When reading a fashion blog, you’re probably mainly focused on the clothes the blogger is wearing. But have you ever thought about the actual photograph, and who is behind the camera? It’s time to give some credit to the boyfriends, best friends, and the old stand by: the tripod.
Recognize the man in the picture? He’s Colin Sokol, the rarely seen but often mentioned boyfriend of legendary blogger Rumi Neely (fashiontoast). He takes almost all of Rumi’s pictures, and we totally appreciate it! (Psst…he also starred in this adorable video for the Ralph Lauren Pony Collection—alongside Rumi, of course.)
Boyfriends of fashionistas are dedicated partners—juggling camera equipment, Starbucks cups, and the odd shopping bag—all for the love of their blogger. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the looks of some of our favorite Chictopians, like Iris of FashionZen, who says, “My boyfriend takes all of the photos for my blog.”
the BEST FRIEND (or co-worker)
Being a social butterfly can be a great advantage if you’re a blogger—find an artsy friend who enjoys snapping pictures, and hang out with them whenever you wear a cute outfit! Style Icon Harriet (cityofbugs) and her best friend and fellow Chictopian, Nicole (starryeyed) help each other out with shots.
Working among creative people can be a help, too—Style Icon Sam (stylenomad) says…
“My photographers are usually a couple of my friends and colleagues who are also interested in fashion and enjoy taking photos. Eventually I started to reach out to bloggers in my area, thanks to Chictopia, and when we hang out we help each other!” Rumor has it that Sam and Sybil of The Style Voyager sometimes meet up to take pictures for their blogs.
Last but not least, my personal favorite: the tripod. Easy to throw in your trunk and not too difficult to carry around, if yours is retractable. It’s probably more reliable than a friend, and easier to obtain than a boyfriend—especially since it seems all the good ones have been snatched up by Chictopian Style Icons!!
Barkatt, however, prefers to take her own photos with a tripod, claiming, “I guess I’m kind of a control-freak, as I rarely get happy with my pictures unless I take them myself, I actually get all kinds of weird if someone else try to take my picture!” We totally get what she means.
So sure, you have to get over the possible awkwardness of taking pictures of yourself in front of that homeless guy at the local park, but it’s worth it to share your love of fashion with others in a global online community…right? Ah well, you can always stick to the safety of your backyard. While you’re at home, check out these great options for buying tripods online…
So what is the importance of these people in our lives, and in the world of blogging? Many bloggers may not have become so popular without the help of their photographers—do they deserve their chance in the spotlight as well? Do they even want it? Whatever the case, be sure to thank your photographer. Without them, we wouldn’t see you.
Who takes your photos? Take the poll, let us know in the comments, or send us a tweet @everybodyisugly.
by Heather (headbandit)
images via Rumi Neely and Colin Sokol of fashiontoast