🇮🇹 In questa fantastica (per me) giornata, sempre così speciale, aka iL MIO COMPLEANNO 🎂 - colgo l’occasione per fare un meraviglioso annuncio: MI TRASFERISCO!
Stavolta non di pochi km, non di un’ora in auto, non cambio provincia o regione... Un nuovo continente 🤪
Ho raccolto un po’ di tempo e coraggio (che per stare dal lato opposto all’apparecchio che uso quotidianamente ce ne vuole) e riassunto otto anni in questi nove minuti di imbarazzo, impegno ed amicizia!
Non faccio altri spoiler perché il resto è proprio nel video in bio/nelle storie 😝 | 🇬🇧 On this day, always so special for us, which is OUR BIRTHDAY 🎂, I’m taking the opportunity to make a wonderful announcement: I’M MOVING TO A NEW CONTINENT!
I collected a little time and courage (to be on the opposite side of the device that I use every day… takes time) and summarized eight years in these nine minutes of embarrassment, commitment and friendship!
I won’t spoiler more because the rest is right in the video! Link in bio/in the stories 😝 #birthday #birthdaygirl #youtubeitalia #youtubevideos #muccitas

🇮🇹 In questa fantastica (per...

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🇬🇧 One of the things I love the most when it’s cold outside: candles. I use them in summer too, but let’s be real - how beautiful is when you are sitting in front of your window, hugged by a warm throw blanket, drinking your favorite tea, with all these @myjoliecandle scented candles around you? | 🇮🇹 Una delle cose che amo di più quando fuori inizia a fare freddo: le candele. Le accendo anche d’estate ovviamente, ma non prendiamoci in giro - quanto è bello quando sei seduta di fronte alla finestra, fuori è grigio, magari piove, la tua copertina ti scalda, stai bevendo il tuo tè preferito e le candele di @myjoliecandle.it avvolgono la stanza con i loro magici profumi? (Tra l’altro, questa è  gusto marshmallow! Decisamente nel mio stile 🥰 e una volta finita, troverò un dolcissimo gioiellino Swarovski!) | #myjolie #myjoliecandle #myjoliecandleit #myjoliexmas #octolyfamily

#prodottooffertodamyjoliecandle 🇬🇧 One of the...

🇬🇧 One month ago I travelled to Germany with @federicadinardo_ to explore and discover more about the Bauhaus architecture movement. We travelled in different cities across the country, but the place that impressed me the most was this hidden gem in Weimar: the Anna Amalia Herzogin Bibliothek, Unesco world heritage site. This place burned out in 2004, it’s been reconstructed preserving the original design. Because of its fragility, was not easy to get into. They sell only 50 tickets per day! (That’s why we had to go there twice 😅) This explains also my stylish slippers :P How gorgeous are these colours? 💛 | 🇮🇹 Di recente sono stata in Germania con @federicadinardo_ per esplorare e scoprire di più sul movimento architettonico del Bauhaus in onore del suo 150° anniversario. Abbiamo viaggiato in diverse città e visitato molti posti singolari, ma il posto che mi ha colpita di più è stata questa perla a Weimar: la Anna Amalia Herzogin Bibliothek, patrimonio mondiale dell'UNESCO. Questo magico posto è andato in fiamme nel 2004, dopodiché è stato ricostruito preservando il design originale. A causa della sua fragilità, non è decisamente stato facile entrare. Per l’entrata sono disponibili solo 50 biglietti al giorno! (infatti siamo tornate due volte 😅) Questo spiega anche le mie eleganti e stilosissime pantofole :P Quanto sono belli questi colori? 💛 | #CelebratingBauhaus #germanytourism #Bauhaus100 #weimar #germany

🇬🇧 One month ago I...

🇬🇧 There is one thing I love that I never talk about which is @timesreel, my project which started years ago when people was still buying things on facebook pages! Time’s Reel is about bespoke dainty jewelry: things you don’t find every day. Time’s Reel collections of jewelries offers exquisite decorative items, lovingly handcrafted from various materials to create an elaborate diverse necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. The purpose is to make the moment you receive your package magical, memorable, and dreamy. Rest assured that I take care of the quality of each jewel. As a unique brand, there’s something special for every package delivered! You’d be surprised to see what I‘ve planned for you. 🦋 | 🇮🇹 C'è una cosa che amo di cui non parlo mai, ovvero @timesreel, il mio progetto iniziato anni fa quando le persone acquistavano ancora cose sulle pagine di facebook scegliendo tra le foto degli album! Time's Reel parla di gioielli delicati creati ad hoc per te: cose che non trovi tutti i giorni. Tramite le collezioni di Time’s Reel creo elementi raffinati, realizzati con amore da diversi materiali per creare collane, anelli, bracciali e orecchini tutti diversi. Lo scopo è quello di rendere il momento in cui ricevi il tuo pacco magico, memorabile e sognante. Siate certi che mi prendo cura della qualità di ogni pezzo. Inoltre, c'è qualcosa di speciale in ogni pacchetto spedito! Rimarrai a bocca aperta nello scoprire cosa ho progettato per te. 🦋 | #timesreel

