Hello, hello friends! Today, we’re going to be talking all about product photography. This can sometimes be in the form of what are called “flat lay” photos. Usually, when you work with a brand, they’ll probably want you in the photo; however, there are some times where they may ask you to create additional content that features only the product itself. These are really fun, in my opinion, because it allows for a lot more of an “editorial” vibe from the photo. You can have fun with textures, tones, backgrounds, focus and lighting to create something that conveys a story to your viewers without words. Usually (and admittedly), I don’t put too much thought into a flat lay photo or product photography photo because I’m not asked to from the brand. I usually just go for something quick, effective and clear, sometimes in front of my black and white rug or on a glass tabletop. This is for photos that are much more thought through than those. Let’s get into it!
Hello, friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I have a serious question for y’all — WHERE did September go?! It feels like this month has just FLOWN by and I have no idea how it’s already almost October. *sweats nervously thinking about midterms* Annnnyways, let’s talk about reaching out to brands! In my last post, which you can read here, you can read all about the basics of brand collaborations. Now, in this post, we’ll address the reaching out component of collaborations. This is one of the few ways in which you can get the ball rollin’ on a meaningful partnership with a brand — you can either pitch to them, they contact you directly, or you can “apply” for the opportunity on different connector platforms, some of which I listed in my previous blog post.
Alright, alright, ladies and gents, let’s talk about collaborations! I’m here to spill all the tea on collabs and how to score ’em. This is one of my most requested topics from new or aspiring blogger gals. And ah, there’s so much to say, that I don’t ever feel like I can squeeze it all into one DM! Honestly, I’m not even sure how I’m going to squeeze all of this information into one blog post, and I probably won’t. You know one place I probably will put all of the information? My upcoming e-course. (How’d you like that shameless plug?) read more
Alright, I know this post is something a bit different and a teensy tiny bit controversial. I actually sat and pondered writing this post for some time, debating if it were worth the ensuing arguments I’m sure will follow. I know that, with posting this, I must be open to discussion and debate (most likely from current MLM-ers). However, as I’ve followed multi-level marketing (or MLM) more closely, and have been doing my own research on it, it’s harder to stay quiet about it. I should mention that I don’t think all MLM is bad, and I know that MLM is not synonymous with pyramid schemes, as many direct sellers are quick to emphasize. Of course, because pyramid schemes are actually illegal. There are, however, a ton of overlapping qualities of MLMs and pyramid schemes, and I want to take the opportunity to address those today.
This post exists to educate and inform, not to condemn. Some of my friends are even part of these MLMs, and I don’t think they are bad people by any means. I just want you to consider, before going into an MLM, all of the different aspects of it ahead of time. Educate yourself on the investment and the commitment, the company and the mission, and (perhaps most importantly) the news or possible law suits associated with the brand before tying your name to the company. Again, I repeat, this post does not exist to condemn, but instead to educate. read more
If you’ve been a part of my life in the last two years, you would know how the law school applications process weighed heavily on my soul. My days consisted of constant LSAT (Law School Applications Test) studying, my weekends were consumed with full-length practice tests. I was consistently working on my application, writing and re-writing, proofreading and starting my personal statement from scratch over and over and over again. I was reaching out to law school students that I knew from my sorority, asking every single one their advice. On my 2-hour bus commute to and from the Governor’s Office, where I interned, I listened to podcasts on the law school applications process and LSAT strategies because I would get carsick if I tried to read. I was ALL in.
And… even with all of that… I have to admit. The enrollment decision process was met with disappointment and sadness as I received several denials from schools across the nation. I was waitlisted from a school I had deemed as my “back up” option. My LSAT score was no where near where I had been testing during practice tests. This is all very hard for me to admit; I am someone who is tenacious and persistent, doing everything I thought I could to make it. And that’s just it… I did everything I could. I tried my absolute best, and at the end of the day, that’s all I can do. It was difficult at the time, but now I look back with pride and think: I did that.
Oh. My. GOODNESS, you guys. I am so excited for y’all to meet Paisley Raine, the newest addition to our family! Paisley is a four and a half month old Golden Retriever, and she’s so, so, so beautiful. We adopted her on Sunday in Tampa, Florida while we were touring apartments and the school that I’ll be attending in three weeks!
Paisley has such a sweet, calm nature and she’s extremely low-key and observant. Nothing like her cousin, Gunner! Lol. Everyone remarks on how dainty and elegant she is, and let me tell ‘ya. She definitely has that elegant gal vibe going on.