CityMash.com - Remember when everyone was buying Nikon cameras in 2012 and pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw or the impeccably dressed man that she would have dumped Mr. Big for in a New York minute? Well, fast forward to 2017 and a blogging community in which even CB with her tulle Versace gown and Dolce & Gabbana florals may not survive.
If you thought being a blogger in Vancouver was as easy as taking flatlays of your poke bowls at Pokérrito, a selfie at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, or a picture on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, you might want to go back to your drawing board.
Aside from knowing how to work a camera, edit a photo, or draft a funny and clever caption, blogging, like any job, requires patience to grow your craft, unyielding confidence in yourself and your ability to create great content, willingness to persevere while trying to build your online presence, and discipline to ignore all the internet trolls.
We spoke to some Vancouver bloggers—who are are actually killing this life one Instagram picture at a time—and gathered useful advice below. And just for you, they told us their favourite spots in the city to take pictures.
So don’t forget us when you’re rich and famous, and doing 73 questions with Vogue.
Yvonna is a free-spirited fashion blogger with an affinity for purses, shoes, avocado, and 70’s glamour. She was inspired to create her own blog after discovering European fashion bloggers like Chiara Ferrangi, Caroline Mode, and Elin King who effortlessly mix high and low fashion. She loves taking pictures at Coal Harbour because it gives you a view of the ocean, the mountains, and the city.
She says: “Be patient! It takes time for people to get to know you and for you to get better, and the journey can be long and hard. You have to love it above all, and the passion that you have for your art will guide you through the end. And using high quality photos also help, so save your money and invest in a good camera.”
Rina is a Content creator, and a Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle blogger with a penchant for traveling. Yaletown and Gastown are her favourite areas in Vancouver to take pictures because they offer a variety of photo ops.
She says: “Be a go-getter! Ask for what you want. Know your worth and don’t be afraid of rejection.”
Flora is a fashion and lifestyle blogger with a love for shoes and a long-term commitment to shopping. Her addiction to all things fashion prompted her to start her Instagram blog in the Summer of 2016. She describes her style as minimal and effortless, with a bit of an edge. Railtown is where she loves to take pictures because it’s a neighbourhood with little traffic and an abundance of white walls.
She says: “Have fun with it and be creative! It is also easier if you have a friend that does it too, so you can collaborate.”
Jonathan Waiching Ho
Jonathan is a model, communications professional, and freelance journalist and stylist. His fashion & lifestyle blog, Waiching’s Wall, covers style news, fashion shows, art, and events around the world. His favourite locations for taking pictures are Gastown, Chinatown, and Yaletown because of the street diversity.
He says: “Be original. Create your niche in whatever you do, whether you want to be a vlogger, youtuber, or fashion blogger. Being authentic and true to yourself is the key. As long as the fire is burning inside you, nothing can keep you from what you want to achieve.”
Cindy is a mom to two boys, a lifestyle blogger, and a software PR executive with a love for designing textiles, painting watercolors, selling vintage goods, and traveling. The Cut at the top of Grouse Mountain, looking down on Vancouver, is her favorite spot in the city to take pictures, and one of the most beautiful views off a ski run she has ever countered.
She says: “Find your voice. The best bloggers write about things they’re passionate about. Also be real; be true to yourself and your readers. People tend to be drawn to writers who can tell it like it is, and not present a “perfect” view of the world. Nothing and no one is perfect; besides, that would be so boring!”
Which ones are your favourite Vancouver bloggers? Let us know in the comments below…