MY SUMMER EVERYDAY MAKE-UP ROUTINE.

I have something amazing to share with you and I think you are all going to love it. I have been getting messages recently from a few of you asking for a make-up routine, more specifically the make-up routine that I am using on a daily basis.

I have decided to create a video, primarily to complement the process so you can see a step-by-step guide of what I am doing. I have also included the Q&A polls from my Instagram and Twitter, so if you asked a question then it will be answered in the video. In addition, I have added in some FUN FACTS, along with a little chat. All of the products I have used can be found in the video itself, plus I will tag them below and they will also be tagged in the description box of the video too.

What products have I used? 

  1. Moisturiser
  2. Foundation
  3. Contour set
  4. Eye-brow kit
  5. Setting Spray
  6. Face Mist
  7. Mascara

This is a very easy, simple, and fresh make-up look which I wear a majority of the time. I am not the best at make-up, so this works wonders for me. I prefer having my make-up quite subtle, and this feels amazing on the skin as it isn’t too heavy. This is definitely a look that I will be wearing for many times to come or a look that I will use as a basis for all looks.

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments:

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HP Sprocket Plus Printer (White) Review + Printing Guide.

For a couple of months now, I have had my eyes on this beautiful little gadget, the HP Sprocket Plus Printer. I have seen a few YouTubers, such as Zoe Sugg and Mark Ferris advertise this on their channels and if I am going, to be honest, it looked pretty darn amazing. As you can imagine, for a photographer, as soon I saw it, I just wanted it!

I love being able to print out my photographs and display them around my room to remind me of all the perfect shots I’ve captured, as well as all the amazing adventures I’ve been on. Fortunately, I actually received the HP Sprocket Plus (White) as a gift, from Kevin’s parents for Christmas. I was so happy to have received this as I honestly loved it from the moment I saw it and was saving up to purchase it myself. I do actually own an instant Polaroid camera, although it doesn’t save the photos and the quality isn’t great. So, this was just perfect.

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I have decided to review the HP Sprocket Plus (White) on my blog as I think it’s important to read a range of reviews about whether to make a purchase like this or not. I am going to be completely honest and share with you my exact thoughts about this, including the printing process and the quality etc,.

Here’s what HP has to say about it:

  • 30% larger than the standard sprocket
  • Use the HP sprocket app to quickly print your favourite photos via Bluetooth
  • Filters, borders, emojis and more are available to edit your photos
  • No ink cartridges required – just the paper

(HP Development Company, 2019)

How does it work?

  1. Download the HP sprocket app from your smartphone app store
  2. Complete the required steps –> My Sprocket –> Sprocket Plus
  3. Follow the steps to turn on, load paper and connect using Bluetooth
  4. YOUR DEVICES ARE PAIRED!!! Time to start printing

How to use the HP Sprocket Printing app?

  1. Choose a photograph that you would like to print
  2. select the amount of copies (i.e. 01 or 02)
  3. Click the middle button underneath with the printer emoji

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As soon as you have pressed that little printer button with the green dot your photograph will transfer to the sprocket and begin to print. Only press the button once and wait for the screen to change to the white printing section. Sometimes it can take some time to send over, and if you press the button twice, you will get two photographs printing.

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How to add filters, borders and emojis? 

  1. Choose a photograph that you would like to print
  2. Click the pen on the top right corner
  3. Then, play around with the different options along the button (i.e. filters, borders, emojis, cropping and many more)
  4. When you’re happy with your photograph, click on the tick in the top right corner
  5. Select the amount of copies (i.e. 01 or 02)
  6. Click the middle button underneath with the printer emoji

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I absolutely LOVE this little gadget…I THINK IT IS PERFECT! This is incredible, not just for someone like me whos interested in photography, but for anyone who loves to treasure their memories. It is very easy to set-up, as well as editing and printing. I think the quality is amazing, especially for a small version coming out. It is really difficult to make the photographs being printed in good quality because that will always go fuzzy, as I am taking a photo of it. But, you can still see how incredible they look.

I am looking forward to print many more photographs, as well as putting them around my brand new flat in the next few weeks. If you would like to see how I organise and place these photographs around my home, please comment and I will create a post based on that.

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I hope you found this post useful. Do you have the HP Sprocket Plus?

5 Useful Tips For Editing Headshots Using Lightroom CC?

Although the concept of taking a headshot is generally not that difficult; the editing side of photography was definitely a struggle for me. I think that Lightroom is the easiest editing software to use, especially if you are new to photography and/or editing for the first time. Fortunately, I was able to shoot for a couple of people, to take headshots, which enabled me to figure out Lightroom for myself.

