What I wore: Japanese print

I’ve been experimenting with taking photographs of myself. Great Plains sent me this Yoko Flower Print top and I knew Laurence wasn’t going to have time to take a picture of me in it. Ophelia and I aren’t usually up when he’s leaving for work and the weekends have been so busy.

So, mind over matter, I read Delightfully Tacky’s Tips for taking your own outfit photos and though mine aren’t nearly as good as hers, I don’t think they’re totally awful for a first try.

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Yes, that is our garden. Yes, that fence needs fixing!

It’s so liberating starting to figure out how to get myself in focus. I’m hoping this means I can show you more slings and carries with some babywearing photos. Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky suggests autofocusing on an object where you’re going to pose then switching to manual.

Laurence made the point to me afterwards that this is hard to get right unless the object is by your eyes and that actually I had room for error because I shot with a high depth of field. His tip was to stand where you’re going to pose, autofocus on the tripod then switch to manual, put the camera back on the tripod and take the shot.

The top is comfy and casual but also feels really elegant. It was almost a shame to break up the print with the belt but I couldn’t resist cinching it in. I love the belt too. It was a gift from my mother-in-law a few years ago.

Top: Yoko Flower print top (Great Plains)
Trousers: Embroidered cropped trousers (Dorothy Perkins from years back)
Shoes: Brogues (Clarks)
Earrings & Belt: Both handmade but I can’t the artists’ names


  1. August 25, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    I find it so, so hard to take my own outfit photos – our garden is on a slope, so the camera wouldn’t stand up and most of the time the house is too dark to take good pictures! I think yours look great, especially given that it’s your first try – my first attempt had my head cut off and everything but me in focus! Love the tshirt too, by the way 🙂
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  2. August 25, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    I’d cinch anything in if i had your fab waist! Love the top on you, really suits your colouring and hair style.

  3. August 25, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    The top really suits you and this is great for a first attempt, well it would be great not for a first attempt too! I have never tried it, it would be useful to be able to do though! x
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  4. August 26, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    These are such great tips, thank you! Alex hates taking my photos so much (probably because I’m so picky). You look really lovely, love the t-shirt and the trousers combo x

  5. August 26, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    taking photos of yourself is a lot harder than it looks! i wish our garden was big enough to take photos in. you look fantastic, and i love that top.
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  6. August 27, 2014 / 3:04 pm

    You look lovely, that top is fab!

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  8. August 29, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    I think these are great self portraits 🙂 and even though it can be quite strange thing to do taking photos of yourself it can be a lot of fun when you get it right 🙂 I really love that Great Plains top by the way and think you look amazing in it – such a beautiful print

    Laura x
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