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MY JOURNEY

I've been shooting self portrait on and off since I started my blog back in 2011. More off than on. I remember purchasing my first tripod, taking a trip to a quiet alley and desperately clicking my remote before someone saw what I was doing. I remember having that nervous feeling a lot of you probably have thinking about photographing yourself in public. Although these photos never saw the light of day, they got better, I learnt where I was going wrong and I was proud of pushing myself outside my comfort zone.

Over the years I've roped in my boyfriend, friends and arranged coffee with other bloggers to shoot content together which obviously turned out better than my first tripod experience, so I hung it up for a while. Whilst I do recommend meeting up with other bloggers to catch up and shoot (It's a quiet way to meet others in the field and creating friendships) I've always felt as if I was pestering the ones I love for a "quick shot" I'm sure a lot of you can relate to that!

2019 was the year I really thought seriously about shooting self portrait. I traveled a lot with brands which was incredible, however it really is pot luck if you end up travelling with friends or others you know on these trips to capture the content you envision. I've never wanted to feel like I'm putting someone out, so with content on the forefront of my mind, I packed my tripod in my suitcase and never looked back. If I can photograph myself in another country I can do it back at home.





EQUIPMENT

The camera I shoot with is a Canon 5D Mark IV. It is very pricey, so if you're new to this it might be worth looking into an Olympus Pen, it's a great camera for begginers with interchangeable lenses. I had this model before I invested into a Canon a few years ago. Otherwise it's worth looking into second hand options as you can buy great equipment for a reduced rate in near perfect condition. I bought my first Canon on Camera Jungle (It's Jessops second hand selling site) 

What I love about the Canon 5D Mark IV is that it has built in wifi. Your smartphone becomes your camera remote! You simply download the Canon Connect app, pair it up with your camera and you're ready to shoot. Using the app you can see exactly what the camera sees; adjust the light, change the F stop, check your pose etc. There is also a self timer option so you've got up to 10 seconds to hide your phone before the image is taken. If you're camera does not have a built in wifi option you can invest in an Infrared remote which you point straight at the camera and it'll take the image for you.

The lens I use is Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens which works perfectly for me. I like to shoot a range of fashion and interior shots, so it's a great lens to be able to do both with. If you're just beginning I'd recommend a 50mm f/1.8, they are relatively cheap as far as lenses go!

I use a tripod with my camera which I can easily adjust higher and lower depending on the shot I want to achieve. I use this standard Manfrotto tripod, however double check the weight of your camera so it doesn't end up toppling over. This has happened to me soo many times! Another factor to consider is how heavy/bulky the tripod is. If you're wanting to travel with your equipment it could eat up some valuable kgs!

Also if you're shooting with your iPhone, there are phone tripods you can buy for your phone with bluetooth remotes, so If you're not looking to invest in a DSLR then these are a great option. I actually use one to film Instagram stories!









LOCATION

I've clocked up some serious miles driving around for the perfect location which I never seem to just stumble upon. It's worth doing your research and deciding where you'd like to shoot and the vibe you want with your images before you set out with your gear. Magazines and even Pinterest are a great source for imagery. Take photos of locations when you're out and save these for when you need them. You never know when you might need that pure white wall!

A question I'm asked a lot is "Don't you get embarrassed that people are watching?" The honest answer is Yes. I do sometimes. Especially if I'm standing on a chair in a white suit, at the beach at 6am.. However this is my job and I'm being paid to take these images so does it really matter in the grand scheme of things? Will I ever see these people again? It's also worth thinking about what time you want to go and take your images. I've shot at the Louvre in Paris at 7am as soon as its opened which means its empty - all the tourists are tucked up in bed, versus getting your camera and tripod out to take your images at 1pm when its rammed. Timing is key.



I think that is everything in terms of how I actually shoot my images self portrait, however if there is anything I've left out do leave a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram! www.instagram.com/hannahcrosskey

It's been super sunny recently which I'm extremely thankful for. It's been so lovely to sit outside in the garden with a podcast. I actually think the day's go quicker when the suns out, not to mention everyone around us is so much more upbeat. 

