Hello and welcome to the new and improved newsletter! You will find editing tips, my latest finds and things I am currently loving.
My newsletter has gone through many different forms as the years have gone on, ranging from weekly ramblings to lists of things that I’ve been loving. But none of them felt quite right. I mean, what was I giving back to you all? What were you learning from these weekly newsletters?
So I decided to give them a bit of a revamp to make my newsletter as useful and informative as possible. Every week I will give you new editing tips that I’ve learnt as I delve deeper into the world of photography. Anything from editing, to a new lighting trick or a new technique I’ve been trying!
As many of you know, being more sustainable is one of my passions, so I will feature a sustainable product or brand that I think deserves some recognition. I will still update you all on what I’ve been up to that week and what I’ve been loving as well.
Talking of new starts my new website is almost ready. You can currently see it on www.frombeewithlove.com but we have a whole lot of things to clean up like broken links etc: But if you want to have a look, please feel free.
I hope you enjoy this new format editing tips ad all.
What I’ve Been up to This Week
It appears that my feed is going in a more colourful direction at the moment (not planned, just where my creative energy took me!) So this week has consisted of a lot of re-editing and taking new photos that fit with this new style that I’m inspired by right now. I’m being a lot harsher with myself in terms of what I post on Instagram, making sure that im 110% happy with it and I’m not just posting because I feel like I have to. I have to have that ‘wow’ feeling when I look at them.
I’m also getting more creative with colours in my photos now and experimenting with the temperature and tint to see if I can create something unusual.
And after months of saying I will never go on TikTok and saying it’s stupid and not for me… I caved and made one. You can find me on it as @frombeewithlove and I’ll be posting some BTS of photos, travel videos and photoshoots. I haven’t posted much on it yet but I’m pretty excited about experimenting with video.
This week I had the amazing opportunity to work with Sky to promote their new channel Sky Nature. I’m so so happy with how the photos turned out and I can’t wait to share them with you!
How was your week?
Editing Tips from Bee
I edit all of my photos in Lightroom, and recently I’ve been experimenting with changing colours, specifically backgrounds, in Lightroom.
Let’s take the Snow White inspired photo I did for example. In the original photo, the background was a plain cream colour and I didn’t think it made the photo look particularly ‘scroll-stropping’.
When I know something isn’t quite right with the photo, I always just have a bit of a play around and see where I end up.
This time, I ended up with a bright blue background. In order to achieve this, I used the graduated filter (which is the rectangle icon) and make sure the temperature was super blue. It was definitely a happy accident that I think turned out to look great!
Let me know how you get on with these editing tips.
Bee Good: A Brand that is Doing Good Things
With the current pandemic going on in the world, many leading brands have canceled their orders leaving over 2 billion dollars worth of clothes that have already been produced, but won’t be sold. This means that millions of workers in countries such as Bangladesh will not be paid and therefore unable to provide for themselves or their families.
This is where Lost Stock comes in. They take these clothes and curate a box of three items that you can buy for £30, which is a massive 50% discount. These are the same clothes that would be in the best-loved high street brands, just without the tags in them. You can choose what colours and fits you like to give you the best possible chance of loving the clothes inside the box.
It’s such a brilliant thing for this company to do and something I never even thought would be affected by the virus (there’s my privilege talking!)
It’s a great way to help out people in need right now whilst still funding your shopping habit (which I am totally guilty of!) There’s loads of information on their website which I really recommend checking out: https://loststock.co/
The Hot List: What I’ve Been Loving This Week
In summer I love wearing vintage-inspired clothing, and what could be better than a Marilyn Monroe inspired dress!? I’m definitely going to enjoy wearing this during the summer
.Sister Jane Prickly Pear Blouse: I’m a bit of a sucker for shirts and a huge sucker for Sister Jane. Their newest collection is western-inspired and I get huge Dolly Parton vibes from the entire collection. This top, oh my god, I’m obsessed! The zebra collar is giving me heart eyes and I just adore how unusual it is.
Collectif Lisa Plain Playsuit: I love playsuits for the summer, they’re just so easy to make an outfit out of and don’t require any effort to look cute. I love the frills on the sleeves on this one and the little pocket details.
Collectif Abigail Butterfly Cardigan: Not going to lie, I wasn’t a fan of the whole ‘cardigans as tops’ trend’… until I found this one. It’s not my usual style but I think it’s absolutely adorable. It would look super cute with these green leather trousers I have to create a nice monochromatic look.
Miss Candyfloss Amaia Blouse: I absolutely love this top! It’s so versatile and there are so many different things I could wear this with to create so many different looks.
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The Girls by Emma ClineI started reading this book last week and I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s the fictitious story of life inside the mansion family and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady HendrixThis book just sounds so good, and I’m pretty obsessed with the 80s inspired cover. It’s been described as the 80s ‘Mean Girls’ but with demonic possession (or if The Exorcist was written by Tina Fey, which just sounds hilarious to me. I’ve ordered it and waiting for it to arrive and I’m excited to get stuck into it.
Betty by Tiffany McDanielTiffany McDaniel wrote my favourite book of all time, The Summer That Melted Everything, and I pretty much cried when she reached out to me asking whether I would like an ARC of her upcoming book Betty. Her writing is just as beautiful in Betty and is even more heartbreaking as the book is based on her own family. It comes out in August and I can’t wait for it to be released into the world.
Mr. Salary by Sally RooneyNow that Normal People has left a Sally Rooney shaped hole in my heart, I have to fill it with more Sally Rooney. With Sally being another one of my favourite writers, I naturally have to own everything that she has written, including short stories.
Flux by Orion CarlotoI found a section of this collection of poetry and Pinterest and immediately fell in love with Orion’s work. I love reading good poetry, and Orion’s makes me feel something deeply. And if you want to talk about book covers, Flux definitely wins!
I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking after yourself during these times. Things are still bad right now, but things will get better, and think of how amazing it will be when it does.
Also, let me know what you thought of the editing tips.
With Love, Bee xo