Monday, April 2, 2018

Does taking picture in public make you nervous? Here are the tips you've been looking for.

If you have ever met me in real life then you know I’m a bit shy and really awkward in person. 

When it comes to filming or taking pictures in the comfort of my own home though? That’s my life!  However, outside of my cozy little environment I tend to be really self-conscious. I become totally fixed on my surroundings and can barely concentrate. When I notice people looking at me on the street during a photo session my legs become as stable as an Ikea table on sale and my heart starts pounding like an EDM concert. Unfortunately, if you love taking awesome shots out in public then this is something that might slow you down on your way towards greatness. 
The main reason why I get so shy and nervous when taking outdoor pictures is the fear of people thinking I am narcissistic or conceited. Trust me, this is not the case at all. I just really enjoy sharing my love for fashion with my instagram little world. I really appreciate great sceneries and capturing beautiful memories through the lens of my camera. Also, being a content creator sometimes I have collaboration engagements that require a certain number pictures or videos for social media.
With that being said, here are a few ways to make it more... bearable. 

1 - Choose a touristic spot to shoot. 

It’s a perfect place NOT to feel uncomfortable. Most people around you will also be taking pictures, so you won't feel as awkward or weird. Plus, touristic sites often have the most gorgeous sceneries, which is great for beautiful pictures. I mean, not very unique but at least you will be able to tag the location of the picture, which will help make it easier for people to find your pictures (FYI, tagging the location of the picture is a great way to maximize your social media growth... You’ll thank me later). So there is a bit of a give and take with tip number one (#youwinsomeyoulosesome). 

2 - The early bird get's the worm. 
If you are not a morning person you are probably rolling your eyes or preparing to skip to tip number three. Wait! Just hear me out for a second. The best way to avoid crowded places for a photo shoot or film/vlog session is to wake up early and beat the morning rush. On top of that you have a great chance of catching a breath-taking sunrise. Another convenient factor about going out early is that if it’s a warm day shooting earlier in the day helps to avoid that 12 p.m. heat wave. So no more sweaty, “I just took a quick jog around the block.

3 - Avoid Week-Ends in downtown areas. 
If you are a not a fan of people, clearly try to avoid busy times of crowded downtown areas. Literally, hundreds of fast walking people, speeding bikes, and crazy traffic. I mean it can be really intimidating. So if you have the possibility of shooting on a weekday, early in the morning I would strongly recommend it. 

4 - Try Filming or taking pictures with a friend. 
It's always less awkward if you are not the only one in front of the lens. So go vlog with a good friend! Have a photography session with another blogger friend or just someone who wants a couple of nice pictures on their Instagram feed. 

5 - Practice makes perfect! 
Go ahead and practice a couple of cute poses at home that you are comfortable with so you won't have to think about it too much while you are outside. Try declaring positive affirmations in front of the mirror to help boost your self-confidence. You will also need to practice relaxing your face in front of the sun or bright lights. Now I know this sounds silly or like a big waste of time but you will not regret it. The most annoying thing is to roll around in front of a camera for an hour taking a hundred shots only to find in almost every shot your fist balled up, your hip looking dislocated and your eyes squinting (#speakingfromexperience).

6 - Find a cul-de-sac or a dead-end road. 
Meh, not much to add here. However, this is a great way to avoid traffic circulation and people!

7 - Get a lil bit Tipsy 
This is only if you are above 18 (or 21 depending on where you are in the world).  A little bit of alcohol in your system may help you relax just a bit. I will say that this tip may not work for everyone. Personally, alcohol makes me pretty sleepy and borderline useless to society.
8 - Make sure you are comfortable with your photographer. 
If you are not comfortable taking pictures outside you will want to avoid adding more factors of discomfort (cold weather, wanting to pee really badly, being hungry, etc.). Making sure you are totally comfortable with the person behind the camera will make the whole experience A LOT more pleasant.  After booking a photo session, try meeting up with your photographer at least a couple of times to talk before the shoot. It would also be a great idea to try to ask a friend, a member of your family or your Instagram husband/wife to take your pictures. Let’s also not forget that this will definitely save you some coin. This is will extremely awesome if he or she loves photography as a hobby and is really good with a camera or an iPhone.

