Blogging 101: How to Coordinate With Your Surroundings
I really must be a blogger now.
Not only did I choose this outfit simply because I wanted to coordinate with the background of the fall colours, but I actually changed into this outfit, went out to take photos of it, came home and changed out of the outfit, and then wore it some days later. So, yeah, these photos are essentially staged.
But you have to take advantage of beautiful surroundings for photos when you can, right? If I had waited until the day I was going to actually wear this outfit, all the leaves would have fallen off of the trees, or it would have been snowing, or something . . . 🙂 I did wear this outfit, to a fall-time “corn roast” with my church. It was the perfect thing to wear as it is “outdoorsy” enough, and with the scarf, I was warm, but the shirt, trousers and boots give the look a “vintage lady explorer” feel. Or, at least that’s what I feel like when I wear it anyways. Do you ever feel as though you “put on” a mood or a character when you dress in a certain way?
I’ll add a note about the background for these photos. Though these photos are “staged”, my sister and I were already planning to go out hunting for some fall leaves to take pictures of, when we did these, and we stumbled across the Eighth Wonder of the World while we were doing so. These pictures seriously don’t do justice to the beauty that we found in this hidden little valley. It was spectacular, and it is only about five minutes away from where we live, down a little country lane! I didn’t even know that this little ravine was there, as you can barely see it from the road. I wanted to go down the hill and go exploring, but of course we didn’t, as we didn’t want to trespass, so we contented ourselves with the few photos we did get by the road, enjoyed the fall sun shine, the golden glowing leaves and the beautiful view. It was definitely an amazing place, and I can’t wait to go back later, to see how it has changed with the changing of the seasons.
Have you found any pretty hidden places recently that you didn’t know about? And, have you ever “staged” or coordinated outfit photos before? 🙂
Cream Wool Beret: Sears, from many years ago
Faux Leather Jacket: Hand-me-down from my Aunt
Yellow Cashmere Scarf: My brother brought back for me from Nepal
Navy Twill Trousers: Home sewn, Burda 7122
Floral Shirt: Thrifted
Owl Necklace: Gifted
Earrings: From years ago
Please notice that not only does my outfit coordinate with my surroundings, but the necklace coordinates with the buttons on the shirt. How matchy-matchy!
October 25, 2016 @ 3:37 pm
What beautiful natural light and autumnal colours! Breathtaking really! So clever that you coordinated to the backdrop, really does lift the whole picture and put you, as if you truly belong in the setting. Glorious!
October 25, 2016 @ 4:14 pm
Thanks so much Christina! It really was the perfect day, I’m so glad we could capture just a little bit of it 🙂
October 26, 2016 @ 3:20 am
It would have been a great shame to miss out on getting blog photos with the golden leaves! Staged or not these are beautiful photos!
October 27, 2016 @ 9:08 am
Thanks Harlow! We had a lovely show of colour (though short lived!) so I’m glad I did take advantage of it ?
October 26, 2016 @ 5:28 am
This is a very impressive photo-shoot with all the seasonal colours and a lovely outfit – truly magnificent!
I am particularly interested in your trousers – they look very warm and comfortable. I don’t wear trousers that often (I was a skirts only person until a few years ago) but I did manage to buy a pair of wonderful wide-legged casual trousers recently in a charity shop and they will be great for the winter
October 27, 2016 @ 9:10 am
Thanks Rebecca! I do love these trousers- they are the only ones I have ? I sewed them from a Burda pattern that is now out of print, unfortunately. Wide legged are definitely the way to go for comfort! I hope you enjoy your new pair- it’s amazing sometimes what you can find in the thrift shops!
October 27, 2016 @ 6:20 pm
Yes! You are officially a blogger, and I do that sh!t all the time. Hey, sometimes that gorgeous dress/super cozy sweater/perfect hat just isn’t practical for day to day, but it’s still photo-worthy.
This is a gorgeous setting for photos, and I love how perfectly you coordinate with the autumn leaves. I love that fall sunshine!
October 30, 2016 @ 9:31 pm
What do you do in your spare time? Oh, I just come up with outfit combinations 😉 Haha- glad to know I am not the only one!
October 29, 2016 @ 8:24 pm
I’m all for staged photos! And coordinating with the scenery seems like an excellent idea to me.
We are surrounded by bushwalks that suddenly reveal ridiculous views and crazy caves and waterfalls and cliffs. There are hidden gems all over the place and I really should explore them more!
October 30, 2016 @ 9:45 pm
Oh! Caves, waterfalls and cliffs sound heavenly! You should definitely explore more 🙂
November 1, 2016 @ 7:19 am
Those trees put on quite a show for you! Just glorious colours, Autumn in its full majesty. Lovely photos too, it’s that nice light you get at this time of year. I always have a few locations in mind that I one day would like to shoot at, so if we know we’re going to a certain place I will try and wear something that will compliment the setting. It’s always weather and lighting dependent though isn’t it, so sometimes we end up shooting somewhere that is completely not what I had in mind!
November 5, 2016 @ 7:56 pm
Totally! You have to take advantage of the good days when you can, because the light and weather is completely unpredictable!
November 7, 2016 @ 9:27 pm
Haha, blogging achievement unlocked! I am all for the matchy-matchy, and yes, co-ordinating with the backdrop is absolutely included in that….. 😛 Also, wearing an outfit that you had already planned and are planning to wear later just for photos is totally legit. 🙂 Speaking of, it’s a really lovely ensemble ~ the blouse has the best print!! ❤
bonita of Lavender & Twill
November 8, 2016 @ 10:06 am
Thanks Bonita. Glad to know I’m not the only one around who does that 🙂 And I love the print on the blouse too- that’s why I noticed it stuffed amongst all the others at the thrift shop!
November 8, 2016 @ 1:21 pm
Such beautiful colours! Great idea to make sure you got pictures with these leaves as the background. I wasn’t organised enough to do that last week and I was disappointed as I was at such a perfect location.
November 10, 2016 @ 10:04 am
I saw some of the lovely red leaves on your instagram- too bad you weren’t able to get some more photos! I do that all the time- always thinking “I’ll do that tomorrow, and then- oops- too late 🙁 Hopefully you can get some lovely pictures next year!