I took photos of this plaid dress from Smak Parlour this past Sunday, and unfortunately it was one of those days where nothing seemed to go right. I originally wanted to take photos outside of Katz Delicatessen, a famous deli in NYC. Although it was early in the morning, there were lots of tourists constantly going in and out the door, which would have made things a lot harder to get some good shots. They were also doing construction next door, so all the scaffolding really took away from the iconic vintage sign outside the restaurant. There is a vintage inspired coffee shop not far from Katz, so I decided to try that location instead. But once I arrived, I discovered they were closed, even though they should have been open according to Yelp. At this point, I decided to throw in the towel and told myself if I saw a cool location on my way to brunch, I would stop. A few blocks later, I stumbled across Beauty and Essex.
I had been to Beauty and Essex before, but for some reason it never dawned on me that it would make a good backdrop for photos. It is a speak easy style bar and restaurant, where you enter through a Pawn Shop. It was sort of a happy accident that I stumbled across this location, because the colors of the signage actually coordinated perfectly with my outfit. By this time though, it was almost 11:30 am, which means people were lining up outside for brunch and groups of people were strolling down the street, which made it hard to get some good shots, especially since I only had my tripod with me instead of a friend or photographer.
I can get frustrated with myself very easily when it comes to my blog and Instagram. I constantly find myself wishing I had more time to shoot photos, an #instagramboyfriend to help me, or a better camera. It can be hard to time manage between a full time job and creating content, but I try and do my best to balance between work, play and social media. Whatever your side hustle is, here are some tips to help you manage your time.
Take Advantage of All of Your Free Time:
Everyone is different, some people are more creative and work better at night, others are more productive first thing in the morning. I naturally wake up pretty early, so I’ve tried to take advantage of this lately, and go to bed earlier so I can wake up a few minutes before my usual alarm and shoot photos before work. This way, I don’t have to cram all my photos in during the weekend. Fitting in smaller tasks when you have a few hours of free time during the week is a good way to spread out your work load.
I keep several lists in my phone to help me prioritize and save time. For example, I have one list of locations around NYC that I would like to shoot at in the future. Having a list of locations saves me a lot of time brainstorming or searching for spots. Sometimes these locations also inspire me or help influence my outfit. I also keep another list of every product I receive or buy and want to shoot, that way I can visualize how much I have to shoot, and what order to shoot them in. Writing things down is a great way to prioritize and keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Remember Why You Started:
At the end of the day, I try not to take blogging and Instagram too seriously. Yes, I see other full time bloggers and think I’d love to be where they are one day. However, that’s not why I started blogging with the intention of doing it full time. I started because I wanted to take inspiring photos that express my style. I’ve collaborated with so many brands I never thought I could, so I try to keep things in perspective and look at how far I’ve come, rather than beat myself up about not growing at a quicker rate. If your side hustle is a hobby like mine, remind yourself this is supposed to be a fun venture, not a source of stress.
P.S. If you’re interested, you can shop the dress I am wearing here:
Dress: c/o Smak Parlour
Saddle Shoes: Bait Footwear
Sunglasses; Foster Grant (vintage)
Location: Beauty & Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
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