I've really gotten into my skincare the past few years, and with since becoming more familiar with the risks of sun exposure and the longterm damage it can have on our skin, I decided to limit the amount of sun exposure to my skin. I know I mentioned about sitting outside in the garden.. I still do this, soaked in factor 50, wearing a hat to protect my face and seeking shade between midday and lunchtime.

Even with a limited amount of sun exposure my olive skin soaks up the sun incredibly quickly leaving me with quiet the pale face. I recently reached out to my followers on Instagram to ask them for their recommendations for their favourite facial tanners. Gradual, mists or drops.. I'm all ears!

So, the recommendations are;

Tan Luxe "The Face", Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops, Sisley Paris Tanning Hydrating Facial, Oskia Adaptive Tanning Mist, Tropic Sun Drops, Dior Bronze Self Tanning Mist, Dr Dennis Gross AlphaBeta Glow Pads, Garner Natural Bronzer Face Mist.






Since reaching out to my followers about my search for facial tanners, Tan Luxe got in touch and gifted me with a few of their cult products, the Tan Luxe "The Face" in medium/dark being one of those. I was hesitant to try at first, but after being highly rated by you guys I bit the bullet. I popped two drops (the brand advises 1-4 drops, the more drops the deeper the colour) into my moisturiser at night and was pleasantly surprised by the glow I woke up to in the morning! To maintain the colour I've been adding 2 drops into my moisturiser at night every 2/3 nights!



As you may already be aware, we're in the process of buying a house. I say process, we've sold our house and are frantically on the hunt for the dream abode. Anyway, with that said buying full priced designer isn't in my budget right now. Each purchase of mine at the moment has to be thoroughly thought through.

So when DESIGNER EXCHANGE got in touch and asked if I'd like to work with them I jumped at the chance. If you're not already familiar with the name, Designer Exchange buy and sell designer products. If you're in the market for a designer purchase but aren't ready to pay full price but would consider a second hand purchase, this is for you. If like me, you have some designer pieces to sell Designer Exchange will buy these items off you for cash or in exchange for a voucher to spend on site for a higher price. This is a similar process to the other websites out there that will sell your items for you, however Designer Exchange pay immediately regardless of a sell.

For me, this means I can send off my Gucci Dionysus that hasn't seen the light of day for a few years and pocket the cash immediately, or put the voucher towards another item I've had my eye on for a while without forking out any extra cash I should be saving for the house. Genius!

For this collaboration I was kindly given a voucher to spend at my own will. (However I will still be using their selling service as I have a lot of items gathering dust in my forever overflowing wardrobe!) 

I purchased the Celine Trapeze bag and the Gucci lace Princetown loafers, both in immaculate condition as stated. The Gucci loafers actually hadn't ever been worn!

 

Outfit
Jumper MASSIMO DUTTI Scarf MASSIMO DUTTI Trousers AND OTHER STORIES Sunglasses CELINE Bag Celine via DESIGNER EXCHANGE Loafers Gucci via DESIGNER EXCHANGE


This post was made in collaboration with DESIGNER EXCHANGE

 

Home buys.
I'm currently of the hunt for our next house, the family house. Preferably an older Victorian property boasting original features; high ceilings, parquet flooring, ceiling roses, the list goes on!
Whilst the hunt for the dream house continues, it's got me thinking interiors! So, I've complied 10 of the best home pieces I've got my eye on at the moment..







Chunky boots.
They are all I've lived in this Winter, especially since the Christmas break. They're warm, practical, and don't forget versatile. From dressed down with jeans and an oversized coat, or sized up with a silky midi and tights, make these your next purchase.

one PRADA, two GRENSON, three ATP ATELIER, four ZARA, five DR MARTINS, six & OTHER STORIES, seven TOPSHOP, eight NASTYGAL, nine EYTYS, ten GANNI.




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