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🇬🇧 When I was a child I was always afraid of falling and breaking bones. To fight this fear, I even started snowboarding. End of story: I broke a foot running upstairs once - with my camera. I stopped everything apart my photography job, and in different situations I was scared of myself, I wasn’t “sure” even just walking on a normal straight street.
Don’t know how this happened but I went surfing for my first time and loved it more than anything else. I forgot everything. All my fears were gone with waves. I never felt so alive. And happy.
Today I wish you to find something that helps you to forget your fears! 🦋 | 🇮🇹 Quando ero piccola avevo sempre paura di cadere e rompermi qualcosa. Per combatterla, avevo persino iniziato a fare snowboard. Morale della storia: un giorno mi sono rotta un piede correndo sulle scale - con la mia macchina fotografica. Ho smesso di fare tutto, tranne la fotografia, e in diverse situazioni avevo paura di me stessa, non mi sentivo "sicura" nemmeno camminando su una semplicissima strada dritta.
Non so come sia successo, ma sono finita a fare surf per la prima volta in vita mia e l’ho amato più di ogni altra cosa. Ho dimenticato ogni cosa. Tutte le mie paure erano sparite con le onde. Non mi sono mai sentito così vivo. E felice. Oggi ti auguro di trovare qualcosa che ti aiuti a dimenticare le tue paure come è successo a me! 🦋 | #visitaustralia #goldcoast #visitgoldcoast #thisisqueensland #visitqueensland #queensland

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Speechless gold sunsets in Gold Coast 🌇 | #visitgoldcoast #thisisqueensland #goldcoast #visitqueensland #visitaustralia #sunsetaustralia

Speechless gold sunsets in Gold...

I realized it was worth flying for 25 hours to get to Australia (with a lot of flights and their cancelations) when I encountered these cute kangaroos 🦘🥰 swipe for selfie & other funny faces | Trentasei voli e cancellazioni varie per un totale di 25 ore di viaggio per arrivare in Australia sono valse la pena una volta incontrati questi canguri sofficissimi 🦘🥰 scorri per selfie & altre facce simpatiche | #visitqueensland #queensland #goldcoast #visitgoldcoast #kangaroo #thisisqueensland

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Today’s gratitude journal: 1. I feel so happy to be making something close to a living off of my art. 2. I’m so lucky to have healthy and happy friends. 3. I’m glad to have a reason to wake up every morning. Now it’s your turn, what are you grateful for today? :) Featuring my top 5 favorite comments on my story 💕. Il bollettino della gratitudine di oggi: 1. Sono felice di poter vivere grazie alle mie creazioni 2. Sono fortunata di avere amici in buona salute e felici 3. È bello svegliarsi ogni mattina con una ragione e uno scopo. Ora è il tuo turno, di cosa sei grata/o oggi? :) i 5 commenti più carini finiranno nelle storie 💞

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If you’re in the Brisbane area in the next 10 days TEXT ME! 💗Throwback to when I was in one of my favorite places with the best weather & people aka Amsterdam ✨
I don’t know exactly what time or day or month is it so good night folks and let’s see what this place has reserved for us tomorrow morning!Throwback a quando ero in uno dei miei posti & persone preferite con questo incredibile meteo perfetto aka Amsterdam ✨
Non so esattamente che ora o giorno o mese siano quindi crollo tra le coperte e vediamo cosa ci riserva questo posto domani mattina! // #amsterdam #ams #amsterdamcity #netherlands #visitamsterdam

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Master Flatlay Photos in 6 Easy Steps

Do what you love.

 

Today I want to share with you a couple tips for better flatlay photos! Not sure what a flatlay is? Really simply, it’s a birds-eye-view or overhead photo. Usually of things like food, fashion, tech, or desktop accessories. These types of images have become really popular lately thanks to fashion and lifestyle bloggers on Instagram. Flatlay photos are really fun to create! Creating flatlays in various color schemes and themes is perfect for social media, but also for websites and marketing campaigns.Flatlays can also have negative space for writing text, or include tech, such as iPads or iPhones to use for mockups.

1. Lighting

 

Always try to use natural light if possible. Ideally, you want soft diffused light that’s streaming evenly through your window. Take some time to find out what times of day have the best light in your home. Also make note of which rooms get the best light so that you can find a good spot to shoot, as close to a window as possible.

The most light isn’t always the best light. You don’t want harsh sunlight because it will cause a lot of shadows on your subjects (props). You should also aim for even light rather than more light. Watch out for shadows caused by blinds or other objects.

Even if you have to move your set-up to a less lit area that has more even light, this will generally be better than really bright light with lots of shadows.

 

 

2. Background

Keeping your background simple is generally the easiest way to help your props stand out. Stay away from busy patterned backgrounds if you’ew new, and stick with plain white or colored backgrounds. You could also try marble or tile as long as the grain is quite simple and not too distracting.

For the setup, again, keep it simple. Place your background on the floor or table next to the window. Place another (white) board opposite the window to reflect the light and diffuse shadows. That’s it!