9 - Find a pleasant distraction 
Standing up for a long time while someone takes your picture could become super annoying pretty quickly. For the picture, you should definitely try holding your phone, reading a book, leaning against a wall or sit on stairs. It will be less awkward than standing up straight for long periods of time just wiggling your fingers. 

10 - Fake it till you make it! 
            Just suck it up sister (or brother)! To be quite honest, no one really cares that much about you taking pictures in public. The reality is that people barely notice or pay attention to you, they probably have a job to get to. It's actually mostly in your head.  Honestly, you might be the only one making a big deal about it. So just get out there, look confident, stand up straight, smile, be fierce, be bold and be your creative gorgeous self! You will definitely get more and more confortable with each shot. One day you won't even notice people around you anymore (… Well, except for the occasional #photobomber). So go ahead queen! The street is your runway! 


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Minimalist Watches with not so minimalist materials

Life is way too short for our clothes and accessories to be boring.  I often try to go outside of the box when it comes to my personal style. Without being too eccentric I enjoy wearing little details that will bring out my fun (and kind of) crazy personality. So you know when JORD wooden watches contacted me with their creatively watch designs I was really excited to receive such a unique piece to add to my collection.

I must admit, however, sometimes adding different and new pieces to my wardrobe can be a bit intimidating. Therefore, I decided to go with a more neutral color that goes perfectly with my color pallet but where you can still notice the wooden material used in the design. This still gives me an original watch made out of wood but still extremely wearable and highly fashionable.

This watch is part of the Fieldcrest series in Maple. It is very light, way lighter than I expected it to be for something made out of wood and yet very comfortable. The color I chose fits perfectly for spring and summer. The round face and silver trim details on the watch are show-stopping and very chic. Well-crafted and thoughtfully designed, JORD displays a fabulous touch of elegance. The wood material on the watch is scratch-resistant and splash proof matching beauty with durability.
My favorite part of this watch is something that you can't see but that only I know is there. JORD allows you to customize your piece with a watch engraving of something intimate and unique on the back. Perfect for that special someone who is dear to your heart or simply having a cute reminder of something meaningful to you. This special touch makes an already unique watch even more special if you want my opinion.

If you’re loving the watch as much as I am, then you will love today's giveaway! You can be the lucky winner of a $100.00 OFF gift code to spend on a beautiful JORD watch of your choice. Though there can only be one winner, simply entering into this giveaway you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT to apply towards a purchase of your choice. Everybody wins.  I'd like to take an Oprah Winfrey moment to say, "you’re a winner, you’re a winner, and everyone is a winner!"
So enter the giveaway here by simply filling in your name, email address and your preferred watch. You can also check out their men’s watches and women’s watches.

Today’s blog post is in partnership with JORD, but all opinions are my own.

On that note
Aurevoir bisous bisous
Sophia Tim


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why YOU should NOT start a YouTube channel

Why YOU should NOT start a YouTube channel 

Disclaimer: This is in no way, shape or form meant to hurt or discourage anyone who wants to start a YouTube channel, just a couple of things I learned and wanted to share with you. These points apply for blogging also. 

1- You are lazy!

I wanted to make sure this was my first point just in case you are too lazy to get to the end of this post. Creating content requires creativity and time... A lot of it! Often people think that creating content is just taking a picture here, adding a filter there, filming something random here…. But it’s not at all the case, the 8 minute YouTube video you are consuming often take between 4 and 16 hours to edit. Yes you read that right! That picture that you are conveniently double tapping and then forgetting on Instagram probably took 20 different not so perfect shots. So If you are lazy don’t even start. Plus, your followers or subscribers easily get bored if you don’t post regularly. I’m definitely guilty of being a couch potato sometimes, It’s definitely something we all can work on. Later on in this article I will share with you some tips to be help be more productive. So if you are willing to work on this first point... That means you won't be lazy and you'll keep reading. There is still hope for you my friend. 

