After deciding to create a section on my website for beauty reviews, I have been doing some research on different beauty bloggers, particularly on how they take their photos.
As I already have some experience of writing beauty reviews from interning at the Hull Daily Mail, I have a good idea of what I need to include. But taking photos is something I’m not used to, and something that I really want to get right. This is because I think including a good quality photography really transforms an article from amateur to professional.
From looking at different beauty blogs, I have noticed they often keep the photos simple, keeping a white/ marble background and putting focus on the products only. This is what many of the photos on the British Beauty Blogger website as well.
An alternate to this, is placing the products on luxurious surfaces or next to other objects, which I find makes the photos more interesting and look more high end. This is something I could try when taking my own photos.
What the majority of other beauty review websites do are play with perspective. They change the focus so only the product is in clear view, or they take close ups to get a good view of the product.
Looking at different websites has given me a good idea of what I would like to create on my own website.
I have now learnt that a good thing to do whilst writing for a newspaper is to connect stories to occasions that are coming up the next week.
This is something I did over Christmas, and more recently for Valentine’s Day. Doing this keeps the content relevant and interesting to their readers. For example, I created a Valentine’s themed tried and tested, including products that readers could use in the lead up to the day.
Other occasions I can do this for include Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, which I will keep in mind whilst writing content.
The more time I spend at the Hull Daily Mail, the more chance I get to organise my own stories that appear. This is something I really enjoy, as it is always nice to be able to write about your interests.
One feature I particularly enjoyed writing was about a group of Hull fashion students going to a fashion show to show their designs to Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It was great interviewing the students, if not a little nerve-wracking interviewing around 20 people all at the same time.
I also got to go along to the fashion show, which was great for me on both a personal and professional level. It meant I got to know the girls a bit better, and also got a better idea of what I was writing about.
The story gained the front page of the Femail supplement, and also got a double page spread inside which I was really happy with.
For my website I visited Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, which took place over the weekend. I decided that I wanted to take a range of photos of the event to include in a photo gallery page I have recently created.
However, after getting to the fair and having a look around, I realised I had forgotten my memory card for the camera I had borrowed from the university stores!
I was disappointed that I had done it, as I really wanted to get some good shots to make my website look professional. Instead I used my contingency plan of taking photographs from my phone. Although the photos aren’t as a good quality as they would have been on a professional camera, I think I got some good shots at different angles, which I have now uploaded to my website.
Creating a photo gallery page demonstrates a different skill to just writing. In the future I will definitely keep borrowing the camera to take to different events to fill up the photo gallery page.
A recent piece I have written for my fashion website is about students from the Hull School of Art and Design taking part in a fashion show in York. As American Vogue’s Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was there, I think it was a great story for my website, as it was recent and definitely something that stood out.
As I got to accompany the students to the fashion show, it meant I could get a first hand experience to write about, and also get some photos of the night. Although where I was sat I didn’t have a great view for photos, I took a few, as well as some videos, that I will include in the article.
Although I have found a few fashion news stories to write about, I need to start including other pieces on my website. I have had a few thoughts about this, and have decided to look into beauty reviews, guest bloggers and taking photos at different events. Now I have finished my dissertation these should be a lot easier to complete.
Having worked with several bloggers living in Hull, I am now in contact with many of them. From this, they have got in touch about my going along to their meeting for me to write a story about.
I was very happy about this, as they are keeping me in mind when they have anything that would be worth writing about rather than me getting in touch with them.
From the bloggers I have also found several other stories that I have put forward, one such being the feature I have written about being Merryhide.
I am now putting forward several ideas on a regular basis that could possibly featured in both Femail and The Journal. I feel like I am contributing a lot, and it shows I am interested in both finding and writing stories myself. It also shows that I am using my initiative, instead of just being told what to do.
Suggesting ideas also means I get the chance to write about things that I am interested in, gaining experience in the areas I would like to write about in the future.
I recently encountered my first problem whilst interning at the Hull Daily Mail. As the features intern, I am in charge of organising the makeover feature, where a nominated woman is treat to a makeover. This includes notifying the different stores that take part, as well as the photographers and hairdressers.
Usually this isn’t too hard, as I notify everyone as soon I as know the information myself. However, a week before a makeover was suppose to take place, the store rang to say they couldn’t take part on the chosen date. As the hairdressers have previously mentioned how they don’t like things being last minute I was slightly worried to let them know that we would have to change the date.
However, I emailed them explaining why, and they replied saying that it wasn’t a problem. I then had to notify the nominee, as well as the photographers, which was straight forward.
I was glad that I managed to sort out the situation within the same day, so if anything else happens in the future I know that I am capable of sorting things out quickly and efficiently.