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”

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!

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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!

Here We Go Again

Hey guys, I’m back!

I decided to take just over a week off blogging, because I was over-thinking a lot of things, and through all of those internal conflicts, I’d forgotten why I was writing.

Obviously the main motivation behind this blog is my crazy passion for everything that it’s compiled of, writing, photography, trying new things, and telling other people about things that I love. But with pressure I kept putting on myself, I needed to know that no one’s world was going to stop turning if I stopped posting for a little bit.

Over time I’d gotten into a rut. So many of my posts started to feel ‘the same’; not as what everyone else was doing, but ‘the same’ things that I’d always written about. I want each of my posts to be something new, and not just another post about how much I love Collection’s Extreme Felt-liner.Back From That Blogging Break I Took (1)Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to partake in Favourites, and to be honest, just about any ‘tag’ or trending topic that I want to write about. Because if there is something I want to write about, I’m going to write about it.

But I can’t ignore the fact that this blog is also for you guys, because if it was just for me I may as well write a personal journal and not stress myself out about taking pictures from every angle, editing and getting a post up on time.

That’s just it too, I actually enjoy the pressure that comes along with a blog, it gives you a purpose to improve and nurture your passions.

Back From That Blogging Break I Took (2)Isn’t it hilarious that this post is actually kind of rambly and doesn’t really have an obvious direction?

Ok the actual point of this post was to give you guys something of a new introduction to me and my blog.

So hey guys, I’m Corinne, I’m 20 and this is my lifestyle blog.


So hey again to everyone that has been here for a while, and hello to anyone who has just found my blog! I hope you stick around, feel free to give it a lil’ follow, you can also follow me on Twitter, stay up to date on Facebook, and check out my Instagram. I really want you guys to get to know me, the gal behind this blog.

I also always want to know what type of things you guys would like to read about, so just drop me a comment if you’d like to request something, or if you’d like to collab send me an email at corinnebygrave@gmail.com

How To Optimise Your Blog Photos

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we all start out in the blogging world, because we’re passionate about it. We love to create, and we love it even more when other people love what we have created.

But it can be a little disheartening if you are avidly creating and developing ideas, if your content is never seen. Therefore we all quickly start to learn little tips and tricks for correctly tagging and sharing our posts, in order to get them in front of the right people. So today, I thought I’d share with you guys, my tips for how to optimise your blog images, so that you are using every available tool for showcasing your blog/online space in the best possible way.How To Optimise Your Blog Photos

Starting out with optimising your images can be as simple as correctly naming your file. For example, the image above is related to this post, “How To Optimise Your Blog Photos”, therefore that’s what I named this file after I transferred it onto my computer, and before uploading it to this post. I know this sounds really useless and obvious, but think of just how many images you take directly from your camera and upload to your blog, without thinking about it. It’s as simple as this, I want people to find this post when looking for tips on how to improve optimisation on their blog photos, therefore that’s what I named the image, so when it’s searched for, this post will appear.

No one ever searches for “IMG_567” or “FPEBDWR”. Your file names must be relevant and useful.

Secondly, there is also ‘Alternative Text’. Alternative text is separate from the file name, and it essentially identifies what the picture is. It’s the text that shows up on screen when a picture doesn’t load properly. This essentially tells whoever is searching for a specific keyword, what is in the image. So if you take a picture of a Lush Bubble Bar, you’ll want to add Lush and Bubble Bar to the alternative text tags.

And lastly, keep file sizes small. People don’t like to be waiting 3 minutes for an image to load. Most will wait roughly 15 seconds before getting tired of waiting and moving on, and that’s not what you want. You want people to love your content and want to return regularly, not click on a link once and never return because your image loaded bar by bar.


That’s it! I hope this post helped some of my fellow blogging buddies out, be sure to let me know if it did! Also, if you’re a seasoned professional in the world of blogging, please do leave any tips you’ve acquired on this (or any similar topic) in the comments, as I’m sure we’d all love to share as much advice as possible.

My Top Photography Apps

Getting into blogging really piqued my interest in creating and editing images, and making them exactly what I wanted them to be. So today, as it is quite a requested topic, I thought I’d share with you guys some of my favourite apps and techniques to editing pictures!top photography apps

 VSCO Cam | I love the filter F1 from VSCO Cam because it amps up the fade of an image, making it almost immediately look more professional in my eyes. It also lightens the image, which I also think makes the image more appealing, and in keeping with my Instagram theme.

Long Exposure | This app is amazing. I have loved it since downloading it, roughly a year ago. If you love those long exposure images of lights, or just general moving images, but you don’t have access to an expensive camera with the capable settings, this is the perfect app for creating identical images.

Aviary | This app is a perfect all-rounder for when it comes to editing. From a pinpoint focus effect, frames, to illuminating an image, or making it high def. If you’re just getting started out with photography on your phone, or just want to add an extra dimension to your images, this app is a perfect all in one for anything you might want to do. 

Aillis | This app is designed for fun. From cute frames and filters to add to your pictures, one of the biggest selling points of this app to me, was the adorable stickers. If you’ve got quite a cute or simple image, these stickers really add something to it. Not to mention you can make your own!

PS Express | This app obviously has a lot of factors to it. It’s like a slightly more advanced Aviary. It is capable of any type of editing you’d like to do, and with loads of extras. The app itself is free, but does have further in-app purchases in order to use every function. I like to use this app for brightening and again, increasing the fade of an image.

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That’s it for the apps that I like to use when it comes to editing my pictures, I hope you guys found that little insight useful! Let me know in the comments what your favourite apps are for editing!

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!