Chic Happens

It’s finally FriYAY!  I sure hope you all had a wonderful week, and are ready for the weekend. It’s crazy to think that at this time last week my friend and I were planning our spontaneous trip to Nashville, Tennessee that then later in the morning turned into Boulder, Colorado. I am still going through all the photos and editing.

I think I am going to have to make multiple post. I have so many photos I want to share, and I don’t want the post to be a forever post with a whole bunch of photos, because then it’s not focusing on one thing. Thank you for your patience. The posts shall be up soon.

I actually want to talk about photography in this post, and how it can be extremely difficult if you have no clue what you are doing. I took a photography class my sophomore year of college for an elective. I’ve always loved photography, but I just never had a reason to get into it until I start blogging. I of course paid all the attention I could at the time, but, to be honestly with you, nothing stuck. Does that sound like your college experience too?

Well anyways, It was hard to not know what I was doing, because my photographer knows all the right things to do (she has taught me some) and I’m still learning. The day before, I had set my camera settings perfectly. The next day while taking these photos I decided to try to change the settings, you know-it’s a different day: there’s different lighting. It honestly was a horrible idea! I spend about 10 minutes trying to get my photos to not be over exposed, get the correct shutter speed, and the list goes on.

The photo below is a picture I took of my friend Kayla right before I decided to change my settings for my photo shoot. You see, I should have just kept it with the settings I already had. There is a nice blurred out background and beautiful colors. I didn’t edit this photo at all, because it just turned out so nicely, but you get the point. The blurred out background is where it’s at. At first I was so disappointed that I wasn’t able to get the same effect like I did in the photo I took of my friend, but then I though get over it ‘Chic Happens’. Photography is a big deal when it comes to being a fashion blogger. Really all you guys want to see are fun photos and how not perfect I really am. I don’t think blogger really touch on this subject. Usually a fashion blogger with come of to many as….perfect. They have the perfect life, they get the perfect collaborations, and they get to go to fun events. Ok maybe we get to go to fun events and we just scored a collaboration with a top company that we have been dying to work with, but really we all started with not much knowledge. The knowledge is  all hands on and from experience. Did you just get that amazing collaboration? You got it because you  worked for it and the company sees something in you.

For me, it is important that you see my flaws, and I’m definitely not afraid to show you. Like gosh, I got upset with myself, because I couldn’t get my photos to have the blurred background. If I really think about it there are more things in my life that I should be worried about.

Taking my own photos and messing around with my setting on the camera also showed me how much I have yet to learn. Being a blogger is all about learning whether it is how to style a look, how to do your makeup best, ect. I feel these are things I’ll always be working on as a blogger.  Learning how to work my camera settings is at the top of the list. For all you camera lovers, I have a Canon 6D with a 55mm lens. I just got this camera and the lens about 2 months ago. What are some of your tips and tricks? I’d love to hear what you have to say. I’d also love to know what your camera is and what kind of lens/lenses you use. Please leave a comment below with all your camera knowledge.

P.S. Isn’t this shirt so chic-ing cute. It is seriously only $14.99 on sale. I am overly obsessed because of the rose gold metallic lettering. I loved that I styled it with white skinny jeans and my white nude Coach sneakers to lighten up this look. After all spring is here. I just had to add a touch of blue with this blue tote bag from Zaful. The faux leather is so soft it almost feels real.

 Texted PU Leather Tassel Shoulder Bag/ Blue is sold out, hopefully they restock soon.

Kierra

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76 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kristina

    March 26, 2017

    I love how humble and open you are. We are all here just doing our best and continually learning and growing. Keep going Girl!!

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      Kierra

      March 29, 2017

      Thank you, Kristina. Happy you enjoyed this post.

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    Jackie

    March 30, 2017

    I hear ya, I’m still struggling with my camera and playing around with lenses. A 55mm lens is next on my list to pick up. But I know that feeling of not getting what you had hoped or expected out of the shoot. It’s a journey and I feel like that how we grow as bloggers. Anyhow, I think you look great! I especially love your tee, the rose gold lettering is perfect!

