A lot of you guys would have noticed by now that most the photos taken for this blog and Olive & Clo’s Instagram (@OliveandClo) happen outdoors, either in front of a waterfall, deep within a rainforest, or out in the middle of no-mans-land with nobody to talk to, save for a few bored cows. But regardless of the company, or lack thereof, each location has proven more visually stunning than its predecessor.
Needless to say, I have become strangely obsessed with the direction this blogging journey has taken me so far. This blog not only challenges me on a daily basis, but it also forces me to live and has quickly become a piece of my identity. And honestly, I could not be more delighted or feel more blessed as these past few months have been incredible. An absolute whirlwind to say the least.
But today I wanted to chat about something entirely different, something that I haven’t really spoken about previously. Because as much as I enjoy working on this passion project of mine, truth be told, Olive & Clo demands an astronomical amount of work, and time, and dedication. Three demands I can scarcely spare on any given day of the working week. So despite feeling very grateful to have found a creative outlet that I so deeply adore, it’s been anything but easy.
So in light of the above, for this post I wanted to share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what goes into shooting a weeks-worth of content for Olive & Clo. But more than anything else, allow myself a moment to reflect and be proud of all the hard-work I have committed to this space so far. And in typical Linda fashion, I am going to break this post into 3 segments:
- Behind the Scenes 1: 3 Photoshoots, 3 Locations, 3 Outfits and 1 Day.
- Behind the Scenes 2: Public Wardrobe Changes and Difficult Locations.
- Behind the Scenes 3: Work the Camera Baby ..or Try to.
Whilst also showcasing a few of my favourite photos from the month of May (hehe).
Behind the Scenes 1:
3 Photoshoots, 3 Locations, 3 Outfits and 1 Day.
Since my partner (the newly appointed Photographer and Editor of Olive & Clo – ha, congratulations babe!) and I both maintain full-time jobs, in order to adhere to my 3-posts-per-week blogging schedule, our last few Saturdays have been spent shooting content for the blog. And yes, this typically translates to the coordination of 3 separate photoshoots at 3 different locations with 3 outfit changes. All taken place in one measly 12-hour-day. Needless to say, it’s an elephant of a task and one that often leaves my car looking like the animal cast of Jumanji has rampaged through it.
And you might think that the above sounds like a lot of effort. Well, you’d be right, it is. But remarkably, I don’t find the days spent adventuring and discovering new places tiresome, not the least bit. It’s actually my favorite part. But it’s the bucket-load of planning that goes on prior to reaching the weekend that I find exhausting; the endless hours spent scouring google maps, brainstorming and thrifting new outfits, and questioning the integrity of weather predictions.
Behind the Scenes 2:
Public Wardrobe Changes and Difficult Locations.
I probably should give you guys some context around how cumbersome getting to some of these locations have been. For instance, to get to Kondalilla Falls (to see more, click here) alone consisted not only of a 5 km life-endangering hike down a mountain but the engagement of some very problematic stairs. Whilst Serenity Falls (to see more, click here) demanded nimble feet and agile reflexes (both of which I do not possess) and Cedar Creek Falls (to see more, click here) called for quite a bit of rock-climbing from rock-pool to rock-pool. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that when hunting for waterfalls or hiking up mountains, I wear comfortable workout clothes and trainers. Because slipping, or worse, dying is not really a high priority of mine.
But what comes with exercising this level of ..self-preservation, is a different kind of nuisance. Public wardrobe changes. Where I typically find myself spending upwards of 10 to 15 minutes awkwardly scouting private areas (usually behind a big tree or an overgrown shrub) to change. Which never gets easier. Especially when met with the usual menagerie of curious bystanders that tend to accompany most public domains. Which is, understandable. But by no means makes it any less uncomfortable.
Behind the Scenes 3: Work the Camera Baby ..or Try to.
So, I am only going to touch on this subject briefly. Because, it is what it is. As I am the subject-matter of my own photoshoots, I spend more time looking at photos of myself than what I would deem a healthy, necessary amount. And what I have discovered in the past few months, much to my displeasure, is that I suffer from: a) resting bitch face, b) awkward limbs, and c) the inability to pose without looking like a pissed-off monkey.
Which I guess is ..fair enough, considering the closest I have ever come to a modelling career was when I tucked my fringe back, sat on a stool and awkwardly smiled for my high-school portraits.
So yes, managing Olive & Clo takes a lot of effort and a great deal of time. And truth be told, I go through my ups and downs, more frequently than you might expect. And honestly, if it wasn’t for the encouragement and active engagement from the blogging community (you guys!), I doubt I would be able to deliver what I do each week. So for that, I thank you.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. And as always, thank you for stopping by and to all my fellow bloggers, if any of you have the same experiences as I do, I would absolutely love to hear your stories!
Love Linda, xo