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Chapter Officer: Paola Mendez Hi! My name is Paola and I am the Founder of The Blogger Union. I believe that if we all work together we will all grow together! I help Blogger Union Members continue to improve as bloggers. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please let me know. I definitely want to hear from you! We can do this together. Oh, I also run the sites Coral Gables Love + Dapper Animals.

Blame It On Mei Chapter Officer Chapter Officer: Mei Jorge Blame it on Mei, is a bilingual fashion, lifestyle and travel blog, created by South Florida resident Mei Jorge. Through her outfits and travel adventures she inspires women to dress and feel better about themselves no matter the price tag, age, lifestyle or even personal circumstances. Mei has worked with brands such as Madewell, Univision, Macy’s, ShopStyle, ViX Paula Hermanny and The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables. More recently, she has partnered with Dove, Neutrogena, Kohl’s, Coach and Stella & Dot on several collaborations.

Chapter Officer: Liège Martins Liège is a Brazilian marketing professional, with two MBA’s (one in Marketing and another in Financial Management). She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, customer relationship, digital marketing, business intelligence, social networking, marketing consulting, market research, strategic and tactical planning. Last year she launched the blog It’s Up to Me, where she writes about etiquette, fashion, food, beauty, health, travel, home, design, trends and daydreams!

Nadia Pena Chapter Officer Miami BloggersChapter Officer: Nadia Peña Nadia Peña is an international plus size model from the Dominican Republic. Nadia has maintained a modeling career for over 15 years. Her list of clients include Avenue, Kohls, HSN, Macy’s, Rafaella and many others. This year she launched @IAMNadiap where she writes about her journey through Fashion, Faith, Food, Fitness and Family. As a self love and body positive activist Nadia hopes to inspire women to look and feel their best regardless of size, age, or lifestyle.

Nicole Alba Miami Bloggers Chapter OfficerChapter Officer: Nicole Alba Fashion and lifestyle blogger Nicole Alba, has a passion for inspiring others to feel better about themselves, find their passion and live a more balanced life. She lives in Miami with her husband and lovely daughter Mila Aurora. Nicole is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Communications and has worked in the Marketing and Social Media industry for several years.

Nabila Verushka Miami Bloggers Chapter OfficerChapter Officer: Nabila Verushka Nabila Verushka is a freelance photographer who one day decided to make the blog One Tiny Dinosaur, about all the geek chic fashions she wears. When she’s not photographing people, weddings, engagements, birthdays, and other events; she likes to photograph and write about her geeky lifestyle, action figures in the wild, and her abuelita’s garden, amongst other things. She’s currently studying Business Administration at FIU and will be graduating next year.

Nikita Hair USA Beauty Blogger Luncheon Recap

Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to spend the day with the energetic founder of Nikita Hair, Inger Ellen Nicolaisen. It was an inspiring day hanging out with the beauty magnate whom willing shared advice on enptreperenurialship and believing in yourself. Inger dropped out of school and had her first child at an early age. She was forced to start businesses to support her new family because she was too young to get a job. Headstrong and strong-willed Inger tried a variety of ventures before she started opening beauty salons.

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

With a policy of taking care of their “whole” client, Nikita Hair became an undeniable success. Today, Nikita Hair is the largest and leading hairdressing chain in Scandinavia; and Inger is looking to replicate that success in the US.

The beauty blogger luncheon kicked off at Inger’s beautiful estate in Boca Raton. We had the chance to meet several of Inger’s family members and hear her story. One of the luncheon attendees will be chosen as a Nikita Hair USA brand ambassador and will go on a trip to Scandinavia. How exciting is that?! Other perks of being a brand ambassador include working with many of Inger’s other brands including her skin care line Eleni and Chris.

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

After enjoying lunch and sipping champagne, we were whisked away to the Nikita salon in a white stretch limo. We explored and tested Eleni and Chris – the salon’s exclusive Scandinavian Salon Signature Collection of hair care and skin care. Models debuted fabulous hairstyles and the bloggers received a signature goodie bag filled with Eleni and Chris haircare and skin care products and complimentary salon services. The salon is bright, modern, and inviting. The perfect place to relax and pamper yourself for those of us who see self care as a top priority.

Nikita Hair Boca RatonPhoto credit: Jess Diamantides

The staff was professional, friendly, and very talented. One of the models had a gorgeous braid up-do – perfect for a special occasion or formal event. Nikita is currently running a monthly special of a hair wash and blow-out for $39. Another fun offer to try is the buy any two products and receive a travel size hair care for free.