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

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      Kierra

      March 30, 2017

      Thank you, Jackie. It is such a fun learning experience though. Happy to see you are still learning yourself.

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    Candace

    March 31, 2017

    Exposure and lighting are the reasons I hire a photographer. It honestly seems too much of a headache for me to deal with; I’d rather just have someone else deal with it and the hardest thing for me to have to do is schedule content lol. I think you do an amazing job though regardless. Your pics still turned out beautifully. Love that tee too!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

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      Kierra

      April 2, 2017

      Thank you, Candace. It is all a big headache but I feel it’s good to know so if I get in a pickle I will atleast know some tips and tricks. This time around it didn’t work though. haha. If only my photographer came with.

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    Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

    March 31, 2017

    Yes!!! This shirt is absolutely fabulous and what a great price! Seriously, I’ve been wondering how people get their pictures to have that blurred background myself. I have no idea . But I love this post and all your IG and FB pictures so much !

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      Kierra

      April 2, 2017

      Wait didn’t you say your father is a photographer? He I’m sure knows everything there is to know.

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    Kate Tik

    March 31, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this!! I’ve learned so much since I started blogging about a year and half ago, but there is still so much more for me to learn. You are doing what you love and you will keep growing! You’ve got this <3 Also, loving the t-shirt and the sunglasses!

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      Kierra

      April 2, 2017

      Thanks, Kate. We have been blogging for the same amount of time really so it’s all about learning.

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    Christine Kong

    April 2, 2017

    I totally feel your pain! Photography is so important in getting the right shots and I love a blurred background too, but it is so darn hard to get. I can’t take my own photos to save my life but you did an amazing job! The best thing is that you are trying and working to get to your goals. This is such a cute tee and I love the saying, “chic happens.” Keep at it and I am sure you will get the image you want really soon! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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      Kierra

      April 2, 2017

      Thank you, Christine. I think I will too! If only I would have a better memory of my class.

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    Maggie

    April 3, 2017

    I love that you’re super honest in your posts and I’m usually guilty of posting only perfected photos online, but that’s also because I’m just a crazy perfectionist.

    I actually have a canon 6D as well. I used to have a 50mm lens, but now I have an 85mm one. I would recommend lowering your f-stop to the lowest setting. That usually gives you the best blurred out background effect. 🙂

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

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      Kierra

      April 3, 2017

      Honestly is key! Thanks for the Maggie. I here the 35mm lens is amazing too! So much I want, haha

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    Vanessa

    April 3, 2017

    Beautiful casual look! Love that tee, it’s so cute. Graphic t-shirts have become one of the biggest trends during the season. It looks totally chic and you add a nice touch of color with that bag.
    Enjoy your week!

    Vanessa
    http://thefashionstatement.net

    • Reply

      Kierra

      April 3, 2017

      I always love that pop of color.

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    Shalini

    April 3, 2017

    Babe, I have been blogging for two years and I still struggle with my camera. Sometimes it’s so frustrating I take pictures with my iPhone because I can’t figure out all the little things. I am hoping to be an expert as I go as well. However, you look adorable with this casual chic look. Love the graphic tee. xo shalini

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      Kierra

      April 3, 2017

      Thanks, Shalini. It’s all about learning.

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    Lily Rose

    April 4, 2017

    Haha I love the tee, Chic Happens. It sure does. I can’t wait to see your Boulder posts/photos coming next, glad you enjoyed your time.
    As far as getting that blurred background (called “bokeh” effect), there are 2 things. You notice how on your friend’s photo, it’s a close up shot of her, but your photos are of full body and therefore don’t get the blurred background? The more zoomed in you are, the more blurred the background. So if the photographer zooms in on you or comes closer to you, the background will be more blurred than if she were to stand further away from you.

    Second thing, if you want the bokeh effect on full body shots without standing way too far, have the subject and photographer as close to each other as possible without cutting out your outfit of course, BUT at the same time, as far from the background as possible. (Notice in your friend’s photo, the church is very far away from her, that’s why it’s blurred out. But in your photos, the building behind you is not far away from you. That’s why those buildings won’t be as blurred).

