Today starts a new series of posts whereby I  give you a behind the scenes look at what went into creating a post. And our first one is about the time I wore my underwear in the street to get the pic I wanted…

I personally love getting a behind the scenes look at what it takes to accomplish things, and I certainly want to maintain full transparency with you, my lovely reader, and have you know that my life is not a glam as I make it out to be. Not only that, I want you to be able to trust in me that my views and opinions on products are completely my own and honest.

I jumped into blogging blind as a bat and have picked it up over time by researching and learning as much as I could. I aim to do better with every post and give you all as much value as possible, otherwise you would be wasting your time with me, and I can’t have that!

So this week I worked on creating the feature post “My Top Tips for  a Flawless Tan” because we are so close to Australia Day and that usually means a spike in both self tanning and sun-tanning to get deliciously bronzed for the occasion (namely denim cutoffs).

My Top Tips for a Flawless Fake Tan

Writing the content for the post was easy. Well, semi-easy. I started the first draft during my lunch break at work on Tuesday. I had written a pretty good chunk of the post before BAM! the internet at work crapped itself (seriously, what are the chances), and I lost it all. And before you say “this is why you should save your work”, trust me, I am an habitual saver, however I had hoped that I was safe enough on the work computer to at least get 20 minutes of typing done before it crashed.

Now whilst I am acutely aware that I am not the first person to write about how to get a flawless tan, I only ever blog about what I know. And I am confident enough to share what I know about tanning with you!

The other perk of blogging is that you can blog about whatever you damn well like 😉

Once I got the post written, I was finally able to start conceptualizing what type of images I wanted to go with it, which is a real love/hate situation. I love coming up with ideas for the images but actually getting what is in my head into real life takes a LOT of time and planning. I really wanted to up my game in this post with some good, well styled pics.

This photo above was one of a series of photos that I tried to take myself and decided not to use because in my opinion they were boring. But after some editing it made for a very popular Instagram post! Waste not, want not!

Enter my husband. He has now officially entered the ranks of ‘Instagramhusbands’ after helping me photograph the shots I wanted. Such a trooper.

I had originally planned out 5 different types of photos, but we forgot about 2 of them and then the 3rd one didn’t end up turning out the way I had hoped, so it got scrapped. And after much editing, I was happy to just use what we got instead of trying for more pics.

So if you have read the post (and if you haven’t, I encourage you to head straight on over or you are just going to be totally lost), you may recall the first couple of pics being just me chilling super casually on my bed, surrounded by some lovely things and sipping on some tea.

Well let me tell you, that super casual pic took about 30 minutes to set up, not including the hour I took doing my hair and makeup just to look ‘natural’ on a Sunday morning whilst reading Vogue (the Vogue is real). Here are some of the unedited photos that did not make the cut:

The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
Deciding that I needed to adjust myself halfway through the shot. Also, how severe is that part in my hair! You can see how much darker this photo is compared to the next because the clouds showed up!
The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
I’m not sure how I thought this would look natural. Sitting upright, book in one hand, hot tea in the other. And what am I doing with my legs?! Weird…

*Fun fact – I actually made that ‘tea’ at last minute cause I didn’t know what to do with my hands. I also made it with cold water incase I spilt it on myself. That, and because holding tea like I am in these pics would cause some serious burns.

Next we tried a paired down version where it was supposed to focus more on the tan bottle than anything else, but my head kept getting in the way and because we were using a Bluetooth clicker neither of us realized that I was ruining my own photo till it was too late. I had also chucked everything from the bed onto the floor and you can see it in all the pics, no matter how hard I cropped them!

The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
Unless I cropped the photo from the knees down, this wasn’t going to work thanks to my boofhead.
The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
The only photo I have where my head isn’t in the shot and my husband throws his hobbit foot into it…

Finally it was out onto the street in front of my house for some more glam ‘real life’ shots. Even though I was only wearing a shirt (a dress by anyone else) and underwear… I have to say, I was not as uncomfortable as I thought I would be. Granted there are no houses opposite me and there was no one on the street. However I did make a few quick dives back into the house when I saw a car or train coming.

The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
How do I walk again?

There’s nothing super natural about me strolling down the street in this outfit, but I don’t care (although the shirt looks much shorter than I remember it looking). I love how the tan looked against the pavement and because it was so overcast, the photos weren’t washed out.

The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
Nothing like a nice gust of wind to get you hair all up in your lipstick…It’s not like I’m standing half nekid here.
The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.
Just another gust of wind threatening to reveal my sexy spanx underneath.

I hope you enjoyed the first behind the scenes post for My Top Tips for a Flawless Fake Tan and if you haven’t already read it, check out the finished look here.

The first behind the scenes look at what it takes for me to get a blog post up and running. Including untouched, unedited photos that were left on the cutting room floor.

I would love to hear your comments, questions and feedback! xx