Here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been asked since starting this blog. If you have an idea for my next round, leave your question in the comments below!
Are you married? Do you have kids?
I married my husband Aaron on December 31, 2016. Got married on New Year’s Eve because we LOVE a good party. Not quite ready to party with kids yet. 😉
Where do you work?
I work remotely for Tailwind App, and I LOVE IT. It’s such an amazing work environment, and I am alllll about our mission: Making marketing easier for EVERYONE. I find it so fulfilling supporting bloggers and small business owners as they accomplish big goals and dreams!
How do you approach paid content on Instagram?
This is a GREAT question, and I have plans to do a deep dive in a blog post soon, but here’s the short of it:
I only accept gifted product when there are no strings. I like to try things out and actually make sure I like them before sharing them with all of you. That said, I do engage in paid partnerships more comfortably because, frankly, this whole thing is a business. Just because it’s a creative one, doesn’t mean it’s not something I work hard on. I want to provide value for people who might be interested in what I have to share.
I think this is an important question, and to answer it shortly, I feel more comfortable within a paid partnership because it’s EXTREMELY clear to all parties that it is a business arrangement (or it should be!). Because I am picky with who I work with, I turn down 80-90% of the partnerships that approach me, so I always feel good about the ones I choose.
I am looking forward to continuing this conversation soon!
How do you take so many cute photos?
This always makes me laugh because there are SO many days that I don’t feel cute, but I’ve kind of got this thing down to a science. Here are my tips for taking flattering photos.
- Get a tripod. Even though Aaron takes lots of my pictures, I always have him use a tripod if we’re at home. I know exactly where it’s supposed to go and find it’s more flattering taking photos straight-on. This goes against what I used to think, which was that you had to take photos from above for them to work. But then you have the Big Head Problem. I also think when a photo is taken straight on, instead of at any sort of angle, the background looks flatter, which folks on the gram seem to really prefer.
- Wear stuff you feel good in. I used to always wear things that looked good on other people to try to “get the look.” Now I shop for my body type, and if it doesn’t fit, it leaves my closet! I want to feel good when I’m picking out an outfit.
- Find a good filter. I made my own preset after a lot of trial and error. Most of the presets I found looked great for outdoor photos but were too harsh for indoor ones. Eventually, I found the perfect combo on Lightroom and now editing photos is a breeze. I can’t tell you how many times I take a photo and feel insecure for a split second before remembering that this preset can make basically any picture look vintage, warm, and dreamy. This makes it much easier to experiment with photos instead of worrying about them!
What is #ColorMyCloset?
It’s a hashtag I started for the Color My Closet challenge. I share more about it HERE.
How did you meet T-Swift?
I get this one when I share this photo approximately one a week because I am STILL. IN. SHOCK.
Basically, I’ve been a Swiftie for as long as I can remember, and my mom was determined to get us to meet her. She is a FORCE. (Both my mom AND Taylor, actually!).
Long story short, my mom said, “What do we have to do to meet her?” So I tried coming up with the MOST Taylor Swift thing ever. I made her a book with the lyrics to New Year’s Day as the captions for photos from my New Year’s Eve wedding, and we headed to her show. My mom dragged me up to EVERY SINGLE security guard or official-looking person, until we stumbled across two dudes who happened to be her security team and found us quite comical. They told me they could give the book to Taylor, and then came back out to say she was looking at it while she got her make-up done AND SHOWING HER MOM… DEAD.
Halfway through the show, a woman found me in the crowd to give us backstage passes and the rest is history.
We met her mom too, and it was the night before Mother’s Day so she sang The Best Day, and it was all just TOO PERFECT. I got to hug Taylor and gush about love and music and it was just the greatest thing ever.
I never saw it coming, and I’ll never be the same.