White Cotton Peonies

More bloggers than ever seem to be sharing insights and advice regarding their blogging ways in their posts, which I personally love (especially when it’s A Beautiful Mess – my biggest internetz crush ever). However, there appears to be an untapped niche…

Advice for takingย Outfit of the Day (or OOTD as the rest of society refers to it) shots.

I want to know how they’re done. My dearest fashion and lifestyle bloggers… how do you always have somebody on hand to take perfectly lit shots with amazingly beautiful backdrops whilst you strike a natural pose – as though it’s something you’ve been doing the whole of your life? HOW?

Do you always have someone around to take the snaps? How did you end up with a best friend that’s a photographer? Was that intentional? Do you carry a tripod? What about the weird looks from passers by? If you’re taking them of yourself, how LONG are your arms to not show in shot??? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

You’re wondering where this weird obsession with self styled snaps are coming from aren’t you? Well you see, since reading this post on… you guessed it, A Beautiful Mess, I’ve been obsessed with spotting awesome backdrops forย outfit shots when I’m out and about. Today on my way home, I noticed that my drive way actually has a perfectly white backdrop. Nice! Wearing a cute jumper and already with the caption in my head (Eye of the Tiger… original!), I plonked my bags down opposite me and set about trying to take flattering pictures. Then a girl walked past and said “cringe”. The Earth unfortunately didn’t swallow me up no matter how much I begged it. Instead, I ended up with an awkward, embarrassed gangly shot with a massive arm on display. Less than ideal really.

I think it’s more likely that I’ll find the meaning of life before the answers to all of these questions, but if you do have any tips or advice, you’d be my best friend for life – and I might even take some snaps for you.

Evidence of the awful shot is below. I’m off to hide in a hole. With a camera. And no photographer.

36AB143A-CFC6-4BE9-B100-BE191921A21FJeans – Topshop, Vest Top – Topshop, Jumper – Abercrombie & Fitch, Gold Wishbone Necklace – Cabbage White England.


Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.


  1. Toni's Adventures


    I don’t know how they do it either! I think my problem is the phone camera. But I don’t think your shot is that bad tbh!

    average adventures

    • Mel Kirk


      I’m going to end up with one of those selfie sticks that you see all of the tourists walking around with! x

  2. Emmy Geraghty


    I feel this pain SO MUCH. I have a Canon SL1 DSLR, and I recently bought a tripod and a remote for it. The pictures don’t turn out as lovely and stylized as when someone with some photo know-how actually takes it, but it does a pretty good job, especially in natural light. But the passer-by thing is super stressful. I live in NYC and there’s no way I’m going outside my apartment building with my tripod to take outfit pictures. The solution I came up with was to go on my roof!

    • Mel Kirk


      If you need me to come to NYC to help with pics, shout! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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