Everyday Buys

EVERYDAY AMAZON: SELF CARE

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Did you hear that the stock shop is closing? Yep, everything in the stock shop is 75% off, so go grab your favorites. I have to stay I think this year will probably be a season of transition. I have some fun ideas I would love to try out and I thought I would share some of my favorite products, starting with my favorite Amazon beauty buys.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream Moisturizer: I’ve been using Vichy moisturizer for about 2 years and I love it. I have really dry sensitive skin and it works perfectly. So, if you’re the dry sensitive skin type, give it a try.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Cream: I recently started using this eye balm and I’m really like it. A little bit goes a long way and I love that.

Vichy Mineral Infused Face Mask: This face mask is perfect for some added hydration. You message it on, let it sit, and then rinse it off. I love how my face feels once I use this.

Vichy Pureté Thermale One Step Cleanser for Sensitive Skin: I use this cleanser every morning and it works perfectly for removing eye makeup too.

OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray: This spray is perfect for adding texture to my hair… especially sense my hair is super straight and in lack of any texture at all.

skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel: Tired eyes? These hydro cool firming eye gels.

Eucerin Original Healing Rich Creme: This is my favorite drugstore buy and I love that I can get it on Amazon now. I’ve been using Eucerin for year and it’s perfect for dry sensitive skin too.

Infusium Moisturize & Replenish Spray: I don’t often use leave-conditioner, but this one is my favorite.

Natural Ice Lip Balm: I buy this lip balm in bulk… I have it in every bag… in our bedroom, in our bathroom. I’ve even used this lip balm in a pinch when my hands were chapped, when I had really dry skin, it’s my go-to.

FAVORITE AMAZON BEAUTY BUYS

MY FAVORITE GEAR FOR PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

One of the biggest struggles I faced when I first began my photography journey was wondering whether or not the gear I was using was good enough. I wondered what the pros were using? How were they creating such magical pictures? ... And how could I do the same? One thing I want to encourage you in is believing in yourself and not in your gear. Your gear is simply the tools you use to create your images, but with practice, a little ingenuity, and trusting yourself, you can make magical photos.

Today I'm sharing my favorite gear for product photography and I'm also going to share a few tips and tricks for alternatives. 

Cameras

Nikon D700 : The Nikon D700 has been retired, but here is it's counterpart. The Nikon D700 is ideal for me when shooting products because it's full frame, allowing me to get more into frame. I often pair the D700 with the 50mm. If you're shooting with a crop sensor camera body and you're struggling to get everything in frame, the 35mm would be great to pair with it. 

Nikon D300s : The Nikon D300s is also retired, but we love this camera because it has video. We don't do a lot of video right now, but it’s one of our favorite camera’s to use on the go. I pair the 35mm with the Nikon D300s because it allows us to get a lot in frame.

Alternatives : Nearly all the DSLR's that are released these days are phenomenal. Learn your camera, read your camera manual and really learn lighting, and you'll be making magical photos in no time. 

Lenses

Nikkor 35mm : As I mentioned above, I often pair the 35mm with the Nikon D300s. This is a solid shooting lens with a 1.8 aperture, great taking product photos with beautiful blurry backdrops.

Nikkor 50mm : The 50mm is what I pair with the Nikon D700. For my personal preferences I don't like to pair anything under the 50mm with the D700 because it's a bit to wide. If you were shooting something like landscapes or cityscapes, wide angle lenses are ideal, but I think the 50mm is perfect for products and lifestyle.

Alternatives: In photography, lenses really do make all the difference. I would recommend investing in your lenses before you do anything else. The 50mm and the 35mm are both great jumping off points. If you are shooting with the stock lens that came with your camera don't be discouraged. I would encourage you to (1) practice shooting outside where you don't have to fight the light. Fighting light is often the biggest struggle. (2) Learn what your lens and camera are capable of by shooting at different apertures. 

Extras

Softboxes : I haven't always shot with softboxes, but I do really love them because they are incredibly convenient. Softboxes aren't necessary when shooting products or lifestle, but they are helpful when trying to fill out the light in a room. I prefer to shoot with natural light, but if your light is uneven then softboxes really help.

Alternatives: Amazon has a variety of softboxes to choose from ranging in price. If your industrious and enjoy DIYs you can find a variety of DIY softboxes online too. 

Manfrotto Tripod : This tripod is not specific to Flatlay, as an ideal Flatlay tripod would have a horizontal harm like this one. But this particular tripod has been working great for me, so I love it. I have had this tripod for years and since it is working for me, I have never felt the need to get something different. This one works well because it has a ball head which allows me to turn the camera face down. 

Light Reflector Set : My light reflector is maybe one of my favorite and most used photography accessory. I have used it in different situations to reflect light, but I also use it to diffuse light. Diffusing light is what I use it for most these days, as I need soft even light.

Alternatives: There are a variety of items that you can use as an alternative to diffuse and reflect light. White foam core boards are perfect for reflecting light and if you need to diffuse and soften light a white sheet does the job.  

Great photography comes from more then just the gear we use. It comes from practice, patience, study, and hard work. What are some of your favorite photography accessories? What are some of your favorite photography hacks? xoxo. Samantha


CELEBRATE THIS VALENTINE'S DAY BY CELEBRATING OTHERS

Valentines-Day-with-Jord

Valentines Day is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Do you celebrate Valentines Day? Do you celebrate Galentines Day? Tyler and I have never really celebrated Valentines Day, it's just not a day we've ever thought much about... until last year.

Remember the days in elementary school when we had Valentines Day parties and everyone got a Valentine, whether or not, they had a "sweet heart." Tyler and I have decided that's how we want Valentines Day to be. Less about us, or couples, or sweet hearts, and more about everyone. Last year instead of buying gifts for each other we picked out two of our single friends and surprised them with ice cream. It was so fun and it was way more fun to give to our friends, then to get something for each other.

Valentine's Day can be so exclusive, right? Well, this year I want to encourage you to give gifts and surprise all the people that you love; single friends, married friends, everyone.  One thing I've thought about this Valentine's Day was single moms. My mom is single and I'm sure she easily let's Valentine's day pass her by without thinking much about it. But then I thought how wonderful and special she would feel if she received something on Valentine's Day, so that's exactly what we're doing. We're sending her a little something special to brighten her day this Valentine's Day.

We want Valentine's day to be more about celebrating our love for all our friends and family.  And I would love it if you had the opportunity to brighten someone days or brighten your own day! 

With that, I've partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for this Valentine's Day! If you've had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code, they'll be good through the end of March! Entering is easy; just click here! All you have to do is enter your email and your favorite JORD watch. Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!

THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS
THE PERFECT VALENTINE'S GIFT FOR YOURSELF OR OTHERS

Gift giving is one of my favorite things ever and I love that Valentines Day can be about giving gifts to make others feel special and loved. Don't forget to redeem your e-gift card, they'll be gone soon! What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Valentine's Day? Who are some of the people you'll be celebrating? xoxo. Samantha