Editing Lifestyle Photography

All editing is carried out in Adobe Lightroom, as this is a popular editing software for professional photographers, and the aim of my photography for this portfolio was to produce professional-quality photography.

BEFOREAFTERRemoving imperfections

In the above image, there was a distracting element to the area where the background did not match in the top right corner, therefore, using the ‘spot heal’ tool in Adobe Lightroom, I selected the area I wanted to change, and selected another area that I wished to ‘clone’ on top of the undesired area, to make the marble background appear streamline throughout the image.

BEFOREAFTER2Cropping & Straightening

In this particular image, it had too much white space, and the angle made the glass and plate appear to be falling off of the photograph. To balance the image, I’ve adjusted the angle so the glass is straight, meaning the image looks straighter and more balanced. Some of the white space is also removed, meaning the cropped image fills the frame better, and looks more interesting to the viewer as a whole.

BEFOREAFTER3Removing Unwanted Tones

In the above initial image, it appears to have an overall blue tone, meaning the image is too cold. To counteract this, I’ve increased the warmth of the image, and removed all of the saturation of particularly the blues in the image. This results in the blue hue disappearing, leaving the image looking natural and presenting the crisp whites I aimed for.

BEFOREAFTER4Brightening

From time to time, as I primarily rely on natural lighting in my photography, it can fade and result in the images appearing darker than I want. As a result of this, I increase the exposure and highlights of the image, to sharpen up the whites, and make the image more vibrant and immediately eye-catching, drawing the reader in.

BEFOREAFTER5Colour Focus

For this image, I wanted the lipstick to stand out. While I have already ensured that the lipstick is the main focal point, meaning the rest of the image is slightly blurred and appears uninteresting, I wanted to emphasise the lipstick even more. To achieve this, I have increased the saturation of the red in the image, resulting in the pinks of the lipstick looking more vibrant, and bold, thus directing the viewers attention directly to the lipstick.

Subject Matter In Lifestyle Photography

For lifestyle bloggers and readers alike, it’s clear that there are recurring themes throughout lifestyle blogging photography. This post is dedicated to exploring these themes, and why they are popular to lifestyle bloggers.

Clean Eating

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Clean eating is a massive trend, most people are familiar with the avocado, since it exploded in popularity on Instagram and everyone, and their sister, seemed to be boasting about their ‘smashed avocado’ on multi-grain bread. Clean eating is a widespread topic among the online lifestyle community, as it promotes a healthy diet, which can improve skincare, metabolism, and overall well-being. Avocados in particular are prevalent as the oils provided by an avocado include oleic acid and linoleic acid and are therefore recommended as part of a balanced diet to prevent high cholesterol.

Skincare

Skincare can also be seen in almost every lifestyle bloggers portfolio, as it links to the importance of health and well-being among the lifestyle community. It’s also incredibly diverse, as discussing skincare can range from recommending particular beauty products, to endorsing altering diet to improve the look of the skin.

Beauty

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Beauty is an obvious choice for lifestyle bloggers to document, as routinely, beauty products are designed so even the packaging looks aesthetically pleasing, therefore encouraging people to purchase it without knowing the quality of the product itself.

“Lazy Days”

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Another common theme among lifestyle photography are incredibly simple images, that showcase a bed, or stereotypical “comfy” setting. Images like these feed into the nature of lifestyle photography, as they showcase a more natural setup, and provides a glimpse into a simpler, more relaxed and personal aspect of the photographers life.

High End/Designer

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High end and designer brands are admired in the lifestyle community, as they have connotations to luxury and class. Designer brands also frequently display elements of black, white, gold and rose gold, which all have associations with simplicity, indulgence, and grandeur in the eyes of the viewer. These associations result in the viewer admiring and desiring the products featured. Colour theory in relation to commercial photography and marketing, details black as the colour commonly used to market luxury products, as it is powerful and sleek.

A Few Nights In London

Hi guys! Just over a week ago I had a very last minute trip to London. While I was away, I kept taking pictures of everything, as every detail seemed to have its own beauty and charm. I think this is a perfect time of year to visit London, because it was chilly and everywhere was lit up with gorgeous twinkling lights, it was almost surreal.

So now that I’m back home, and have been looking back over my pictures, I thought I’d share them with you. Continue reading “A Few Nights In London”

My Lipstick Collection

Hey guys! Since sharing my Eyeshadow Palette Collection, my Nail Varnish Collection, and an exclusively Makeup Revolution Collection, I realised that it’s quite fun talking about my collections, and therefore I decided to share another one, my lipsticks. So with further introduction, here’s my lipstick collection!

