When your camera screen deceives you

August 17, 2015

IMG_2814Ok fashionistas, question for you. Do you ever have a ton of outfit photo shots taken and look at them on the camera screen and think “Hey these will be perfect!” then with excitement go home, upload them onto the computer and meh…not what you thought you saw or were hoping? I guess you know where this is going but….

That was how I thought about these photos. Actually the pictures I loved the most on the camera screen were actual flops and the ones I didn’t care for actually had the right lighting or facial expressions I was going for.

Today you get the computer screen takes. Enough on the deception of the camera screen lets go on to the outfit. This dress was given to me recently from my mom who bought it at her local thrift store thinking of me and better yet it is a Michael Kors (my favorite) so of course I had to wear this dress right away. I wore this down town for a family outing and we found the top of a parking garage to shoot some of these photos and then a botanical garden on a balcony of a local museum for the rest. The day was so nice I didn’t want it to end and while this dress was alittle bit hot, the hat kept me cool and we stayed hydrated with lots of water and fruit we bought at the local co-op store.



Sadly, a lot of these parking garage photos turned out as flops but at least I shared a few.

Which brings me to my next point and that is how we view ourselves and the deceptions Satan wants us to believe. Recently, a dear family member confided in me a loss that I was familiar with and even told me how “small” they felt because of it and I told them I had been there and felt the exact same way. But through texting this family member I was able to encourage them in knowing that God’s plans are better than our own or what we “perceive” to be the best when in actuality God has better plans in store.

In this situation Jeremiah 29:11 resonates with, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” It is just amazing how God knows the plans He has for us and cares for our future, providing a way of hope for us.

Sometimes this is how our life is, we show a few flops and flaws and may not understand God’s plans but He still gives us hope and a future and even awesome moments and opportunities we never thought about or thought would happen.

In closing, in what ways have you felt hopeless or a loss that you wonder if God would provide or take care of? What deceptions are you believing about yourself or others and how do you combat them with truth?

Outfit details: Dress: Michael Michael Kors (thrifted, similar here)//Heels: Mossimo via Target, same hereΒ //Hat: Wal-mart (similar here)//Purse: Michael Michael Kors (same here)/Necklace: Kendra Scott (same here)//Bracelets: Part of a set from Charlotte Russe (similar here).

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  • Sandy a la Mode August 17, 2015 at 2:49 am

    haha yes this happens to me ALL the time! the outfit in my head looks WAY better than in person sometimes!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • irene August 17, 2015 at 3:23 am

    love the dress! so beautiful!

  • Chelsea August 17, 2015 at 4:01 am

    The deception of the camera screen can be tough sometimes. I am in total agreement there. However, after taking outfit photos for over a year now, I have come to the conclusion, that wishing my thighs were skinner or my arms leaner does nothing to my self esteem. I have come to a happy place where I recognize, “hey, this is the body I have, so be happy!” and so the camera deception hurts little less the more comfortable I become πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing this post Rachel!


  • amy August 17, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Yes, I have the same issue. It’s hard to see all the details of the photos on a little camera screen. Thank goodness for photo editing apps. Love this dress! The color and cut outs are fab!

  • Bad Taste Toast August 17, 2015 at 9:20 am


    How have you been? Sorry, it’s been ages since I last dropped in here, time flies! πŸ˜‰
    Ha, I know exactly what you mean about the photos! Murphy’s Law, right?! Happens to me all of the time.
    As for the dress: It is lovely! Nice hat too, very summery! Your mum is awesome! Mine doesn’t even know who MK is haha πŸ˜‰


  • Amy Ann August 17, 2015 at 10:18 am

    This is such a pretty dress on you! I like the color. I know what you mean. It’s hard to tell which pictures are best on the little screen. I often think something is good only to realize the focus or lighting is off when I see it on the computer. I think it happens to all of us.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shauna August 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I think the photos look great πŸ™‚ The detailing on the dress is so different and fun



  • Susie August 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This exact thing happened to me this weekend, but with a recipe i was making. On the camera screen the photos looked amazing, and then when I uploaded them to my computer I was like thissss is what I thought looked so good?!



  • Ada August 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Having camera problems sucks and it happens to me often. This peachy eyelet dress is stunning and that neutral/nude floppy hat was meant for it. Your best outfit this Summer, yet!

  • Becky @ bybmg August 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    That is such a fun color of dress!

  • Claire August 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I think your photos are great! Such a pretty dress!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  • Sarah @ Bows and Clothes August 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t think the photos are that bad. Trust me. I’ve taken much worse. This dress is so pretty and it looks really good on you! Thank you for the encouragement. This post really made me think and evaluate.


  • Rachel August 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I still think your photos look great! I love how you related this shoot to a great reminder in the bible. Have a great week pretty lady.


  • Kathleen August 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    So beautiful – this Michael Kors looks fantastic on you. What a find!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom August 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    That is my favorite bible verse and my husband had it put on a plaque and I have it by my nightstand. I love that dress on you and I agree sometimes I too have flops and I think they look great on my camera screen… just to find the lighting is off once I download them. SO frustrating!


  • Paulina August 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    haha I swear it happens every time! I scroll through my camera and think “Great, that’s a wrap!”, only to find out later those shots were not as great as I thought they were haha!

    You look beautiful in that dress by the way! What a great find!



  • Bella B August 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Sun is the hardest thing to work with when taking photos! Luckily I live where it is overcast a lot of the year, so that helps, lol.

    You look great! I am fond of hats.


  • Brooke August 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    You look lovely Rachel! The dress was a great thrift store find. I hate when the pictures aren’t what they seemed on the camera, that happened to me recently too, bummer!


  • Shannon August 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Such a cute dress!! I definitely know how feel!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Jhem Arzaga August 17, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Lol, it happens to me most of the times.. it’s kinda annoying but I just have to let it go hihi..
    Lovely and all matched up, hun.. I love how you paired up the colors in your outfit!
    Have a lovely day!

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

  • Sierra August 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Love your dress and wedges! I can totally relate to the camera screen deception! I’ve stopped looking at it and just get my husband to look at them and tell me if they’re okay (he’s the one who takes my pics.) That way I don’t have any real expectations and can’t get too disappointed.

    Sierra Elizabeth

  • Betsy Burleson August 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    How nice of your mom to think of you with this dress. It looks great on you. This picture taking flops happen to me all the time. Sometimes, I think they are so bad, we go out and retake all the pictures. Great message.
    Thanks for linking up with us today.

  • the color palette//abril August 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    that was a great find!! I love thrift stores, you always can find unique pieces and things you have been looking for a while!
    The Color Palette

  • Jennie August 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Ha – yes! I am thinking these photos are so cute only to find, umm – NO! Enjoyed reading what you had to say about God’s plans for us. My favorite Bible verse is “All things work together for good…” Time and time again God has shown me this truth, so when trials come up I know God has a plan.

  • Ana Luiza August 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Great color on that dress! I’m obsessed with everything peach and coral! Thanks for linking up with us on Start The Week Stylish!
    xo – Ana Luiza
    The Northwest Blonde

  • Lisa August 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    You look beautiful!! I love that color on you πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous outfit with #linkupwithlisa @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/search/label/LINKUP%20with%20Lisa

  • Leelo R August 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Oh yes! It happens with me quite often, with both outfit and makeup look photos – I take the photos and check them on my camera screen and they looks great and after I have uploaded them to my laptop, the result just isn’t what I was expecting πŸ™

  • Michelle August 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I totally know the feeling πŸ™ #bloggerprobs But I think this dress looks so pretty, I love the eyelet detailing so I can only imagine how pretty it is in person!!