Parent Blogging: Stock Photos vs. Reality

Parent Blogging: Stock Photosvs. My Reality by Someone's Mum


I recently started a free trial for Adobe stock photos, as I needed a specific photo for a post that I was unable to take myself.

As I was searching through the endless images of perfect children on immaculate white sofas, sleek and stylish laptops and work spaces, and interiors that seemed to jump straight from magazine covers, I felt a distinct sense of inadequacy growing…

So here is a little taste of my blogging reality, in comparison with some of the photos I found.

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1. Perfect living space with stain-free furniture and NO toys.

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I was JUST about to tidy some of those toys away…

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2. Just hanging out with the kids in our colour coordinated clothes on our immaculate white sofa…

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In my defense it was a really hot day.

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3. Working from home with kids. They just sleep and you get everything done in a few hours leaving the afternoons free for crafts and baby groups, right? Oh and hair and make-up and an ironed blouse DEFINITELY always happens.

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This is my absolute best case scenario. Usually, if I even look at the laptop both start crying almost instantly.

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4. Blogging tools and workspace. The most stylish phones and laptops, artfully arranged next to some very posh coffee and some post-its. Who doesn’t work like this?

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I think this shot is my favourite. This is my truth. I particularly like the detail of my very smashed laptop screen, a casualty of a particularly funny episode of Ben and Holly when Biggest bounced up and down with joy, knocking the fragile, glorified tablet to the floor. That is genuinely what I am writing this on now. If there are any generous laptop merchants out there willing to give a discount on a good piece of kit that doesn’t freeze for twenty seconds between typing each letter, I can offer an honest and thorough review and social media coverage. But seriously.

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5. Finally, what it looks like to be working on your blog. I definitely make sure I have nail varnish scattered around me attractively before I start writing. Oh and lanterns. And a flower garland headband. Wait, those aren’t essential blogging items?

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If you look closely, you can see I have wine AND beer. No lanterns though. Sorry.

Obviously, the lives we search for and project online are often aspirational. I am as much a fan of a beautiful photo that captures the way life should be as the next person, as my Instagram feed clearly bears witness. This is just a little taste of the way my blogging life more usually goes. And my lounge does scrub up quite nicely when we have guests coming, honestly.

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    • 6
      Someone's Mum

      I am a naturally messy person and so I do appreciate that some probably do work in nice, clear, organised spaces. I draw the line at the lanterns though… 😂 Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    becca farrelly

    Really made me giggle as I always fell inadequate when I see other peoples photos of nice, calm, quiet workspaces. I (probably like most people) grab 10mins when I can and its with Mia screaming next to me and toys everywhere!! #bloggerlife 🙂


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      Someone's Mum

      I guess if you’re a beauty blogger then you would have them about… but I dispute the idea they would be so artfully arranged! Thanks and thanks so much for commenting!

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    Mandy Ree

    As a marketing major, I always loved laughing at the unrealistic view from a stock footage camera lens. This post reminds me of a Facebook Page called “Its like they know us.” Stuff like this always makes me laugh. Awesome post.

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      Someone's Mum

      😂😂😂 It must be a real hazard of the job. I wonder if it counts if you hold your phone up with the Snapchat filter on while blogging??? Thanks for commenting!

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      Someone's Mum

      I think sometimes we can make some parts like stock photos, for a short while… but the effort is a bit much for me to manage 90% of the time 😂

  3. 24
    This Mum's Life

    Hehe!! This all looks very true for me too…I get infuriated with the stock photos available, because they never have what I want, and I refuse to pay for pictures!! I do devour the beautiful, styled pictures that I see on Instagram etc, because I like looking at pretty things, but there’s no way I could emulate it! I love the lady with floral hairband picture, surrounded by nail varnish?!! Absolutely a blogging essential I reckon!! I can do absolutely no blogging during the day, my children won’t hear of it! Like you, I’m either on the sofa (no office space,) or in bed, surrounded by wine!! Loved this post!

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    Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Haha, I love this! My other half took this awful one of me a couple of weeks ago – hunched over my laptop on the sofa, half buried in rubbish and toys, while Marianna runs around covered in just her nappy and chocolate smears… And it wasn’t even organic / homemade chocolate biscuits she’d been eating. xD #KCACOLS

  5. 33

    hehehe what a great post! The reality of us bloggers is oh so glamorous isn’t it! HOW are you managing to still blog with the laptop screen though? I have used stock photos for work for many years now and the worst ones are the cheesy corporate types with big cheesy smiles!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

  6. 34
    Marcel from ByeMould dehumidifier reviews

    What a fun post!!

    My reality is the same as yours! Our house is a mess and what’s worse I work on my blog as soon as I drop the kids at school so the house stays a mess for a while longer.

    We actually had an eventful morning this morning and as we walked out the door I said ‘Is every house the same as ours?’. Mr 8 replies ‘Yep, they are’. How right he was!! Ha ha

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    The Mum Reviews

    I just absolutely love this. Beyond the occasionally stock photo search for my blog, I also have to spend vast hours trawling through them at work. I hate them oh so much. They are so cheesy and unrealistic. Thank you for showing us this real life. Mine is very similar. I love your kid-friendly coffee table btw. #kcacols

  8. 38

    Yep my reality is definitely nearer yours than the stock photos! If you saw my work spaces! Currently it’s the dining room table crammed with papers, broken toys to mend and a million things to do! #KCACOLS

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    Nicky Kentisbeer

    That’s really funny. And so true. Talk about dream versus reality. Oh well just looking around as I type – bathroom suite, bathroom tiles – can’t see the lanterns just now! Lipstick is an optional extra at the moment! #KCACOLS

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    I love this. My reality is definitely more yours than theres. I’m usually sat on the sofa surrounded by mess, with a toddler running around creating havoc. #kcacols

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    Crystal Green

    This is a harsh reality. I should turn on my webcam and snap a picture of what it looks like in my “office” while I’m attempting to do blog work too. It’s funny how different the reality is versus these stock photos. You would think the stock photos would be more realistic.

    Found you at #KCACOLS.

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