Life as a blogger has evolved quite organically for me. One day, back in April 2014, I started this little blog as a result of a few things but mostly because I was at home full-time with my baby twins and it was a fun hobby to do. I’d previously had a serious Human Resources job, where I had been trying to climb the corporate career ladder for over a decade, and so this was my chance to do something a little more creative and less pressurised.
And here I am.
These days, I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t post a photo onto Instagram. I also share around 3-10 stories on there a day. I publish around 2-3 blog posts a week. I also hang out a lot on Twitter too. I’m very present online. And whilst it is my ‘job’ nowadays, I very rarely feel as though it’s anything like the kind of job I had before.
Yes there’s blog deadlines, huge piles of admin etc.. and I need to work really hard, but blogging/influencing is literally the best thing I have done for ages. Plus I get to chat, engage and hang out with such lovely people all the time.
How I take my photos
I get quite a lot of messages asking me as to how I take my photos, especially my fashion ones. And whilst I am NO photographer I do usually aim to take a nice picture to share.
In the 3 years I have been blogging I think that people’s expectations of the quality of photography is getting higher. Blurry, rubbish shots just don’t don’t cut it anymore. Standards are high!
I try to study a lot of photographs both on Instagram and blogs (noting what I like – and don’t) and like to constantly push myself to improve on my style and work. But I still believe that you don’t need to be magazine-level-amazing to get noticed or to work with brands. After all, that’s why people follow influencers and very much like what they see; it feels real and relatable.
BUT. I am here to tell you that for a lot of shots my tripod and my phone are my best friends.
I typically spend most of my week at home working on content. I therefore don’t have the convenience of a pro-photographer following me around during the day, snapping me grabbing a coffee and ordering my avocado & toast from a cafe. Although, HOW nice that would be. So it’s usually just me, my iPhone/DSLR in front of the mirror, against walls, standing on chairs etc.. trying to snap anything to make a decent photo!
What’s been great though lately is that my wonderful Hubby, Dave, has been helping me out more and snapping my outfits for me. Especially as my fashion content expands and I work with more brands. I prefer to shoot this kind of content when I am out-and-about because I believe it shows off the clothes better and adds more interest. Plus it is far easier than setting the pictures up yourself.
It can be tough because he works full-time but we try and do the shoots at weekends, here & there. Our relationship is working great and I feel really relaxed with him now, even if I did have to tell him off a bit at first!
Finding your own style
It’s just SO easy to fall into someone’s Instagram feed or blog and then want to recreate your entire feed like theirs. We’ve all done it. However, finding your own style and sticking to it is important, plus you’ll only get bored again and want to do something else.
For the last few years I have favoured a brighter and lighter photography style – going for plenty of exposure when I have been editing. However, these days I tend to be favouring a little more contrast and colour – with more warmth too. Maybe it’s due to the seasonal changes going on outside or my style growing up and maturing slightly. Who knows? But I am enjoying seeking out something a little different.
I still love capturing my every day and sharing edited snapshots of our family life – and I think I always will. I love the buzz of trying to shoot new, different things and am always dreaming of coming up with new ideas.
Love, Jess x