Since launching my presets a couple of days ago, so many of you have asked me a million and one questions about my photography/instagram/style and everything in between! So I thought it best to collate all the most common Q&As for everyone to read here and hopefully I can help all of you who may be interested this way and not just the ones who reach out to me… xxx
WHO TAKES YOUR PHOTOS?
SO – it is a combination of a few people – my mum (primary photographer), my brother (if he has to), my boyfriend (if we are travelling/at an event together – he has a career of his own so isn’t always free to help out), my two blog friends Jacquie & Kristy (also known as gal pals and total babes) and lastly ME! I often shoot imagery myself with either a tripod or selfie style!
WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE TO TAKE YOUR PHOTOS?
1. Nikon D5200 body with Sigma lens (f 1.8 , 18-35mm)
2. iPhone X
3. Film Camera (Canon – super vintage camera that I found in my mums cupboard)
4. Polariod camera – fuji film
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE LOCATIONS TO SHOOT?
This is a super difficult question and something that I still always struggle with. Trying to find nice aesthetically pleasing locations to shoot can be tough and because of this I usually return to similar locations again and again to shoot as I love them so figure I may as well stick with them. It is easier when travelling and doing lots of things as you feel inspired by what is around you but on days/weeks when I am just at home in Melbourne, trying to create content with always different locations is virtually impossible. I would probably recommend you seek out cool cafes/bars/restaurants to shoot as well as cool sites on the streets (particularly if you live in a super ‘instagrammable’ city).
TIPS ON GROWING YOUR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?
I think i’ll probably talk more in depth about this at another point in time as there is just so much to say – but mainly and most importantly – consistent posting, constantly engage with audience & follow likeminded accounts. But most importantly, just keep creating cool content!
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Just a lot of trial and error! Don’t be disheartened if it does not come naturally or quickly, just enjoy the journey, try new things and eventually you will find yourself and your style will feel totally organic and natural to you.
HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR IMAGES?
I typically use a combination of VSCOCam/Light room & After light but now that I have launched my presets with light room, I just use these! There are 8 choices, so I always find at least one filter that will suit the image perfectly and create the vibe I am after.
HOW DO I CREATE A FEED LIKE YOURS?
Firstly, you don’t want to create a feed like mine, as my feed already exists! So there is no point creating the exact same thing if you want to be well respected for your own personal style and vision – but to create a unique, interesting and engaging feed that is specific to you – you need to determine a style and vibe that comes naturally and feels natural for you! As mentioned in yesterdays post already – do not copy or attempt to replicate the feed/style of others – it will honestly get you no where and you will end up finding that you are far more successful if you just create your own style.
OKAY – THAT IS ALL FOR NOW! I HOPE THIS WAS SUPER OR EVEN A LITTLE BIT HELPFUL. KEEP DM-ING/EMAILING/MESSAGING ME YOUR QUESTIONS AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU WHENEVER I CAN!
I WILL WORK ON A MORE DETAILED BLOG POST THAT COVERS ALL OF THIS AND MORE IN THE FUTURE, BUT I FEEL LIKE THIS IS HOPEFULLY A GOOD START!
Lots of love, J xxxx