If you ask me where we should eat lunch, I’m going to tell you to find an aesthetically pleasing place with a lot of natural light. (I never claimed to be an easy date, okay?) There’s so much debate about whether visiting a place solely for Instagram is a vapid thing to do, but I’m firmly in the “live and let live” camp. Even if you visit a restaurant or store because it looks great on the ‘gram, you’ll likely find something you love about it — which is one of my favorite things about blogging.
Look, I’ve always been nosy. When I was in the 4th grade, I figured out my dad’s email password and read as many emails as I could before he caught me. (If my future children are anything like I was as a kid, I’ll need as much prayer as you’re able to send. Thanks.) Even before I started my blog, I loved reading income reports from bloggers and finding out just how much they made from sponsored posts, affiliate links, native ads and more.
I finally checked and realized I’ve been telling everyone I launched last summer when it was actually November 2017. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess! I officially started to pursue social media influencing nine months ago.
The biggest compliment you can pay any blogger comes in the form of a question: “How did you edit this picture?” Listen, dear reader — I spend an embarrassing amount of time deciding which of the hundreds of pictures from a photo shoot will make it to my Instagram feed, and once I’ve gotten that narrowed down, I have to make the picture look aesthetically pleasing.
My old photo editing guide is a bit of a mess compared to this one, mainly because I had no idea what I was doing. I can’t promise that I know what I’m doing now, but I am definitely more knowledgeable than I was then! The most significant change: I’ve ditched iPhone editing and edit all of the pictures you see in Adobe Lightroom CC. Let’s explore how things happen!
A few weeks ago, I made a big decision. No, I’m not pregnant, and no, we’re not moving. (Those are the two questions we get most whenever I’m mysterious about something, which are hilarious.) I decided that I would only be working on paid collaborations in the future! If you aren’t familiar with the Instagram influencer world, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about. I’ll start from the beginning.
When I started my Instagram back in 2010, I had no intention of monetizing it. One, I was in high school, and two, I was using Instagram as a place to play with filters and share snapshots of my life. It wasn’t exactly riveting content, if we’re being honest — check out this post that got a whopping three likes (although look at that cutie on guitar)!
My New Year’s Resolution was to blog three times a week, and we’ve all seen how that’s been going this month! Sorry, friends — life has been so hectic, but I’m trying to prioritize the blog and writing multiple posts a month like I used to! Today’s post is answering a question that I get a ton when I tell people I’ll pose for pictures anywhere. How do you do that without being afraid of making a scene?
It’s a good question. Before I started blogging, I’d take pictures around other people, but if there were huge crowds or I felt like people were staring at me, I’d immediately stop and try my best to fade into the background. I’m pretty outgoing, but I didn’t want people to think I was self-centered or obsessed with social media or narcissistic.
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love taking pictures of flowers. I’m not great at taking care of flowers, which is a bit unfortunate, but so it goes. My friends make jokes that I’ll end up doing the same thing with my future kid (using him or her as a photo prop). NOT FUNNY, guys.
Anyway, I really love fresh bouquets. They’ve always cheered me up, and it’s a perfect way to make any room of the house feel brighter and more welcoming. But once you’ve spent the money on a bouquet, you might as well use it for some photos, right?!