Monday, November 7, 2016
Behind the Scenes
I read a lot about how full time bloggers spend their days. What I haven’t read is how a blogger with a full time job in an office manages their time. So I thought I would share with you a day in the life of my blog with a little behind the scenes.
Typically I shoot on Saturday’s with my fav photographer Sharon Bui. If you are in Raleigh / Durham please hit her up, she is so amazing! We shoot in the morning so we both have time to have a life lol. This past Saturday we met at my new favorite spot, National Art Museum in Raleigh at 11:30. Normally we meet closer to 9, but she had some stuff going on at that time.
I spend usually a few hours the night before putting together outfits. I don’t flat lay, try on, or plan much of what I am going to wear. I usually will put together something I wore to work, or social media inspired pics I took. When I go through IG, FB, and Pinterest and I like an outfit I screen shot the outfit to put my own outfit together that is similar. Sometimes it’s a color combo I like. Of course any new items I recently purchased are in the mix.
Shoes are always what takes the longest for me to pair with an outfit. I actually don’t own many pair of shoes, and some pair are strictly for blogging. Yes, I have pumps I can’t wear outside taking blog pictures. I have tendonitis in my Achilles Tendon which causes walking to be difficult in flats and out of the question in heels. Once I have outfits put together I fold the clothes and put them in a plastic egg crate, the jewelry in bags, and the shoes in a tote. These are all easy to transport into my car and keep things organized. I do my best to pair outfits together with similar pieces, like jeans or leggings. So I limit the amount of outfit changes. My goal is to shoot at least 4 outfits in about an hour. Sharon and I really know each other well, so she is able to shoot me quickly. This did take a few months to build and each time I like to think we get it done quicker. Things like color, lighting, and angles are what make blog pictures either amazing or complete failure.
If I know I am going to be walking far from a private place to change I will plan the order of an outfit so I can layer. Which means my Never Full Stella and Dot Tote gets pretty full and heavy. My shoes, jewelry, and outfits are all crammed in. On this particular day I started with a cap sleeve top under this cardi, the second outfit top just slipped overtop the cap sleeve shirt. Then the sweater went over it as well. So I was able to shoot 3 outfits in under an hour.
Some of the things I am terrible about are changing my lipstick, jewelry, and sunglass. This is where Sharon is amazing, she will ask or point out something. Like, Lee is there a necklace with this outfit? Oh crap, hang on one second lol. Or when I realize I forgot a bracelet we will reshoot so it is included.
So far I have spent about 4 hours getting outfits together and shooting them. Usually in 24 hours Sharon sends me all the pictures to select which ones I want her to adjust. After another day or two I have all the pictures and can start writing my blog posts and planning my social media which takes several hours. Typically I write blog posts on Sunday for the week, however that’s not always possible so many evenings I sit in front of the TV with my husband typing away.
This is just a small part of my blogging life. Being highly organized keeps me on track and makes blogging fun! Something I didn’t mention about this day was I ran into fellow bloggers at the Museum, which is always fun!!