Posts tagged Photography
Finding Time For Photography & Instagram (When You're Always Busy)

Our creative outlets are the first to be neglected when we’re too busy and our self-care check-in can take a dip (or catastrophic nose dive). We’re more likely to engage in the endless mindless scroll or (unwittingly) listen to other’s voices and perspectives rather than stepping back to make new that’s from us.Instagram is one of the best and the most readily available places to not only take in inspiration but have a platform where you can shout about your imagery - regardless of your style. Finding time to effectively use instagram can be easier said than done but creating photographs can be a welcome release for your energy plus in some cases highlight a moment in your daily adventures you wish to cherish. My own instagram process has been a hit and miss affair plus with all the noise that social media can produce it can be an overwhelming place to be at times, so as a reminder to myself, here are some ways to find the time to post to instagram.

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What 2018 Looked Like In Photos

One annual post I love collating is my look back on the year through my camera, some images you will have seen through the blog, some on instagram / stories and a few that would’ve been left to linger in the files. I enjoy these posts as they capture the little moments in the every day adventures, in comparing the 2017’s review blog post you may notice that I’ve been working hard not only on my current photographic style but also what I what I want my year to look like for me. It’s meant more art, nature, confidence with a selfie and exploration.

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Lessons Learnt Creating Imagery For Your Blog

As some of you guys may know, photography has been 1 of my ultimate loves for many years so when I finally plucked up the courage to marry this with the urge to create through blogging it seemed like the perfect chance to bring out the camera. However even after studying, taught the subject, worked for businesses and their imagery - 1 of the hardest challenges was to find an image style that suited me plus what I wanted to say. It’s well established that you may not find comfort in certain genres within your artistic field and with 1 as huge as photography … it’s a no brainer. For me I’ve found that getting to a happy place with my rhythm and aesthetic has taken longer than any other journey I’ve taken with anything let alone photography but for now I’m starting to feel at peace with what goes out off into the world through my ‘brand’. Here are few lessons learnt from attempting to define my own personality for the blog and the accompanying aesthetic - do you outsource your images? Have you struggled with any aspects of image - making?

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Ways To Plan For A Photoshoot

Whether you're a professional, part-time or complete hobbiest having butterflies before a shoot (no matter how small a job - even if in your bedroom) is completely normal but there are some ways to help minimise those feelings of anxiety and it includes preparation. Having confidence in the fact you've organised your necessities before hand can go a long way. As someone who has done both corporate, small business and personal jobs - here's how I prepare for photography work. Do you have any routines you must do before you start your work?

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Questions Photographers Hate

As a photographer I've worked corporate, small business and personal jobs which have left varying after tastes but something that is fascination is the conversation that can occur about your role or passion as a creator. People are generally interested however some of the questions asked can be a little ... forward and are framed in a way that don't always get the message across. Here are a few questions that sometimes get my back up and they could be worded a little differently to get a more accurate answer. What questions do you find a little harder / annoying to answer?

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Loves From The Online World

This year I want to try be more mindful of what I put out there into the internet / universe in general which does mean giving back to my inspirations and the blogging community. As a creative I think it's important to be a part of whatever gang you associate with even if it's through the tiniest means, for me I like to occasionally pass the love forward by waxing lyrical about some of the amazing content that's available to take motivation from. Here are just a few blog posts I've adored from across the internet and all of them cover very different subject matters.

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Great Apps For Behind Instagram

Some of you lovely folks may know that I'm always on the hunt to add more style to any and all creativity aspects of my online presence including my social media channels and since my blog post all about my INSTAGRAM PROCESS (found here) a few things have changed especially for my stories. I wanted to add more of an artistic flair plus a bit more personality.  Here are some of the amazing apps behind my current Instagram set up?

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What's In My Current Mood Board

A few weeks ago I spoke about the benefits of having a mood board (found here) and what it can do for your work regardless of subject or idea, in following on from this I thought I'd share my current inspirations and colour theme. Pinterest has become my one-stop shop for great images and occasional fantastic links to wider content allowing you to find for example fantastic blog reads. Here's just a tiny peek at some of the stunning imagery I've been adoring and have helping motivate a change in my own work. Who are your favourite photographers? Image makers?

