and social media allows people to present only the very best side of themselves, it can lead to other people thinking that everyone's lives are better than their own.

I've been guilty on more than one occasion of comparing myself to other people with seemingly-perfect lives, and feeling completely flat on the other side of it. Social media sucks you into this black hole of comparison with other people that you'll never win, because other people's lives simply aren't like that.

Nobody looks good 24/7. And why would you want to? That takes all the fun out of life.

So, here's some less-than-perfect outtakes.
Every. Single. Shoot. I just get this unstoppable urge to ham it up and ruin an otherwise very nice photo. I don't know why I insist on posing like this, because I know I'm not going to end up using the photos, but I just can't help myself:
However, some of the best outtakes are when I am actually trying to look good.

Here, for example:
Sexy hair flick? FAIL.
 Sultry look into the camera? FAIL.
Speaking of great accidental blinking shots:
If you realise that you've blinked in a photo, you consequently overcompensate to make sure that your eyes stay OPEN. And the resulting shot is even creepier than when you blinked:
Then there's the classic "getting grumpy at the photographer" shot:
And the "I don't know what to do with my hands - so maybe my cardigan is wings...?" shot:
I was trying to be clever in this photo. Because my ring is a heart, I was trying to photographically represent "EYE heart U" - get it?!... Needless to say, I didn't look particularly clever in the end:
And just so you all know, for every good "spinning" shot that you see on blogs, there's about 10 of these:
Katie loves to do this thing whenever we take photos together where she gets an extreme close-up of my face. Thanks, mate.
So, this is a little bit of payback - one of the best photos I think I've ever taken of Katie. GIRL POWER:
I have a question. What exactly am I doing here with my hands?? My wrist joints look completely broken:
Ahh, okay, this explains it - I think there was a creepy insect of some sort buzzing around my head.
And finally, I like to call this the "grumpy watering-can gremlin" pose:
This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
Just remember, next time you start comparing your life to seemingly-perfect blogs and instagram accounts - they don't often post the outtakes of life.

I'll leave you with this photo of me, Tilde and Katie accidentally, and without prior consultation, all pulling our very best bitchfaces:
I hope that you've all had a great week,

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  1. Omgosh, I live the struggle all the time. I've been guilty for comparing in the past, but some really great bloggers are not afraid to show their "off-camera face" in places like Twitter. Hahah
    I can relate to a lot of these situations above; I'm in serious need of a remote for the camera because 10 seconds sometimes isn't enough. ;___;


    1. Remotes present their own problems, I have waaaay too many outtake photos where I'm frowning and pointing the remote at the camera, because I'm not sure if it's worked or not haha. But, it is easier than running around the camera and getting into place in 10 seconds time!

  2. Ahahaha I just love this post! I keep meaning to go through my pictures and pick out some gems like these but the sheer time commitment that would take deters me. Any time someone else takes my pictures I'm pretty sure I have a getting grumpy or talking to them shot. Also the spinning pictures! How does anyone get those right without like 50 outtakes?

    Jamie |

    1. They don't! I'm pretty sure you need at LEAST 50 dodgy spinning shots until you get a good fluke amazing spinning shot ;) and you totally should!! It would be so worth going through the archives :D

  3. Wonderful post :) Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Love your post :) !!


  5. My boyfriend just said: "I understand why you like this blogger so much." It's because you are so genuine and fun!

    1. ;___; you are the nicest.
      Thank you. This comment made my morning :)

  6. Such a gorgeously wonderful post, online and in social media we seem to live such a highly curatored life these days that this post is a breath off fresh air.

  7. Say what you like, I think "cardigan-as-wings" is a GREAT look! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. These are amazing! Thank you, haha. They are all so true.

  9. I'm a new-ish reader and this is my favorite post yet, haha! It's not often that I actually life while reading blogs. Thanks! :)

  10. I was seriously laughing out loud, really hard, at these. You're so right that a lot of bloggers (myself included) don't show the shots that don't look cool and charming and perfect), but I think a little derp-face now and then is good! It opens up the doors a little bit and makes you seem more relatable.

  11. Your posts always make me laugh and what you have said is so true and something all of us should remember at some point or another.

  12. You know, I definitely know what you're talking about. I think I have each and every one of these outtakes from my photo stash too! Also, spinning in a dress isn't as romantic as the best photo looks. It takes a lot of outtakes, definitely!

    Alive as Always

  13. Hey Annika. What is your natural hair colour?

  14. I loved this post!, is so true what you say !, I for example 50 shots of pictures choose just 5 hopefully hehe, I had fun watching their failed photos, and certainly no one has such a perfect life ;)

  15. Thanks for this post. You're so right! And so fun! :) I do like people like you who don't take it too seriously. It's always a pleasure to come and visit your blog - it's becoming a more and more interesting place everyday!

  16. I simply LOVE YOU, you are the cutest/funniest/sweetest person on Earth :')

  17. thank you so much for posting this, i always thought i was doing something wrong when all my pictures looked ridiculous

  18. Hahaha! I really enjoyed this post and did have a little giggle. Love it!

  19. Loooove this post so so much! Your personality shines through every post you write and it's easy to imagine you taking these photos, in the same way other bloggers take theirs. I get grumpy at my photographer, my housemate and best friend haha! So I am getting plenty of grump shots too haha :P xo
    amber love

  20. All of you girls are very beautiful.You looked gorgeous in all the photos.Will you upload more photos?


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