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So you’re getting your pictures taken. Cue panic attack. BUT WHAT SHOULD I WEAR!
It is cheesy but true. If I’m getting ready on Tuesday morning, I have no problem getting dressed. If I’m meeting a friend for coffee, or going out for dinner, I don’t think twice. I love putting pieces together (especially if they are black) but as soon as you say "camera" I freeze.
I pour over Pinterest and get myself worked up. I am worried that I’ll look like I’m trying too hard. I want to look put together but not too fussy. All I can think of is 'these pictures will be on the wall for the next two years', or 'this is my Christmas card picture that will be sent to everyone I know.' In this panic without fail almost every photoshoot I’ve been a part of I look back at and think… why was I wearing that?
I know I’m not alone in this because I’ll fess up right here… I watch The Bachelor. Not like, I've seen The Bachelor. I watch The Bachelor pretty religiously (Go Kaitlyn!). But my guilty pleasures have brought about some good! I have a point! Every week I get to witness these beautiful girls go through the exact same panic I experience around photo shoots. All week they look cute, and natural and then the rose ceremony (cue daunting music) happens and everything falls apart. I watch the girls walk in and my face looks like that horrified emoji where the colour is draining out of his face, you know the one. They put on too much makeup, the frantically borrow a dress that is a bad colour for them from that super tanned girl in the house. They always over accessorize and they always, always, look horribly uncomfortable.
I’ve learned a few things from many wasted hours I’ll never get back from the Bachelor, and also from my own failed photo shoots. So here is my simple, stressless, panic free advice for getting dressed and not regretting your pick for "big events" like rose ceremonies and photo shoots.
WEAR WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY WEAR.
You feel comfortable when you look like yourself, and you look beautiful when you feel comfortable. I’m not saying show up to your shoot in yoga pants and no makeup- because you might regret that. But if you’re a jeans and t-shirt girl wear jeans and a t-shirt. Maybe mix it up by trying a cute hat or heeled ankle boots. If you don’t normally curl your hair- don’t curl your hair, try a topknot or a ponytail. All you will think the whole time is, why is my hair curly, it’s in my face and sticking to my lipgloss (personal experience right there).
So I put some things together from my closet. Things that I would pull out and wear if I had a shoot coming up. I didn’t look at Pinterest, I just pulled my favourite things. Things that I love and that I think represent who I am. No last minute H&M runs, just me and my closet. If I can pick an outfit for dinner, I can pick an outfit for a photoshoot. That's my new rule.
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