2- You want to be famous and receive free crap!

Starting a YouTube channel hoping for “fame” or just getting perks is only going to lead to frustration. Personally, I started my YouTube channel in a time of my life when I needed to be more creative because my job was (and is still) very boring. Starting my channel gave me instant satisfaction because my reasons for being there were not fame and a free cleaning facial brush from Vanity Planet. (They are really dope BTW) The first time a company contacted me for a collaboration; I could not believe it! I thought they messaged me by mistake or that it was some sort of scam. Needless to say I was over the moon, but I was not expecting anything and if no more companies want to work with me in the future I will still be uploading content regularly.

Find a genuine reason to start your channel or your blog. Something that has nothing to do with money, fame or free products. So once you have found your reason why (Sharing information, sharing your passion, teaching, for fun, for your business, to be creative, because you just love filming and/or editing…) go to the next point. Maybe you're not a loss cause after all. 

3- You get Discouraged easily!

A little bit like the first point, a lot of time is required to create content. Well, good content anyways, but a lot of time will also be required to gain followers, subscribers and visibility. If you think you are going to put one perfectly edited video out there and you will be famous well you are terribly wrong pal (Except if your name is Will Smith). Can you imagine filming a 30-minute video and realizing after that the audio is not working or that your lens was out of focus?... That's sometimes the reality of being on YouTube. By the way, that's without mentioning frustrations with the platform itself. Don't even get me started! 

Keep in mind that it is a process so enjoy having 20, then 50, then 100 subscribers. Celebrate the small victories or milestones and have fun even if you have to record the same footage 4 times. So if this point did not totally discourage you... You may continue reading. 

4 - You want that YouTube Money! 

A little bit like point number 2. Money is not a good reason to start a YouTube channel. Anyways, now with the new thresholds and regulations that require you to have a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 HOURS of watch time in the last 12 months. It’s getting harder and harder to get a lil' coin on this platform. So is it even worth doing though? Absolutely! By creating content you will receive way then money could ever give you. Again, find a more purposeful focus or goal and continue reading. 

5 - Your feelings are easily hurt!

We live in a cold and nasty world friend. When you put yourself out there you almost have a sign on your forehead screaming, "I’m open for target practice. Come and destroy my feelings and soul. Please show me no mercy." Seems like, behind a computer screen (or a smartphone), it’s even easier to freely hate on someone. While some will just criticize you and judge your lifestyle others (trolls) will try to make you react, make you upset, crush your heart into a million pieces and then take a piss on your remaining just for the fun of breaking you.

My first mean comment was someone saying that my elbows were way to dark compared to rest of my body. I never had a problem with my elbows before, but after this comment I was obsessed with everybody's elbows. They were all I could think about. Were mine really darker than the average? How unattractive was it? Did everyone notice them but just did not want to hurt my feeling? Maybe I could lighten them up? Would lime work?…

I wore long sleeves for like the whole month of July obsessing over my dang elbows! All that to say... Even though my example is far from being the worst it really affected me. People will really come for you, but you can’t let them have that much power on you. Do a little introspection before starting a YouTube channel. Can you handle the heat? I know I couldn’t at first. However, hold your head up high your skin will get tougher! I’m still annoyed with dislikes and not so nice comments but they no longer make me cry in the shower in a fetal position. 

Creating a YouTube channel was on of the best things I've ever done. Probably saved me from depression and a bit of loneliness. So please choose to create videos because it brings joy and happiness and not for other futile reasons and if at any moment it stops bringing you joy it is okay to JUST STOP. I mean life is to short to do things that just suck. 

On that note 
Aurevoir Bisous Bisous 
Long sleeves wearer forever. 
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