Below I’ve showcased each lipstick, and then detailed their names in order (from left to right) as shown on the swatches underneath.IMG_8155MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

Makeup Revolution Lip Lacquer in ‘Vamp’

Collection in 13

YSL in 68

Rimmel Kate Moss in 107

Makeup Revolution in ‘Twist’

Makeup Revolution in ‘Enchant’IMG_8157IMG_8161Avon ‘Frozen Rose’

Makeup Revolution in ‘The One’

MAC ‘Please Me’

Rimmel ‘Naughty Nude’

Chanel in 432

Lancome L’absolu Rouge in ‘Rose Nu’IMG_8163IMG_8169Lush ‘Strong’

Makeup Revolution in ‘Luscious’

Makeup Revolution in ‘Dare’

Rimmel Moisture Renew ‘As You Want Victoria’

Makeup Revolution in ‘Beloved’

Makeup Revolution Velvet Lacquer in ‘What I Believe’

Rimmel Rich Moisture ‘Diva Red’IMG_8167

That’s it for my lipstick collection, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what your favourite shade is in the comments below!

So You’re Starting University…

It finally happened. After all of the insanely late nights spent working on your UCAS application, then checking your offers and emails, all while juggling the stress of revising for how many exams again?! You’ve got your place, and in September, you’re off to University. Well, as perfect as finally getting started may sound, you need to be aware of some of the things that no one tells you about starting uni. Nope, these tips I’m about to share aren’t in any handbook, on any brochure or mentioned on any open day.

So today I’m going to save your life, and give you my top 7 tips for your first semester at university.

Tip #1

Establish your own rules

If you’ve moved into halls it can seem incredibly exciting. You’re finally away from your parents and siblings, and have room and time to yourself. Wrong! You need to establish the rules between you and your dorm pals. You can’t let everyone in at 3am for the first month and then when you’ve got work up to your ears, lock everyone out with nothing but a sassy note left on the door.

Tip #2

Discount

So many places accept student discount nowadays that you need to shop around more. I know  I know, you love the mac & cheese that your mum always made you with ingredients exclusively from Waitrose, but girl, this is university and you can’t shop at Waitrose any more. And for the rest of you that can’t wait to live like a student and have nothing but takeaway all of the time, I’ll tell you a secret, the Co-op accept NUS cards. There you go, this is a majorly unknown fact, so you have absolutely no excuse for having stale pizza for breakfast for the third day in a row.

Tip #3

Wash Up After Yourself, Dammit

There are two types of people that live in halls. Those that feel like they’ve met their friends for life, and therefore don’t mind doing everyone’s washing up, every night, for an entire year, and those that leave their dishes to be washed by someone else, every night, for an entire year. To stop the former from having a breakdown and eventually turning on the latter, and attacking them with a spork on the final night of the first year, just do your own washing. If everyone does their own, everyone’s gets done and no one has to cry.

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Being A Grown Up Isn’t So Bad

I know you may think that you can only understand the washing machine and cookbooks once you’ve finished your degree, but trust me, nothing is as difficult as it seems. Those big buttons on the front of the washing machine are literally self-explanatory. “Colours? Wtf does that mean?!”

Tip #5

Leave It, Lose It

You’ve got to be careful with your stuff, because whatever you leave in a public area, will become public property. Unless it is locked in your room, it is no longer solely yours. Yep, even if you have your name on it. Even your tub of your moisturiser is now for the random guy that stayed over in your friends room last night…

Tip #6

Sign Up, Level Health Up

It seems to be a right of passage that everyone gets freshers flu, the important thing is to know the difference between freshers flu, and still feeling unwell at the end of the first semester. Make sure you sign up with the local doctors surgery at university, otherwise if you do get ill in the future, you’ll be stuck with your friends staying away from you and people pointing at you from across the street. There will still be doctors in the town of your uni, they are still not allowed to talk about you to anyone, everything is the same, so sign the hell up!

Tip #7

It’s Nothing Like This

Finally, you’ve gotta realise that university is going to be nothing like you imagine it to be. It’s not going to be scary and intimidating, but it’s also not going to be insane party after insane party with everyone going wild, not if you don’t want it to be. It’s still a new environment, so people will be feeling their most vulnerable. Some people will compensate by being louder and more outrageous than they normally are, and some will hide in the corners and backs of the room. Gravitate towards those are acting how you are feeling; those are your friends for life.


Those are my top 7 (not to be taken seriously) tips for your first semester at University. I hope these tips help some of you guys out, and remember, don’t worry about starting uni, it’s going to be fine. You’re going to make some of the greatest memories and friends of your entire life, enjoy it all.

August Snippets

The snippets are back! After momentarily taking a break, (I didn’t film anything worthwhile last month, please forgive) I’m proud to say that my snippets videos are back and fully up to date!

