Top Minimal Lip Products

Sometimes life just calls for a really minimal lip to pair with a barely there makeup (or if you are like me, not actually there makeup) - As much as I am a die hard matte lipstick lover, I just don't think it suits no foundation and no other makeup - so I tend to opt for a more subtle look instead. These are the items that I have been loving for this, call this the lazy lip (That still looks pretty too!)

Blogger: From a Boyfriends Perspective (Ben)

You are sitting in Nandos and you’ve just got your food order. However instead of tucking into that delicious chicken, you are sat there staring at the table blankly whilst your better half, stood up is carefully moving things around for the perfect composition to feature on her Instagram story which is then followed by her carefully tagging you and your location before you are allowed to touch it. Welcome to the world of being the partner of a blogger/social media influencer.

How To Take Kick Ass Photos - That Need Minimal Editing (Even in Winter!)

How To Take Kick Ass Photos - That Need Minimal Editing (Even in Winter!)

I just love photos.

Photos are one thing that should be completely personal to you, everyone has different likes and dislikes, loves and hates, but for me, it is all about crisp, clean images - that are not over edited.

This post is focusing on blog photos of products, but some can be applied to all other photography.

I have no big beef with editing, at all, but I just cannot do it to save myself. Something about it scares me, the white balance mainly. The ability for it all to go so so wrong, terrifies me. So to combat this irrational fear, I have become pretty darn nifty at taking pretty photos without editing. *YAY*

So if you, like me, suck at editing, or just want to up your photography game (Because having a good photo to edit is WAY easier to deal with) here are my top tips.

How To Take Kick Ass Photos - That Need Minimal Editing (Even in Winter!)

1. Space 
Finding a space in your house can often be tricky. But the general rule is by the window. You want as much direct light as possible to land on your space for as much of the day as possible. Even if this means moving about your whole room - just do it. It is worth it. Both my spaces are right next to a window, one is on the windowsill (next to the bin and recycling #glamlife) 

2. Lighting
Without editing this is the most problematic of areas, but so worth the effort to get right, as no amount of editing can beat decent lighting. The issue is, that there is only a very fine line - or a sweet spot, between too dark - and too bright. I have found the best way to figure this out is just through trial and error. Ideally what you are looking for is no bright direct sunlight (shadows), but it still needs to be blue skies if possible, and overcast preferably. No big thunderstorms or rain clouds. All of a sudden you are natures bitch. I found about 11-2 to be the best timing, regardless of seasons. The easiest way to tell if the lighting is right is to compare the white in the photo to the actual colour white. If it looks grey or blue, it's too dark. 

3. Light Box
I don't ever think a light box can be used instead of natural sunlight, but it just helps to add a little more light - while using natural light too. It really does help to boost the photos that little bit more. It has been a saviour this winter for me. I still take my photos at 11-2, but this just helps to brighten from every angle and brighten the wall behind my photos. It's trial and error on positioning, but once you have it sussed there is no going back.

How To Take Kick Ass Photos - That Need Minimal Editing (Even in Winter!)

4. Good Camera, with Options
Investing in a good camera is always a good idea if you have the budget available. I did a full post on it here. Having the ability to play around with the brightness settings then and there - instead of just editing afterwards is ideal. Brightness can also be adjusted on the iPhone. 

5. Placement
Realising things like your angle, what is in the background, what is being focused on, any slight imperfections, you need to deal with then and there, so have a good look at the photo, take a few in portrait, and a few landscape, move the items around a bit, and play with the focus options, have fun with it. 

How To Take Kick Ass Photos - That Need Minimal Editing (Even in Winter!)

6. Plan in Advance
Organise what pictures you are going to need and for when. This is the one people seem to trip up on, then end up having to settle for the light they have, which typically isn't the best. I make sure I have enough pictures on the camera roll for at least 5 posts, then I take stock photos - ones which I can use for generic posts as a backup. This means I never need to settle for bad lighting.

7. Take Lots of Photos. 
No such thing as taking too many photos, especially from different angles, different positioning different distance, give yourself a lot of options to choose from because you might not be sure of the one you thought you would love! Also, don't be scared to re-do photos if you are not happy with them. I redid these photos for my Winter edit, and I am SO glad I did.

How To Take Kick Ass Photos - That Need Minimal Editing (Even in Winter!)

Other than using these tips the only "Editing" I do is I will sometimes up the brightness the tiniest bit, then maybe up the contrast a teeny bit too, but thats it - if anything. Even now I have lightroom I am still doing the same - old habits die hard I suppose!

What are your top tips for blog photography? Do you ever minimal edit? Let me know in the comments, I would love to know! 


*These items were sent to me for review, but has in no way altered my opinion on them, and all words are my own, unless stated otherwise (usually in quotes!)

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The Lip-Balm Low-Down

Lip-balms seem to be something we all use, we all obsess over, we all bulk buy, loose, find and rarely finish... but I have never actually taken the time to write a complete review on the ones I love, the ones I like, and the ones I just don't care for. So here it is, a post on lip-balm, because meh, why not? 

The Products I Will Cry Over

 There is some items I just know the minute I use up, there will be tears. It can be a variety of different reasons, and these few items will sum up all the reasons. I hope I am not the only one who sheds a tear over makeup, so I hope you enjoy :) 

FAQ: Getting to Know Me.

Hey! My Name is Erin, I'm 27, and I live in Dundee, Scotland.

I'm sure there are lots of this you already know, but hey, DID YOU SEE MY NEW THEME? it's so pretty. But it's missing an "about me" section, and well - this will be it. So hopefully, you find out something you didn't already know about me. This post is replacing the "Live update" post just for this month because I did one on Berlin then Christmas