Expectations vs Reality of Taking Bikini Photos at the Beach

Oh holidays. Tropical climes, coconuts, white sandy beaches, and countless photo opportunities to rake in the likes and followers on Instagram (we all think it, I’m just saying it). But for every one ‘candidly’ shot bikini photo that makes it onto everyone’s favourite social media platform, there are the others that don’t quite make the grade (about 475 others, to be precise.) Maybe it’s because the angles weren’t right. Maybe it’s because I was losing my temper and wasn’t giving pulling my cute-face 100% effort. Or maybe, it’s because there’s an annoying couple in the back ruining the picture with a selfie stick. We all know Instagram is curated reality – a shiny veneer showcasing the best of us, if you will – so I thought I’d bring all of this filtered reality back down to earth by sharing a little selection of outtakes from my bikini snaps to highlight the expectations vs reality of taking the perfect Instagrammable bikini photos at the beach.

Sitting By The Sea, Smiling Into The Horizon

I’m such a beach babe, having a blast, casually sitting and laughing on this almost-deserted beach paradise whilst the waves lap against the shore 


Why in God’s name is there a stupid couple behind me ruining this shot with a selfie stick???? Thank GOD for photoshop.

Playfully Frolicking In The Water

Look how cute I am just frolicking in the water. Splish Splash!


My photographer (aka boyfriend) told me to splash about in the water because it looks good on camera but I just feel like literally the biggest dick ever. I’ll give you splish effing splash.

Slicked-back babe in the Infinity Pool

Sexy, slicked back hair is my domain, I’m an exotic mermaid of the pool. Smize, Sophie, just smize away.


Why did my photographer/aka boyfriend not tell me that the water has magnified my body so that it looks like some evil photoshop demon has superimposed my pinhead onto the body of the Michelin man? This is practically grounds for a break up.

The cute looking away from the camera shot, hair tousled by sea breeze

Look at me and my gorgeous brunette locks being tousled by the gentle sea breeze as my boyfriend takes this *candid* sea snap.


I wish the wind would stop blowing my hair in my face and ruining the shot. Oh, and my hair tastes really bad.

I’m a floaty angelic bohemian beach princess

I’m delicate, dainty, and oh-so angelic in this floaty little number


Did you get the shot? I feel like a bird doing an interpretive dance waving my arms about like this. People are staring.

11 comments so far.

11 responses to “Expectations vs Reality of Taking Bikini Photos at the Beach”

  1. Shannon P says:

    Love this post sophie! All so true as well!


  2. Lucy Cole says:

    Haha! Love this post – although you do still look amazing in every shot!Xx


  3. Natali says:

    Haha! This is such a sweet, honest post!! Loved it!!


  4. Sophie Allen says:

    One of my fave posts ever!! This is so true! Xx

  5. Lucy Dale says:

    I get the post, because I don't think I've ever had a beach bikini pic turn out ok! But in all honestly, your reality pics still look good and are worthy of being posted on here!


  6. Jessie-Ann Lewis says:

    Hahah this is such a perfect post! I love it. I think you look so gorgeous in all these pics. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  7. Joey Taylor says:

    Such a funny and true post, my boyfriend gets so stessed because I ask him to take millions of photos! love this! x


  8. Martha Edwards says:

    Oh my god this is hilarious, and so relatable! So cool that you're happy to write things like this 🙂 x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  9. Megan Lillie says:

    Love this so much! Regardless you are a friggin' babe!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  10. Blvck Bee says:

    You look great in both!

    Agnes x


  11. Lauren Maria says:

    Love this lol
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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