    Sorry for the long comment. Hope that helps!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      This is so true. I also am still trying to figure out my settings. Thanks for the pointers though. I need all the help I can get. So thank you for the detailed comment. I appreciate it.

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    Aimara

    April 4, 2017

    Love the top and loved this post! Yes, so important to learn about photography as a blogger and I know how frustrating it can be! I’m still learning as well!
    Also, love how you talk about flaws and you’re just real… Being a blogger is definitely not a fairy tail, even though it’s a super fun job!
    Thanks for sharing babe and have an awesome week ahead!
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Thank you, Aimara. I hope you have a great rest of your week.

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    Amanda

    April 4, 2017

    So Chic-ing cute! LOVE THAT! Girl! The struggle that is figuring out photography and editing! To me it’s like learning a new language. My husband used to take my photos with a Nikon D5200 with a 50mm 1.8 lens and it was such a learning process. We ended up having to get a full time photographer because it became too much with his career too. My photographer has all the gear but he told me to keep mine on auto and it will ensure that I’m not having to adjust the settings every time and make sure to shoot in shade with the sun in front of you. That was his tip to me until I decide to spend more time learning more about photography. I’m just figuring out editing and lightroom so one step and a time right?! Also, I know! There are far worse things to get frustrated over but none the less we still do! It’s just one of those things.

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      It sure is one of those things. I did the same thing. It’s much easier with a photographer that understands and gets it all.

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    Tandya

    April 4, 2017

    Thank you for sharing! I am always wondering what cameras bloggers are using! I am forever trying to get the blurred effect, but I CANNOT figure it out! Maybe I just need a new lens. I plan to go to a camera store this weekend and ask them for help. P.s love the Chic Happens tee.

    XO Tandya

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      What kind of lens do you use? It’s all about you knowing your settings and the lens.

  14. Reply

    Aurela

    April 4, 2017

    I always get mad at my fiancee when he doesn’t change the camera setting. We are both learning and he is simply doing it to help me out but has no desire to learn. I’d love to learn more about photography but I have never had the time to do it. I wish I know how to change the setting in my camera 🙂
    OMG I love that tee. I think I might just order one 🙂 Have a great trip!

    Aurela xoox
    http://www.aurelafashionista.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Oh gosh it sure can get so overwhelming because you know what you want. It all takes some time to get down!

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    Rachel Holliday

    April 5, 2017

    Kierra I am honestly so impressed that you take your own photos! Its always so hard to get the focus exactly as you want it 🙂 Your top is adorable! I think that blogging is all about being yourself and showing your flaws and I think so many people will relate to this post. I’m looking forward to seeing your trip photos 🙂

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Thank you, Rachel. All about being real and being able to relate to others. I can’t wait to show all of you. Post number two will be up on Friday.

  16. Reply

    Sheree

    April 5, 2017

    Love the honesty in your post! I would have gone bananas and lose my shit if my camera didn’t set right. I think as a blogger, we put so much emphasis on the blurred backgrounds and such, we lose focus on the most important detail which is ourselves. You look very chic and I didn’t notice anything wrong until you pointed it out 🙂 Keep rocking your fabulous self!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Thank you, Sheree!I was freaking out at first but then I got over it.

  17. Reply

    Everest

    April 5, 2017

    The 6D and 55mm is a great set up! I try to put my f-stop to the lowest (I.e. F1.8) and choose the background that is far away for the blurred effect. I love how genuine and honest you are on the pains of blogging! The best way is to keep practicing so that it becomes more intuitive.
    Kisses from Singapore,
    Everest
    http://www.everestsays.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Practice makes perfect. I have a lot of practicing to do.

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    Eliza Armand (@eliza_armand)

    April 5, 2017

    Nice outfit and the bag looks lovely. I actually love the photo you’ve taken, it’s so beautiful. How did you get this blurred background? It’s always a huge problem for me to get this particular effect.

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

    • Reply

      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      The thing is I usually just keep messing with the camera till I get it. I don’t have all the technical terms down yet.

