Of course the day I want to take pictures for my blog is the day winter decides to start acting like winter.
It’s 4:30 in the afternoon and I am shivering in a black dress layered with a jacket, tights, socks, and booties. It isn’t snowing or windy at the moment but the temperature has certainly dropped from the El-Nino temps I have gotten used to. My hands cannot stop shaking and they desperately pull the jacket sleeves over them for protection from the frigid air.
Any sane person would have ditched the idea and retreated back into the warmths of their home. But are fashion bloggers sane people? No. Us fashion bloggers brace the snow and cold for the perfect picture-in freaking gowns, no less! Besides, I had already risen from my slumbers today and put on makeup. Putting on makeup during winter break is an exhausting task. Hell, getting out of bed is hard enough. At this point, there was no way I was going back until I got my pictures.
Except, my camera won’t let me. Subject is too dark it keeps telling me as I furiously increase and decrease the aperture and shutter speed. Subject is too dark. Ugh. It’s only 4:30. Even though it’s January, it should not be getting this dark so soon. Like I just woke up a few hours ago and the sun is already gone. I am so moving to Los Angeles after school where it’s sunny all the time.
It is basically a lost cause at this point but like I said, there’s not turning back. So I shuffle [shiver] away from my camera and pose for a few pictures. Cliiiiiiiicccckkkkkkkkkkkk goes my camera at a ridiculously slow shutter speed. Even if the light turns out okay, I’m going to be all blurry. I shuffle [shiver] back to my camera expecting the worst.
Except no. It was worse than the worst. My camera died.
I slump back into the house-happy to be out of the cold, sad that I didn’t get any pictures with my bomb smokey eye. After I plug in my camera battery to be charged, I notice a miracle. The guest bedroom light is on. And surprisingly, the room is clean and clutter-free! I’m going to take my pictures here. While my camera charges for a little bit, I collect some props to help achieve a nice and cozy aesthetic: an oversized cardigan, my glasses, and Jane Eyre. The cat is an added bonus for cuddles and company.
When my camera is about 15% charged, I plump my cat down on the guest bed and start clicking away. He acts all cute and cuddly until he doesn’t anymore. Maybe he thought he was just being used as a prop or something (which is like 60ish% false…..) ? But soon he starts clawing at my dress and tights and finally, dismisses himself from the room with an angry meow. Thankfully, I have Jane Eyre to fall back on.
As one can see from reading my blog, I usually do not take indoor pictures. But, I am pretty happy with the end result of them (nicely lit + not blurry which would not have happened if I took them outside).
Do you have any photo-shoot stories taken during the wintertime? Do you take them inside or outside? Let me know in the comments below!
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