Saturday was my first ever blogger event. I have been to events in the past as a blogger, but this was the first, just for bloggers, and lots of big names in the blogging world! To say I was nervous was an understatement. Although I've been blogging 6 months now, im still a small fish in the sea, with lots to learn. I was going to attend with a blogger friend, but she had to pull out in the final week, so I was either going solo, or pulling out too. I decided to go solo.
Saturday arrived, and I was out the door at 7am, thankfully Grandma and Grandad M slept over after having dinner with us Friday, so were ready to hand at the crack of dawn to take over as Daddy was already at work... HUGE THANKYOU to them. :-) I decided to get the train as the camp was right near the Birmingham train station. All went to plan, but I arrived early. I was lucky enough that they were already there, and I helped myself to a welcoming coffee and a Danish... yum! (Diet is off!)
As more bloggers arrived I got speaking to Nayna from Citrus Spice and simply food. She made me feel welcome at such a big event, and really made an effort to get talking to me, those that know me, I am very shy when I am in new situations and especially when I know NO-ONE nor confident on the subject. So again, Thank you Nayna for our little talk.
The talks soon got underway, and we got told that we were extremely lucky that Showroom and Cow and Gate growing up milk sponsored the event so we didn't have to pay. So again, another THANKYOU.
After the introductions, we got told the itinerary. There were a few classes I wanted to go, but some were running at the same time, so I decided to attend the photography workshops as that is my main hobby, rather then trying to push into the you tube world... that will be saved when im more confident in this side of blogging. :-)
The first workshop was with Tom and Becky, and all about food photography. So to start we had to create a piece of food to photograph... normally the girlies o this part for me, so I got creative with some fruit, and then sprinkles. Only 3 of us turned up for this workshop, which was really nice, as we got lots of tips for our own specific cameras... I finally got off auto focus... yeay, and got to explore different backgrounds, lights, and textures as well as angles... all the same piece of work, but all look different...
Out of those 3, I prefer the ingredients in the background, and love the natural light coming in. But then I got told about the seamless look using a piece of A3 card, wow, im blown away... I actually took those photos... ME.... I am proud, im not sure which one I prefer as unique, the angles are so different as well as the lighting. It looks pro... wow! I will be off to Staples for my card next time the girlies bake. And an LED light, of course.
It was then time for another coffee break... Mmmm... more fresh coffee. This is when I got speaking to Cow and Gate PR team, they have given me some samples to try with S, which I am keen to start due to the Vitamin D benefits, perfect for this time of year.
After the coffee break, we had another talk with some professional bloggers that get paid to do what I enjoy, and are successful enough they now do it full time. Honest mum, Vicky, has listed her top 10 tips here, and they are very useful to know. I really need to work on number 1. Behind my computer, in my home comforts I am extremely confident, but out in the real world, on my own, I really lack it. EEk.
Then it was lunch time.... again, WOW! Food was divine. I demolished it too quick to snap it, but consisted of large meatballs, lentil bake, fresh salads, hummus and breads, and Eton mess for dessert... and this was all free for us. Thank you Tots100. I sat with some other bloggers that again made me feel at ease, so another thank you to Louise from little hearts, big love, and Helen from Kiddy Charts.
After lunch was another photography course. This one was based around portraits and selfies. Teaching us all about light, angles, movement, props, and fun. We were paired up for various stations, and moved to different pairs for different stations so we were with different bloggers. Here are my 3 favourite pictures from the various stations.
capturing movement, props and capturing fun.
On the selfie part of the work stations, I took a few shots....
none of them were "right" the first was too high, so too much forehead, but I liked the smiling side of it. 2nd was too much going on in the back ground, and I don't like the angle. 3rd was too bright and again too much in the back ground, and 4 I tried natural light, but didn't quite get it. I have tried again at home, and come up with a better one, in my opinion, to update my About me photo, now that I have gained a few Ibs and that I am now a full time glasses wearer due to my contact lens disaster earlier this year.
...the lighting isn't great as its spot light 'orange' light rather then daylight light, but I like it. I hope you do too.
After that course there was more coffee, and biscuits.... I am being spoilt.
Then it was a talk about brands, this talk is where I learnt about having a contact me page, and this has since been made, so please pop along and find me on the other channels and say hello. Along with Mummy M's Memories facebook page. This is all new to me, and I am learning as I go along. Any other tips and hints would be great from more experienced bloggers.
After the brand talk, it was then time for a dash to the train station, and time to let it all sink it. Would I go along again to a blogger event, well.... that all depends. I learnt and gained ALOT, but I did feel uncomfortable at times as I had gone solo, I was sat on my own at times whilst larger groups giggled and laughed around me, but why shouldn't they? They all have met many times at various events. I did not feel comfortable approaching larger groups mid conversation, on subjects I knew nothing about. So if I become more successful, more confident, and don't go solo, yes I probably would go to another blogger event again.
Thank you Tots100 for organising a lovely event.
|Snapshot taken during Toms photography workshop|