Nikita Hair Boca Raton

We tried the skin mister and it’s really refreshing. You can mist it over your make up during the day and it won’t run. If you haven’t had the Nikita experience, we recommend you book your appointment. Call (561) 362-7102 and get that amazing “I just was at the salon feeling!” Nikita Hair is located at 193 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For more information visit nikitahair.com

Style Collective MIAMI SWIM Week Blogger & Brand After Party Promo Code

Join Style Collective for an evening of networking and inspiration in your best cocktail attire at the Mondrian Sunset Ballroom & Terrace! You’ll get to eat some delicious gourmet food, meet local brands, network with bloggers, be part of our podcast recording, and take home gifts worth over $150 from Patchi Chocolate and FabFitFun! Buy your ticket on the eventbrite page and use promo code SFLBLOGGERS for 20% OFF your ticket price.

Style Collective Miami Swim Week Promo CodeSchedule:
5:30 pm – 6 pm: VIP networking with pop-up shops and SC Founder, Annie Spano.
6 pm – 6:30 pm: Networking for attendees and pop-up shops.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Becoming Fearless podcast LIVE recording with model & travel host, Adela Guerra.
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Q&A, networking, closing.

Event includes:
Passed hors d’oeuvres: assorted sushi, mini Cubano sliders, lobster grilled cheese, and grilled shrimp & date skewers.
Endless Rosé sponsored by Day Owl Rosé.
Gifts with over $150 from Patchi Chocolate and FabFitFun.

Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

Women Empower Expo Fort Lauderdale Discount Code

Women Empower Expo Ft. Lauderdale Discount Code

Women Empower Expo 2017 Promo Code

The Women Empower Expo is a one-day event with the mission to empower, educate and equip female entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, and community to create and grow successful businesses. This year Women Empower Expo will take place on Saturday, October 7th from 10am – 5pm at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center located at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. You can purchase tickets at the Women Empower Expo eventbrite page and use promo code: SFLBLOGGERS to receive 25% off your ticket price!

About Women Empower Expo Ft. Lauderdale

The Fort Lauderdale event will feature:

  • World Renowned keynote speakers.
  • Educational workshops in the areas of personal development, health & wellness, entrepreneurship 101, personal branding, digital marketing, investor relations and pitching, and more.
  • A 25,000 sq ft marketplace filled with woman-owned and local businesses.
  • Yoga and mediation classes
  • A Networking Lounge and guided networking workshops to connect with local female leaders and influencers to build lasting relationships that will enhance your personal and professional life.
  • Raffle & Giveaways from our sponsors.
  • Photo area with meet & greets of keynote speakers.
  • Unique activations geared towards women entrepreneurs
  • Gift bags for the first 300 people in attendance!

Women Empower Expo 2017 Promo Code

Women Empower Expo Ft. Lauderdale 2017 Tickets

Early Bird Tickets (sold through October 6, 2017): early bird tickets are $30 and grant 10 am entry with access to Women Empower Expo Marketplace, Breakout Workshops, Panels, Main Stage Keynote speakers, Author Book Signings, Fitness Classes, Award Ceremony & Music.

General Admission Tickets (sold day of the event): general admission tickets are $30 and grant 10 am entry with access to Women Empower Expo Marketplace, Breakout Workshops, Panels, Main Stage Keynote speakers, Author Book Signings, Fitness Classes, Award Ceremony & Music.

Use promo code: SFLBLOGGERS to receive 25% off your ticket price!

Women Empower Expo Promo Code

About Women Empower Expo

Featuring world-class speakers located in the host city of our event and a marketplace of hundreds of local businesses, the Women Empower Expo gathers thousands of females who are ready to feel empowered in their personal and professional life.

Be prepared to discover new products and services from local entrepreneurs, connect with female leaders who are changing the world, form a girl gang that will support you in turning your dreams into reality, and leave feeling more rejuvenated and empowered than ever before.

The WEX differs from many other female-driven events because we focus on the host city where WEX is located. We do this so we can create a community of empowered women located nearby as we have seen how COMMUNITY DRIVES CHANGE.

