…when you’re broke and can’t hire a photographer. That was the full intended title for this post anyway, but I thought that might be a tad too long. In this post I’m going to be talking about what life is really like for a small scale blogger when I can’t just splash the cash and immediately follow every trend or hire a professional photographer to take my outfit photos.
The majority of people, when they first start blogging, are in the same boat. They’ve created a blog to share their fashion sense and do something they love, but don’t necessarily have a lot of money. Lots of bloggers are young and, trust me, as a young person myself, I understand that most of us are broke or very strapped for cash. What I recommend is start shopping in places that suit your budget, you’ve definitely noticed that I buy most of my clothes from Primark or in sales, as lots of shops, despite having low price points, keep up with the current trends. You can often recreate high end looks for a very low budget.
Forget about brand snobbery. Brand snobbery is such a common trend within the blogging community; there seems to be a view that if your outfit isn’t from Topshop price range or above, it’s not even worth mentioning, when that is not true. Fashion sense isn’t dependent on budget; all the money in the world can’t buy you style, so why should a lack of money result in you being unfashionable? Don’t be embarrassed to share bargain pieces that you’ve found on your blog – people will be looking at your clothes, not the price tag.
I’m going to be publishing a post soon on photoshoot tips but I’m going to quickly summarise in this post too. It doesn’t matter who takes your photos or what they’re taken on. Honestly, you don’t need to hire a professional photographer or buy a Canon camera to get good photos. The majority of the time it’s my mom or my boyfriend who takes my photos for me and they’re either on a camera I’ve borrowed off my dad or, lots of the time, just on my phone! I edit my photos a lot, which gives them a more professional look, see how I do it here, which means that I don’t need a super expensive camera.
As someone who is trying to grow my personal blog and brand I spend a lot of time working on my blog, taking photos and writing posts. Despite what a lot of people think, blogging isn’t a small hobby or past-time that you can get done quickly; blogging takes a lot of work. When you first start out, it can feel like you’re putting in a lot of effort and getting nothing back, so it’s important that you honestly love what you’re doing.
Being a small scale blogger involves a lot of hard work but I couldn’t recommend it anymore! Starting blogging is the best decision I ever made and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
Love Chloe x
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