Defining Myself

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Photo by Shannon from ForTheMommas

A little over a week ago, I attended my fourth blogging conference within one year.  It all started with BlogHer09′ in Chicago last year, and last weekend was BlogHer10′ in New York City.  When I headed to Chicago last year, I had dread, skepticism, and apprehension as it was my first conference.  Would I fit in? Would I have a good time? Would I attend another conference?

In the three plus years of blogging, I have never thought of myself as a writer.  I can tell a pretty funny story, but usually my stories are delivered better in person.  I have an odd sense of humor, and you really have to know me to understand.  I always tell people, “I’m better in real life than my blog”. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times people have told me, “you are not really angry”.  Duh, I have a hint of sarcasm to my humor. When I talk to other bloggers, I will always mention, “Oh, I loved your post and xyz, etc.”  I NEVER get that said to me.  I get, “Oh I loved the photograph that you took at Disneyland, or I heard you photographed Bloggy Boot Camp.”  I write about some awesome things, sometimes, I swear.

When I start working on blog posts, I tend to write them around my photos.  It is very rare that I publish a post without a photo.  I rarely use stock photographs.  I mostly use those when I’m doing some kind of review or giveaway.  You can tell when I have a busy week, because I don’t post as much here.  When I’m busy with work, family, or whatever, I don’t always have a camera in my hand.

I think my photography and blogging has completely evolved in the past year.  I’m spending more time on my photos and I’ve learned to edit them better.  I actually attended two sessions at BlogHer this year, and one of them was about photography, shocking, I know.  I attended the ROYO-How to Take Great Pictures, Whether You Have a DSLR or Point-and-Shoot session which was put on by Mishelle, Lotus, and Rachel.  While listening to the lovely photographers in front of me, I did a lot of head nodding.  As in, “Ok, I’m doing this photography thing right, I think?”

I think my perspective behind the lens has definitely changed in the past year.  I’ve also tried editing my photos a little bit different, here and there.  While I was in NYC for BlogHer, I served as one of the official photographers for a private party, better known as “Social Luxe Lounge”.  I took over 300 photographs at that event and dealt with some of the major nightmares for a photographer; white balance issues, lighting, night club atmosphere, and some colored lighting.  I learned a lot while editing those photographs.  I hope everyone enjoyed what I captured though.

So when people ask me now the million dollar question…what is that question? Oh, you should know by now.  “What is your blog about?” I will answer, “Photography, I blog through my photography. Whatever I capture through my lens, I blog”.

I’m sure that I will be writing a ton of other posts related to BlogHer and my reflections on it.  I enjoyed it this year, much more than last year.  I was more comfortable this year in my own blogger skin.  I knew what to expect.  I was prepared.  But {giggle}, the photo editing was much worse this year, after.

A view from the Hilton in NYC

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I took many many more photographs, but I’m doing other posts, where I will highlight specific events I attended, etc.

If you want to see my photographs, feel free.

BlogHer10′ Set

Social Luxe Set

20 comments
Steph
Steph

Your photos always look amazing... I need to learn photo editing one day.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Seriously, so easy. I'm lazy and I use Picnik to edit.

Shari@Tales from the Sippy Cup
Shari@Tales from the Sippy Cup

Julie - Your photographs are always awesome and inspire me to be a better photographer as well. It was also great getting to meet you this year! Still searching for my "real calling" hope it hits me on the head soon.

Jessica
Jessica

I just found your blog through google! I also just made a blog hop post on my blog for everyone who has made a complete (or partial) list of 101 things about themselves!! Come visit my blog and add the link to your list! www.runningfromcupcakes.com Hope you're having a great day! - CurlyJ

Candice
Candice

Julie, How is that we were in the same places (I can see from your pictures) and we live in the same city and yet we've never met. It seems wrong to me. Maybe we'll meet in SD next year LOL! I hope it will be before then. BTW, I think you are a great sarcastic writer.

Maura
Maura

Editing pictures is always the hardest part for me. I think you do an excellent job of it. :-) It was great to bump into you (repeatedly) at BlogHer this year; I hope we get to hang out a bit more next year.

San Diego Momma
San Diego Momma

I'd take a photog class from you ANY DAY. You take some great pics, lady.

jodifur
jodifur

I loved seeing you at BlogHer

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

Awesome Julie! I'm totally about blogging through my pictures too, I base most of my posts on a specific event & usually those always have pictures to match. :) I think it is awesome that you have done the conference thing & your following is getting so big!

Nikki
Nikki

isn't it hard to find your niche? i am still trying to find mine...i am glad you had a good time..it sounds like alot of fun!! i tagged you on my blog..come check it out..that is how much i think of you!!

Peeved Michelle
Peeved Michelle

It was great stalking you this year. See you in San Diego! (And through my telephoto lens. Right now.)

Alana Morales
Alana Morales

Love your pics and how you have evolved. It's nice the gain that kind of self awareness, isn't it? Keep up the good work!

Glennia
Glennia

I think of you as a multi-talented person. You're photos and your writing are both great. One of the great treats of BlogHer '10 for me was getting to hang out with you a little. Like I told you at the bar, "I used to like you, now I LOVE you." You rock.

Victoria
Victoria

Love your style. Always a treat to see you, especially at Blogher! :)

Mary Hall
Mary Hall

Great to meet you at BlogHer--wow your pics are amazing!! What do you shoot with? Nikon?

Mama Mary
Mama Mary

Love your photos & love your blog! Get it girl!

alexis
alexis

i found you to be awesome in person, and your blog is awesome, so you're the same in person as you are on your blog. except in person, i got to see that schweet dress you wore to mouthy housewives and so on. i'm really glad i met you, and also that you took like 8000 pictures of jill with a drink in her hand. you are so good at capturing real life, julie.