Our events bring in thousands of people (men and women) and are held in some of the largest convention centers in North America but each event feels intimate and personal to you. Throughout the day we have concurrent breakout sessions going on and a 30,000+ sq ft marketplace filled with exhibitors. Our tracks include:

– Women’s Issues & Progress in Change
– Health & Wellness
– Business & Entrepreneurship
– Personal Development
– Fashion & Beauty
– Parenting & Relationships

July South Florida Bloggers Meetup & Brunch

July Miami Bloggers Meetup and Brunch

South Florida Bloggers July Meetup & Brunch

Attorney Jason Rosen and accountant will share their insights regarding basic accounting principles, contracts, and copyright laws for creatives. The July Meetup will focus on getting us all the answers to the legal questions that pop up when we run our blogs. We’re answering all your legal and accountant questions. Let’s do this!

Blogging is fun until we inadvertently run into legal issues. Sometimes we can get into legal problems by doing things “everything is doing” – just because we don’t know any better. This is the perfect opportunity to clarify any practices you are not sure about like using other people’s images, when to incorporate your blog into a business, what counts as a business expense, what to include in contracts, and more!

*** Brunch will be provided by Cibo Wine Bar South Beach. ***

RSVP Your Spot Now

About Jason Rosen (jerosenlaw.com)

Mr. Rosen brings more than 15 years’ experience as an attorney and securities and financial services professional.

As a transactional attorney, Mr. Rosen represents multiple entities in the growth of their business through limiting liability. He works with entities whose businesses traverse a broad array of industries. His hands-on financial and litigation experience add a layer of knowledge unknown to most transactional practices.

As a litigator, Mr. Rosen, alongside his father, Michael J. Rosen, has argued before the federal courts and tried multiple federal cases. He has participated in federal grand jury investigations and represented individuals in state criminal, commercial and estate litigation matters. Additionally, Mr. Rosen has worked on multiple appellate matters and made law in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Prior to his legal practice, Mr. Rosen worked in the securities and financial services industry for 10 years as a Fixed Income Trader and Financial Advisor. He negotiated, analyzed and traded fixed income products in the wholesale broker dealer market and provided investment advice and implemented and managed the portfolios of individual and corporate clients. In addition, he conducted research and stock trend analysis for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

On the side: Jason photographs his wife Roxy Rosen for her recently launched fashion blog “Regarding Roxy.”



Cibo Wine Bar, Miami Bloggers Meetup Sponsor July 2017

Thank you to Cibo Wine Bar for hosting and providing brunch.


Interested in sponsoring South Florida Bloggers? Contact us!

June Meetup: Pro-Blogger Q&A with Damask Love

DIY Blogger, Amber Kemp-Gerstel (@damasklove), shared part of her journey from beginner blogger to established blogger. She started blogging as a hobby in 2011, while being a children’s psychologist at the University of Miami. She focused on paper crafting, without expecting to get paid, but after attending a bloggers’ conference, everything changed. She heard the words  “there’s very little exposure, that you can’t get for yourself”, and between that and all the networking she achieved, the conference was a turning point in her blogging career.

We learned so much from her, that I’m excited to leave you with some of the best questions answered.

  • At first, were you reaching out to brands, or were the brands reaching out to you?

DL (Damask Love): “It was both. Historically, I’ve always reached out to brands and they have reached out to me.. [but] you don’t get comfortable, you do not get to the point where you are like ‘Oh, they are contacting me, so I don’t need to reach out’.” 

*Tip: Always have a media kit ready to be sent or delivered. Also, if you really like a brand and would like to work with it in the future, do not be afraid to tag away. Use social media to grab their attention. They could find you and collaborate, you could even become a brand ambassador!


  • How do you deal with brands that want to pay you with product?

DL: “There is a point in all of our journeys where working for product makes sense, and there are certain opportunities where working for product makes sense; but, I think you have to be very mindful of when those are, and No is a very empowering statement.. If your gut tells you No, then say No. It’ll be ok… Working for product sometimes is fine, but [always think] how is it going to fit into your story, your brand, and mission if you’re just doing it because, or because you feel bad saying no.”


  • How do you reach out to brands?

DL: “I believe very strongly in the idea that if you’re gonna reach out to a brand you really want to work with, you need to give them a fully baked pitch… You need to give them no option but to say yes.”

*Tip: What DL typically does? She would send a one-pager with her name and the brand’s name, give them some ideas on how they could collaborate on something that can reach their audience and hers, and include a link of her media kit. Basically lay it all out for them so the only thing left for them is to say YES!


  • How do you know what to charge, specially when you’re starting?

DL: Get your squad together, find people who are more or less in your area and ask how much do they charge. “There are seats for everyone at the table”. Also, attending workshops like these, help you a lot with that. Value your time and find a range that you feel comfortable  with.


