Question: Blogger to blogger, is it weird to have your camera out and snap pictures at each place when you travel or work on posts in public? I’m sure you make it super seamless, but I was just wondering because I’m so self conscious when I try to take pictures out at restaurants or in public places.
Today’s question comes straight from the comments on a travel post awhile back. It was this one on Being Foodies in Wichita if your curiosity was getting the best of you 😉 I like this question a lot because I think it is something we all think about. I still sometimes get super self-conscious when I am taking pictures in public – like posing in line while we were at Disney … hahaha. But so many of those photos we want to remember are in public – parks, restaurants, coffee shops, Disneyland. And sometimes you just can’t hide from all the people to get the photos you want.
When I first started blogging and taking pictures, it was not only awkward for me but also the people taking the photos or being in the photos. We quickly had to move past that to create the images we wanted for Oak + Oats and also create the memories we wanted for life. What is the point of carrying around a camera if you never use it on the people and the memories you love?
So here are my simple tips for taking pictures in public.
1. Play the tourist
Just pretend like you are a tourist whether or not you are! People love to take photos on vacation and you will blend in – especially if you are taking photos of your people! People may look but no one will care – they will probably think it is cute! I do this all the time in coffee shops or at restaurants. It is easier for me to take pictures on vacation because I want to remember all the things! Just do that in your normal life too. We have a weird bravery when we are in a new city – we don’t care that everyone will see us taking a picture of the Disneyland Castle – in fact, a million other people are as well. But in real life, we may be the only one taking a picture of the movie theater sign or posing with our coffee at our favorite breakfast eatery. Don’t let that stop you. Play the tourist role.
2. Ask Permission
If you are feeling like the owners might not be down with you taking photos in a public place (shop, eatery, coffee shop, brewery), just head to the front and ask an employee if it is okay if you take pictures of you friends & family there. You can always add that you are a lifestyle blogger and you want to take some photos of your family at their location and let them know you will tag them in posts. I’ve done this a couple times and they always say yes! They want you to share photos of you enjoying their business. Shops might have different rules so I would ALWAYS ask if you are inside a shop and taking photos of products.
3. Own It!
Really you just got to own it! It becomes easier overtime!! Carry that camera around and take pictures of your people (and let your husband take pictures of you!) I used to be so afraid of people asking me what I was doing or being mean to me (what?!) but no one really does that. I have been asked a couple times if I am a photographer and they are always really excited about what I am doing (and not mean at all!) I think you will find less people are thinking about what you are doing, and sometimes you just need to be brave and take the picture you want so you can have it. Don’t let fear of what people may think keep you from creating the art you want to create!!
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