Ode to Bad Pictures

9:00 AM

The day after Thanksgiving, I immediately bounced into Christmas mode (seriously, I baked Christmas cookies...which reminds me, anybody know any good Christmas spritz cookie recipes?) We also went to Blowing Rock to check out the cute boutiques and Christmas lights that were going to be put up that night.

During the drive there I was armed with DSLR in hand, determined to get the absolute cutest and spirited "Christmas" pictures. Blowing Rock has a spectacular set-up of Christmas lights especially at the Rotary Gazebo which you can see as a backdrop in the pictures below

My outfit: (Black tights, black heels, and a black dress with a scarf, I'll link similar outfit details at the bottom of this post!)

Little did I know how difficult it would be to get perfect pictures with only the Christmas lights as a backdrop. We got some great laughs out of horrible focus of the pictures. Not to mention, my boyfriend will never take a "perfect" picture with me and is an absolute dork 24/7 but that's why I love him!

The shops/boutiques along downtown Blowing Rock 

We stepped into quite a number of adorable shops and boutiques that were displaying amazing Christmas items. Definitely worth taking a look. I highly recommend stopping by Kilwins and getting some peppermint fudge, it is divine!

This particular picture-taking experience really opened up my eyes to what I wanted for my blog.

I want this blog to inspire you to take part in the experiences I am introducing in each post. 

That leaves some pressure on my end to make sure that each experience is richly explained in both wording and with great photography. However, I never want any post to reek of perfection to the point that it doesn't seem real.

And so, I end with an ode to bad pictures and great experiences. 

Where are your favorite places to go to look at Christmas lights? 

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  1. I feel this on so many levels!
    Taking photos with minimal natural light is so difficult because you just want to capture the pretty moments but the camera doesn't show it that way.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  2. So cute! I love how real you are. We've ALL been there with bad pictures as bloggers!


  3. (oops- I just realized I entered my comment on your contact form by mistake- haha! ;-) )

    What it said is that your photos gave me a good smile and chuckle!! Sometimes funny photos can really make for the best memories! Boone looks like such a great town to visit. :-)

    xoxo A

    1. Boone is so great! And people do that all the time! I really should consider moving the position of that contact form... haha

  4. Totally feel your pain with photographing with Christmas lights - it's tough! The little shops you went in look darling!

  5. Great scarf! I wouldn't say they're bad photos, they have character ;)

  6. I love this post!! It's so cute and I love how candid you are. Looks like you had a blast!

  7. These pictures are actually REALLY cute!! Loving how sweet and festive these are! My camera has been horrible lately, no matter the lightening, and I'm realizing I need to upgrade.

    xo Ashley

  8. Haha don't you just hate when that happens! Cute none the less!

    Sara Kate Styling

  9. So sweet I love that you guys do your blog as a couple!

  10. Love this post! I always love bad photos because they have the most memories involved in them :)

    Sugar & Something

    1. I agree, the "bad pictures" are absolutely hilarious to look back on and I can remember exactly what was going on!

  11. I think the photos look beautiful regardless! :)

    xo Alexis

  12. These are too cute! I'm going to see Christmas lights Friday night with my hubby at Calloway Gardens in GA! I'm glad I'm going into this experience knowing that the pictures may not be great lol

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  13. This is so true! It's so hard to get good pictures when you don't have enough light, but everything looks so nice and cozy!

  14. They still came out really beautiful, almost that they were meant to have that blurred glow look :)

  15. I love blowing rock! I haven't been in a while :)

    x Sarah

  16. I love that you didn't let less than perfect photos ruin your experience! I find that it is so hard to take outdoor photos in winter.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass


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