  • What advice can you give to someone who is starting out and stating to build their following on social media?


-You should have a website or a blog. Social media changes everyday, and if tomorrow one of them decided they’re doing something else, you just lost access to all thousands of people you were connecting with. Your blog or website if something that you own.

-As much as you can, create content that is not dictated by anyone else’s expectations or need, because then people know why they’re following you; and when you do start getting paid, stay true to your brand.


  • How do you balance family and blogging?

DL: When you are working, work. When you are with your family, be with your family. I don’t work while I’m with him.  It’s an on and off switch, for me.


  • How do you bring your Instagram traffic to your blog?

DL: The moment you publish the post, share it on all your social media channels and come up with places around the internet where you can get eyes on the content. Also, if you have a piece of content that is particular to a brand, you can send it to them. Find the places where a community of readers exist, go to them and show them what you just did.

*Tip: To be successful, you have to work and work and after a lot of sleepless nights, then you can see the fruits of your labor. It is not magic, and it doesn’t just happen. You have to work for it to happen.


  • One piece of advice for people that are starting out?

You do not need to have one million followers to be successful. Focus on being a “micro-influencer” first, an influencer that is not too big and not too small. If you have a meaningful and engaging influence with your audience, you will have brands that will go after you. Work on the numbers, but don’t obsess over the numbers.

We’d like Brimstone for providing delicious drinks and bites for us and hosting our meetup! We had a blast and enjoyed the food.

We’d also like to congratulate our main sponsor, Southwest Airlines, on the opening of their new International terminal at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Southwest Airlines will be offering flights to many destinations in the Carribbean and Mexico.

See you at the next meetup!

SFL Blogger Spotlight | I AM Nadia P

The spirit of Kind Collaboration is essential to keep The Blogger Union running strong!

We want to continue to build each other up and encourage all of you to make connections to blossom in your blogging endeavors.

The South Florida Bloggers chapter is starting a new series of Blogger Spotlights each month to provide our members an opportunity for supportive exposure and growth through showcasing them in a special post.

This month we are starting off with Nadia Peña! She is one of the new chapter officers for the South Florida Bloggers group and her fun personality is contagious!


Nadia P Full Pic The Blogger Union

Name: Nadia Peña

Blog Name: IAMnadiap

Blog type: Fashion & Lifestyle

Blogger Bio

Where are you from? 

I’m from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Why did you start blogging?

Unknowingly, I was inspiring curvy girls through social media as a plus size model. I constantly got many questions regarding my career and how girls could get started in the industry. Also, Girls liked asking for some fashion advice. So I wanted to create a space where I can engage with my followers and continue to inspire through my pictures, to follow their own journey whatever that dream may be.

How long have you been blogging?

I’m a baby blogger. I’ve been blogging now for about 6 months now.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I am Nadia P. Is an introduction of who I am, an invitation to my world, and my own personal journey through fashion, faith, family and some of my favorites like food and fitness.

Blogger Fun Facts & Advice

Nadia P Family Photo The Blogger Union

1) Are you an introvert, extrovert, or an ambivert? 

I think I’m an extrovert. I’m open to adventure, I like meeting new people, and socializing with my loved ones. Always one of the loud ones of the group lol. 

2) Are you a night owl or a morning person? 

I’m definitely a morning person. The older I get, the earlier I go to bed. Lol 

3) How much time do you dedicate to your blog each week?

Oh wow… I don’t think I’ve ever done the math… but I would approximately say a few hours a day… 3 days a week. It’s a balancing act you know. Home, marriage, my boys and work. So whenever I can, I work on my blog… that’s my baby. 

4) What is your favorite social media channel and which one do you put most of your focus on and why? 

Instagram is the account I’m most active with. I have built so many relationships through IG. The engagement is fun and continuous. Also, many of the clients I work with follow me on Instagram. Facebook is more for family and close friends. And I just opened a twitter account like 2 months ago.

5) What is your favorite place to eat in Miami?

I love love love Finka Table & Tap. It’s a great restaurant for the family. I love the music, the decor and their food is delicious!! My husband is the executive chef so I may be a bit biased. Lol 

6) What place would you recommend a tourist to definitely not leave Miami without visiting?

If you like dancing like me… I would suggest Ball & Chain!! It’s in Calle Ocho. The music, the scene, the energy is very Miami! 

7) Are you usually on time or on “Miami time”?

Omg!! I would love to think that I’m always on time but… if you ask my husband he will say Miami Time lol! Sorry.

