One of my favourite parts of any DVD has to be the outtakes. Not just the deleted scenes, I’m talking about the blooper reel in all its comedy glory. There’s just something so human and wonderful about watching actors and actresses – many of them trying to be so serious – cracking up and completely losing it, take after take. Once when I woke up in the early hours after a bad dream and couldn’t get back to sleep I sat watching Blackadder outtakes on YouTube until it washed away the night terrors. (Speaking of outtakes, while I was writing this I stumbled upon the Hot Fuzz outtakes on YouTube. Both the Blackadder and Hot Fuzz ones have quite a bit of swearing in, just FYI, but they are hilarious. SO worth a watch!)
The life of a blogger is probably at its most embarassing when trying to take pictures in public. You’re trying to channel your inner Kate Moss and strike your best Instagram-worthy pose while the local OAPs Bingo/Zumba/Coffee Morning group totter past goggling at you like you’ve grown an extra head. That or you look at the photos afterwards and your eyes were closed, your mouth open, weird expression in place, photobombed by a tourist, unflattering angles that give you about three extra chins…we’ve all been there!
I wasn’t sure how many – if any – of my outtakes have survived the fullness of time and my trigger-happy delete button. But I found such a treasure trove of hilariously awful photos of me from my trip to New York in 2015 that I just had to share them with you all. So I thought I’d give you a little glimpse through the photographic archives and the chance to witness photos that, had they been printed on paper, I’d have burnt them faster than you could say ‘Incendio!’
Shout out to all the HP nerds who got that reference…
These are all from New York and Washington DC, and I did manage to find a few decent shots to contrast the final product with the ones which failed to make the grade (for reasons which are about to become abundantly clear…) So I before I chicken out altogether, here is my Blogging Blooper Reel!
Stalking a Bird in Central Park
Having said that, there are no redeeming features of this unflattering little series…I spotted this bird while we were walking to the Met Museum and attempted to sidle up close enough for a shot. It lured me into prowling across the grass like a demented lion and then flew off. Jerk…
Busted Near Ground Zero
The area of New York around Ground Zero is full of slick, gleaming office buildings, and I fancied trying to get some outfit shots (I was on a real drive to get them during this holiday). Hence lots of awkward poses, only to be told off by security of the building nearby for taking photos on their wall. Hence what is possibly the best ‘busted’ expression ever.
Central Park Lamp Post
^This^ photo was taken at the exact point in which I stopped swinging around the lamp post to ask “Does this make me look like a stripper?” Whoops…
Failing on the High Line
There are literally no good photos from this seemingly super-casual, fun and breezy moment dancing along the railway lines. Windmilling, creepy arms, unflattering angles…there were no redeeming moments in this little set! The only decent photo I got on this walk has a woman walking past giving me serious side-eye…
Windy Liberty Island
As above. We tried to take dozens of photos of me here. The wind and my hair didn’t play ball, and it turns out that I’d colour-coordinated with the Statue of Liberty in a top that made me look about 5 months pregnant. Winning on all levels…
Washington DC ‘Blue Steel’ Fail
If anything could confirm that I am not cut out to be a fashion blogger, these photos should do it. I don’t know what I was doing with this pose up against a tree (?!), and we had to shoot them in between people walking past (many of whom probably witnessed my pitiful attempts to be Derek Zoolander with despair…)
So there you have it. A small selection from the (extensive) collection of terrible photos, all taken in the name of blogging! Please share your shame (and dodgy photos) with me!
This was posted as a part of the monthly travel link up, celebrating all of our glorious outtakes! If you want to join in, pop your post up before 7th February, add it to the link up widget – found on either Angie’s, Emma’s, Polly’s or Eppie’s blogs – and have a read and a comment on some of the other brilliant posts out there. Especially this month, when we’re all putting ourselves on offer for the amusement of others!