August 1, 2019

Tips For Creating Content While Traveling

A question I get asked frequently is "who takes your pictures?" My answer for this is always changing because, truth be told, so is my photographer. This is a topic I've wanted to cover for a while because it's been a bit of a journey for me. I remember when I was just starting out in the "bloggersphere" I had this feeling of frustration and impotence because I wasn't always surrounded by other "creatives" like most successful content creators at the time were. My family and friends have *always* helped me out the best they could, but to most taking pictures was a chore not something they were innately passionate about like I was. I found myself blaming my "lack of resources" for my slow growth at the time - but it went way beyond that. If we're keeping a hunnet, I was simply making excuses instead of getting to the root of the problem and finding a solution.

2018 is when I finally decided to invest in my content and started working with a photographer here in NYC on a regular basis. Since the very moment I took control of my content instead of playing victim to my circumstances I began to fine-tune my visual identity and success - or at least my idea of it - naturally followed.

"But what about your travels? Who takes your pictures then?"

 Like I mentioned before, few of my loved ones feel the way I do about content. And as most of my travels are with my inner circle, you can imagine this has been cause for friction in the past. At the end of the day, vacation just doesn't doesn't mean the same thing to us content creators because we naturally want to capture our memories as beautifully as we can and often times in high resolution... :) And for those who don't want to feel like they're working through a vacation, the idea of snapping pics all day long just isn't appealing, which is 100% understandable. 

You live and you learn, they say, and today I want to share some of what I've learned which has helped me in finding the balance between creating quality content while traveling and enjoying the actual experience of traveling. 

Continue reading for some of my tips!
 Tip #1: Plan Every Detail Out
The more you plan, the faster and easier shooting will be for all parties involved! I like to look up locations in advance (via Instagram mostly) and from there decide outfits, props and any partnerships I might want/need to shoot. It helps to take pictures of your #ootds before you pack everything to remember exactly what your vision was. You can also pack each individual look up in large zip locks or packing cubes to keep things streamlined. 

On the flip side, don't let your planning get in the way of actually enjoying your trip. If the weather isn't going your way or plans change, remember to just roll with the punches and learn to adapt to the circumstances. Trust me, I know from personal experience that nothing ruins a trip faster than a bad attitude. Worst case, you don't get a photo you really wanted. In my eyes, that's just an excuse to go back to the destination. ;)
Tip #2: Set realistic expectations
 When you're traveling with friends or family that might not be in the industry, remember they're not your dedicated photographers. This is something I had to learn the hard way but trust me it's made my life so much easier and my trips much more enjoyable. For me, setting realistic expectations means not having a laundry list of content I know would take all trip long to create. Depending on the length of a trip, I'll prioritize the shots that are most meaningful and important to me. If there's time for more or you spontaneously want to capture something, then bring it on! But those will always be bonus shots - thinking of them this way helps a ton. 

I know that as content creators we can spend all day and night creating and actually enjoying it, but just try to remember that this is not everyone's experience and you have to be respectful of that.
Tip #3: Communicate, communicate, communicate!
I find that it is sooo helpful to talk through said expectations and what you'd like to capture with whoever you're traveling with ahead of the trip or right at the beginning. This way everyone is clear on what lies ahead and boundaries can be put in place in order to avoid tension. 

On this last trip Jay and I chatted through what I wanted to capture, we set a game plan in place and we had a *safe word* in case either one of us felt the other was overstepping. And guess what? It worked! I came home super happy with the content we captured and we both felt like we had a great, relaxing vacation in the Bahamas. 

Another tip is connecting with local content creators ahead of your trip! This is a great way to meet people from all over while also giving your crew a "break" from shooting. I did this while in Hawaii and I was over the moon to have met Ashlee Rose Hartly and with the content we created together. It's a win all around!
That's all for now folks! Hope you guys find these tips helpful in balancing your vacations with doing what you love and capturing your travels. If you have any questions or want to chat further, I'm always available via DM. Hit me up!

xo,
Chels

PS: These images were captured at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. We loved our stay here and would be more than happy to share my recommendations if you're heading this way. They offer 15% off if you book with the code 'GRAM'!

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  1. This is incredibly helpful! My boyfriend took me home to meet his family and then we extended our vacation a bit and I was so excited to get content however we were not on the same page of what that looks like. I'm for sure showing him your first few paragraphs to help him understand my brain. I also loveddd tip 3! Definitely going to be helpful moving forward.

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