Being Dyslexic And Blogging.

Don’t let DYSLEXIA stop you from achieving your goals!

This is a topic that I have been thinking of covering for a few weeks now and I feel like today is the day. This is going to be very personal and informative as I want to inspire many of you to go out there and tackle your dreams and goals.

How did this affect me growing up?

I have never been a fan of reading, especially those massive books with hundreds of pages and complex storylines. I would normally struggle with reading, not just with the words, but keeping the information in and processing what it meant and what was being said. This was a big struggle for me growing up, yet I was not aware of this until I was diagnosed. I just thought I was ‘bad’ at reading. It all makes sense now!

At primary and secondary school, I always preferred the more artistic/creative subjects, such as pe, art, music, and drama. I found it easier to connect in those subjects because I did not have anything to stop me from developing further and I was able to achieve higher in those subjects. I did not have any assessments done during school, as it was not picked up within my lessons.

It wasn’t until I was halfway through my second year of university where I decided to speak to student services about how I could about getting a test done. I had been struggling a little with the complex readings, as well as receiving feedback on my assignments which suggests signs of being muddled and a lack of understanding. Dyslexia does run in my family, which is why after I spoke about this, it was agreed that perhaps I should get tested.

Of course, finding out about this officially at 21 is quite daunting and causes a lot of self-doubts. I never want this to stop me from believing about myself. I have worked so hard to get to where I am, and I have probably had to work a lot harder than others, but I am determined to complete university with a 2:1 in Education Studies and Drama, as well as continue sharing posts on my blog which I love so much!

What is Dyslexia?

‘Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing, and spelling. It is estimated that up to 1 in every 10 people, in the UK, have some degree of Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills to help those who really need it at school and work’ (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dyslexia/). Dyslexia affects individuals in different ways. Even though there is no exact cause, it does tend to run in families.

Is there a stigma with Dyslexia? 

Personally, I think that there is still some stigma associated with having dyslexia. At university, pupils who are known to be dyslexic are given a range of equipment, funding, software’s, personal tutors, extra time in exams etc, which is funded by the university. Although I haven’t received any of the software’s and tutors yet, as I am still in the process, I think that pupils with dyslexia are able to try different things to suit their needs which results in them achieving higher because of different learning methods. Pupils should be able to have access to specific software’s to help them achieve higher, as they are created for a reason.

As it’s only been a few weeks after finding my results, I think that it is important to inform your place of work, including interviews for new ones. It is good to be honest with them. Even though being dyslexic is common and not that bad, it is still a good idea for them to know, especially to support you should you need it.

I am not sure how I feel about it towards blogging. I feel like some of my readers already know about it, due to my writing style and punctuation. To be completely honest, I just thought bloggers assumed I wasn’t very good at writing.

I think it is very important to be open about being dyslexic as it’s important to inspire those to achieve their goals and aspirations. I am an aspiring secondary school drama teacher, as well as a blogger. There are highly dependent on reading, writing, and spelling and I am determined to achieve these by working extra hard to overcome my weaknesses.

Here are some software’s that I recommend using for blogging and studying? 

Some of these software’s are free, free to trial and have a subscription fee. If you have been diagnosed for dyslexia and you like the idea of these, you could try and get funded for these great software’s. All of these allows you to either download for free or a 30-day trial. It would be beneficial for you to try some of these out and find which ones would help you personally.

  • OneNote – perfect for organizing notes and creating different notebooks for every project.
  • Grammarly – free spelling and grammar word check for every app/website on PC.
  • MindView 7.0 – Mind mapping software that turns all into word documents to assist with structuring essays and organizing notes.
  • Text Help Read&Write – Improves reading and writing, it is an alternative of Microsoft Word which is designed to help those with learning difficulties and dyslexia.
  • Open Dyslexic – Fonts designed to help those with dyslexia to read as it lines each sentence to help you follow what you’re reading.
  • Bee LineReader – Improves reading with colored tools and alternatives to improve following complex texts.
  • Academic Phrasebank – perfect for those who are academic writers to view examples of work to understand how to structure and phrase your sentences.

This post is aimed to inspire those who may also struggle with reading, writing or spelling or anything else. I think that you should be able to achieve anything that you want to. I am determined to make my dreams come true and being dyslexic will not stop me.

If you would like to have a chat, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

My Biggest Struggles As A Photographer.

I know what you’re thinking, “What’s so difficult about taking a photograph?”

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It wasn’t until I started planning and designing my new website that I realised how much I am struggling as a freelance photographer. I sat down and noted all of the struggles that I am facing or have faced within my journey of photography. Of course, as a self-taught photographer, there would some struggles. However, I never knew I had this many. I have decided to write this post to inform others of my struggles, and that they’re not the only one experiencing these. Also, I hope in a few months, I am able to hold my hands up and say that I have improved on at least two of these.

 

Charged Battery

You’ll be surprised how quickly a battery dies, even if it is fully charged. Luckily, I invested into a second battery which has saved me a couple of times. For anyone who is wanting to take photography seriously, or even if you’re going away, I would 100% recommend taking and/or buying another battery. The last thing you want to happen is being at the moment of taking a beautiful photograph and then your camera just dies. TRUST ME…IT’S HORRID!

