One of my favorite parts of blogging is the photography! I love finding bits and bobs around the house that I can use to style photos, and then getting behind the lense to take the perfect photo. Photo props can take a good photo and turn it into a great photo, and odds are you already have a lot of these items laying around your house. If not, you can easily find them at Target, because we all need another excuse to go to Target, right?

I’ve already shared with you my photography journey, and taught you how to make your photos look professional, so finally I’m going to share some everyday items you can use as photo props.

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Blogger Chat Claire Lee With Love Beauty Lifestyle

Happy Tuesday friends! Today I’m kicking off my brand new collab series, and I’m so excited! I wanted to help other bloggers gain exposure, and I thought what better way than to interview them! This way they gain exposure, and you, my audience, learn some great tips about blogging. I hope through this series that you discover new bloggers who you grow to love and follow.

Today I’m featuring Claire Lee and her blog, Clairbear Blogs. On her blog she features food, travel, and life tips (check out her awesome guide to NYC)!

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1. When and why did you start blogging?

Originally started blogging last year in April, but I wouldn’t really count that since it was just a small hobby. I started to be really active beginning January of 2017. I started blogging because I wanted to share experiences with the people out there. Talking about my experiences is overrated, and too much, I wanted to write it out (like a journal, but in public).

2. What’s your favorite part about blogging?

I just love expressing the moments and memories through photos and text. It really takes a lot of time and thoughts, but that is what makes fun in blogging.

3. Least favorite part about blogging?

It really takes time, and a LOT of things to learn (which is fun & overwhelming at the same time).

4. Your number one tip or piece of advice for other bloggers.

When you start off, make sure to utilize all the social media platforms, and try to use automated platforms instead of doing everything one by one.

5. One thing you wish you knew when you first started blogging.

Monetizing my blog? I knew people got paid with blogging and social media posts but I didn’t really think it was a complicated process; now I am starting to learn, but you need that grasp.

6. Product, piece of clothing, or beauty tool you can’t live without?

Product will be my iPhone & Mac, clothing would probably my super comfy pajamas, and beauty tool would probably be my eyeliner & a pink blush from Clinique!

7. Favorite song (or top 5, I know it’s hard for me to pick!)

My current favorite song is Drive By by Eric Bellinger

8. One fact that most people wouldn’t know about you

You can easily think I am super outgoing & love being with people, (because I don’t mind socializing with people I don’t know) but most of the time I enjoy being by myself & writing in a quiet room for hours alone.

9. Favorite junk food (we all have one…)

Chocolate chip cookie!!!

10. Most loved quote

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” – Orson Welles

Claire’s blog and social media:

Blog

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

I need YOUR help! Leave a comment below what you think I should call this series. Right now it’s called Blogger Chat, but that is only tentative.

Want to participate in this collaboration? Or maybe you have another idea that you’d love to collaborate on. Send me a message!

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Another month has come and gone! As we say goodbye to May I want to start doing something new, and that’s posting income reports! Along with the income reports, I’ll be sharing the goals I’ve set for myself for the upcoming month. I see a lot of bloggers doing this, and I hope that by doing it myself I feel more drive to reach my goals.

I went back and forth about posting my income because quite frankly, it’s nonexistent. However, I want to show smaller bloggers like myself that not everyone is making thousands of dollars a month. I also want to share my income with the hopes of gaining advice from bloggers WHO ARE making thousands of dollars a month. So, if that’s you, please sound off in the comments below. Everyone can learn a thing or two from you!

With that being said, let’s break everything down.

Income

  • Google Adwords: $0.51
  • Viglink: $0.00
  • Etsy: $0.00
  • Amazon Affiliates: $0.00
  • iPage Affiliate: $0.00
  • Total: $.0.51

Yup, I made a whopping $.0.51 this month! Hopefully these numbers increase next month.

Expenses

  • Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop: $10.00
  • Etsy Listings: $1.80
  • iPage hosting: $3.00
  • Total: $14.80

Traffic Report

One thing that did increase this month was my traffic! I had set a goal to reach 1,000 page views for the month of May, and I reached that!

  • Total Traffic for April: 723 page views
  • Total Traffic for May: 1,347
  • Total Increase: 624 page views, or a 86.21% increase in page views!

Social Media Stats

  • Pinterest Followers: 60
  • Instagram Followers: 233
  • Twitter Followers: 169
  • Email Subscribers: 21. I gained 13 of those subscribers during the month of May.

May income report traffic

Goals for June

I’m starting a new job on Monday the 5th of June (yay!), however, that means I will have FAR less time to devote to my blog. There will be some growing pains as I learn how to balance working full time and running a blog (on top of everything else I do). I’m going to cut back from posting twice a week to only posting once a week, as that sounds much more manageable to me. That being said, I would still love to see my blog continue to grow. So, what are my goals?

  • Reach 2,000 page views
  • Reach 300 Instagram followers
  • Post 4 times during June
  • Sell 5 prints on my Etsy shop
  • Gain 10 more email subscribers

Miss a Post?

I know I follow a lot of bloggers, and it’s hard to get around to reading every post that ends up in my inbox. I’ve listed all the posts the went up in May in case you missed one.

So what are your goals for June? Did you reach the goals you set for yourself during May? Leave a comment below!

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Q&A With Makeup Artist Tierney Messmer

I have a fun post for you today! About a year and a half ago I met Tierney Messmer, a professional makeup artist in Rochester NY. I met Tierney through my good friend and photographer, Miranda. I was visiting Miranda out in Rochester, and got the opportunity to model for her on a photo shoot! Tierney was the makeup artist that day, and she did such a beautiful job. Since then, I’ve been following Tierney on social media and admiring her work.

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*Archive Post*

The Internet is a wonderful place filled with vast amounts of information. I feel like everyday I learn something new about blogging. This can be incredibly exciting and fun, but it can also become overwhelming. Everybody has their own plan to make their blog become  “the next big thing”, and often times they share their tips! It’s hard to decide what will work best for you and your blog amongst all of the information.

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How To Improve Blog Photos

When I first started blogging I knew absolutely nothing about photography. All I had was my iPhone, some makeup, and iPhoto to edit them in. I used overhead lighting to shoot and had no idea how to stage a photo. It’s safe to say my blog photos have come a long way since I first started With Love.

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