A Day Through A Lense & EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS

I contemplated waiting until the end of this post to share my news with you guys, but it has been over a month in the works and I just can’t wait any longer, so I’m opening this post with it!

I’m going to be daily blogging for the whole month of June! AND I’ve only gone and set myself up for a weekly podcast series for this month too!

Obviously the posts are going to be going up every single day this month, and each Friday post is going to be the podcast. The podcasts are going to feature myself and my friend Gemma, as we talk to you guys, answer your questions, play music and just chat like friends do! (The podcast posts start on Friday, May 10th and continue until the 1st of July)

So with that exciting news finally out there, let’s kick off this awesome month with a fun day in the life post. I recently had a lovely day out, and I took some snaps throughout the day, so I thought I’d compile a little photo diary of that day, I hope you enjoy it!IMG_2565IMG_2566IMG_2572IMG_2577IMG_2578IMG_2584IMG_2590IMG_2592

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(living up to my dog-obsessed ways)

IMG_2594IMG_2595IMG_2597IMG_2602IMG_2605IMG_2606IMG_2608IMG_2610IMG_2611IMG_2638IMG_2639IMG_2640I know that this post was really picture-heavy so I didn’t want to over explain every image, because that would’ve gotten very boring very quickly. I hope that you enjoyed this photo diary style post, let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

What have you been up to lately?

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Tips For Flat-Lay Photography

If you enjoy taking photos, at some point you might find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut. Either your images aren’t looking the way you want them to, or you’ve gotten caught up in comparing your images to other peoples, and that can stifle your confidence.

So today I’m sharing 6 tips, focussing on flat-lay photography, on how to improve your images!FLATLAY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 2Lighting | Try getting as close to natural lighting as possible, I know it’s always one of the first things to be mentioned when it comes to any style of photography, but it really does make a difference. If you can afford to invest in lighting then you’re lucky to be able to take your photos at any point during the day, but if you’re not, I’d recommend taking your pictures in the very middle of the day, as if you take them early in the morning, they will have an orange/yellow hue, and too late in the afternoon and they’ll be blue-toned. Taking your pictures at around noon also means that you reduce the amount of shadows in the image.

Arrangement | Always try and take images with the products in different arrangements, as this gives you a lot more options for the final post. I’ve found on quite a few occasions that what I liked in front of me, didn’t really translate on camera, so if you rearrange your objects in a few different ways, you won’t be limiting yourself.

Steadiness | I’ve also found that when I’m taking photos, I tend to hold my breath, as I think that it steadies me, and ensures that you don’t have to take as many pictures, because you don’t have blurry ones where you’ve moved slightly.FLATLAY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS 3Tricks | Blu tack! The day I learnt that you can keep lipsticks and mascaras and anything that is likely to roll, from rolling by securing them down with a little bit of Blu tack on the underneath, was life changing. It saves so much time and stress of positioning your products, only for them to slightly roll out of frame.

Props | If you’re finding your images to be too plain or boring, you can always throw in some fun or relevant props to give more life to your picture. They can even be fun to put altogether for posts that don’t necessarily have a product or ‘thing’ for you to photograph!

Fun | The most important thing about any images that you’re sharing online is to keep your unique style and character in them. Sometimes bloopers and funny shots can be the perfect one to add to a post, people don’t always want to see an aesthetically perfect image, they want to get to know you too!


Those are 6 quick flat-lay photography tips that I wanted to share with you guys, I hope some of these have inspired you with your own photography! Let me know in the comments any tips you might have, and we can all help each other out!

Before and After: Blog Photography

When I started this blog I had absolutely no experience with photography, themes or the ‘layout’ of an image or post. But I can safely say that today, 4 months after launching this blog, my knowledge confidence is much greater. I know I still have so much to learn and change, but for now I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve learnt.

The before. I was very proud of my layout here, as I’d never done anything like this before, the only practise I had was copious amounts of photographing my pets. January Favourites

But now, I know that I prefer breaking my posts up, into small, more-detailed, product based images. So I had to figure out which angles to take the images from, and I’ve narrowed some of my favourites down

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The next most important thing after this is clutter, if you’re trying to showcase a product, you want your reader to know exactly what it looks like. It doesn’t help if they don’t know which item you’re talking about in the image. So I find it’s best to have a completely clear backdrop, with nothing but the product as the focus.

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Next is lighting, I know if this isn’t your full time job or hobby, you won’t have a lot of options when it comes to various types of lighting. I would heavily recommend natural lighting. Get all of your pictures taken during the day, or if needs be, any daylight time you have free before you’d like your post to be up. But even natural lighting comes with ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. Shooting into a window is not recommended, it makes the product appear differently to it’s reality, and usually makes the labels difficult to read. Shooting away from natural light means you get a really accurate depiction of what the product really looks like. However, if natural lighting is difficult for you because you don’t have enough spare time during the day to take your pictures, you might then want to look into artificial lighting. Now you can either go for studio lighting, or standard bulb lighting, as they both work, but they work for different types of images. Standard bulb lighting is much more suited to an image that needs ambience, and some kind of warmth. This is not necessarily the ideal lighting for showcasing make up, because you need to see it’s true colours. Particularly under standard bulb lighting, many eyeshadow palettes all appear to be shimmer based, so you can’t see which shades are matte, therefore studio lighting is better for that.

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Fotor0512152247 Fotor0512152250Above all else, I think the most important thing for an image is to ensure it’s focussed, and if it is, that it’s focussed in the right area. If you use the auto function on a camera, it’ll usually focus on whatever’s closest to the camera itself, but if you use manual settings, you have to make sure you’re focussed on the product, and not the background. Here you can see the two outcomes of a picture taken with manual settings, the background in focus and the product blurred, and then the product in focus and the background blurred.

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That’s it for the tips I have today, let me know in the comments below if you have any additional tips to share!