Wednesday, 24 October 2018

A Trip To The Pumpkin Patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch has got to be the ultimate Autumn activity, right?! Making the most of my favourite time of the year had to include a trip to Freshfields, which is in Cambridgeshire. It's free entry, you just turn up and grab a wheelbarrow and go pick some pumpkins! They had so many different kinds.. from your average Halloween carving pumpkins to spaghetti squashes (what?!), it was hard to choose! Of course, I took my camera along... so here are some cute Autumnal photos!

I've been trying to get out and enjoy Autumn as much as possible. The trees and wildlife are just perfect right now. Let me know your favourite thing to do in Autumn in the comments below! 

Kate x

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Inside My Sketchbooks : Photography Student

As I am about to go into third year and eventually (I hope) graduate with a degree in Photography, I thought it would be quite nice to look back through my sketchbooks from the past 2 years. I have cupboards full of sketchbooks from doing art and photography all through my school life, followed by an art foundation, and now a degree. I love them, and I love seeing other peoples. I could easily spend hours watching 'sketchbook tours' on YouTube. So, here is a peek inside mine..

I always start a sketchbook off with research. I research anything I think might be relevant and helpful, so it's at the start of my sketchbook to reference if I need to! I find inspiration from Pinterest, gallery visits, books and recommendations from tutors and other students! 

After any shoot, I put all of my contact sheets in and annotate them. It's easier to see all of my photos like this than to flick through them on my screen.

I annotate everything and experiment like crazy. Here you can see how I experiment with printing my image on different types of paper, then tye them into the sketchbook. I always go for the ring binder style sketchbooks so that I can do this!

Are you an art student or do you have a sketchbook/ art journal? Let me know!

Kate x

Sunday, 16 September 2018

How I Reached 250k Monthly Pinterest Viewers

The Basics

Pinterest is both a social media platform and a search engine. When joining for your blog or business, it’s important to really focus on the ‘search engine’ side of things.
You create boards which are digital collections of images. These images are click-through links that usually lead to the page the image comes from. For example, someone may have a board called ‘Art’ and pin paintings from galleries, artist profiles, social media, etc. It’s one place for all your inspiration.

How to Get More Monthly Unique Viewers

  • When starting out on Pinterest, I suggest creating at least 10 boards and filling them with at least 25 pins each. People are unlikely to follow you if you have hardly any pins or boards. Remember that this is all about visuals, so pin attractive images - not just anything!
  • Pin from your site, other sites and Pinterest itself. You can add a gadget to your internet browser to allow easy pinning! 
  • If your article doesn’t have a picture, create one using Canva. This is a free website that allows you to create graphics for all social media, including Pinterest! Pinterest graphics work best when they are Portrait. Even if I don't want to include an infographic or Pinterest graphic in my post, I upload it straight to Pinterest with a click-through link to the post. 
  • Join group boards. When growing your Pinterest, especially for business accounts who want to see a rise in their monthly unique viewers count, group boards are great. I found this daunting at first, but after joining groups on Facebook like 'Pinterest Group Board Add', I found it easy to join group boards relevant to me. You can also send direct messages on Pinterest, which is another way of asking to join a board.
  • Verify your website to access tracking information on how many people are visiting your site via Pinterest.
  • View data to see what your most popular posts are. In the ‘Analytics’ tab you will find a list of tag words related to your most viewed and repinned images. This will give you an insight into what’s working for you.
  • Pin regularly. This is a really important one. To keep your numbers up, keep pinning. I pin around 15 images a day. You can use apps like Tailwind to do this for you, but if you don’t have the budget to do this yet, the Pinterest app is so quick and easy that popping on it 3 times a day does the trick.
You can find me on Pinterest by clicking here!

Do you have any top tips for Pinterest? Let me know in the comments!