Styled In Sequins: Life In Color

Life In Color

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cold Shoulder Wrap Top // Ankle Skinny Jeans // Leopard Pumps
Tory Burch York // Hoop Earrings  // Sunglasses

Happy Monday, friends! I've been kind of MIA on the blog because we got some news about Ava's health last week and my mind has been completely focused on that. We have been praying hard about it and doing everything we can to hopefully get some good news during her next appointment. (For those wondering it's nothing life threatening and she should be fine.)

Over the weekend while Isaac and I were taking pictures in the downtown Houston area we came across this amazing art display at Discovery Green. I immediately knew we needed to snap some pics! I love this green cold should wrap top from TopShop. The material is really nice and it looks way more expensive than it actually is. Lately I've been trying to find a great pair of jeans with a shredded hem. I spotted these at my local Nordstrom and couldn't believe the price! These jeans are under $50! They will definitely get a ton of use this fall. I LOVE pops of prints so I threw on my favorite leopard print pumps to add some fun to this outfit!

This post is titled "Life in Color" because I wanted to talk about dealing with anxiety as a blogger to truly live your life in color. Imagine stepping out of the house in the morning to photograph an outfit you've been planning for weeks. You're excited and feel beautiful in this new outfit. Once you get to your chosen location which has been meticulously planned beforehand you begin to realize that this location holds more life than you original assumed it would. As you begin to pose you start to feel as if everyone is staring at you, judging you, whispering about what you are doing. You start to feel uncomfortable with yourself, you begin to feel warm, your heartbeat races, and that smile you wore out of the house this morning disappears. This type of situation occurs frequently during almost every outfit post I shoot. So why do I put myself through so much distress and how do I get pictures that are blog worthy if I'm going through a situation like that? The truth is I've always love sharing my outfits with others and helping other people find amazing deals. I realized I needed to make a blog once I started noticing how many people were stopping me in public to ask me where I got a specific item I was wearing. Even though I frequently experience panic attacks while shooting outfit posts the end result of my blog post is always worth it. This outfit post was actually shot in a very busy area of the Houston area. I had multiple people stop and watch me while we were shooting this. You probably wouldn't be able to tell but I was experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Overtime I've learned how to cope with my anxiety while shooting and hopefully some of these tips will be able to help other bloggers too.


Photograph With Someone You Trust

If you're able to have someone you trust photograph your outfits I promise it will help ease your anxiety! When I shoot with my husband he makes me feel completely comfortable and always helps me calm down during a panic attack. He also distracts me if other people are watching me and he notices my eye wandering to see if they are looking at me. 


Get Out of Your Own Head

I know how hard it can to get out of your own head. When you're in the moment of posing for pictures and your eyes catch someone staring immediately you start thinking and doubting yourself. I can't stress enough to clear your mind and get out of your head. Focus on the person taking your pictures or focus on an object and put all your attention on that.


Pick a Quiet Location

If you frequently visit my blog I'm sure you've noticed most of my pictures are taken in shopping centers or the downtown Houston area. These location are not typically quiet but they can be at the right time! If for some reason you live in a location where the city never sleeps I would recommend scouting locations one day. Go out and find a place that not many people know about to take pictures.


Take Pictures Early

Taking pictures early has been one of the biggest lifesavers when it comes to my anxiety. When I first started blogging we tried to take pictures in the afternoon at busy locations and I remember always having panic attacks because of all the people that would stop and stare at me. Since then I've found a time that works best for us, 6:30 AM to be exact. That might sound really early to some of you but I promise most people will not be out in shopping centers or downtown at 6:30 AM on a Saturday or Sunday. Right now the sunrises at exactly 6:30 AM for us so it's the perfect time to get natural lighting!


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