London Day Six: Regent's Park & Mirror Shots


On my last full day in London I visited the famous and much recommended Portobello Road Market, then wandered around Oxford Circus for awhile. In the evening I met back up with my sister and she took me to the Regent's Park where she has been doing her running. It was a really lovely and expansive park; I brought my tripod along to get some pictures among the flowers and fountains.






At my recent blogger meet-ups, we discussed blogger photographs and how it used to be de rigueur for personal style bloggers to take exclusively mirror shots. Lately, the bar has been set much higher and I personally don't mind it--I like to think of my photographs as a creative expression and think as much about my composition, lighting, and location as I do of myself and my outfit. Yes, this does mean an investment of time not everyone can or is willing to make, but as I said before: I don't mind the time and effort to take pictures (most days). However, I decided to take some quick shots of me trying on dresses at Topshop as a sort of nod to those simpler days...Looking at these pictures in retrospect, there is also a nice amount of anonymity in this style. The camera covers my face completely and you really just see the clothes. It's stark, simple, and when they're not blurry I think a mirror shot is quite acceptable.




Outfit details:
Myne silk shirt via Gilt (worn backwards and knotted)
secondhand leather skirt
H&M flats
Deux Lux purse

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42 comments:

  1. you have to buy that black dress with the collar, oh please tell me you got it! it's perfect on you!


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  2. I like the purse you have been using in these pictures. I went on the Deux Lux website but I don't think it's there anymore, sadly.
    It's so wonderful that you get to spend some time in London, it is an amazing city and I love it so much.

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  3. the outfit is lovely, that shirt ... whatta colour!
    (and regent park. manalive)

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  4. I love that black sailor dress!
    london is so so beautiful! I really need to visit myself!

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  5. I love your outfit and the pairing of primary colours ~ blue and yellow! So nice!

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  6. Oh I love the nautical style dress too, did you buy it? I've never been to Portobello market actually, I keep meaning to visit...

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  7. What a lovely park! I agree with what most people said... that navy blue/black dress with the white collar is too adorable to pass up!

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  8. Beautiful outfit! So luxe-looking.

    I love Regent's Park. So many varieties of--everything! People, birds, flowers. Did you have a chance to see a play at the amphitheatre?

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  9. Gorgeous park and I love that blue silk top.:) Great outfit. SarahD

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  10. top shop has some great things! i love the white polka dot one! i also have been eyeing that purse you have been using these past few days. it is so perfect for everything. good choice. but, its not like you know how to make a bad fashion choice!

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  11. I love all of those simple pops of color in your current outfit

    I used to take photos like that, but got disappointed with the bad lighting

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  12. That's an interesting thing how it's evolved. The mirror photos work but I miss your beautiful landscapes. It gives the clothes another dimension when they're out in nature.

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  13. I remember the days of mirror shots! I don't mind them but I do think that well-thought-out pictures in beautiful locations (like the ones you normally shoot) are beautiful eye candy. Also, Regent's Park is about 5 minutes away from where I live and I love it!

    Leia

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  14. I adore the first picture. The colors of your outfit are so lovely with the colors of the park.

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  15. Its fun having different backgrounds for the photos and youra are always interesting as well as your fabulous outfits!

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  16. I agree with the thoughts about blog shots becoming all the more challenging yet all the more exciting if this means actually learning from them and becoming more creative.

    Since I first started blogging I had decided that it's all about the clothes, therefore -even at magazine shoots- I've chosen not to show my face. For me, that ended up being the most challenging part!

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  17. I love your outfit, especially the blouse! The bright color combination really works well together. =]

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  18. I agree with what you said about the photographs, bloggers are certainly becoming more creative photography wise if you get what I mean!

    Anyways that nautical style dress you tried on is absolutely gorgeous! I love it.
    :)

    xxxx

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  19. I love that blouse.
    And the second and last dresses you tried on. :)

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  20. Your photography and the second and last dresses are gorgeous. :)

    Love,
    Trilby. (check out my blog? :D)

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  21. Your look is amazing!

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  22. I love those flats! and I hope you purchased all the dresses you tried on, because they are so cute

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  23. I don't mind mirror shots either, I have some very good ones that I really liked... my big pet peeve is when people do mirror shots and the mirror is dirty!! There is nothing more icky!!!

    Love that color blue and with the leather skirt... mahvelous! And nobody does gardens like the British... Nobody.

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  24. i love the color contrast on ur outfit!! it's purfectt!! :D

    anywayy did u buyy the sailorr dress??? they r just too cutteee!! it really suits u!!

    xoxo

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  25. These pictures are beautiful, you look like you're in a Disney fairytale or something!

    And I don't mind mirror shots or indoor shots, so long as the outfit is visible. To be honest, I've always wanted to take really creative shots like other bloggers do, but circumstances just always get in the way, or the pictures just come out looking awful. Whatever works!

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  26. i love the way you changed up your gorgeous blue shirt from last time! (and that's my favorite color too...) it looks amazing.

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  27. Gorgeous dresses!

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  28. I had mirror shots back then too but I whole heartedly agree with you. Taking outfit shots has become so much more of an art, really. It definitely pushed me to be more creative and explore my city more :)

    I hope you bought a Topshop dress! Your park pictures are so colorful and perfect for your outfit.

    B from A plus B

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  29. I love the photographs! They make me want to visit London madly now :). As for the mirror shots, I think it is adorable that you're hiding your face as almost if to say "My clothes speak for me."

    xx
    lyndsey
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  30. pretty blouse & I love the way you do your hair! :)

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  31. oh you were in London?? my old home, how i miss it. wish i was there so we could have met up for a cup of tea. Regents park is beautiful. have a great time in Cambridge.

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  32. Is the black/navy dress with white collars from Topshop?! It's stunning, you look lovely! x

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  33. i love that navy blue sailor dress. and your so lucky! travelling must be great! i can't wait till i fly to canada next year


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  34. I love the color combo! Dark blue, yellow and teal: unusual but very nice!

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  35. regents park is beatiful but your photos make it look even more exquisite. x

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  36. a agree the bar is high. . too high for me sometimes.

    love that color combination

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  37. I love the sailor dress from Topshop, why have I never seen it there before oh why! x

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  38. I think the Peter Pan Collar and the last dress are my favourites.

    I agree with you. Everything from style blogging used to be so "MySpace-y". Mirror shots of the face which eventually morphed into outfit shots. There is something simple and pure about mirror shots the way you describe it. It is about the fashion and not the girl wearing it. However, now a days, it seems that because fashion blogs are more than just outfit blogs, but personal style and lifestyle blogs, we have to incorporate our lives into our photos.

    I love that you wear the dress backwards, btw. Very versatile!

    XX.
    Mae Lu, thereafterish.

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  39. aw, cute dresses! buy any?

    I used to live walking distance from Regents Park and the ZOO. London has amazing parks.

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  40. i love the color combination of this outfit! soo cute!

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  41. what a gorgeous park! Also love the colours in this outfit, so pretty!

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