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Real Game Changers For My Photography

I'll be the first to admit that cultivating a photography style you can be proud of can be a forever work in progress - every now and again you can feel it when there's been a boost in the way you do things plus an added level of sophistication or higher thinking in what you produce. Sometimes you can attribute this to certain actions or additions to your regime, here are a few things I've done to consistently attempt to improve my work. What have been your game changing moments for your work (regardless of whether it's for passions, personal or business or a mixture of all 3)?

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Why You Should Have A Mood Board

When I was first introduced to mood / vision boards it was more for the fact that I got to do something creative with my hands, whilst that is still the case they can offer so much more. They're a complete essential when starting any kind of creative project, they can be more generic in purpose or can be incredibly focused. A mood board at it's basics is a vehicle to put your visual ideas can be digital but I prefer making a physical one as it feels more personal and considered (plus fun). Here are a few reasons why I will always wax lyrical about the joys of a mood board and how something so simple can be so effective.

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Ways To Choose The Perfect Image

So you've taken your images and you're either excited or dreading the end results but the route from camera to the final chosen picture isn't always so smooth as it sounds. Everyone has their own way of working and every creative job can bring it's own challenges however this is the basic train of thought, for me, when choosing the best of the bunch - this process rarely has any tweaks but sometimes doing this differently can be that essential spark for an idea. How do you choose 'the one'? What do you look for in your final images regardless of project?

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Some Ways To Physically Alter Your Imagery

As a creative you'r always looking for new ways to improve your work, finding a new outlet for your style or just generally experiment and play - there are always little tasks to try. One of my projects at college was to intentionally physically alter our images, it was a fun way to broaden or understanding of what it means to construct an image. Here are just a few basic ways to change your imagery and add another element to your work. How do you edit your photographs physically or digitally?

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Some Favourite Photography Reads

Whether you're a complete amateur or a seasoned professional it never hurts to leaf through the pages of a good book that speaks to your passions, for me it's of course photography. It doesn't all have to be about the technical aspects, it can embrace creativity, business and inspirations. Here are a few of my favourite reading materials related to photography, what are yours? Any recommendations?

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Current Favourite Blog Props

When you're a photographer, artist and creator having some reliable props you can fall back on can take away the worry and stress that can come from styling your own imagery. As your style can develop over time so can the items you constantly reach for but it's good to experiment and see what works. I tend to stick to familiar items, shapes and colours and here are my current prop loves, what are your go to items?

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How I Edit & Create My Instagram

Of late I've been really trying to keep a curated Instagram I can get on board with, unfortunately I'm not one of those people who can't throw caution to the wind and have a completely spontaneous or random layout. So to keep things simple for myself and to build a foundation I'm happy with - here's how I do things from beginning to end in terms of posting an Instagram picture. How do you go about creating your theme?

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Some Ways To Showcase Your Work

As any creative you can amass a lot of imagery and a bad habit a lot of us share (including myself) is to let them sit in our hard drives without any further use. As a photographer there are GBs worth of older work and whilst a big chunk could be filed away into the recycling bin but there's some successes you can sing about in various forms.  Showcasing your work can not only can give you a mental high-five for a job well done but in some cases push you out there to a bigger audience.Here are a few ideas to give your work more of a center stage, how do you get more out of your imagery?

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Tips On Styling Photos For Your Blog

Despite my education on the subject of photography, one area that still needs serious work (which I admit) is my blog imagery. As there are so many blogs and styles out there so finding an aesthetic you identify with can be harder to master than first thought, especially considering as your website is forever evolving and finding its place on the internet. I've been working hard to find my own style and alter my current look so that it fits with me, here are a few ways I've been doing it and taking  pointers from some of my favourite creators. How do you build a consistent blogging / website imagery?

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