Backgrounds don’t have to be expensive. Go to your nearest dollar store, craft, or office supply store and pick up white foam board or poster board. I use a wooden panel, placed next to my window, and pick a time where the light from outside is soft, so that I can have even light spread across my board. You can also use colored boards/paper, or even plain colored wrapping paper. Marble contact paper can also be an option if you don’t have a marble table.

 

 

3.  Camera

The best camera is the one you know how to use. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive camera just right when you start.

Since phone cameras have come a long way, and you’re more likely to have it on hand, I recommend learning how to use your phone camera for your Instagram photography. If you’re shooting images for social media (i.e. won’t need a large format, as a website header) your phone should be fine.

Hold your camera parallel to the floor. With an overhead shot you don’t want your camera on an angle. This can take a little practice so take a few shots!

 

 

4. Props

Gathering props is the fun part! Don’t feel like you have to run out and buy a bunch or break the bank. Start by looking around your office, closet, kitchen and the rest of your house to see what you can gather.

Now, that said, taking an effective photo isn’t just about laying down a bunch of pretty things — there is a bit of strategy involved too!

Your visuals should always support your brand and help you to tell a story & connect with your audience.

So how exactly do you do that?

  • Write down some keywords that describe your brand. Focus on the feelings you want to evoke when people interact with your brand. For example, if keywords are modern, luxurious and stylish, look for props that help me evoke that feeling, such as gold office accessories, black and white prints, high-end jewellery and makeup, fancy desserts, and exotic flowers.
    Take the images on a simple white background or maybe a marble background, and would keep the styling & props minimal to evoke that modern feeling.
    Those props are going to look a lot different than if keywords were fun, flirty, fresh. In this case, I would probably use colored backgrounds, likely in pink for that flirty feel. I would use cute plants, flowers, and fruit for the fresh feel.
    I’d also do stacks of sprinkle donuts, and bright colored drinks. When you write down your keywords, close your eyes and think about the images that come to mind when you think of those words. What do you see? What colors? Where are you? What’s the mood?
  • Choose a theme for your photo or set of photos. This could be something like:
    a day in the life
    how to stay organized
    healthy living
    breakfast
    travel
    what’s in my bag
    For each shoot try to stick to one theme so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Using the theme, you’ll create several different shots/layouts so that you can maximize your efforts. We’ll talk more about this in the Styling section.
  • Collect a variety of props that work within your theme. Look for props that work with your brand colors and with the theme you want to create in your visuals. I generally start by gathering a few of the basics like florals, food, clothing, accessories, stationery, and tech. From there, I’ll look for additional props that support my theme and color scheme and use them as fillers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Styling

Styling can really be a challenge, so be prepared to practice this a lot!

Look at some of your favorite Instagrammers for inspiration, but don’t copy exactly what they’re doing. Instead, ask yourself why you’re drawn to a specific photo. Is it the props they used? Is it the colors? Is it the way everything is laid out? Is it because there’s a lot of white space?

Everyone has a different taste when it comes to styling and it’s going to take you a little while to figure out your unique take, don’t be afraid to play! Take photos as you move props so you can start seeing what’s working and what’s not.

Step 1 – Start by placing your hero object first. This is going to be the main object you want to highlight. If you sell your own products, then this will be your product. If you’re doing a sponsored post, then make the item you’re reviewing the hero.
Sometimes you don’t have a specific hero item and that’s OK, just put down your largest item first.

Step 2 – Place your slightly smaller objects. Have two or three slightly smaller object than the hero and place them on your board.

Step 3 – Place your smallest objects last to fill the space.

Step 4 – Arrange your props in a way that creates balance. Think about how the sizes and shapes work together. Move things around on your board until you like what you see and then take a photo.

Step 5 – Move the props around again and create a new scene. Try taking out some props and take another photo. Add some more props and snap again.

I usually start by taking the first photo with just my hero item, then I add in one or two more items and take a snap. Then I add in my smaller “filler” items and snap again. Finally I rearrange everything that’s on the board and style with different layouts.

 

 

6. Editing

There are tons of great editing apps out there, here are a few of my favs:

VSCO
A Color Story
PicTapGo
Snapseed

Each of these apps has it’s pros and cons, so really you have to try them out to see which ones you like best. If you’ve followed the steps above, your editing should be pretty easy.

I always adjust the exposure for brighter/lighter images. Sometimes, I bump up the shadows to get rid of any unwanted dark spots. You can also bring down the saturation a bit if you like cooler photos.

Go ahead and give shooting and styling your own photos a try! You might find out that you love the process, and you may discover that you’d rather not be taking photos yourself.

 

 

A few more tips:

Use groups of 3 or 5 as uneven numbers are more pleasing to the eye.

If you’re shooting for Instagram, shoot in square mode on your phone so you can see exactly how the objects look w hen cropped into a square.

Taller items will cast larger shadows and can dwarf other items, so try to keep things around the same height. For example, if you’re using flowers, use a really short vase or lay the flowers flat.

If you’re planning on adding text, leave white space (i.e. don’t place props) either at the top, the bottom, or in the middle of the board.

If you have really large items, try placing them on the edge of the board so that some of the large item is being cut off, this will make things look more proportionate

 

 

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