8) If you could live anywhere outside of Florida, where would it be and why? 

I would love to go back to NYC. You can take the girl out of NY… but you can’t take NY out of the girl. I’m such a New Yorker at heart! 

9) Coffee or Cafecito? Yes, there’s a difference 🙂

Cafecito 100%

10) Share a small piece of advice for fellow bloggers.

Everyone is once an amateur so just enjoy the process. I think for me personally I remove the pressure of performance, and also I avoid comparison …. allow my creativity to flourish… when the focus is to love what you do… it leads to beautiful places, meeting beautiful people and things start happening organically. Staying true to oneself is powerful!

Stay Connected

Visit Nadia at IAMnadiap and strike up a connection with a new blogger friend! You can also hang out with Nadia at her fave virtual spot – Instagram @iamnadiap!

Want to be in the Spotlight?

The Blogger Union is the amazing resource that it is because of YOU! If you would like the chance to be featured in our Blogger Spotlight, register to become a member here (it’s free!) and contact us at info@thebloggerunion.com!

Kind Collaboration Videos

What is Kind Collaboration

Kind collaboration is the foundation and purpose of The Blogger Union. We all have our unique way of viewing the world and expressing ourselves that no one else does. But we also grow stronger and expand our reach when we unite with like-minded individuals.

We want to continue to support our members to work together, build lasting relationships, and have a great time along the way! That is why we are starting to have monthly Kind Collaboration videos where our members can participate in a common cause and meet one another.

How To Be Featured in our Kind Collaboration Videos

Each month we will be accepting video submissions from members of The South Florida Bloggers chapter revolved around a particular topic and compile all the videos to post on our website and social media.

This month’s theme is “I Love South Florida” and we want to hear from you what you love about living in our vibing region of the Sunshine State!

Video Submission Requirements

  • Videos should be between 10 – 30 seconds long.
  • Use your Instagram handle as the name of the file so we can credit you
  • Include your name, blog, social media handle, and show off your one-of-kind creativity!
  • You must fill out and submit the Creative Content Consent Release Form along with your video. (Videos submitted without the release form will not be considered for the video collaboration)

How To Submit Your Kind Collaboration Video

Submit your videos by uploading them here  or by emailing them to info@thebloggerunion.com by June 26th and stay tuned for the post of the final video on July 10th on thebloggerunion.com/southflorida.

Video Submission Samples

Check out our sample video to give you an idea of what the thrill is all about:

Life is better with friends and laughter so let’s get to know one another and have fun!

Have a topic in mind for a future Kind Collaboration video?

We would love to hear from you! Contact us at info@thebloggerunion.com!


Southwest Airlines Presents South Florida Bloggers June Meetup & Brunch

South Florida Bloggers June Meetup

South Florida Bloggers June Meetup & Brunch

Join DIY Blogger, Amber Kemp-Gerstel, as she shares her journey from beginner blogger to established blogger. She will share her secrets on how to: land a TV gig, work with paid sponsors, negotiate sponsorship payments & more. Bring all your questions!

*** Brunch will be provided by the brand new Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Doral City Place. ***

Meet Southwest Airlines Marketing Team

Bring your media kits and business cards! Make the most of the meetup and connect with our sponsors. Southwest Airlines recently opened an international terminal at the Ft. Lauderdale airport and they are looking to spread the word about it. Southwest Airlines now offers flights to the Caribbean, Central and South America.

RSVP Your Spot Now

About Amber Kemp-Gerstel (damasklove.com)

Between nine and five, she’s Dr. Amber – a child psychologist working with kids, teens and families faced with emotional and behavioral challenges.

During all other hours, she’s mom to Markus and crafty girl behind the blog Damask Love. If you ever meet her, she’s a hugger – not a handshaker. Here are a few more fun facts about Amber:

  • I spend way too much money at Target but I’ll never shop at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby unless I have a coupon.
  • Carbs are my favorite food group with a particular penchant for the french fry and biscuit variety.
  • I hate the combination of mint and chocolate – it’s gross.
  • Best song to sing at the top of my lungs? Alone by Heart. Hands down.



Southwest Airlines Sponsor of South Florida Bloggers June Meetup

Thank you to Southwest Airlines for sponsoring the June Meetup. We look forward to celebrating the new Southwest Airlines international terminal at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport during the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale Art Walk.

Brimstone Doral Miami Bloggers Sponsor

Thank you to Brimstone Woodfire Grill Doral for hosting and providing brunch.


