19 February 2015

How I Blog...


This is totally one of those posts that I one hundred percent do not feel qualified to write by any means. However a few people have asked me recently how I stay organized and how I take my photos; so I figured I would share a few thoughts. While these thoughts are sort of the cut and dry, how I go about photographing, etc. I also want to share a quick thought. A bit cliché, but always blog about what you love and take your time with it. When I first started out I blogged about a bit of everything, that's how I discovered that I truly loved blogging about beauty. It took time though and lots of trial and error postings. Lastly, I used to panic if I didn't have a post ready - I would think oh my gosh I have get something up there and would frantically work to put something together. Those posts are never the ones that I ended up loving. The ones I'm the proudest of I spent a bit of extra time on and if they didn't go up on the day I planned them to - that was okay.


Staying organized: Every so often I sit down and map out the week's ahead. I like to do this with pen and paper - I love notebooks and keep them all over the house and my bags. I think it has to do with my art/design school roots. Using a good pen and writing on nice paper helps me get into a creative mindset. Of course, if you prefer digital organization I love the Apple calendar as well since it syncs with all my devices. Sometimes after I brainstorm on paper I will transfer a clean set of notes into my iCal. I try to plan out most days of the week with content, however I do leave some spots open to create flexibility incase an opportunity arises or I am asked to work on specific content. I make lists constantly - to name a few, I write down what products I'm using in the upcoming posts and what items I might need to pick up while running errands.

Taking photos: Where to begin...I'm very picky about my photography and it has taken me almost two years to get to a point where I'm really pleased with things. In general photos just take practice and lots of trial and error. I'm at a place where I have really learned my camera well - in own space at least. I always shoot at my house - here I know the lighting, what times of day are the best to shoot, and what spots in the house will give me the look I want.

For example, during the winter the best hours at my house are between 10:30am and 3pm. This lighting is bright, clear, and void blue or yellow. Days that are bright but slightly overcast actually work wonders for photographs - this way weird shadows aren't around and I find the coloring is just right. I'm also extremely lucky in that I live in a space that has a massive amount of natural light. I never shoot with artificial lighting!

I take photos on matte, white surfaces (glossy tops give a reflection that I personally am not a fan of for my photos). I live in a space filled with white pieces so finding a worksurface isn't too hard. If you don't have access to white furniture a great resource is Ikea - they sell 5 dollar matte white boards that are huge. Fun fact - I convinced my parents into storing one at their house so I can shoot when I travel home. While it's wide, it's not super thick so it can easily slide under a bed or somewhere else. I also really love finding other surfaces to incorporate into my photos - marble is a staple. I found some great pieces at H&M and I also love buying tiles from places like Home Depot. Magazines, trays, my fur throw, and blankets are also items I keep on hand to add texture and interesting layers to photographs.

My camera is a Canon Rebel T2i and I shoot with the kit lens - primarily at 35mm (this keeps the perspective from distorting). One of the biggest things is I am picky about when shooting is making sure I can catch the right focal point and get exactly what I want in the clearest focus I can. I'll shoot 200 photos of the same layout just to make sure I have the perfect image. I edit my photos in Photoshop and really use very minimal adjustments - brightness, contrast, and occasionally adding a bit of blue to a photo that may have too much yellow to it.

Keep a routine: When I first began my blog I was much more lifestyle than beauty. I found that by sticking to a weekly routine content was easier to come by. Monday was usually a style based post, Tuesday was the freebie (beauty, DIY, etc), Wednesday was "currently loving", Thursday was a recipe, and Friday was open for a pretty picture (usually of flowers). As I've switched over to beauty I've found that my routine isn't so strict, but still there to an extent. The first week day of each month is always monthly favorites, if I do post a recipe then it will still always be on Thursday, and Friday is the same regarding pretty flower photos.

As far as a weekly routine goes I usually spend one day of the weekend shooting all of my content (whichever day looks to have the best weather). On Sunday nights I upload all my photos and go through them to select my favorites to start editing. In a perfect world my entire week would be edited, written, links up, and scheduled by the time I went to bed on Sunday but that almost never happens so I usually spend my free evenings during the week wrapping things up. Scheduling Tweets & Facebook posts is a lifesaver!

A little extra note, I go through magazines like it's nobody's business - they are such great inspiration! You should see the stack of current ones beside my bed. Maybe I'll post it on Instagram this weekend lol. I buy all of the U.S. and U.K. covers. I actually love the U.K. magazines the best.

If you've made it through this rambling I truly commend you. Also, please be sure to share your tips, tricks, and routines with me below! I would love to hear about the things you all love to do to keep your blogs up and running.

22 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed reading this post lovely. I do the same, take all my photos in bulk so I can pick and choose what posts I want to work on through out the weekend or upcoming week.

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

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    1. Thanks Zoe! Isn't it the best feeling uploading hundreds of photos and knowing that you are ready for the week ahead?!

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  2. Wow! Even though you say you aren't comfortable writing this post, it has been a GREAT inspiration for me! Thank you so much for sharing you insight!
    xoxo, Ronja
    www.sothisiswhat.com

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    1. Thank you so much Ronja :) your comment means a lot to me!

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  3. Such a great post Faith! Love that you shared all of this with your readers. They are going to be so grateful :) xo

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    1. Thanks Ashlyn :) I felt kinda silly writing this post but I'm hoping it helps others!

      xx

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  4. I do the same things :)

    www.aishettina.blogspot.it

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  5. I love this post! I I'm also a huge fan of using my KS agenda to map out posts throughout the week - especially if I have a burst of inspiration. I'm glad to hear that the longer you do things, the easier they come! Sometimes I find myself frantically putting something online, only to find that I don't necessarily LOVE it. I'm also still playing around with my camera so I can't wait to get into a solid routine. Thanks for the advice love!

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    1. If you like the KS agenda you should check out the Day Designer! I'm planning to snag one for next year. Your photos and site are looking amazing :) I can't wait to see what comes next for you!

      xx

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  6. I absolutely enjoyed reading this piece and I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!!..x

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  7. So many good tips! I too love playing with photography and always try to get better photos out there. You're doing a great job with your posts and photography :)

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    1. Thanks Beti :) Photos can be so frustrating sometimes but are so rewarding as well. I love pushing myself to create something new & different!

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  8. I really loved this post! I would also say that besides a matte white surface, you can always snag patterned paper, wood slabs and or stone for photographing on as well! I use a marble tile for some of my photos, and it gives some of my posts a more elevated feel!

    xo
    Jordan Taylor
    petiteMODERN

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    1. My marble tiles from Home Depot are definitely favorites to shoot on! I need to head back there and look for one with more veins!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this, I love reading about how other blogger's take their photos and work on their blogs. Definitely some helpful information!

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    1. You're welcome! So happy you found it helpful :)

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  10. Yaaas!! Been waiting for this post. Thanks for sharing! <3 - @hippiegypsy00 on Insta

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    1. Yay! So happy you came to check it out :)

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