Taking the next stop in photography

I’m not a photographer, nor do I have fancy equipment; I admire those that have a great eye for it! I occasionally post content I’m proud of over on my instagram.

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Within the last week, I whipped out an old camera of mine. I wanted to see if myself and my instagram followers could even tell the difference between my Iphone camera quality and my camera. Spoiler alert, they could tell.

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Since then, I’ve been trying to use my camera for more of the photos I’m taking stuck home in quarantine. The camera I’m using that I got maybe 3-4 years ago…. is the Nikon COOLPIX L830 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 34x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and Full 1080p HD Video (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer).

I also don’t really use any equipment other than my tripod (which I 10/10 recommend as it comes with the bluetooth remote & also an attachment to use for your Iphone).

Selfie Stick Tripod, UBeesize 51″ Extendable Tripod Stand with Bluetooth Remote for iPhone & Android Phone, Heavy Duty Aluminum, Lightweight

It’s super easy to use and it was super reasonable. Anyway, other than that I don’t use any equipment as I’m just starting to figure it all out.

Any tips? Lets chat!

Mainly, what prompted this, was wanting to create better quality photos for brands and other products that I love. For example, this post where I talk about my favorites, I hope in the future to provide better quality photos to go along with it. What’s funny is when I first started this blog over two years ago, from the start I chose to use my camera to get better quality photos. For example, this post where I talk about some of my travel packing essentials.

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Anyway, kind of a mini blog post here. Get excited for the better quality content to come.

As always, thanks for reading. I’ve been appreciating all the support so much.

Lots of love,

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Planning: finding a daily structure while stuck at home

Why a good planner can be so important (especially to add structure to your daily life right now):

At the beginning of this year I really struggled to find a planner that I liked. So many of the ones I saw in the store were either academic (so I would’ve already missed a chunk of it) or filled with a lot of space I would never use. Not only a waste money wise, but also time.

I do really enjoy planning my days and getting a better outlook on what’s coming ahead. Even if planning normally isn’t your favorite thing, right now some sort of structure can ease your mind. I find that the weeks I do choose to use my planner I feel more secure (crazy how that’s a thing?). Especially right now, with the ample amount of time just sitting home, it gives me a sense a purpose.

Now, something I want to manifest right here, especially to my future self, is don’t rely on the aspect of planning. It’s awesome to look ahead and see what virtual workouts you’re going to do and all that but I need to remember to not get attached. I have a tendency to get my hopes up pretty easily and then get butt hurt that everything doesn’t completely go to plan.

okay back to the planner thing

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My planner of choice is the Savor Life 90 Day Planner. I have thought about trying the Passion Planner as well, but this one has a lot of room for mental reflection.

The Highlights

  • There is something comforting about only having to commit to it for 90 days. You have about three months to try it out, reflect and grow. The planner starts with a couple pages to set your 90-day vision: “Create 90-day goals for a fresh start four times a year”.
  • You can start this planner at any time. Yes, I mean any time. You fill in the start date, the dates of each week and what day you want to start each week with. This is the ultimate customization factor.
  • At the beginning and end of each week there is a space to reflect on your current state of mind and how you could flip that around to doing better next week.
  • There is an ample amount of room to literally dump your thoughts.
  • The planner highlights self care: not only mentally but physically too. There is weekly and daily spots to delve into that. The planner mentions how prioritizing self-care can “help you function at your highest level, boosting happiness, well being, balance and success”. It is the ultimate investment into yourself!
  • The “Pull Weeds Plant Seeds”: This part I really really love. The “Pull Weeds” as in the unsavory tasks that we have no want to do and the “Plant Seeds’ are those savory tasks that are more proactive and can grow into something much greater (a new opportunity, a job interview, or for me: working on my coffee instagram ha) I find it more worthwhile for myself to categorize my tasks into one of these two categories.
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If you’re interested in learning more head to Savor Planners website here to get your own!

*some links do contain affiliate links*

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Questions for thought:

  1. Do you enjoy using a planner?
  2. What do you look for in a good planner?

Lots of love,

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