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How I took self portraits on my solo trip in Italy

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Hello! My trip to Italy in September was beauuuuutiful and I’m finally getting round to talking about it here. You may or may not know that I went by myself. Of course everyone wants to get those holiday pics while you’re away, and I’m no different.

I took many many selfies, but there was some points where I wanted to get a different angle shot.

I never thought I’d be able to pose in public, especially by myself. But I frickin did it!!

Even though I thought I needed to be with people to feel confident enough to do it, I think being alone is actually what gave me the confidence. No one there knew me and it felt so free.

So I thought I’d show you some of the self portraits I managed to take and tell you a bit about how I got them.

I only took my phone on this trip. Hauling my camera around everywhere didn’t seem ideal, and plus I was worried about pickpockets. 

I meant to take my little phone stand to get better self portraits but my dumb brain forgot to pick it up before I left. So that meant I had to try and take all photos of myself by balancing my phone on whatever I could find in the moment. Which was sometimes very risky. But anyway, here we go.

The Gardens

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The first self shot I got was on my first day in Pisa. I visited the Botanical Gardens and at one point I stopped to chill on a bench for a while and saw this as my first selfie opportunity. There were a few people round, but I’d say this was the quietest spot I snapped a picture of myself over the weekend.

I put my phone on self timer and balanced it against the armrest of the bench. And snap! After a few attempts, this is what I got. I do think the lighting could have been better, but I actually really like the shadows cast by the trees. I feel like it makes me look a lil mysterious, hah

The Museum

I captured this photo while in Florence! The one place I’ve always dreamed of visiting. I went to the Uffizi Gallery, which was frickin’ unbelievable. I took of a lot of photos of all the beauty in the building, but at one point I wanted to capture a moment of me being there.

There was an area with some benches about halfway round and I wanted to take a moment to chill as it was starting to become a long day. And of course I had to use that moment to get my next self portrait.

This setting was much busier than the gardens so apart from having more balls, the way I got the pic was the same.

The Rocks

This little shoot led to some of my favourite photos from the whole trip. I spent one day seeing a few of the Cinque Terre towns, which I totally recommend visiting btw!!

In a moment of total self love and confidence, I stuck my phone in a gap in a rock on the beach in Vernazza and posed my lil heart out. I think this gorgeous velvet swimsuit combined with the incredible time I was having just made me feel amazing. So hell yeah I strutted my stuff and posed my little heart out!

I got quite a few stares while I was getting these self portraits haha, but it was so worth it! Not only because I adore the photos, but also because not caring about what people thought of me in that moment has given me a push to do that more often when I’m in England, and not just when I travel.

So those were the 3 self portraits I got while in Italy! No, they’re nothing you’d see in Vogue, but they represent me pretty well and I’m super proud of them. Mainly because of the confidence it took to get them hah!

But as you can see, I took them on a fairly small scale so it really wasn’t that noticeable. It’s so easy to get paranoid and think everyone is staring at you, which is why I never got any self shots when I went to Prague.

But in a weird way, it’s kind of liberating to pose in public!

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I never used to like having my photo taken

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My mom found out some old photos last month and there were loads of a young me posing with a cheesy grin.

I don’t remember being that camera happy child, but it made me smile.

From as far back as I can remember, I always hated having my photo taken. The majority of my secondary school life was spent avoiding the camera, and always offering to be the photographer for my friends.

Now I think about it, I know when my opinion on pictures changed. When I was little, I didn’t care about what I looked like. I wasn’t one of those childs who would always try out their mom’s makeup and what not. I just plodded on with life, having a whale of a time.

But of course when you get to secondary school, things are completely different. I still never wore makeup apart from mascara until I was 17. That was out of choice, but I never felt as pretty as the other girls. My self confidence in general was at the lowest it’s ever been. I wasn’t my biggest fan. So I didn’t want any evidence of my current, now past, self.

never used to like having my photo taken

Now I’m 20, I think it’s a bit of a shame that I don’t really have any photos of the majority of my teenage years. Apart from the old school photo my parents bought. I mean, those forced ones are probably the worst of them all!! I’m sure I’d prefer one of the silly selfies I took with my friends.

On the other hand, like I said, it wasn’t a time in my life where I felt the best about myself. So maybe I’d feel worse if I kept seeing my younger teenage self everywhere, reminding me of those days. But we’ll never know now.

I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise when I say, I don’t hate having my picture taken anymore.

People don’t believe me when I tell them I used to hate having my photo taken. I mean, you’d only have to take one look at my instagram to think I was lying.

Even I find it funny that me, a girl who was incredibly shy with zero self confidence, now has a fashion and lifestyle blog and a YouTube channel. Of course I had gained a lot more confidence before starting this blog, mainly because I had begun to find my personal style and found a job I enjoyed.

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But ever since starting this website, I’ve really started to believe in myself. Having my little space on the internet has made me grow as a person and inspired me to keep doing the things I want to do.

I’m much happier with the way I look and myself in general now, and it’s the best feeling ever.

From a girl who despised being on camera, to now having a hobby where being on camera is the main focus.

I feel like a different person to that girl with zero confidence now. I still have days where I don’t feel too good about myself and there’s not a day where I don’t think about how I used to feel.

It’s taken a while to get to this point, but it’s so refreshing to now love having my photo taken. Or shall I say, taking my own photo. I never thought I’d have a camera roll with one selfie, let alone many.

Self love is a feeling I hope everyone can experience at some point in their life! We all deserve it.

Do you like having your photo taken?