I can't begin to describe what I felt yesterday with the re-launching of my blog. It was a mixture of excitement and nervousness all wrapped into one- sprinkled in with a sense of relief that my blog was finally complete. Even though I've been blogging for almost six months now (can you believe it's been that long?) I always seem to hesitate before hitting the "publish" button on each one of my posts. Sharing your work is pretty scary. You never know how it's going to be received.
Luckily, not only was my post well received but my new blog design was a big hit, with over 400 views! (Not bad for taking a month break).
I had such an immense outpouring of heartwarming praise and love from everybody yesterday, that I went to bed with a huge smile on my face. Thank you, I definitely felt the love!
Everyone kept commenting on how beautiful the pictures were, especially this one:
And I agree. They turned out so nice and added that special touch that my blog needed.
But I have to give the credit to my amazing photographer for making me feel and look pretty.
The one and only....
Dani. My ridiculously talented sister.
Oh, you didn't know she was a photographer? Well, neither did we!
Here's the story behind that one.
Every successful blog has to have at least one professional picture to welcome in their audience. I knew that from the beginning. Which was the main reason why I wasn't a fan of my previous layout. You couldn't tell who the blog belonged to or what it was about. That had to change.
I did my research on photographers around the area and sadly, they were all out of my budget.
So what was plan B?
Do it myself!
I took a class on photography-which let me tell you, was a huge eye opener. I had never heard of shutter speed, aperture -and lord knows what else they talked about- in my life! I left the class feeling more confused than when I first walked in.
Regardless, I decided to go forward with the "do it yourself" plan. But I couldn't do it alone, so I enlisted the aid of my trusty sidekick and BFF.
Now with Dani on board, came the most important (and expensive) part- the camera!
I knew the type of camera I wanted and the lens I needed, so I went to The Lens Depot located here in Orlando and rented the necessary equipment. (If you ever need to rent a camera, I highly recommend them- great customer service!)
Next, was hair and makeup.
Thankfully, Dani knows her stuff in this department. She could easily do it professionally if she wanted to. She left me looking like a million bucks- big hair and all!
Now, came another rude awakening for me.
It's not as easy as it looks.
I've never "modeled" before, so trying to look natural and finding the right pose was a challenge. Add in almost 95 degree weather, and well, let's just say, we had an "interesting" time with this project.
I felt bad for Dani. If you don't know how heavy these professional cameras are, then you're in for a nice surprise if you ever purchase one.
356 pictures later, we captured the four shots needed for the blog. And yes, I know what you're thinking. And yes, it took us that many.
Here are some of the pictures that didn't make it into the blog.
I love this outfit because it's casual enough to wear during the day but dressy enough to wear it at night. Plus, it's a departure from my usual black or t-shirt ensemble.
We shot all the pictures in Baldwin Park- which is the perfect setting for taking natural scenic pictures. Every area of that community is ideal and offers a different type of atmosphere. Both daytime and nighttime pictures are sure to come out looking fabulous.
Here are a few things I learned during this photo-shoot:
- Being a model is no joke. It's tougher than you think. We were only out for three hours and I was exhausted at the end.
- Photographers have my utmost respect! Before, I just assumed you would point, shoot, and bam, you would have beautiful pictures. Oh no my friends, it's seriously a talent. They deserve all the credit.
- Even though Dani and I aren't professionals, I think we did a decent job. With time, I think we'll get better at it.
- I'm blessed with the most amazing sister in the world. Not that I didn't know that before, but everyday she shows me how loving and supportive she is of me. I couldn't have done this without her.
So there you go, a behind the scenes look on what it took to create the final product of the blog. I am so proud of how it turned out. Hopefully this is just the beginning and many great things are in store for Metanoia Living.
Here's to my pretty new blog!