Love/Hate Relationship with The Sun 

Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love the sun, but sometimes it gets in the way and does no justice for the photographs I am trying to take. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I just hate it. The sun is something that every photographer just has to work with, whether if they use it in its favor, or completely edit their photos taken in the presence of it. Personally, I prefer working in the evening with minimal light as I am able to edit the highlight and contrast in Lightroom, so for me that works really well. I struggle most with the sun when I am doing portraiture shots or outdoor headshots. It is VERY difficult to get rid of the bright light on someone’s face, including all of the shadows.

Not Enough Work

Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity to work with clients and do lots of shoots on a weekly basis. This does make me very sad as I am passionate greatly about photography and I love it so much. This is partly due to the fact that I already have quite a busy lifestyle. I am at university full-time, I have a part-time job and I have a few other commitments. I wish I was able to do shoots at least 3 times a week, but at times it is difficult to fit in. I often find it a struggle to get to meet up with clients, whether if that is someone I know or someone who has got in contact with me. Due to life, there have been many occurrences where I have been cancelled and/or no longer needed. Photography is a tricky business! However, for me, not enough works simply means that I just don’t get to use my camera, rather than the pay aspect.

Costs of Equipment 

For me to even consider myself as a photographer, I had to buy a brand new camera, lenses, memory cards, batteries and indoor equipment which of course is not cheap. I took a moment in my life where I had been saving for something that I really wanted, something that I had my heart set on. Another year later and I am finding myself in the need of wanting to purchase a different camera and a fixed lens. Photography is something that requires an upgrade or better equipment frequently. I am currently saving for the Canon 80D and I am determined to get it. The camera that I own at the moment is designed for beginners and hobbyists. It’s not a bad camera, but it is a basic DSLR. I know that I want to take photography seriously and to do that I need a slightly better camera to assist me with the types of shoots that I want to be doing.

PERFECTION! 

Perfection! Perfection! Perfect! That’s all that I want. I want every single photograph to be perfect. I am very careful during the process of taking photographs as I think it’s important to only give the client the photographs that you’re happy with sharing with the rest of the world. You wouldn’t want a ‘bad’ photograph that you took to be out there in the world as this could affect your business. For a photograph to be perfect for me might not be your ideal ‘perfect’ photograph and that is the biggest struggle that I face deciding which photographs to include within a clients photo album. 

 

Can you relate to some of these? What are some of your biggest struggles?

Bucket List, Goals & Resolutions (2019)

What’s the difference, eh?

Well… To me,

A bucket list is everything that I want to accomplish by the end of 2019. It can be something big or even something small and does not matter how long it takes, as long as it’s done by 2019.

A set of goals is a idealistic way of keeping track of your development as a person. From a young age, I always imagined of having my own home, a loving family, a dream job and living the life that I desired etc. Dreams can come true if you believe in yourself. The way that I look at it, is that if you break down these small dreams into milestones and accomplish them, not only have you achieved your goals, but you’ve also achieved your dreams.

A resolution is something that is changed, transformed or even developed to overcome something that may be seen as a problem or affects you as a person.

I have created 3 different lists below, including a bucket list, my goals and my new years resolution. I really want to achieve as much of these as possible. At the end of December 2019, I am going to take a look at what I included within this post. I will then be checking off all the things that I did and didn’t do. I will then make the decision whether to include it on my 2020 lists. So, without further ado let’s get straight into it.

Bucket List

  1. Spend a day at the beach
  2. Watch all of the Harry Potter movies
  3. Make a difference – fundraise an event to help charities
  4. Visit Prague
  5. Go to Sky Garden in London
  6. Eat at The Ivy
  7. See Dolly Parton 9 To 5: The Musical
  8. Spend more time outside – walks, adventures, nature photography
  9. Start writing my own book
  10. Collaborate with another blogger

Goals 

  1. I want to move into a flat with Kevin, for the first time by ourselves.
  2. I want to finish my second year at university with a 2:1.
  3. I want to reach 500 followers on >>THIS<< blog.
  4. I want to do at least 1 photo-shoot every month with a new client.
  5. I want to spend time on my blog/website to get myself out there and to work with new brands.

Resolution

  1. My resolution for 2019 is to not leave my university work until the week it’s due or until it’s been set. If you’re a student, then you can agree that the assignment and/or essay is 9 times out of 10 available within the first couple of weeks in the module handbook. In this semester, I want to be ahead of the game. I want to know exactly what is expected of me, and when I have free/spare time, I am going to start that assignment or at least write my thoughts and notes down. I think I will benefit a lot from this as by the time I need to write the assignment, I will have at least a starting point and also a way to re-jig my memory.

 

Who thinks I can do it? What are some of your goals and resolutions?

Get To Know Me: Photographer Edition.

