Back when I was doing 31 for 31, I figured if I was going to take pictures of my outfit EVERY. SINGLE. DAY, I might as well get some decent ones, so I pulled my courage out of storage and took the camera outside.

And, yes, I got some slightly better pictures than when I take them in my bedroom.

Except the very week I decided to do this, my downstairs neighbor and dear friend Lindsey went on a cruise with her husband. And her mom came to stay with their little boy, Charlie.

The first morning, just as I’d gotten everything set up in front of our building, out strolled her mother and Charlie. I was too far committed, equipment-wise, to be willing to just give up, so I took my pictures and felt like the world’s largest idiot.

And when she asked why I was taking these pictures, I think I mumbled something impressive like, “It’s for my blog.”

The next morning, just as I opened the door to my apartment, I heard Charlie’s happy little voice just below me.

Now I felt like a MEGA-idiot. Here I am, off to photograph myself once again.

I kid you not, EVERY SINGLE DAY that week, no matter what time I went outside to take a picture, I perfectly timed it with her either coming or going.

When Lindsey got back, I shared my tale of daily bad timing with her, and she said, “Yes, my mom mentioned, ‘Janssen really takes a lot of pictures of herself.'”

And I just about died of embarrassment. This picture-taking of one’s self is for people with much higher tolerance for humiliation than I appear to have.

Shirt: Made by Merrick // Skirt: H&M, hand-me-down from Landen // Shoes: Payless

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  • Reply Pink Herring July 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I always wondered who you got to take these pictures for you every day! Super impressed you manage to get shots this good with the timer!

  • Reply Jessica July 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The same thing happened to me! When I started taking 31×31 pictures outside every day I discovered my neighbors are home (and working in their garden) a LOT.

  • Reply Jen July 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Haha I love this story…Geez Janssen, you're so into yourself! 🙂

  • Reply Erica July 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Oh man, I've been spotted before; it's so embarrassing! but you look lovely and i'd never guess you were embarrassed. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah S. July 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    lol… I'm always worried about the same thing happening, even when I'm in my backyard…I don't know why.

  • Reply Jodi July 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I've always thought about that, how people stand it to take pictures out where someone can see…even if I had someone else taking pictures of me, I just feel so dumb when its clear that its some sort if glamour shot (fortunately, I have no reason to do many of these)

  • Reply BrittWilk July 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    ahahaha. bekah and i have joked about picking a particular time of the day and taking pictures of ourselves just for that reason. it's kind of funny! and for us… we'd probably still be in pj-like attire or work out clothes some days. 🙂 you look beautiful despite your humiliation!

  • Reply Ash July 23, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Hey, you looks awesome! But I can certainly relate… one of these days I'm going to do a post on "why I admire fashion bloggers but could never be one." Taking pictures in public would definitely be a reason (also my laziness, plain and simple.) =)

  • Reply Lindsay July 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Every time my husband takes pictures of me for my Fashion Fridays, I am paranoid that someone will walk by and think I am so narcissistic. How funny that she saw you every time you took a picture!

  • Reply kimmie July 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Hahahha! oh my gosh, how embarrassing! That's why I take my pictures in different places every day, because I don't want the same people to think that I'm taking pictures of myself everyday, ESPECIALLY not someone that I know, like neighbors, co-workers, or acquaintances. 🙂 But good for you that you're able to be brave 🙂 I love that skirt!

  • Reply Blakely and Lindsey July 26, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Ha Ha! So glad you shared this! I wish I still lived downstairs from you!

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  • Reply Meghan August 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

    That is a great story! yet another reason to have a house and backyard– to do things privately. Add a kid to the picture and no one would question you 🙂

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