Weekend Reading // 08

Neha Sharma2 Comments

This week, I wanted to share links to encourage you to slow down and take the time to improve on your craft. Nothing happens overnight, so embrace the patience, growth, and change that come with producing your best work. Get motivated and inspired to create something you're proud of!

  • You may or may not have noticed that a while back, I decided to refocus the content of my blog from being only about photography and the pictures I was taking to being more of a photography and lifestyle blog. Since then, I've felt like my blog better represents me because you get to know me and hear my voice through the content. It's natural to start your blog with one idea in mind and decide to shift your focus as you go and find your voice and what you actually enjoy talking about. Jen does a great job in her guide on how to go about making a smooth transition in your own blog without having to rebrand.
  • Hand-lettering had been a huge trend this year and everyone wants to know how to do it. You see it all over the place in logos, blog designs, wall prints, etc. and the process of doing it celebrates the patience of sitting down with a brush and medium and doing hand-lettering where the final product is organic and unique to the creator. I featured some of the incredibly talented Jasmine Dowling's work a couple weeks ago here and was thrilled to find that Melyssa over at The Nectar Collective shared a tutorial on how to load in and edit hand-lettered pieces without the fuss of using a scanner. This is a game changer and makes it easy for just about anyone to do. All you need is a phone and Photoshop and your hand-lettering can easily be turned into a graphic for just about anything! She even breaks down the differences between using different writing tools and what the end result of each looks like. Pin it, bookmark it, and try it for yourself!
  • Every now and then, you experience something that lights that fire in you and reminds you of why you're passionate about what you do or dream of doing someday. The insanely talented band 5 Seconds of Summer just put out a video for their cover of "What I Like About You" from their performances at The Forum in LA. What really grabs my attention in this video is that every moment of it means something, even the silly ones. Every moment tells a story. You can pause any part of that video and it's a perfect picture. When you go to a concert, you see the live performance and that's it. Tom van Schelven did a great job of directing this video and taking you through the downtime, the pre-concert prep, the high energy and thrill of performing live, and the massive amount of love the fans have for the band. This video reminds me of why I love shooting pictures of musicians. From behind-the-scenes to live concert shots, every moment shows what it's like to live the dream and do what you love for a living. Every day is different, every day is an adventure, and every day reminds you that anything is possible and that living the life you've always dreamed of is possible with hard work and perseverance.