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    Diana

    April 5, 2017

    I actually never took any classes, and just kept learning myself on youtube tutorial. I still learn a lot of stuff, but I’m glad that youtube has a bunch of tutorial to understand better your camera. My husband take photos and have no idea about photography, I just fix settings while he poses for me and then he takes pics of me, I also love editing and learned a lot about photoshop via Youtube 😉

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      This is what I’m trying to learn. If I know how to work the settings all will be good.

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    marcy

    April 5, 2017

    Gosh tell me about it!! I’m still figuring out things from my camera I didn’t even knew I could do hahaha. I feel everyday I learn something and its just good practice. In others words love the name of your post and this t-shirt so much.

    xoxo
    Marcy

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Thank you, Marcy. I wish I could play with my camera everyday. I’d have so much fun.

  21. Reply

    Michelle

    April 5, 2017

    I also do everything myself and it’s hard. I think it helps that I’ve always had an eye – but I need someone with an eye to get behind my camera LOL. I have a Canon T5 and I use a 40mm lens regularly. I got a few but this combo is nice and light and fits easily in my bag. My only tip is to shoot each look either in a couple locations or different angles until you get a better feel. So many times I’ve shot something and I get home to edit and everything is blown out. Ugh. I try to share behind the scenes of what a mess my real life is because in this industry so much is faked. Just be you and your people will follow. Keep up the good work! And your tee is adorable BTW 🙂
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Thank you, Michelle. You are so right. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

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    Sarah

    April 5, 2017

    I can totally relate to this post. I only discovered the hardships of photography, when I started my blog last year. My husband helps me a lot with my pictures, but he had to learn so much and often it was a lot of trial and error. Singapore is so cloudy, a lot of my pictures would be fuzzy and not clear, so I learnt how to edit them properly to eliminate any photography mistakes. We both are still learning, I think editing is much easier than the photography aspect. I think with trial and error you will perfect your images too, I am sure it can be so frustrating. I love your photographs, to me they look beautiful. Also you are looking so chic, totally loving your Tee. Can’t wait to see more pictures from your trip.

    xxx
    Sarah
    http://sarahatiq.com/

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      I’m sure the gloomy weather can be difficult. Sometimes you get the grain look in photos if there isn’t enough light. It’s all about learning our settings and the lens we are using. I love it but it takes a lot of time.

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    Maryam

    April 5, 2017

    First of all you look amazing, love the tee:) you are doing a great job with your pictures. There’s so much that goes into photography and I personally am still learning. I work with photographers so it makes it a lot easier and I don’t have to worry about the little things.

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      I do too! This time I didn’t have my photographer though and it was hard. Now it’s time to get my knowledge on.

  24. Reply

    Open Kloset

    April 5, 2017

    Hey Kierra,
    Hows you?
    So Obsessed with Your Bag, Loved the Color and your Sunnies, ohhh neeed it sooo bad:)
    How Pretty Casual Look, so Fresh:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Week
    Kisss

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      I am wonderful! have a great rest of your week.

  25. Reply

    EVA

    April 5, 2017

    HELLO SWEETIE!
    Thanks for shariong this post, I really need to learn more and more about photography I’m a beginner and now i’m using the Lumix from Panasonic. I like a lot the blurry efect infd the background, and I’m think is on the bloggers trend now also ;))
    Love the color of your tote bag and nice outfit.
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfaahion.com

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      I’m sure that equipment is so great. I think we all like the blurred affect.

  26. Reply

    Elif Kadioglu

    April 5, 2017

    Photography is so important getting the right shots. It’s not about the camera but about the photographer. And I must say you also have to play with the camera. I have Nikon D750. I will post a review about my camera tomorrow. xoxo Elif

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      I will have to check that out ASAP. Can’t wait to see what you have got to say.

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    Jacqueline

    April 5, 2017

    Oh girl learning about photography takes time. I took a class in college to and I’m still figuring out my camera. Lighting is so important. The lens is so important and the f stop. I would watch some videos. I’m unsure about canon cameras. But you’ll be fine girl!

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      I really need to start watching youtube videos you are so right. I hear a lot of good things from others who do that.

  28. Reply

    Gina Diaz

    April 5, 2017

    Hey, babe! I don’t know too much about how to handle a camera, especially with lighting details. Except for the basic like to take pictures early morning or by sunset hour. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.

