The Random Writings of Rachel: Standing in the Middle of the Road is Dangerous

Standing in the Middle of the Road is Dangerous






Rachel: "Angel! I had a brilliant blog post idea! Next time we take outfit pictures, we have to go stand out in the middle of the road to take them, because lots of fashion bloggers do that, and then I can write about what it's really like to stand in the road and take pictures!"

Angel: "Ummm, okay. You know that the speed limit on our road is 55, right? Those bloggers probably live in residential areas with a 25 mph speed limit."

Rachel: "So?"

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Taking outfit pictures in the middle of the road feels illegal. It gives you an adrenaline rush like no amount of taking outfit pictures indoors could ever give you. It's also against everything my mother has ever taught me. What are the odds that by some miracle she happens to not read this particular post? Because that would save me a scolding.

It was a strange experience, involving lots of giggling and lots of attempting to keep my hair from blowing in my face...but that's normal. What wasn't normal was having to vacate our photo taking spot twice during the 5 minute picture-taking adventure because of cars approaching from either side, and sheepishly waving to them, wondering what the drivers thought when they spotted two people in the middle of the road who appeared to be engaging in an impromptu photoshoot.

I hope their thoughts of us were kind. Perhaps they even admired my dress. But I'm guessing it's more probable that it was something along the lines of, "What are those crazy people doing in the middle of the road? Move!!"

From what I've noticed, people don't seem to think especially kind thoughts when driving.

I doubt this is an adventure I will participate in again. Once upon a time, I got hit by a motorcycle that ran a red light. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now. Choose safety and stay out of the road.

But just this once, I did it. For the thrill, of course. But that's enough thrill for this dangerous woman.

44 comments:

  1. LOL I've never done this, but my street is very busy, cars turning in all the time. I live in a crescent so it is extra busy. At least you can see from a distance if a car is approaching so you can move out of the way.


    I have to say the photos are cool : ) Now I know why people do it. I'd be running to get my tripod though.

    Love the skirt!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. I think your pictures are great. And I agree, it looks fabulous and dangerous at the same time.

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  3. I feel sheepish taking pictures in the parking lot at my apartment complex!
    I love that skirt and shirt!

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  4. Your mom taught you well! You look pretty relaxed, considering the circumstances. I often marvel at fashion bloggers and their locations - some of them look quite tricky.

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  5. Your husband is awesome. And the honesty in your posts makes them so much more fun.

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  6. haha! I remember asking a bride to stand in the middle of the road for me to take her pictures. She looked at me funny and asked "should I just stand on the side of the road?" (ummm no, that's not cool) however I told her "what you feel most comfortable doing." ha. way to live on the wild side my friend.

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  7. I love these pictures, Rachel! I can barely get my husband to take "bump" pictures in front of a blank wall haha I doubt I'd manage the road!

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  8. hahah, this is awesome! I don't think I've ever taken pics in the middle of the road because I don't want people to see me! I'm usually hiding in a corner, lol! :)

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  9. Haha I've always thought about this when I've seen bloggers with their pictures in the middle of the road. I'm glad you made it through safely!

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  10. You live on the edge! And the pictures came out very cool- worth the risk, I think. Granted, I'm not the one making the risk :)

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  11. LOL! Glad that you are safe and sound now! Love the pictures though so it was worth it! :) Love your skirt and that nautical print top is lovely!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  12. The only people who drive on my road live on it, and the speed limit IS 25, so it's not a huge deal for us to be out there, but I feel like the neighbors would think I was really weird if I tried to do a photoshoot on the road. Love your boots!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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  13. This is great! And hey! I don't see any snow on the ground - that's certainly an improvement, right? I love that anchor shirt by the way.

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  14. Haha! This is awesome! That road looks pretty straight! You can see the cars before they hit you at least! I love your fashion style!

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  15. It does make for some cool looking photos for sure.

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  16. wow, through, to be honest I've never seen other fashion people take pictures in the road! I'd be too scared to try it myself, especially since I use a tripod and camera remote to take pictures!

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  17. I kind of want to do this, but probably not on my road because it's pretty busy....

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  18. I wasn't in the road but on the sidewalk after a run doing lunges and I didn't care what people thought!! But you're right, most drivers don't think kind thoughts, huh?!

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  19. Lovely blouse! Roads around here also have a speed limit of 55, but some of them have so little traffic you could safely lie down in the middle of the road (don't try it where you live ;) ). Glad you stayed safe...sounds like you have an awesome (and fun) husband!

