Thursday, March 27, 2014
LIVE with GLOGIRLY – A BlogPaws Sneak Peek
GLOGIRLY: Well hello Cody, Caren and all the Cat Chat fans! Thanks so much for inviting us to your blog today!
WAFFLES: Where’s the snacks? I was told there would be snacks.
GLOGIRLY: I’m super excited to be speaking at BlogPaws this year and I’m thrilled to share a little about my session with you today!
KATIE: Don’t you mean to say you’d be thrilled if anyone ATTENDS your session?
GLOGIRLY: Maybe my session should be called, “Everything you wanted to know about living with two opinionated cats but were afraid to ask.”
KATIE: Opinionated? Everyone’s entitled to an opinion … as long as it’s mine.
GLOGIRLY: Alright, that’s enough smack talk. On with the show!
My absolute favorite part of blogging is visual storytelling. Taking great photos is not only fun, but for me it’s what defines my blog. Through photography I can give a voice to my cats and make people laugh. It’s also something that comes in very handy when working with brands.
“I wish I could take better pictures.”
I hear this from friends, readers and fellow bloggers all the time. And this is exactly what my session will focus on. Whether you’re taking photos with an iPhone, a small point & shoot or DSLR (that’s photographer-speak for a camera that has a detachable lens) you’ll walk away from this session with simple and actionable tips that will enable you to immediately improve the photos you take of your pets. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, I promise to deliver some “aha” moments.
The session, called Photography Tips, Tricks & Product Reviews, is divided into two main chunks –
1. How to take a better photo of your pet
2. How to take better photos for product reviews
Some of my tips are technical. Some are creative and artistic. And some will even help you wrangle your pets!
Better start practicing your deep knee bends! One of my absolute favorite tips is something that EVERYONE can do right now. Get down! WAY down! Get down to your pet’s level when taking their picture. Some of the best shots will happen when your lens is looking right into your pet’s eyes at their level.
And if they’re lying on the floor, well I hope you have soft carpeting.
Eye contact is where some the magic happens and when you’re on the same level as your pet, it’s as if you can see into their soul. This is Waffles’ soul saying, “I’m bored…is it snack time yet???”
It’s probably no surprise that lighting is a big deal. If eye contact is where some of the magic happens, good lighting is where the rest of the magic can happen. I always try to take advantage of natural light whenever I can. Inside the house, I like to position myself with a window behind me and a cat in front of me. That way the light from the window illuminates the cat, and gives them a nice sparkle in their eye.
If you do the reverse and shoot your cat with the window behind them, the view out your window may look nice, but all you’ll see is a dark shadow of your cat.
For bloggers, photos can make or break product reviews. Brands will sit up and take notice when you feature great shots of your pets interacting with their product. They LOVE seeing their products put to use in a home environment and it will make writing your review a piece of cake… or as Katie & Waffles would have it, a piece of chicken.
And guess what? Great content and great photos are the name of the game when it comes to attracting sponsors. This session will walk you through how to get the best possible photos for whatever type of product you’re reviewing.
A Purr-sonal Invitation – TONIGHT 7PM CST!
Come hangout with me and the BlogPaws gang at BlogPaws Live|365:2. This episode, Thursday, March 27, at 8pm EST / 7pm CST will feature three of the BlogPaws 2014 Conference speakers:
· Dino Dogan, “Pet Blogging Business” Keynote Panelist
· Carleen Coulter, Top Legal Issues Faced by Bloggers
· Debbie Glovatsky (ME!), Photography Tips, Tricks & Product Reviews
Click HERE to join the conversation on Google Hangouts.
Join Me at BlogPaws!
So if you’re attending BlogPaws, I’d like to purr-sonally invite you to join me for Photography Tips, Tricks & Product Reviews on Friday May 9 from 2:00-3:30 pm.
And if you’re not attending BlogPaws…well what are you waiting for! This will be my third conference and I can guarantee you’ll have a blast!
Save 10%! Register HERE for the 2024 BlogPaws Pet Blogging & Social Media Conference. Enter promo code BlogPaws2014-Speaker-Glovatsky-10.
About Debbie Glovatsky:
Debbie is the creative, funny-girl behind the award-winning GLOGIRLY.com cat blog. Voiced by cats, Katie & Waffles, GLOGIRLY delivers daily doses of humor, cuteness and spiffy, new cat products. She’s an accomplished photographer and graphic designer and visual marketer. Through her online business, GLOGIRLY DESIGN, Debbie has partnered with brands and bloggers to help them find their own visual identity. Her signature style is sprinkled across the blogosphere like sparkling pixie dust.
FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY, thanks so much to Debbie Glovatsky for being our SPECIAL guest today!!!! I know I am hoping to sign up for your session at BlogPaws 2014! Oh and Waffles, I will bring SNACKS!