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Q&A: Writing & Blogging

Lesson 23 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

Q&A: Writing & Blogging

Lesson 23 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

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23. Q&A: Writing & Blogging


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography


How Are You Perceived as a Photographer?


Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You


Activity: What Are Your Photography Goals?


Owning Your Own Style


Preparing for a Photoshoot


The Importance of Research


Lesson Info

Q&A: Writing & Blogging

Oh, just a couple questions from the Internet and chime in if you guys have them as well. But actually, one that came up yesterday was kind of It came up a few times and maybe you can speak to it. And, you know, there are a few people saying I'm not really a writer. How do I you know, how did they kind of start telling the story? Can you kind of talk about that? I'm trying to dive like that's a great question. And I'm gonna really dive into that later on today. I'm also gonna talk about my process of writing because I had the same thing, you know? I mean, I do love to write, and it is practice makes perfect, But I am I a great writer. I'm not gonna, like, stand up here and tell you the best writer out there. There's so many people eyes I admire and aspire to be like. I'm constantly studying other people's articles and seeing how they start their their articles, how they use their headlines, how they organize their information. And I think just by studying other articles and publication...

s that you like is a really good way to start. Or like what I said earlier. If you really are terrible like you just look cannot write, then partner up with someone who can't take pictures but can write and be a duo on. Submit to publications like There's no Reason Why You can't You can't do that. So, um or or have a ghostwriter. So I try. The thing is tough is that you know, I I tried to have a ghost writer. I hired an intern that was like a writing in turn that was graduating from Pepper time for writing and tried to have a write my stories, and it just didn't translate. It wasn't personal like she hadn't been there. She didn't know what it was like to be with those people, so I felt like it just sounded like a textbook like and then the people of boroughs bubble, you know, like I just didn't sound at all like I had been there, and I just realized very quickly I couldn't have a ghost writer. But when I say ghostwriter, it could be someone who has a good experience or a friend that is with you on that trip that can write better. Um, you know, And if you're getting paid for somebody goes, you could just pay them a little bit further article and then use it and submit it. I mean, it's It just depends on what you want to do. What a lot of people do that because not everybody can write. But it is a practicing. I think everyone could, right. Everybody really could be a decent writer if they try, but yeah, yeah, I love that. Another question from the Internet from Kim Kim is asking, How do you balance shooting with actually enjoying the trip? You're working, and maybe there's some overlap there, man. Ask that question of the boyfriend is a tough one because you're working. You know, I love everything I do. I love when I'm working out. Like what? I'm not working. I don't know if I'm ever not working. I think I'm always thinking of ideas, writing or doing stuff if I'm not. But I think just allowing yourself time to reflect on what you're doing, like a little bit of a break during the day, even if it's just like a break from your phone or your computer is really helpful and this is a topic that I'm probably gonna be talking about. It The New York Times travel show. There's a my actually, no. I'm gonna dive into this after the break because this is a really good topic matter about being connected while you're traveling. We'll get a lot the next in the next segment. But I am I'm always struggling with because I think about it. If I didn't have my camera with me and I saw the northern lights and experience that I would be like, where is, like a really? Why don't I have it with me? I think I would be more upset that I didn't have it. And if I was on that tour in the Amazon not working, I would still want to have my camera and take pictures. So I don't think I would ever just want to take a break from my camera. But I think just sometimes not always, you know, stopping deposit and creating photo shoots is is important to do. And that was the thing that was. I made a very conscious effort when I was in the Czech Republic with Winston, but here we are going on this amazing James Bond adventure and the Czech border. Tourism is paying for it everything, but and I had ambitious shoot schedule we had, like, eight styled shoots to do. But I made sure that I told Winston we're gonna do each shoot 15 minutes or less. I'm gonna make you like you have to do this. You have to wear this outfit and we have to do the shot, and that might be annoying. But once it's done, it's done and we'll have fun the rest of the time. So I kind of just set expectations of, like, This is when we'll be working. But I also had to let go of a little bit of the perfectionism of This isn't a studio. This isn't an all day style shoot. It doesn't have to be perfect. Most people that are going to be inspired by that story and do it on their honeymoon are not professional photographers and probably be doing that. Ideo the selfie and I have to understand that like, it doesn't have to be this huge production for me to illustrate what I wanted to do, and I could still have fun doing it and not turn it until, like, an all day thing that takes over my trip, If that makes sense, Yeah. Yeah. So a couple more here, um, somebody is asking about. You know, we're kind of talking about blogging before somebody is asking, What is the process for? Do you often blawg and then just send that as part of your pitch to someone. I guess I have done that before in the past, but again, I probably don't publish it before it's been published somewhere. I usually wait to block in my own log until after it's been published somewhere. So if I, like, wanna write a block post, I'll submit it first. And then once they publish it, I can repurpose it for my own blogged. But with that being said, publications like Don't want your work to be anywhere else, but they don't care if it's on your personal log like they're okay with it. If you do have it on your personal log so you could do both. But I prefer to wait top like I want them to be the 1st 1 Maybe last question a couple of mortgage ear questions for the Peru shoot. Somebody had asked if you brought modifiers with you. They just wanted kind of. I was super streamlined on that trip. I literally brought a briefcase of to strobe heads and stands. I had, like, a little bag with stands. A travel tripod. Um, I brought a couple flashes that I could use off camera with a transmitter and some of my camera cameras. Lenses. I had to. I had, like, a roller bag, a little bag, the briefcase and the stands, and I had an assistant with me. That's another thing, too. If you have someone who is traveling with you A. Always make sure your assistant uses the same equipment as you. Ah, I always make sure that I work with people that use the same equipment of me because, God forbid something happens. We've had things like Lose the lens or drop a lens or something happens in one of your stuff. At least the other person. Still it stuff like that. God forbid someone stole my photo bag. At least they have stuff, too, So that's also a good thing to make sure that you have a second person if you can. But if you're by yourself like I keep it a streamlined as possible. I honestly think that you can create studio lighting without all of the equipment.

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Ratings and Reviews


I've been listening for, like, two hours. OMG. Like, I could, like, you know, get more from this if, like, she stopped jibbering and get to, like, you know, the topic? She sounds more like a rambling stream-of-thought teenager than a mature adult giving a succinct organized presentation. In two hours, I have, like, learned about two or three things I can, like, use. Like, Ehhhh...? It's like, bor-ing! Like, whutttt? Is she, like, 15 or what? Sheesh.

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I have to start by saying that I was lucky enough to be part of the live audience in this class! What Laura has shared this 2 days, is something that will have taken me a few years to learn. Thank you for remanding me that we create our own opportunities and we have to go for what we want instead of waiting for it to happened and will these tips your share in this class, will make it a lot easier to approach editors or potential clients to be able to conquer my goals! Thanks you very much Laura and Creative Live for making all these possible for the photo community all around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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