Hello friends! Today I want to share some news about a new series I have started on Instagram called “Two Tip Tuesday”. Every Tuesday at 1pm sharp ET, I go “live” on Instagram. In five minutes or less I share decorating and photography tips. One of each.
Since both decorating and photography have been my passion since I was a child it seems like a natural pairing. The two may not seem related but I think there are alot of us out there that like both using their cell phone to take photos as well as decorating our home.
I decided that my Two Tip Tuesday’s decorating and photography tips should be short and to the point. I don’t know about you but I don’t have time or patience to sit through a 45 minute video. Most of the feedback I have received has been positive about the short time frame. However a couple viewers asked for more info or maybe a photo to illustrate what I shared.
SOOO, I decide to start a new blog series also called Two Tip Tuesday which will be a more in detail follow up of my IG LIVE quick 3-5 minutes tips.
The decorating tip I shared last Tuesday was this: When you move to a new home and have multiple spaces that need decorating, always start with just one room or space. The problem is, when you spread your decorating dollars out and do a little decorating in one room and a little in another room, you will find that a year or more has flown by and you still have a home that feels undecorated.
Pick one room, it doesn’t matter which one. Some people like to start with the room everyone spends the most time in such as the family room. Others like to tackle the master bedroom so they have a place to retreat at the end of the day.
Whatever room you choose, go all in and get it completely decorated. When we downsized to our new condo I decorated the master bedroom. It was completely finished before I moved on to the next space which was our main living area. You can check out the full room process with resources HERE
Our master bedroom became my happy place to retreat, relax, read and think. The rest of the condo was a hot mess and looked like the photo below for a full year.
Had I spread my decorating dollars around, it would have resulted in a bunch of half finished spaces. In fact, the rooms would probably still be unfinished two whole years later. Instead, I tackled the living area a full year later and now it looks like this. The full room along with resources is HERE
Photography Tip for smart phone
This photography tip will come in handy when you have a long day of photographing ahead of you. Think about when you are on vacation and exploring a new city. The natural course is to take lots of photos right? Or how about at a wedding or party? Rather than worry about when your battery will run down and leave you scrambling to find a place to plug in, do this.
Turn your phone on airplane mode. To do this, go into camera settings. At the very top is Airplane Mode. Turn it on and your battery life will be extended up to 50%. There will be a tiny airplane (circled) in the upper right corner of your screen.
You can turn off airplane mode whenever you want to check email or make a call. When you are ready to shoot again, just turn it back on. I have used this trick every time I am at High Point Furniture Market. Even after taking hundreds of photos over a seven to eight hour time frame and my battery has not once run out.
So, I hope you’ll join me each Tuesday on Instagram at 1pm ET. Can’t make it at that time? no worries, either wait for Tuesday’s post or you can watch it over on my IGTV replay.
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