I am not completely new to blogging, but I have made a lot of changes on this website and as it’s a new year, I thought this was needed. It will be great way for you to get to know me, more specifically, why I am passionate for photography. So, here are a few questions for you to get to know me a little bit and to give you a better picture about myself.

What’s your full name?

Bryoni Roisin Burns

How old are you? 

21-years-old

What is your zodiac sign?

Aries. My birthday is April 8th.

Where do you live? 

England, Hampshire.

What are 3 things that you love?

Photography. Writing. Drama.

Why did you start photography?

Ever since I was little, I have always had a passion for photography. I remember playing with the instant cameras and I would ask my mum to buy me one, so I could take photographs. I just found it fascinating and I loved the idea of being about to capture a particular moment in time and to be able to treasure it forever. It wasn’t until I was able to purchase my own DSLR Canon Camera that I began to take photography seriously. I have nearly had my camera for a whole year now and I am so proud of myself of how far I’ve come. I am looking forward to pursuing photography and seeing what the future has in store for me.

What camera/lens do you use? 

About a year ago, I purchased myself one the best things that I could have ever bought. It was a DSLR Canon 1300D camera. This camera is designed for beginners and hobbyists who are just starting out within the photography industry. This was absolutely perfect for me at the time as I was able to practise and get used to a DSLR camera. In a few months time, sometime in 2019, I would love to purchase the Canon 80D as I absolutely love it. It is an amazing camera and I have had my eyes on it for a few months now. On my 1300D camera, I use an 18mm-55mm lens and a 75mm-300mm lens for the distant shots. I enjoy using both of these lenses and I recommended both of these to anyone who wants to pursue a career in photography.

What inspires you as a photographer?

I love being able to see reactions on the clients face when they see their photographs for the first time. Also, I enjoy reading all the supportive comments on my social media as it inspires me to keep going to pursue what I love doing most.

img_8769What style of photography is your favourite?

Hmm… This is so difficult for me as I have loved all the different kinds of shoots I’ve done so far. I suppose I would probably choose weddings as I always enjoy myself whilst I am there. I have only ever done two weddings, so this is probably why. I would love to be given the opportunity to do more weddings so I can get more experience and develop my skills.

Do you edit your photographs? If yes, what do you use? 

I am going to be completely honest. Up until a few months ago, I never edited any photoshoots that I would do. I would give the whole collection to the client. I never knew what to use or how to edit photographs. As a self-taught photographer, this was definitely one of my main struggles. When I had the opportunity of photographing my first wedding (as a second shooter), I was advised to practise editing prior to the shoot. I was told that almost every photographer edits their photographs, but also in a way that suits their style. Ever since I was informed about this, I decided to get a couple of editors and experiment with them. I now use DxO and Lightroom on my PC. I am not great at editing, but I do give it a good go. I am hoping to get some more practise in this year as I was do lots and lots of shoots.

There you go, I have just completed the get to know me (photographer edition) question tag. If you have any further questions that you’d like to ask me, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

New Year, New Idea (2019).

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Where did that even come from??? This year has come around so quick.

For a couple of weeks now, I have been working on a new design for my blog. I wanted to create a website that would potentially integrate my photography, as well as my interest for blogging. I am going to be completely honest and admit that I had no idea what I was doing, so let’s agree that this was the best I could do. I am not confident with using the WordPress customizer, but I did give it a good shot. To be honest, I really do like the new website layout as it is simple, yet sophisticated.

I am very excited to be launching this brand new design as I really want to pursue my career as a photographer and blogger. I have always been interested in photography which is why I have decided to use this space to share all of my creations with the rest of the world, through the use of blogging. You can expect to see blog posts based on the topics of travel and lifestyle. I will definitely share with you some of the latest shoots, if the client agrees. If you are looking for a photographer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What’s happening in 2019?

It’s time for the best part of this post… all the things I am looking forward to in 2019. I suppose these are some of my goals, but more importantly some of the things that are going to make it one of the best years I have ever had.

  1. In a couple months, I will be moving into a new flat (hopefully) with my partner Kevin which I am very excited about. We have viewed one flat so far and we absolutely love it. We love it so much that we haven’t viewed another one since. Due to the holidays, we have to wait until January 3rd 2019 before we hear back from the landlord…SO FINGERS CROSSED!!!!
  2. I will definitely be going on a few mini breaks this year starting off with London, Paris and somewhere hot which hasn’t been decided yet. I absolutely love going to London because it feels like a holiday every time I go, as I don’t go often. I will be going there to go on the London Eye (again) and to go on a London Cruise. I think me and Kevin will plan out a few days there to make the most of it. This year I am definitely being spoilt as I found out the Kevin’s parents are taking us to Paris/Disney Land in April which makes me very happy.
  3. One of my ultimate goals this year is to really push myself with pursuing my passion for photography. I want to confidently take on opportunities to help build my portfolio and my experience with different shoots.

I am so excited to start planning, writing and posting on my website again. I have missed blogging so much, especially after the failure of Blogmas. I will be posting every Sunday at 6PM and occasionally on a Wednesday at 6PM depending on how busy I am with work and uni.