    Happy weekend, xx.

    Gina

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      Kierra

      April 5, 2017

      Oh that would be so very lovely, great pointer. I just don’t want the sun to be to strong.

  29. Reply

    Tania

    April 6, 2017

    “Chic Happens” is a great motto for a fashion blogger. Such a fun cheeky tee! Getting that blurred bokeh effect is easy–just set your camera to aperture priority with the widest possible aperture (smallest number f-stop)! The further your background is from you, the blurrier it will appear. So in the pictures of you, you’re standing pretty close to the wall behind you, that’s why there isn’t much of a blurred effect.

    xx freshfizzle

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Thanks for the great tips, Tania.

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    Natalia k

    April 6, 2017

    I love your attitude on life and you can never learn without making mistakes.
    I can definitely relate we have our good days and we have a bad days sometimes when I’m styling everything comes together like a perfect puzzle and then sometimes I’m just not feeling it and it just takes me so much longer something that could take me 10 minutes.
    So frustrating but such is life.
    Xo
    Natalia

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      This is true, Natalia. It all comes together in the end though.

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    AMC

    April 6, 2017

    You are incredibly beautiful on the inside out!! I never learnt photography properly, I think it’s just experience and playing around with it. The more practice. The better you get at it 😁 There’s also heaps of content out there to help you!

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      I know I really need to start watching Youtube videos. I’ve heard of some good ones.

  32. Reply

    Ana Vukosavljevic

    April 6, 2017

    I love this look, that shirt is really cool! I love how you paired every single detail, like bag and sunglasses <3

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Thank you, Ana. The blue bag is the same color as the blue glasses. They are so fun.

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    Darlene

    April 6, 2017

    That’s a very nice shirt and I love what it says. definitely rocking it girl!

    xxx
    thenewgirl

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Thanks so much, Darlene. Happy Monday!

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    Anju

    April 6, 2017

    First of all, I love the title. It is so cute. Its so refreshing how genuine you are. I am also trying to learn some tips and tricks in photographs to click decent pics while travelling. Your pics are good, you will soon get the hang of it
    xo
    Anju

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      I’ll be practicing with my friends soon! It will be a great time.

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    Hadasah Love

    April 6, 2017

    Hi babe,
    really enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you!
    thank you for opening to us, your photos are so pretty, and you always look amazing, loving the pop of blue…you are doing a great job!
    Keep it up
    xx

    Hadasah

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      You are so sweet, Hadasah. Thank you so much for the nice words of support.

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    Sofia

    April 7, 2017

    I always tell all my friends to learn how to use their cameras with the Manual Setting. Much smaller things make such a HUGE difference! I noticed it myself when I learned how to use the Manual setting and I will never again use auto anything.

    I use a canon 600D and my favorite lens is the 50mm 1.2, I also have a wide angle lens that takes AMAZING clear and bright photos. Both lenses are form Canon as well. My best tips would be to buy a cheaper house and spend money on great lenses because that is what makes the difference.

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Sofia!! You are too funny! I think you are so right. Buy a cheaper house and invest in some amazing camera lenses. I’ll keep that in mind.

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    Jessie

    April 7, 2017

    That chic tee is so chic 😉 love the blue tote bag. It totally stands out with a monochrome outfit 😉 love the outfit babe!

    Xx Jessie

    • Reply

      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Thank you Jessie. I think it is fun and cute.

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    Thomas Falkenstedt

    April 7, 2017

    I seriously love your approach to blogging and am trying to do something similar when I post. I don’t want people to think my life is picture perfect, not even close to it. Sure, like you said, we get to experience lots of fun stuff other people don’t, but behind all that we’re humans with all the flaws to go with them. You not taking the perfect picture for sure just makes you even more interesting and to be honest, just the fact that you ARE taking your own pictures make me admire you a lot as I did that back in my early IG days, but haven’t got the skills to take them to the blogging level, which you have!
    Keep up the good work and teach me too! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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      Kierra

      April 10, 2017

      Thank you, Thomas. It really is so important to show your true colors. Happy to hear you are trying to do the same thing. I see it in your works as well.

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