What To Do When You’re Struggling To Take Blog Photos

Do you ever have those days where you pick up your camera and go to shoot photos for your blog posts, but it doesn’t work out the way you want it to? Me too!

This happens to me more times than I would ever like to admit. It can be frustrating when your photography session just doesn’t go to plan and it can feel like a complete waste of time.

You’ll probably end up wanting to call it a day, but sometimes you just can’t quit and need to carry on if you have posts that need going up. You need a quick fix or just some extra help to turn your photography around.

Here’s what you can try do to help…

 Start over 

It may seem like a chore to have to start all over again when you’ve been putting your hard work and time into it already, but starting fresh can be so beneficial. It can give you a whole new feel for what you’re trying to photograph. You could switch up the setup, change up the layout, shoot in a completely different angle or try something completely different than what you were planning on doing before. Times like this are a great chance to experiment, so always be prepared to start again.

Gain some inspiration

Whenever I’m having a rubbish photography day, I’ll always try and gain some inspiration. This could be inspiration from my own photos, seeing what worked well in the past and how I could try to do something similar again. Or I might seek inspiration from the types of images I see on Pinterest or Instagram. Blog photography tip posts are always good to refer back to if you’re struggling with a particular issue e.g the lighting and how to make your images bright on gloomy days.

Remember it doesn’t have to be 100% perfect 

 In the blogging world, you will pretty much see perfectly styled photographs that can sometimes leave you feeling a little defeated with your own work. It’s important to remember that whilst we all would love to achieve amazing shots every time, it is just not possible. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t feel your photos are up to your usual standard. We all have good days and bad days with our photography and even just blogging in general. So don’t beat yourself up too much.

You always have editing

Editing tools can be a massive help when you’ve had a bad photography day. They can really help to adjust parts of your photos that you dislike e.g the warmth, brightness, colours, shadows, crop etc. Use editing to your advantage and let it help you achieve the images that you want to put out there. Some of my favourite editing apps include Lightroom, colour story, VSCO and Aviary.

Take a break

When you’re running to tight deadlines with brand work or a schedule you might have created, it can be hard to not feel pressured to have things done by a certain time and when your photos aren’t playing ball, it can make you feel even more pressured to have things done. When this happens during a bad photo session, it can be a good idea to take a step back and have a break from it.

You need to have a refresh, gain some inspiration, more motivation and change your mindset to go back to it in a more positive way. You can either go back to it a little while later or even a day or so after. Just know that taking a break isn’t always a sign of failure or defeat, it just means you’re taking care and wanting to learn.

How do you get over a bad photography session?

20 Comments

  1. June 15, 2018 / 10:05 am

    I experienced a lack of photography inspiration recently! We had a heatwave and sunny weather for about two weeks in Ireland and it was the perfect lighting for photos, but I just had no inspiration to take any 🙁 Now I have lots of ideas and motivation to take photos but it’s so grey and rainy, haha, typical! I completely agree with all of these points! I always look at my old photos for inspiration – it’s the thing that helps me most to take my photos! x

    http://www.clionahill.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      Aw that’s so annoying when that happens, Cliona! I’m so glad you agree xx

  2. June 15, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    taking great photos for blogs is a lot harder than it looks! i thought that writing would be my biggest challenge but it’s definitely taking photos!! i’ll have a full on photoshoots & start editing the pics & realize i’m not so happy with how the pics turned out. will def keep tip #3 in mind! i see other bloggers photos and i’m like why can’t my photos look like that?! but i just have to remember to keep working at it

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 4:20 pm

      It most definitely is! I hate it when you take loads of photos, go to edit and they don’t look as good as you hoped they would be. It’s such a shame when that happens. I hope you can take away some useful tips. Of course, keep working at it girl, you totally got this xx

  3. June 15, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    What a lovely post! So beautifully written and helpful- sometimes we need to take a moment to be inspired again and this post is perfect for it! Sending you good vibes – have a wonderful weekend!

    Nati x | http://www.lifeaftercoffeeblog.com | @NAfterCoffee

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Aww thank you so much, Nati! I’m so glad you found it helpful. Have a fabulous weekend xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 16, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Aw thanks so much!xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 10:20 am

      It can be so frustrating!! Thanks so much, Chloe xx

  4. June 17, 2018 / 10:48 am

    The last tip on taking a break is so important. In the past I’ve gotten so stressed over photos not going well and a brand breathing down my neck demanding the post and I should have just taken a moment to step back breathe and come back to it later instead of vigorously shooting and making things worse haha.Very helpful post xo

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 10:21 am

      Yes, breaks are so important! Especially when you’re struggling, you need that time to have a rethink and come back to it with a fresh mindset. I’m so sorry to hear brands put pressure on you. That’s so not on! I’m glad you found it helpful, Eloise xx

  5. June 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    These are such useful tips Lauren! Sometimes I find starting again really motivating as I can look at my photos from a new angle and adjust it. Having photos that I’ve taken already that aren’t quite right can really help me know what I want the photo to look like. Editing is also really helpful too, sometimes I’m not too happy with a photo but then when I play around with the editing it just transforms! I’m so glad it’s not just me that gets bummed down about blog photos, we all have good days and bad days though and that’s normal 🙂 xo

    Hannah | ohhelloitshannah.co.uk

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Aww thank you so much, Han! Looking back at old photos and seeing what you’d really want them to look like is such a great tip. Editing can truly transform a photo. Yes, it’s so normal!!xx

  6. June 20, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Ever since I got into using artificial lighting I find that I can enjoy taking photos when I feel inspired rather than pouncing at every ounce of sunlight I get. I definitely don’t aim for perfection (which can be difficult when you stare at many pretty blog photos) but I’ve improved a crazy amount since I began blogging. I’ve become obsessed with finding props as that alone can boost my inspiration.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 21, 2018 / 9:01 am

      I need some artificial lighting for the winter months! It can be so hard to not aim for perfection. I’m so glad to hear you’ve improved and you’re feeling pleased with your photos xx

  7. June 21, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    This is such a lovely post and I love all the tips as it can happen to everyone! There’s so many times when the lighting might not be right or you don’t like the look of the photos but only see it after you’ve got them on your computer screen to go through them etc…

    I love apps which are available to add more colour and sharpness where needed and I always love seeing posts like this!

    Layla x

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 22, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Aww thank you, Layla! Your comment is so lovely. I definitely agree! Editing apps can be so helpful xx

  8. June 24, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Whenever I feel like this I can look at photos I take and feel ergghh with that particular photo. When I look back at my blog photos when I first started I think to myself why did post that but then now I’ll think everyone had to start somewhere. What I tend to do if I’m lacking in inspiration is look through magazines, books, scroll pinterest and grab some enthusiasm from elsewhere. I’ll simply look for inspiration then go back to taking photos later on. I find this technique always works for me…x

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      June 24, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Haha, that’s definitely a feeling I can relate to! Yes, you’re so right. It’s amazing seeing how far you’ve come when you look back at old blog photos. Yes looking for inspiration elsewhere can be an amazing way to figure out how you want to shoot a particular shot and get your creativity blooming x

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