In an attempt to become a legitimate fashion blogger who creates her own looks as opposed to re-posting other females’ ensembles, I had my fist photo shoot a few weeks ago. Let me tell you: I’ll never be one of those fashion bloggers who delights in taking photos of herself. I was extremely uncomfortable with the whole thing. The photos came out beautifully – to the credit of my awesome photographer, Dea – but the three photos above are the only ones I’m going to post out of the 100+ I took.
I addition to feeling painfully awkward, I walked away from this shoot with a major realization: I spent entirely too much time trying to perfect my look. Two hours in a salon getting my hair washed and curled; one hour in a nail salon getting a fresh Shellac manicure; one hour getting my makeup applied; and fifteen minutes getting my eyebrows threaded – a total of 4.25 hours spent in physical preparation for one photo shoot. That was 4.25 hours I took away from serving God and studying His word, time devoted completely to vanity.
“What is a style blog, rife with photographs of yourself, but a construct of vanity? The very idea of a style blog seems to contradict the most basic definition of the term ‘modest.’ By authoring a style blog, bloggers are placing themselves in the public eye — they are watched, dissected and lusted after.”
Though harsh words, she has a point. I couldn’t help but feel slightly hypocritical (not to mention vain) when I realized how much effort I put into this one shoot.
Modest fashion bloggers shouldn’t emphasize personal beauty or the labels sown into their clothes. However, I still believe modest style blogs are necessary. There are plenty of women seeking to dress honorably without sacrificing their personal style, yet there are too few style blogs with photos that are consistently modest.
From this post forward, my shoots will be less glamorous and more realistic – I will spend my normal amount of time (30 minutes) primping and prepping, and, sometimes, I won’t even show my face. I believe this will help me keep my vanity in check while I continue to create photos that I hope will inspire fellow modest fashionistas.
I would love to hear what my readers think. Do you think fashion blogging, no matter how modest the clothing may be or how little time is put into preparation for shoots, is an exercise in vanity and a hobby Christian women should not participate in?