Note to self: next time its Chinese New Year, perhaps don’t try to shoot in the West End. While some of the roads will be conveniently pedestrian only, you will also find yourself inadvertently trapped in parades and groups of marauding small children.
It is pretty great when London roads are pedestrianised though. It suddenly opens up a whole new world of shooting possibilities, so when Joseph and I saw that Shaftesbury Avenue was vehicle free this weekend we couldn’t help but seize the opportunity. He’s an absolute pro, strutting his stuff in front of the camera without a care in the world, but for some reason over the past year or so I’ve become really self conscious when shooting in public.
Back in the early days of LJLV, there was literally not a care in the world. I’d stand in the middle of the street in Chester, pratting about in front of the camera with Holly, and the photos would be amazing. They’d show personality, the setting looked great, and I was so much more relaxed. Then 2015 happened, and we all know that was a write off really for this blog and for my mental health. I think falling out of the rhythm of shooting regularly meant that when I did shoot, I just wanted to do it somewhere quiet where nobody would see me.
Jumping in front of the camera this weekend then was a little bit of a trial by fire in getting used to shooting with people around me again. It took me a while to get used to it, and one particularly lovely family who stood and laughed at me for about 10 minutes almost made me give up but I’m glad I didn’t – hopefully now I will feel happier shooting on busier roads around London. I have some fantastic shoot ideas in mind, I just haven’t had the courage to follow them through yet.
This outfit was a fun one to put together, even though the weather definitely didn’t warrant wearing a crop top. I remember buying this a few years ago in the Urban Outfitters sale, and I literally wore it for this blog shoot and then it was relegated to my wardrobe for years. While I liked the silhouette it gave me, I don’t think I was confident enough to wear it out of the house, and I’d never really played around with metallics before. Now we all know I have an obsession with all things shiny akin to that of a magpie so it was time to try and style it again.
I played it safe in a nod to that original post, only interchanging my leather joggers for my vinyl effect Zara ones, but I was happy nonetheless. The outfit stayed on for the whole day around London, and aside from the semi-annoying draft around my midriff, I was a fan!
What do you guys think of the outfit? Have you ever tried shooting in public and have you been met with a mixed reaction? Let me know in the comments!
Sweater: Urban Outfitters | Joggers: Zara | Shoes: Nike
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