Catching Up

Hey. You. Guys!! (Imagine that scene from the Goonies!) It has been quite some time since I've last posted, yet it was really only last week. I thought I'd share some insight of my life to catch you up as I've been getting questions about why I've been so M.I.A.

Flannel: Forever 21 // Top: Forever 21 // Shorts: H&M // Shoes: Converse

First, life has been a wild roller coaster. Work has been getting really busy and I've been finding myself just uninspired. Sometimes I don't know what to post on Instagram, as to grow your account, they recommend posting daily. Well, I for one don't have everyday to post daily as sometimes I'm not home from work until 10 pm. By that time, I'm exhausted. Other days I may find some time, but then I get stuck on WHAT to post. I try my best to preshoot a lot of things so I can keep posting at least once every other day. Not going to lie, it's a struggle. Major props to those social media influencer's for always having some sort of content on a daily basis, if not, twice a day! Second, it's also majorly uninspiring when you see someone using fake followers to grow their account. Granted a lot of spam accounts follow anyone whose account is public, but its obvious if you went from 5,000 followers to 70,000 followers over night. That is highly impossible, maybe if you had something go viral. But to see those people receiving things only because of numbers is a real buzz kill. It makes it hard for someone to want to even compete. I feel like everyone trying to grow their following struggles with this on a daily basis, comparing themselves to others. It's hard not to. You just have to remember why your doing it. That you want someone to see your page and feel inspired. That you want to connect with people from all over the world. Not because of how many followers someone has or what big companies they work with. That shouldn't be your motivation for social stardom. People will see right through that.

Second, my dad recently had surgery and it was just good to put down any form of social media to be there for him. As your parents get older, the more precious time is. I rather be with them over my phone any day. But I'm so thankful for all the support from everyone who continues to bring joy to my life. I'm also thankful for my blogging community I'm apart of. If it wasn't for them, I'd be so lost! Cheers to you #girlbosses!

At the end of this roller coaster ride, I finally decided on new camera gear, and I literally feel like it's Christmas all over again! As you remember from a few previous posts, I struggled with my current camera set up. I always recommend anyone who is interested in photography to start basic. You will learn so much and not feel like a deer in the headlights if you went straight into a full frame professional camera. I know that is how I would've been! My very first DSLR was a Nikon 3200. I literally had NO idea what I was getting myself into. I just saw that it was on sale and purchased it spontaneously. After finding that I wanted to do more with images, I then went to the Canon side...dun dun dun! I'm seriously #teamCanon all the way! I then purchased the Canon EOS T6i which is in their Rebel Series. It was mainly for videos, as at that time I was so invested on creating YouTube content. Over time it started to become more about photography. Not just fashion photography, but travel photography. I have come to realize that after a year and a half with the T6i, it was time to grow up. We have a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens that gives you that Bokeh feel, but on a cropped sensor camera, like the T6i, it was more like a 76mm lens. My images weren't as clear as I'd hoped when I began editing in Lightroom, finding it super difficult to get the look I was going for. So I finally purchased a full frame camera, and to top it off, I purchased my DREAM lens that I've been wanting for years! The Sigma 35mm 1.4 art lens! I seriously can't wait to take images with this new setup, as it's exactly what I was looking for. I have a trip to Yosemite and to Disneyland very soon and I'm so excited to test it out there. I'm hoping this will set that spark off again inside of me. I'm trying to focus more on myself, rather than what other people are doing. I'm not the most fashionable person in the world, so why would I always post just fashion pictures? I wear the same thing pretty much all the time if I'm not in my work clothes, which is just all black clothes. What inspires me to share pictures is just life in general. I want to share the places I travel to, the coffee I may be drinking, the books I love to read and the outfits I decide to wear while doing that. Not what designer clothes or makeup I'm wearing. Instagram and this blog are posts about my life, my struggles, my dreams. I want to look back years from now, looking back at all these photo diaries I've shared and see that I was always true to myself. So many things inspire me in life. I don't want to try and ever be something I'm not. 

Until next time.

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