Interested in sponsoring South Florida Bloggers? Contact us!

Workshop: Beginner DSLR Photography

DSLR Basics Beginner Photography Workshop for Bloggers

DSLR Basics Workshop

Are you overwhelmed by all the buttons on your DSLR camera? In this DSLR Basics workshop you’ll learn to master your camera so you can take your photography to the next level. You’ll learn how all those buttons and dials work to take stunning photographs. This two-hour workshop will have an hour of lecture followed by an hour of hands-on practice of what you just learned!

Register Now

This course is perfect for:

  • Anyone who considers themselves a beginner with their DSLR.
  • Anyone who has some existing knowledge about how their camera works but hasn’t quite put all the puzzle pieces together when it comes to how aperture and shutter speed work together.
  • This class is for you if you don’t know how all the modes (EX: Auto, P, S, A and M) work on your camera and when you should be using each mode.

Workshop Requirements

You should own (or have borrowed) a DSLR. This class applies to all or most cameras.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to see your images in a more sophisticated way, like a professional photographer.
  • Add exposure to your photographer’s tool belt and learn how it impacts many visual elements of your images.
  • Learn how to adjust your aperture and why you would choose one aperture over another.
  • Learn how to adjust your shutter speed and why you would choose one shutter speed over another.
  • Understand how all of the camera modes (EX: Auto, P, S, A and M) work and when you should be using each mode.
  • Recognize the difference between depth-of-field blur and motion blur.

About The Instructor: Alex Veliz (www.photoalexveliz.com)

Alejandro Veliz, is a Miami-based and self-taught photographer. He began photographing around 6 years ago due to a leg injury as a way of keeping him off the couch. Since then he hasn’t put his camera down. Alex’s photography ranges from landscapes, all the way to street-style and portraits. Through the years, he has learned that photography is an important part of his daily life, and being able to immortalize decisive moments that will otherwise be gone in the blink of an eye.

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshop credit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Alex Veliz DSLR Basics Miami Bloggers Workshopcredit: Alex Velez Photography

Miami Bloggers May Meetup Recap Secrets to Eye-Catching Photography

** Thank you to Nabila Verushka and In Common Photography for the meetup photos, and Killer Melts for hosting us and serving an amazing brunch **

Want to know the best secrets to eye-catching photography? Do you feel there’s something missing in your pictures? The South Florida Bloggers had the pleasure of chatting with Gabe Sanchez, Christine Russo, and Alex Veliz about the in’s and out’s of photography for bloggers. In case you missed it, keep reading for all the highlights from the May meet-up.

Use the right tools

It is very important to use the equipment that is appropriate for the work you are doing. Lightroom is one of the simplest softwares to edit and retouch pictures. It can cut your editing time in half!

Working outdoors

The best time to shoot outdoors is whenever you are available and feel more comfortable. Learn how to work with what you have by being resourceful, because bloggers have a lot of impromptu shots. Now, if you are working outdoors, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

Use a reflector or diffuser to avoid sharp shadows
If shooting at noon or when very sunny, look for a shade in order to avoid sharp shadows and squinting.
Do not forget batteries!

Working at night

Night shots are sometimes tricky because of the lack of natural lighting, so be creative. If you can spot some kind of lighting, go ahead and take advantage of it. Try to never go below 60 on the shutter-speed, because it can make your pictures blurry. Try and use a very low aperture lens, which allows more light in.

Best camera for bloggers

Whatever fits your budget, cameras nowadays have great quality and can capture greatness.

Best lenses

The best lens really depends on the subject you are shooting, and the look you want to achieve. For example, if you’re doing street photography and want to get blurred backgrounds, you can use a 85mm or a 50mm (if you want to fit more in the frame). If you are doing food photography, you are probably better off with a 35mm.

Be prepared

Whenever you have to meet someone either to be the model or phoographer, be prepared, study the model/photographer style, and explain clearly what you want before you meet (if you are the photographer, ask what they want), so you both can be prepared the day of the shoot.

What is the etiquette between bloggers and photographers?

It is always nice to mention or tag the photographer in your pictures.

Any other tips?

When in front of the camera, be yourself. Don’t try to be what you’re not.
Practice, practice, practice. You only get better by practice.

Say no to unpaid brand collaborations. Don’t give your work away for free. Creating content will cost you time and money. Your work is worth it, never forget that.

Miami Bloggers May Meetup photo credit: Nabila Verushka

Miami Bloggers May Meetupphoto credit: In Common Photography