As this months video is relaxed and chill, I thought I wouldn’t over explain it, and instead just let you enjoy it!

I hope you’ve all had a great month, and have an even better September!

What was your favourite memory from this past month? Let me know in the comments!

Summer Favourites

Hey guys! I know, I know, “disappear for a month and then just come back with a ‘Hey guys!’ and expect us all to not have any questions, really Corinne?” I am sorry for disappearing without warning, but I think I had a moment when I realised that as I was finally happy with the content that I was posting, I got scared to ruin the streak of posts that I actually liked. I finally was happy with every element of my posts, something which I hadn’t felt since I started, over a year and a half ago now. I realised that I didn’t want to ruin this streak of content that I was proud of, for the sake of sticking to a schedule that I implemented a year ago.

Continue reading “Summer Favourites”

June Snippets

Hey guys! We’re now well into July, so it’s about time I shared my June Snippets with you all!

I had an incredibly fun month, as you guys know myself and my friend Gemma put together a weekly podcast series, under the name of a Work In Progress. We posted 4 podcasts, which you can listen to in a playlist HERE, covering topics from the magazine we created with our University, to our plans for Summer 2016.

Speaking of our magazine, this month it was printed, which meant lots of days out, delivering it to various places around Plymouth. I heavily underestimated my knowledge of my hometown, because I discovered so many new and fun places, in spots that I passed by all of the time!

Continuing the Gemma and Corinne adventures, we were kindly asked to assist Eat Music at the 2016 Freedom Fields Festival, which meant we were livestreaming all day, just generally chatting and interviewing the acts.

This month I also had to improvise, as myself and my friend Bella have a running tradition of seeing each other at least once every month so far this year, as she goes to University in Warwick, and I go to University in Plymouth. This month proved difficult for either of us to travel, so instead we decided to have a ‘Skype-Sleepover’, 15 hours later and it was the most fun Skype call I’ve ever had.

Disappointingly, there is only 2 seconds of footage, but this month I managed to go indoor climbing for the very first time! I’d been wanting to do this for ages, but I’d partly not had enough time, and also been a bit scared. So this month I just decided to go, and I loved it!

So you already know what I’m going to say, without further rambles, here is my June Snippets!

I hope you guys enjoyed this months snippets, as I said, I’ve had an incredible month, and I hope you have too!

Did you try something new this month that you’ve wanted to try for a long time? Let me know in the comments!

Work In Progress // Silverstone, Derren Brown & Our Final Goodbyes

Hey guys! Here we are, the end a Work In Progress’ weekly podcast series!

This week we thought that in keeping with it being the end of our podcast series, and officially the start of Summer, that we’d have a little chat about what each of us would like to get up to over the Summer holidays. Gemma chose 5 events that she’s attending over the next few months to discuss, and I chose 6, I got a bonus one as mine were reasonably hilarious, things that I’d like to do over our break.

I shan’t give away what we talked about, so that you can enjoy the podcast for yourselves, so here is the final week of a Work In Progress!

I know I say it all of the time, and I know it type it even more, but thank you for listening to, and reading my rambles, it means a lot to us. Another major thank you to GCABray for helping a girl out throughout this endeavour. I can’t believe one day I offhandedly mentioned that we should do a podcast throughout June, and you made it happen.

As we mentioned in the podcast, this is the final instalment of our series, but next week we are sharing a bonus ‘blooper reel’, that features all of our mistakes and abrasive laughing fits. So if you haven’t quite had enough of a Work In Progress, don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere yet.

Work In Progress // Blogging 101

Hey guys! Myself and my friend Gemma decided to tackle the subject of blogging in our podcast this week. Throughout this podcast, we collected and answered your questions from Facebook and Twitter, on blogging; every subject from how to keep your topics fresh, to how to stay thrifty with your money!

In case this is the first podcast you’ve discovered, here’s a quick run down of our podcasting plan. This is the third instalment of four podcasts that we are creating this month, and they go live every Friday. We’re having a lot of fun doing them, and we love that you guys are listening to them. So far we’ve talked about the magazine that we put together with our University, put together a playlist to showcase our different music tastes, and now we’re onto blogging!

So to avoid me rambling for another 5 minutes, here’s this weeks Work In Progress podcast, Blogging 101.

That’s it for this weeks podcast, thank you so much for listening to it! Next week we’ll be officially kicking off Summer with our final podcast! As it’s our last one, we definitely don’t want you to miss it, so be sure to tune in Friday 1 July, to get ready for Summer 2016.


Another super quick thank you to everyone that sent us questions, and again I’ll give a thanks to Gemma, she puts up with me while I laugh for a solid 3 minutes at the beginning of every podcast recording, before eventually saying “Hey guys!”