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Blogging, Photography and Bonding…

Today I went shooting and for the first time I was behind the lens shooting a living breathing person. I have stated on the blog before that one of my goals was to learn more about photography and to start shooting people. I met up with Andrea of PrettyProperQuaint and we headed to Soho to shoot each other. Andrea is also an aspiring photographer and it was wonderful working with her. I struggled a bit with her camera she has the Canon 5Ti while I have the 3Ti, and I was surprised at how different it was from the one I use. Finally we swapped her 50 mm lens on to my camera so I could shoot more comfortably. This was the first time I shot with a 50 mm or fixed lens and wow what a difference. Seriously if you are remotely interested in photography or taking your blog to the next level then you should definitely invest in a prime or fixed focal length lens. You can read more about shooting with a fixed focal length lens in this post.

Blogging may or may not make you rich, but it can and will enrich your life

I met Andrea through the NYC Style collective and I had such a good time shooting her. This is what I love most about blogging—all the wonderful people you get to meet—people whose paths would never cross if were not for the fact that they actively participate in the world of blogging. It is great to meet other women who not only share my love of fashion, but also my love of photography and creating beautiful imagery. Yes I am a graphic designer, and yes I do something creative for a living, but Andrea works in finance, yet she still has a natural wonderful eye for light and composition and knows how to use her camera. So for those of you that may feel you don’t have what it takes, don’t be afraid to try. Go on and get that DSLR, and spring for the 50 mm lens, then network with other bloggers in your area. Blogging may or may not make you rich, but it can and will enrich your life. So girls let’s do this! And stay tuned for a glimpse at my first shoot as photographer, and as they say this is just the beginning…

Image by Sandra Semburg one of my favorite street style photographers who is also a professional fashion photographer


  1. I went hunting for a new Canon yesterday and was so confused by everything. Gosh, it’s been years and it’s definitely not like riding a bike. Even the lenses didn’t make sense but I’m sure he mentioned the 5mm lens. I’ll remember to look into this one more now. And yes the blogging community is amazing online but meeting them in person is even more enriching. I was fortunate enough to meet three amazing ladies when I was in LA and Vegas. It was incredible to not only see them in person but to converse was just something else. I’d love to travel and meet more amazing bloggers! Like yourself! ;o)


  2. It is so nice to meet other blogger that have the same interest and a understanding about blog how cool to have the opportunity to take images.

  3. That’s so cool! Excited to check out the shoot!

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  4. It is something I want to improve upon as well. I want people to think I take good pics on my blog–one day I’ll hear that!

  5. The blogging world is so wonderful. You get to meet so many people that you may not have met if it weren’t for blogging. Plus, I have learned so much fro blogging., Looking forward to seeing your see your work. I’m sure it will be amazing. You have a great eye.

  6. Aww, this was such a cute post and I love that the NYC Style Collective has cultivated these friendships and partnerships. I need to get my hands on a really good camera so I can join these shoots, it sounded like it was so much fun!


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  7. Sounds like you had a really fun time shooting with Andrea! Looking forward to seeing your photos! As much as I love my telephoto lenses, I definitely get way more use out of my prime lenses and lately my 40mm hasn’t left my camera at all.

  8. I wish I could afford a DSLR and a professional lens but I don’t think I’ll ever managed to invest in one. I do agree that blogging is such an amazing platform to meet people, I too have met wonderful friends through blogging.

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  9. I used to do photography competitions in grade school, and I’m sad I gave it up. Photography is something I want to start doing again, and I love reading about what you’re learning 🙂

  10. Photography skills and blogging go hand in hand; I love the friendships + bonds you make when you link up with other bloggers to help each other!

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  11. I definitely want to upgrade my camera, but boy! these babies don’t come cheap. Ha!! I’ll slowly get there though. Sounds like you had a good time. Can’t wait to see your work.
    Happy weekend, Alicia dear. 🙂


  12. How cute is this post!!! It was so much fun shooting with you, and grabbing coffee, and getting new sunnnies! We def should meet up again and I’m so glad that you had fun on your first shoot! More to come + great advice about recommending the 50mm lense! NYCSC has made such a big difference in my blogging life and I’m so glad I was able to meet you.

    xo Andrea

  13. It is certainly something I should learn. I would enjoy it, but I love having my camera phone, it lets me take shots anywhere and I like to edit them with snapseed by Google, but yo are right, a good camera makes all of the difference. I am so glad you had fun, one day, one day, we will meet up, too. xx, Elle

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