I love taking pictures for this blog. On the weekend, I can hardly wait for the sun to start going down so I can grab my tripod, timer, and camera to snap a bunch of pics. When I’m out, I spend a good 30 minutes to an hour working on different poses and camera angles, and I can really get lost in it.
But here’s the thing–when it comes time to write up a post, how many of those pictures are you supposed to use? I know how much work goes into each picture, but there has to be a limit. As a reader, I really don’t like blog posts that feature pretty much the same photo over and over, with slightly different poses. They don’t add any value, so what’s the point?
For the last year or so, that’s been my rule: make your point and move on. Some bloggers, like A Robot Heart and A Clothes Horse, use their pictures to tell stories, and every shot has something different and interesting. Other bloggers are all about the outfit, so they show one or two head-to-toe shots and a few detail pics.
A lot of the time, I like going for that narrative quality, but when I’m not, I honestly don’t think I need more than a handful of pictures. In fact, because this outfit is so simple, I only needed two.
I think there’s a little fear that fewer pictures is a bad thing, but really, I think it’s better to pare down the number of shots you use. Use only the best ones–the ones that add the most value to the post.
What do you think? How do you decide which pictures to use for your posts?