It’s been a week since I’ve been back from my trip and despite it being sensibly short (not to mention, still in constant contact with my office), I still had so much real-life backlog to wade through. The office has been incredibly busy as of late and I’m so clueless, I’m not entirely sure on where to begin.
Thankfully, I’ve transitioned as normally as possible but I’m still drowning in paperwork. However, to take a break from the bustle, let me share snippets of my not-so-vacation with you.
First off, you might be wondering what’s up with the title. The thing is, no one in my family is adept enough to maneuver a camera—be it digital, film, and what not. I may know how to handle a camera but if I want to take super narcissistic outfit shots of myself, I would have to rely on someone.
During the weekend, I was able to make my sister my own “human tripod” as evidenced by the last entry. Unfortunately, when weekday commenced, I was left with no other choice but to make do with employing the assistance of other human tripods since I was unable to bring with me a real-life steel tripod.
If you follow my tweets, I’ve mentioned that my baggage was 3 lbs overweight. Sure, I didn’t have to pay for the excess, thank you Lord, but if I had that tripod with me, I might’ve been 5 lbs overweight or something and I don’t think the guy at the counter would take it too kindly.
If you go through my baggage, I may have over-packed but I’m a very finicky dresser and I need options even if I probably won’t use the rest of the garments inside my luggage.
So anyway, to make do with a few photos, I asked my brother’s nanny to snap a few photos in our front yard. Since we’re moving houses in a couple of months, the front yard has been neglected—when the shrubs and the grass died from the heat, my parents didn’t bother having it groomed once again.
So the first few tries weren’t very encouraging—my brother’s nanny’s thumbs were all over the frames and the lens wouldn’t focus on anything. I’ll blame it on the fact that she kept giggling when I made the typical yet laughable (when you think about it) blogger poses.
Tearing my hair out, I went in front of her and gave her tips. Surely, an oh-so-vain blogger like me would probably have a few tricks up her sleeve to survive:
IDIOT’S TIP # 1: GO THE DISTANCE
I shoved my brother’s nanny off the spot in my towering Comfit wedge shoes. Thank God the shoes live up to their brand name! Not only where they very comfortable, they were also very stable so instead of having to wobble towards my brother’s nanny in haste, I was able to move around with enough grace mustered, making sure that all the elements I wanted were confined within the frame. I told her, to achieve desirable depth, the subject had to be distanced from the nearest background object.
IDIOT’S TIP # 2: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
White PS1 Copy Messenger Bag: Mossimo | Headband: Forever 21 | Lace Top: CPS Chaps | Electronic Pleat Lace Skirt: Details by Details | Socks: Forever 21 | Necklace: Forever 21 | Rings: Aldo’s and Forever 21 | Shoes: Comfit | Knit Shrug: Kashieca
By this time, I had removed my knit shrug because I was sweating heavily–yehey for the sheer lace top from CPS Chaps then. Cebu heat is sheer torture, I don’t even know why I thought a shrug would be a good idea. So I stepped on my spot and asked her to take my shot. After which, I told her to take one for safety. After a string of photos with different poses, I checked out the outcome and found two that were usable. Not bad for a start!
IDIOT’S TIP #3: COMPOSITION
I’m not very good at composing photos to be honest, especially when I have to make do with horrible cement backgrounds. When I checked out the usable photos, I noticed that my wedges were cut off in half. I pointed this to my nanny and told her as much as possible, to make sure the space on top was equal to the space on the bottom. This means, she’s not supposed to frame a photo with my ankles cut off.
IDIOT’S TIP #4: DON’T LOSE FOCUS
Because focusing would be too hard for my brother’s nanny to do manually, I set it on automatic focus. I told her to just make sure that I, as a subject should be crisp and sharp, and my background should be slightly blurry. Of course, I had to pinpoint that she had to click the button properly as well since half the time, she thought she took a photo but nothing would register (most likely because she was unable to click the button thoroughly).
IDIOT’S TIP #5: ALL THESE POSES
You would need variation, especially if your human tripod has no prior experience to being a human tripod. So when I do a pose, I ask my brother’s nanny to take numerous shots. Once I’m done, I shift to another pose and instruct her to take numerous shots as well. I must’ve come up with more than 10 to assist her and to be fair, she learned pretty quick and thankfully, the shots weren’t THAT horrible.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from this experience, it’s to pack light and bring your tripod. Seriously! It took me and my brother’s nanny an hour and a half to get at least five photos.
So thank you, Annie, our household help (who shares the same name with my mom), for being such a sport.
Here are a few more photos I took from when I was in Cebu and semi-enjoying my not-so-vacation.
Attended my mom’s Zumba class and wore my favorite Adidas hot pink rubber shoes.
Tried out the fish spa located behind Greenhomes Cebu! It’s very addicting!
The So!Fab wall in Ayala, Cebu City! This is why a lot of my old batchmates and relatives would text: “Are the one on the So!Fab wall?”
And seriously, you would not believe the swarm of people inside the store when I went! I could hardly get in! My friends all swear by So!Fab, saying it is their first stop for trendy and affordable shoes.
My 2 or 3 year old cousin whom I’ve never met until my grandfather’s birthday. She’s so adorbs and smart.
This was taken on my aunt’s yacht. I don’t know why the color’s so awesome!
Finally a photo of two of my closest high school friends. We bonded over our mutual love for sleeping, procrastinating, and Harry Potter.
A LITTLE UNRELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (for those who reached the bottom):
Since Konichiwear is turning 1 this July, I will be giving away a slew of prizes. I am still gathering all of them, asking a few shops to sponsor, but I’m hoping for it to be big–big enough to give away 20 or so prizes. Think, fashionable but sporty gear from Adidas, shoes from So Fab!, Nail care from Face Shop, Jewelries, shopping loots from F21, so on and forth.
Winning will be so much simpler this time, a portion of the prizes will be given automatically to those who frequently comment starting this July. So go, tell your friends!
Winners for July will be announced on Friday in a special post. 🙂