A May Day

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(Shirt: Express, Jeans: Hollister, Shoes: ASOS)

How often is it that you get such a beautiful day just two weeks after snow being on the ground? By Wisconsin standards, it’s a miracle. Since these photos were taken I’ve returned home for the summer and glad to take a much-needed break from the stress of school. My finals went well and I am happy for the time to reconnect with my family.

To my joy I will only be home for a week before embarking on some adventures out-of-state. It has been awhile since I went on any kind of vacation and am looking forward to visiting new places. First stop will be the land of flowers in Holland, MI for the tulip festival, a city I’ve been dreaming of visiting for years. Shortly after I’ll be flying out to the west coast for a couple of days. It’s been nearly ten years since I went to California and I can’t wait to explore the city of San Fransisco for the first time.

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5 Tips For Better Instagram Photos

Now I don’t claim to be a pro, but in the past year my knowledge of Instagram has rapidly grown. With managing my own profile and our Her Campus account at Stout, I have had the chance to practice and master some techniques. So, I thought I’d put together a list of the things I’ve learned.

Natural Light

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If there is one thing I took away from years of photography classes, it’s to use NATURAL LIGHT. This is something all photographers will tell you. The result will always be more satisfying than the over saturated and harsh artificial light found indoors. Try to take your photos near a window or outside. This will help remove shadows and distribute the light more evenly, giving the photo a warm tone.

Take a Lot of Photos

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We have all had those moments where we thought we took a great photo, only to realize it came out blurry and unusable. One mistake you may be making is not wiping off your lens before taking a photo. Your hands leave oils behind that dirty the lens and can ruin your money-maker shot. You should also be taking photos from your phone’s camera, not through Instagram whose camera is of a much lower quality. I like to take at least ten photos, adjusting the subject and from different angles.

Change Your Point-of-View

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I love a good flat-lay, but it’s important to change-up your angles every now and then. Take photos from above, 45 degrees, and eye level. By changing up your angles, you make your feed much more dynamic and less one note.

Background

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A good background is important. This is what can make or break your photo. You want the background of any photo to be visually interesting and to compliment the image. I tend to avoid reflective tables and distracting colors that can take away from the focus of the image. I like to use thing like a piece of tile or a furry rug to style my photos.

Apps

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I only have two apps that I use when editing my photos, everything thing else I do in Instagram. Facetune is my favorite app to use. Though the actual purpose of the app is to distort faces, I personally love to use it to whiten my photos. The tone and smooth tools are great for getting rid of table glares and dust spots. I also use VSCO to check if a photo fits in my feed before uploading to Instagram.

So these are just a few of my tips on how to better your Instagram account. If you aren’t already, make sure to follow me @livvyloulu.

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(Blouse: Forever21, Moto-Pants: Express, Boots: H&M)

As you may know, I am studying journalism at school. This semester has been rough with some new professors. But, I’m starting to get into the flow of things. I have really gotten to put my interview skills to the test as I work on current writing assignments. In the past week alone I have gotten to interview a manager at local vegan coffee shop and a girl from Saudi Arabia. It is stuff like this that gets me excited to start my career in the real world. Part of the reason I changed to this major is because I wanted a career that would allow me to meet many types of people. I enjoy the chance to hear about others lives and experiences. I can only hope that from here on out I can continue to do so.

I am starting the process of applying for internships and it has been a ton of work. I haven’t touched my resume or portfolio in over a year, so I have had to do some serious updating. Though it may be time consuming, it is just more thing that brings me closer to starting my career.

 

Ice Tundra

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(Coat: T.J.Maxx, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Target)

So, my hair is silver. It is now the middle of winter. It has been forever since my last post, a whole 3 months! My hiatus was unintentional, but much-needed. Sometimes you just need a breather to gather your thoughts and embrace the change in your life. But, that’s for another time.

Having grown up in Wisconsin, I have learned to embrace the cold and all that comes with it. That includes breathtaking backdrops like these that make you feel as if you’re in another place entirely. Combine an ice-covered lake with the golden hour and feel as if you’re on the set of a movie.

October Playlist

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Like my style, my music taste can be described as eclectic. It ranges from the soft, melodic sound of Lana to the sassy beat of Elle King. The music I listen to tends to reflect my mood. When I’m feeling creative, I love listening to something upbeat that I can sing along to. When I’m feeling stressed, it’s nice to have a lighter tune that blends into the background.

Right now I have been crazy into Halsey. She is absolute perfection. Her album badlands has been playing on repeat for the past couple weeks. There is just something about her lyrics that is so entrancing. I highly recommend that you give her a listen.