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  20. Love the outfit! Those Doc Martins are awesome! I haven't taken photos in the road yet, but now you've got me wanting to try it:) Looks like a fun way to live dangerously:)

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  21. I love the behind-the-scene look at your photo shoot! I like to lie down in the street. It's a terrible idea, I know. I've only done it a couple times in my life but it's always good for an adrenaline rush.

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  22. Keep livin' on the edge, girl! : )

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  23. The road by my house is blah looking. I'm on base housing so you just see a bunch of the same houses over and over.

    And I would not stand in the middle of the road in town, because yikes, people drive like crazy people here. I'd be smashed for sure.

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  24. eeek, i felt a bit scared for you after reading the speed limit, especially since we almost got hit by a car today! but these pictures look great!

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  25. Love the outfit! And kudos for your bravery. The people here in NC drive a bit too erratically for me to consider taking photos in the road. Plus I just heard this terrifying segment on NPR the other week about a production assistant that was hit by a train in the middle of filming. I totally wish I were joking. So please don't get hit by a car. I'd be a very sad day around these parts if you get taken out by a car...

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  26. Oh my goodness! I always wondered what it would be like to get hit by a moving vehicle.. VERY IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: I do not under any circumstances want to be hit by any moving vehicle ever. Anyway, it must be very shocking because one minute you're just walking and the next.. I assume you're on your arse.

    I think they made for great outfit pictures. I especially like the one with your head cut out of the photo; very editorial. Angel's idea or yours?

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  27. so practical, those boys! sometimes a girl just wants to feel the rush of being a fashion blogger in the middle of the road....they just don't understand ;) the yellow line looks cool with your colors!

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  28. haha, you are brave standing in the middle of a busy road! I have stood in the road once for photos a while back, I felt silly doing it but it was a quiet dead end road and it was less embarrassing than taking photos in the very busy park nearby where I'd planned to do photos :P

    Away From Blue

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  29. Sometimes it pays to throw caution to the winds...or under the wheels of a passing car...ha! Great shots, you look fabulous! I've tried the windswept field, I'll have to give the middle of a road a go.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  30. I have YET to take a few pictures in the road but you're right so many fashion bloggers do that....I have to admit though standing there does give you and your outfit a whole edgy vibe that I am totally enjoying.

    Please feel free to visit my blog today, I'm co-hosting a great linkup for all bloggers to post about themselves and I would love to have you join because I think a lot of your posts would be perfect! It's called #AllAboutYou and all posts are tweeted and pinned hope to see you there :)

    Angie from reasons to dress, life as a North American mom in Italy.

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  31. Haha! At least your pictures turned out cute! It would have been my luck that they all turned out blurry.

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  32. Haha you look fabulous even in the middle of the road just be careful :P Have a great one Rachel! -iva

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  33. You're hilarious! You look lovely in the middle of the road ;)

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  34. I love that dress! And the post too, 55mph is very fast for a speed limit for a road to take pictures in ;)

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  35. Ha! What a fun post! I frequently take pictures in our street (25 mph) and the looks we get from some people are hilarious! The colors in our outfit are gorgeous.

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  36. Haha!! It is kinda exhilarating standing in the middle of the road. (Remember that scene from the Notebook?!)

    Such a cute outfit!!

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  37. Haha, you have to come to Saskatchewan to do this! We have so many back roads you could take photos for a LONG time without a single car coming by!

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  38. ah, the stories that accompany all your photographs are always so entertaining - it's like a little trip into the mind and life of angel/rachel and i always come out laughing :)

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  39. ha ha! oh the things we will do for our blogs! Your outfit is super cute and I love the color in your hair.

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  40. That's so funny!!! I always think about standing in the road to do my photos too, but the background would be awful- just a bunch of cookie-cutter houses along nondescript street. At least you have the thrill of maybe getting hit by a car, but I'm glad you didn't actually get hit by car!

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  41. I love it! You look great, and the pictures are awesome. Way to be brave :)

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  42. Taking risks always gets the shot. You totally nailed it! I snuck into a farmer's field this week for my outfit shots. I just love the colours and patterns in your outfit, especially that shirt! Lush! It really works. Just popping over from the Passion for Fashion link up! Nice too meet you!
    Donna
    www.polkadot-pink.com

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  43. You crazy girl! I never take outfit pics in the middle of the road! But you know where I want to take them so bad? On the train tracks!

    ~Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com
    Stopping by from SITS Share Fest :)

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