Top, Skirt, Detachable Collar, and Bag: Forever 21 | Sneakers: from Korea
I've been blogging for 4 years now and I don't have any plans on stopping. Though I know I have those moments when I took respite because I had to sort my personal life out and just stopped blogging for a good amount of time, but I came back. I enjoy blogging and I don't see myself stopping any time soon. I may not be the most followed blogger out there but I enjoy what I do and I am happy with where my blog is going. As a "blogger" for 4 years now, I have encountered so many "blogger problems" just like many of you do. So I decided to make a series called "blogger problem" and share the lessons I learned from these problems.
One of the greatest challenge of a blogger is finding the right location to shoot. Some are happy and contented with shooting indoors but some are not. Some people want some greenery in their photos and some prefer a more industrial backdrop. Wherever you choose to shoot your OOTD's, one thing we can all agree on: it must complement our outfits.
I shoot indoors if I don't have anyone to take photos for me - which is like 90% of the time. Our house is filled with so much stuff that it makes the pictures look too chaotic if I shoot elsewhere other than the door to my room (it is the only place I can find that doesn't have any obstruction). I really don't like it because I feel like it makes the pictures look dull and uninteresting but what can I do? I am too conscious that people will think I am crazy if I shoot outside and put the self-timer on. I don't have that much confidence - at least not yet. So imagine my happiness when a friend is available to take my photos and be able to shoot somewhere nice. I am excited and giddy like a child. I know, it is just shooting your OOTD but I enjoy it. The problem though with shooting somewhere nice is that there are so many restrictions. This is where the #bloggerproblems start.
Most of us prefer to shoot in a place where we can feel and see nature. Most blogger pictures I see are taken either in a park/forest or at the beach. Both places just make your pictures all the more interesting. When I want some greenery in my photos I go to parks. These parks are pubic spaces that should have minimal restriction. If you want to take pictures, you should be able to do so. I was disappointed when the security officer approached my friend and I and told us to stop what we were doing. I was arguing with him that it was a public park and I should be able to exercise my right as a citizen to take pictures there if I want to. And besides, there is no notice on the entrance that picture-taking is prohibited. I was really pissed off and I kept arguing with him. There were a lot of people taking pictures there as well so why only us? If they don't want people taking pictures there, a notice should be placated on the entrance together with the other things they prohibit inside the park. Public spaces are called so because they are made available to the public - meaning everyone has access to it. I know that there are certain limitations to freedom in public spaces but taking pictures are harmless and I don't see any point in prohibiting doing so. It is a useless and dumb rule.
Moving forward, if they don't want people to take pictures there, fine. I am not going back. I just think my right a citizen to use a public space was taken away from me and this is clearly a sign of oppression.
Lesson learned: make sure the location is really, truly a public space and your right to take pictures can be exercised.