The Outtakes Of A Travel Blogger

Being a travel blogger is great, going on press trips to far, travelling to worldwide destinations and to magnificent hotels. Not to mention the family, holidays with your parents and siblings. All great. Except when you become the designated photographer of the trip. Unknown uncles that you have acquired in the past few days shouting your name “Aftab, take this group photo of us quickly.” then times that by twenty and that’s what I have to do per hour. Often enough you miss those perfect captures of big waves speeding past, because of said uncle. Sigh. It’s such a glam life being a travel blogger…

Most of my readers will only see the edited and perfectly captured shots of my travels, but before that one idealistic shot, are the many outtakes that i’ve sorted through to ensure you only ever see the best. That goes with many things in life and on social media. People want you to see only one kind of side of your life, the perfect side. There is nothing wrong with that, at all. However, you often wish you had a sibling that was also good at photography, to take the lime light away from you. No offence, sis…

Often enough I get the question of “Why do you not appear in your travel photos often?” Well, when I was travelling to Canada, I was designated photographer. However, the odd moment I asked my mum to take a photo of me… well, it just wasn’t what I wanted. I guess I can’t expect her to have the same eye as me but we weren’t even close.

Travel blogger outtakes

How do you tell your super impressed mum that I can’t post this on my blog? Like, where is the background? I’m sure she will be extremely pleased when I tell her that her unusual sense of photography has actually come in handy. Silver linings and all…

I had my first solo travel experience to Paris early last year, which I knew was going to be tough to capture photos of myself. I left with that understanding and was completely okay with it at that point. Especially as I have been to Paris a few times before, so i’ve had my photo taken in front of all the monumental sights. Except, when you get to the Eiffel Tower and you see it in it’s entirety for the millionth time, you just can’t help get a quick snap, can you? I mean I would be a nice way to commemorate my solo trip, so I did something anyone in my situation would have done. Try and take a selfie using your camera, to see if it works. I’m all for being as independent as possible. However, this was the result.

Travel blogger outtakes

There was no way that was going to cut it. I did the more adult appropriate thing and asked someone to take a photo for me. I scouted to find someone with a proper DSLR camera around their neck, to ensure they would be able to take a decent photo. Well, I thought wrong…

Exhibit A)

Travel blogger outtakes

I never thought the Eiffel Tower resembled the leaning tower of Pisa before, until I saw this picture. Bearing in mind, this lady got on the floor to get all professional, so I was thrilled to see the finished picture. Alas, I gave up.

Exhibit B)

Travel blogger outtakes

I applied the same concept as above, when we went to New York. Every family wants a nice picture on the Empire State Building. I mean, it wasn’t going to be like the pictures of Chuck’s proposal to Blaire on Gossip Girl, but you know, something close would be nice. Except, we got Exhibit B. Doesn’t said man with a DSLR know not to shake a camera whilst photographing? I think I should take that high tech camera off his neck. Tut tut, not for you sir.

My advice to all travel bloggers, jet setters and globetrotters:

  1. Take a tripod on every trip. You will never be without a good picture ever again.
  2. Never trust a person to take a quality photo, even if you have they have a DSLR hanging around their neck.
  3. Teach your mum to take a good photo. Seriously…
  4. Take an extra camera and give it to another family member to take those candid family photos on big rocks.
  5. Never try and take a selfie on your camera, unless you have a flip screen. It will only end badly…

I would also thank this month’s travel-link up topic for allowing me to make use of all those outtakes that would have ended up in my Mac’s trashcan.

Until next time…

  • Man do I need to buy a tripod! I have so many disappointing photos taken by randoms when I’ve been travelling alone, it makes me nervous whenever someone asks me to take their photo as I know how easy it is to let someone down!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Tripods are the best! You always think the photo will be amazing, but when you look at it in front of them you have to pretend to like it!

  • I’m buying you a selfie stick (and then following you all around the world to take photos of you using it!)

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Hahahahah! I would never be seen using a selfie stick Ms. Emma! 😉

  • I like the Eiffel Tower pic. But then, I like all things wonky. Perpendicular is overdone 😉

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Hahahaha! Oh Frankie, that made me feel so much better about posting this blog post.

  • Your mom sounds like my husband! He can take 100 photos and only 1 will be nice enough to actually use! That’s why there are hardly ever any photos of me when we go on holiday…and loads of him!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Yes!! The struggle is SO real. I think you should hire a photographer to get some shots of you and the charge the bill to your husband. 😉

  • Wandermust Family

    The flip screen is essential for the camera! Completely agree

    Think my mum could give your mum a run for her money on the dodge pic front #travellinkup

  • Haha the struggles of selfies… it’s fun to see these, though, even though they aren’t perfect! And I agree with Frankie, the Eiffel Tower one is actually pretty cool… only had to tilt my head a bit 😉

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Awwww, i’m glad you enjoyed seeing them! Hahaha, that made me laugh.

  • I really struggle to take photos of myself!!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      It’s so hard!

  • Lol, taking photos of myself is a real struggle! I genuinely envy those bloggers who have partners chase them around and take those gorgeous professionally styled photos everywhere! Whenever I am alone (which is often) I try to ask the fellow tourists. Although I agree 100% – apparently even if they have an expensive camera in hand it is NOT an indication that they know how to use it. My photos more often than not end up being blurry or poorly framed. Gah.

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      I know what you mean! I wish I had someone who did that for me. It’s really frustrating. I think people should learn to use their cameras if they are going to invest in them.

  • Georgina

    this something I always worry about when I go somewhere without my boyfriend! at least with him I can ask him to tkae it again and again until its right haha

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      You’re lucky to have him G.

  • Emerald Dove

    Great post!! My husband loves taking my pic on trips and he’s actually good at it so I’m lucky!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Thank you! You’re so lucky!

  • There’s nothing worse than other people trying to take a good photo sometimes… In London I asked a girl to snap me in front of Big Ben. She tried to tell me she couldn’t fit the whole thing in – to which i replied, “maybe take the picture in portrait not landscape?” Oh dear!

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Oh wow! I think some people lack common sense too. It’s also so annoying when you take a lovely picture for them in return and yours turns out horrible.

  • I’ve made that mistake before. I asked a middle aged woman taking a photo of Machu Picchu on an iPhone, which I was also using, to take my picture. I had figured, ‘she’ll know how it works’. Wrong. So wrong.

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Oh no!! That’s the worst thing. Clearly the older generation and iPhone’s don’t mix!

  • oh yes, when you travel alone it’s tricky to get a photo of yourself:) #travellinkup

    • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

      Definitely need a trusty tripod!

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    Hahahahaha! That’s something I would totally do. Blogger problems…

  • Belle Hankey

    I totally feel your pain – it’s a running joke between me and my mum that she always ends up taking photos of my fee instead of my facet! My favourite was when we went on a boat trip in Egypt, I got dragged into re-creating the titanic pose (so completely out of my comfort zone!) and my mum only managed to take a photo of my feet!

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  • Hahaha, I laughed so hard at ‘never try to take a selfie on your camera…’ 😀 also, you’re so right about people with DSLRs, they’re always rubbish!

    Polly xx

  • I never want to be in photos even though I travel by myself all the time. I have even refused people taking photos of me. Haha!

  • Bahaha! This is so, so true. I’m so often disappointed by letting others take photos of me that few photos end up on my blog. And it’s particularly a problem when I’m abroad because I worry that strangers will end up running off with my DSLR! I’m just going to have to sacrifice room for a tripod in my overflowing suitcase next time I go away solo 😉 x

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