You and Me & Chasing Little G


Prepping for Pintrest: Making Your Own Stock Photography

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Pintrest is a wonderful resource for blogging. It is a great way to get inspired, to get ideas, and to get seen by others. To be beneficial, we as bloggers have to use it correctly. One of the very first ways that you can make your post ready for Pintrest is to make a pinnable image!

But I know that sometimes, there just isn't enough time in a day to take brand new pictures for every single blog post. That's where stock photography comes into play. It's photos that don't have an exact purpose but can be used for many things, And you can keep your very own stash hidden away for times that you need a photo and you don't have time to take the photos and get the perfect one.

Step 1| What do you Need the Photos For?

           This is where having a list of your general topics comes in handy. Like here at Becoming a Gilbert, I write mostly about marraige, college life, my faith, photography & blogging, so I need to determine what would be the best backdrop for a title around those topics? Well for photography, I either should be showing off a technique or have a picture of my camera in the background. For my marriage posts, I use a wedding photo. College life can be a stack of books or my homework laid out on a desk. Just basic things that relate.

Step 2| Gather your Supplies.

           I try to do little photoshoot sessions and build up my collection over time. Like last week, I wanted photos for blogging and photography tips that would also work as decoration photography on my new MPD website (launching later this month!), so I grabbed my laptop, camera and some supplies that I might use in blogging. For college tips, I would use a stack of old textbooks or binders. To have the greatest impact, pick things with your branding colors. It really turns everything into a more cohesive look!

Step 3| Have the Right Background.

           Some people are blessed with the perfect spaces already in their home. Living in a basement apartment with a college student budget, big white spaces just aren't in the cards. My living space isn't the best decorated either. So I've opted to either go outside for photoshoots or use white foam board to create the backdrop that I would like.

Step 4| Pick the Right Time

            As I said, I don't really have the best living space for the best photos. But I know when the most natural light comes through my windows. So I try to schedule my little photoshoots for those times and also fake the right light with my foam boards and lamps in a million different directions.

Step 5| Have Fun!

             You might go into the shoot thinking you want one certain look at one certain angle, but you chould have a lot of fun changing the angles, focusing on different things, or trying different combinations. Your magical shot might be in one of those random changes. If anything, you have a lot of different shots that you could use and have built up a stock photography collection.

This is what I've done to save time in my blogging, and I hope that it helps you do the same! Blogging is so much more fun if you get to enjoy the community and writing more than worrying about Pintrest and making time for all the "things" that you "have" to do for blogging.

What are some posts that you can prep for today?

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Pintrest Win: Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken

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So, I think I've made it pretty clear in the last week or so. I am a Pintrest addict. But I'm not just all pin and no action. I love trying different things! Well. . . ok not really all the time. but within a few limits I love trying different things. I never would have even thought to try this recipe, if it wasn't for Simeon's love for Chinese and dispise for spending money on eating out. So I thought I would try to find something to make at home. And on Pintrest, I found this recipe from Life in the Lofthouse by Holly. Now she recomends making it with stir fry, Simeon and I usually just make a giant plate full and eat until we can eat it no more. :) It is one of our favorite special night dinnners. Special night because it takes two people and two hours to make. So you need to be able to start it early, unlike most of our nights where Simeon doesn't even get off work until 9:30 PM.

 Now these pictures are from January. (No ring on Simeon's finger yet!) But I found them and couldn't just not share this wonderful meal with you! I may be eating it as I type! So go try it! It's wonderful! It's super easy to make. Only takes a few things that might not already be in your kitchen. Make it with stir fry. Eat it alone. Just make sure that you try it!

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Dear Blogworld.

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Dear Blogworld,

Hey. Hi. Well, this is awkward. But then again, that’s how I am when I introduce myself to people. I’m awkward. Because I’m awkward, I’m terrible at making friends. In person and in blogworld.

You would think that blogworld would be a million times easier, but no. Cause then it takes even more effort to actually reach out and say hi. You have to type out what you are going to say. And if it doesn’t sound right you erase it a million times. You can perfect every word that you use. It isn’t just blurted and then never to be taken back. So sometimes I'll start a comment, or a post, and get halfway through and be like wow. . . I just sound like an idiot. Why am I sending this out to be seen by the world! What if someone actually sees this? OR!! READS IT! And makes fun of me! That's a pretty easy thing to do on the internet. To point at the screen and laugh. I have an entire Pintrest board that makes me laugh my head off. But I digress. Writing things for the whole world to see can sometimes be harder than walking up to one person and just saying hi and introducing yourself.

Which is actually the whole reason that I'm here. To introduce myself. In Pintrest Pins. Because . . . I am a Pintrest Addict.

I figure that these all describe me in one way or another. :D

Happy Thursday!!

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Life Shouldn't Be A Checklist

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Junior year has been crazy.
Like wanna just curl up in bed, sleep for the next 3 semesters, crazy.

When your life starts to boil down to an overflowing checklist that grows faster than anything can get done on it, thats extremely bad.

And what are the things that get left on the checklist WAAAYYY longer than they should.

Devotional Time.
Dates with Simeon.
Wedding Planning.
Basically, anything I actually enjoy doing with my time.

Luckily, next semester I'm only going to be taking 16 credits instead of 17, which doesn't sound like a whole lot, but I don't plan on taking as many high caliber classes.
Two of my classes, I expect to be quite fun!

With debate season starting next weekend, I also hope that I can spend a little bit more time being able to blog as Simeon will be gone most weekends for the next 3 to 4 months.
Did you know that I missed my own Blog-iversary on Thursday?
Yep, as of October 31st, I have been blogging on this little space for a year.
Now one thing I have been working on for 2ish months, is this whole new redesign completely done by muah!
I"m getting my new editorial calender all set up with some big goals for this space and Becoming A Gilbert.

I want to jump back into being passionate about something.
I want my room to be spotless
I want my homework done, so I can spend a night a week just being with Simeon and doing something crazy and fun.

Quotes To Survive.

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Ever just hit that part of a school year or semester where you don't know how you are going to survive the rest? 


So thats just me then?

I think that's a lie!

Well, anyway, here are some awesome quotes to perk you up when being a grown up gets you down!