You should definitely speak to your client beforehand about the type of headshot that they are wanting so that you can edit the photographs to suit their preferences. However, here are just some of my top tips on how to professionally edit headshots using Lightroom CC that will make your clients headshots look much more professional.

Cropping 

Before I begin the editing process, I always choose the photographs that can be cropped; to be more zoomed in and then zoomed out if need be. Not only are you able to compare both of these, but the client will then receive two different kinds of headshots that takes zero effort from yourself. It is also important to keep the ones that may be too far away, as you can always crop them to suit their needs. Every person, every headshot and every situation is always different, so keep the photographs to edit, in case they can be used.

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These 4 things are all the tools that you need in order to edit the photograph itself.

Clarity is great for softening the skin to make it perfect and flawless. The amount that you use does matter, however, I always use it a little bit to smooth the skin for a finished look.

Noise Reduction is used to smooth the whole photograph; if it is grainy and loses its quality. I always use this tool in all of my edited photographs as it is brings the photograph to life. It draws out the light and enhances the photograph making it fresh and perfect which reduces all blemishes.

Highlight is not always necessary, yet it can be used in contrast to that as well. If you have an image which is too dark, then you would use the tool to make it lighter. Alternatively, if you have an image with extreme lighting and that is very bright, you can tone it down by down-lighting the image. As you can see, both of the headshots use highlight to enhance areas within the images to create a more natural look.

Vibrancy is designed to add colour (to make it vibrant) into your photographs. It can be used to brighten up the background, the person’s face, hair and/or clothing. The reason why I like to use vibrancy is that you do not have to use the saturation which can sometimes ruin the photograph. Vibrancy is specifically aimed to bring out the colour in the areas that need it most.

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If you are new the whole editing part of photography, then I 100% recommend using Lightroom CC to start off with. It is very easy to get the hang of and has saved me and my photos which is great because my clients have loved them all. If you would like me to do a step-by-step tutorial on how I have edited these or any other photograph, please just let me know in the comments.

 

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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?

5 Ways You Can Become A Tourist In Your Hometown.

Have you ever thought about becoming a tourist in your own hometown? – Well with these tips you can be a tourist in any hometown.

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A couple of weeks ago, I never thought of the idea of becoming a tourist in my own hometown. To be a tourist, it does not mean that you have to travel somewhere within the same country or even to somewhere abroad. A tourist is someone who is visiting a particular place and/or town for their own pleasure. If you are an adventurous person, like me, then you can easily become a tourist in your own hometown.

Photograph/Document Everything 

It is very important for a tourist to record (photograph) and/or document (journal) everything, including all of the activities that they do. It doesn’t matter what equipment you use, whether if that is a professional camera, phone or tablet. What’s important is that you capture every unique moment and treasure it for a lifetime. Being a freelance photographer, I can confirm that by doing this people within that place/city will instantly believe that you are a tourist. I love taking photographs of absolutely everything and even if I am just having a little photoshoot, people have still assumed that I am a tourist and have offered to take photographs of me in front of buildings, so this DEFINITELY WORKS!

Learn About The History

Speaking for myself, I can hold my hands up and admit that even I do not know about my hometowns history. Don’t get me wrong, I know a couple things, but in general I don’t have a great deal of knowledge. I think that it is important for everyone to know the history about their hometowns. A majority of places/city’s will have information at all of their tourist attractions or even a local museum.  Fortunately, my hometown is filled with lots of tourists attractions and is well-known for their beautiful buildings/statues that is accompanied with a museum.

Try Out A B&B or Hotel 

Ok, so this one is a little bit out there. But, I think that to really become a tourist in your own hometown you should definitely try out and/or review some of the B&B’s and hotels. Not only are you exploring your own hometown, but you are also having the opportunity to review the accommodation that your  hometown offers. You would be able to give the best recommendations and use your knowledge to pass on to others who are visiting your hometown.

Do Something New

Even if you think you have been to all the tourist attractions and you know enough about your hometown… there is always more! My hometown is filled of little independent shops, including restaurants and little coffee shops. You should visit lots of places, take photographs and learn something new. Going the extra mile to find out about something that not a lot of people would know is definitely a way to be recognised as a tourist. I have recently been looking and trying out the independent shops in my hometown, instead of the well-known retail stores.

Take Something Memorable Back With You

NOT JUST PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! There is actually a lot that you can take back with you. Whenever I go away on holiday, I would always bring back something as a memory from that particular holiday. It can be anything, such as a souvenir, ceramic bowls or mugs, sea shells, tickets etc. I think that it is important to keep anything that reminds you of that visit.

These are just some of my tips on how you can be a tourist in your hometown. As someone who loves to travel, I think it is a great way to explore the world without having to pay for a whole holiday. You should definitely explore and check out your own hometown.