One of my favorite things about this platform is having the opportunity to connect and build a community with SO many like minded creatives. I asked you all last week to leave me any questions you have and I’m finally here to answer them!
Where do you find inspiration for design/creative projects? aka go-to blogs, tv shows, music, podcasts, etc?
Everywhere and everything! I watch a ton of Youtube on my freetime and a few content creators that immdediately come to mind are Iamkareno, Simply_kenna, Thefashioncitizen, Clairemarshall, Krist, and PrincessMei. It’s such a saturated market (everyone is doing challenges, hauls, etc) but I really admire the cinematography, video editing, and overall creativity that sets them apart from the rest. In terms of blogs, I like to read Oh Joy, Oh Happy Day, Aww Sam, and Studio DIY because their content is just so colorful and fun! When I’m not blogging, 99% of the time I’m on Netflix. I think shows like Stranger Things and Chefs Table have amazing visuals that will definitely inspire you. I don’t listen to much podcasts (if you have any reccomendations of your own, please share!) but I find Ted Talks to be encouraging in so many ways.
How do you schedule/plan out your posts? Do you have a system or do you just go with the flow?
I wrote an entire post about this topic, which you can read more about here! In short, I have section in my notes application on my mac where I brainstorm all of my ideas for that month/week. Then I narrow down these topics by assigning them specific dates on my iCalendar then begin writing scheduled rough drafts via WordPress!
How did you come up with your branding name?
I actually didn’t intend for SHESELLE to be my branding name – it sort of just happened that way. When I was in high school, my childhood best friend and I were trying to come up with usernames to include in our Myspace URL (yes, this was way back in the day) and I just continued to use this handle for pretty much everything moving forward. It’s pronounced “She’s Elle,” which is short for Donna Belle.
What type of camera do you use?
When is the best time to take outdoor photos?
Definitely during golden hour, which is one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. I would avoid shooting around 2pm to avoid any harsh sunlight but if you have no choice, it helps to shoot against a wall that is reflecting the light.
How long have you lived in SF? Are you doing anything fun for New Years or do you have any recommendations when I’m there?
I don’t live in San Francisco – I live a little over an hour away but I do often commute there for work! I usually stay at home for the New Year with my family but I highly recommend checking out Fishermans Wharf to catch the fireworks. For general touristy spots, you should definitely check out the Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores Park, Alamere Falls (I have yet to visit but I’ve heard wonderful things about this place), Alcatraz Island, and breeze through the city in a cable car! For food, there’s Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (for the popular cruffin), The Mill (for delicious toasts), Philz Coffee, and Marlowe (for brunch and cocktails). The list goes on!
Please share your photography tips! I’m just starting to pick up my DSLR.
Lighting is key! If you’re shooting indoors (like I am most of the time for my product shots), I like to take my photos by a large window to bring in a bit more light. Shooting on your phone VS your DSLR is completely different when it comes to Instagram. Take into account negative space and have the 1:1 framing in mind while taking your photos. I also recommend investing in Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop for editing purposes.
How do you manage your time as a freelancer?
At times, it can be difficult to motivate myself (especially when there’s no one else to tell you what to do) but having a set schedule for the beginning of each month, week, and day helps tremendously. It’s easy to be distracted at home so I found that working in coffee shops surrounded by other people who are working has helped me manage my time better as well.
How do you come up with topics for your posts?
The things I write about are usually based off whatever I’m currently going through or obsessed with at the moment. I also like to scout magazines, pinterest, and youtube for inspiration from time to time!
I hope you found this helpful in any way. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them!
xo, Donna Belle