In the spirit of full disclosure, style blogging is far from perfect. It takes a lot of effort to get that perfect outfit capture that you see on Instagram, or here on the blog. In fact, if you go back into my archives, you’ll see my outfit photos weren’t always so glamorous. (And I’d still argue they aren’t today, but they’ve definitely come a long way!)
I used to be terrified to take photos out in public, so I’d make Dave snap a few photos in the backyard of the condo he used to own. As I got more gutsy, I would shoot right outside the condo complex on the sidewalk that ran along a busy street. When I got really brave, I would sometimes have him take photos of me on side streets and alleyways.
The longer I’ve done this, the more confident and comfortable I feel taking photos in public. Honestly, practice makes perfect. The first few times you will do it you might think everyone is looking at you or judging you. The truth is, that most of the time 1. no one is paying any attention, or 2. they are and end up complimenting your outfit or are just curious! It’s pretty rare that I get any hate, but I’d be lying if I said it never happens. Remember this story about the mean shop owner? I’ve had others, too. But the good honestly far outweighs the bad!
Ok, ok. If you’re here just to see the cringe-worthy photos, I’m getting to it, I promise.
I’ll let you see those and give you a true behind the scenes look at the less-than-glamorous shots that happened las year. In no particular order, here are my favorite outtakes from 2018!
Last week something kind of weird happened to me. I talked about it on Instagram, and I was honestly shocked at the number of comments, messages, and overall feedback I got about the whole situation. I want to share a bit more about it today because I feel like I’ve had a hard time being completely transparent lately for a multitude of reasons.
So first off, I should probably address what I think is the elephant in the room: sponsored content.
When I started blogging, I had no idea that you could make money from it, or make close to a living on it, unless you were essentially a superstar blogger or celebrity. The truth is, that over the past several months, I’ve seen a steady increase in the amount of paid projects I’ve been offered. I call them projects because often these are things that take hours to carefully plan, come up with an idea or concept, pitch, photograph, write about, send for approval, and then eventually share with the world. Often, these projects have a quick turnaround time, like in a matter of days, not weeks or months.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of the Paper + Packaging Board
If you’re anything like me, you’re easily distracted. Especially when it comes to the things you don’t want to do. I blame it on my creative mind, but more than likely I like to avoid the things that I don’t love to do.
You know what I mean. The things like chores, emails, making phone calls, and scheduling appointments… all things that no one enjoys doing but have to do regardless?
Yep, those things.
But, if there’s anything I’ve learned about juggling life’s tasks, it’s that being productive can be the most valuable skill of all. Especially for those who are in creative industries; whether you’re a blogger, writer, content creator, photographer, designer, or something else. Even those in “non-creative” fields might feel the same. We all live busy lives, juggling family, friends, work, and our interests beyond the office.
For me, productivity has been top of mind in 2018. Overwhelm is quick to set in when you’re juggling two jobs. For me, that’s my full-time gig in the tech industry and blogging. Fortunately, over the past few years, I’ve been able to figure out what helps me as a visual thinker, and what doesn’t. Curious about my tips? Read on!
Oh, Instagram. How we love to hate you. Now more than ever, it’s harder to get noticed, to grow your account, and to even see your friends posts. Or that’s been my experience recently, anyway. But in light of the ever-changing “Instagram Algorithm”, one of the questions I still get direct messages about is how to start an account as a new blogger, how to grow it, and how to monetize.
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Nakturnal. All opinions are my own!
Today, I thought I’d take a stab at some of how I got started on Instagram, how I’ve grown, what tools and tricks I use, and my favorite tools of the photography trade. (Hint hint, one of them is my brand new light up selfie case for my iPhone 7+!)
And while many of tried, so far nothing has touched the success of the iPhone-photo-sharing super-platform that is Instagram. So, until something other than Instagram takes over, might as well learn to love the platform more, right? Here are my tips and tricks!
It’s only slightly ironic that after writing a post about how I take my own photos, I work on a post a week later that I collaborated with a photographer on… But hey, I never turn down a good photoshoot. ;) With that said, if you’re new to having your photos taken by a photographer, I thought it might be helpful to share a few photoshoot tips and how to prepare for your first one. After all, at one point in time, I had never shot with a photographer. (Unless you count my senior photos in high school, and let’s just say I had no clue what I was doing then!)
Wait, you mean you have to prepare for it?! Of course, you don’t technically, but if you’re a fellow style blogger, trust me, you’ll want to have at least one outfit planned, and if you can, I recommend shooting as many outfits as the photographer will let you in the time that you have. (And I’m not saying you should take up all of your photographer’s time; be respectful and make sure you discuss how much time you are allotted and how many outfit changes you can have ahead of time.)
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