Food Photography x What it is like to be an Instagram Star

People sure are eating with their eyes these days! It is like you’ve got your whole meal planned out thanks to Instagram or Yelp prior to even calling for your Uber.  Not saying I am not guilty of this first hand, because I do my fair share of Yelp scouting prior to dining in.

I do have to say that I give back to the Foodie Community by Yelp Reviews and Foodstagrammin’ ! & if the spot is truly giving me a coregasm i’ll post a Google and Facebook review too.

My fair share of taking pics of food began with Yelp – where i’ve earned the honor badge of being Elite for a number of years now. Check out my dank delights by clicking here  – gotta give good graces to my @Miami_FoodPorn pal & contributor for kicking me early on about joining in on the Yelp community.  This was WAYYYY before it became @Tr3ndey

Yelp is just the gateway to what detonated the internet  into a world of food images on Instagram. The foodstagrams can take a number of forms and specialties – relating to veganism, raw diets, burgers only, city specific, or just a simple this food is fucking great and u NEED it NOW.

People feel compelled to share their good eeeeats and let everyone know they are doing it ! But some really just do it better than others – and what makes one Insta star versus another?? The PHOTO – duh!

Here are a few things to consider while taking a stellar shot –

Lighting : To use flash ? or to not? Is your natural lighting on fleek? or does a friend need to use their flash light app?

Angle of shot : this is VERY important – make sure you get the money shot

Placement : do you get up close and personal? do you take an overhead shot? do you get the drinks in? are the drinks the focus?

Fingers : are they manicured! why are you even showing the fingers? hands? DO NOT include your face, or your friends.

Props : are you putting your favorite sunnys in cuz it plays into the vibe of the image? are your kicks in the shot because its a photo of coffee? what are you really trying to showcase here – the lifestyle or the food?

Exhibit 1 - above view, drinks in view, props on set

Exhibit 1 – above view, drinks in view, props on set

Exhibit 2 - larger zoomed out above view ( famed of @ChicksonChairs) , Yes props and yes drinks,

Exhibit 2 – larger zoomed out above view ( famed of @ChicksonChairs) , Yes Props and Yes Drinks

Exhibit 3 - a bit closer view point, more exclusive look into the food itself, minor props

Exhibit 3 – a bit closer view point, more exclusive look into the food itself, minor props, poor plating set up

Exhibit 4 - zoomed in, solo food shot of specific item

Exhibit 4 – zoomed in, solo food shot of specific item

Exhibit 5 - you get the whole view of the star of the photo

Exhibit 5 – you get the whole view of the star of the photo

THE MONEY SHOT !!!

THE MONEY SHOT !!!

Now you have an inside look on what it’s like to Live Like Lindsey and be a FoodStaGrammer. This collab went down in Wynnwood @ZakTheBaker one of my must haves and go-to ‘s while in Miami!  If you are down there you gotta check it out !

Keep on Eatin’,

Lshawtay

OOTD : Farmer’s Market Uniform June 10 Twenty Fifteen

Shoe Cam#1307daily features the outfit of the day

Step into the morning light ! Wednesday Mornings I’m UP & atta um’ to get to the Kerrytown Farmer’s Market in Ann Arbor. Even though the market starts at about 7 AM I don’t aim to be the first one there. Spotted here I’m rockin’ my new Aldo Flatforms which compliment the Essie Bikini So Teeny toe polish. I’m really into the hashtags #FromWhereIStand & #FromWhereIStood – look for a feature on my @Tr3ndey Instagram account.

Creepin’ in the shot the bottom of my BoyFriend Jeans by JBRAND  – this was the first time that I let the bottom go unrolled.

Full View ShotSunnies On Fleek   The most classic basic outfit for spring time is this – perfect for work or headin’ to the Farmer’s Market.  A tight black basic T Shirt is one of the most essential items you need in your closet.   I’m kinda digging the unrolled look for the Jbrand Boyfriend Jeans !  This outfit requires little thought and looks sharp.

Wouldn’t leave home with out my dope new Dior shades !  Here’s an up close and personal shot of me in the sunnies from @Lshawtayy on Instagram

Keep it Klassy Ya’ll

Lshawtay

FLASH TATS

The last six weeks of my life have been enamored with FLASH TATS ! I am an avid user of Tumblr and through some scrolling saw #FlashTats on a blog ages ago. The imagery stuck with me a temporary tattoo for trendy trinas !  aka the baddest betch or just an adult who wants to have their day brightened !

FLASH TATS! FLASH TATS! FLASH TATS ! The best way to pump up your day! wpid-snapchat-20140909084548.jpg

#InformativeInteresting this post will provide you with both types of information ! My pensive self is photo’d and you can see the #FlashTats covering my fore arm. This series of FlashTats is a made up of a mixture of different FlashTats cut up and re-arranged.

First Flash Tats San Francisco , Aug 7 2014

First Flash Tats
San Francisco  Aug 7 2014

HiGH FIVE – this photo on the right was taken at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco , CA  on a Friday afternoon. HIGH FIVE #tgif ! 

> Outside Lands 2014 took place during the first weekend of August 2014 in the Golden Gate Park. August 8th through Sunday the 10th.  The bracelet charm duo shines bright at #OSL14 !

  • Mani Cam – princesses rule OPI 

At the festival it felt like a majority of female attendees supported at least one #flashtat on her limbs, body or fayce.

#ChildOfTheWild x #FlashTat released a limited edition

#RealTalk

#RealTalk

#RealTalk

when strolling the Richmond area of San Francisco we walked to the 22nd block and found ourselves at the door step of Fabulous Nails Spa ! WOW ! We entered and were impressed by the green tea & clean zen atmosphere. I picked pinking of you OPI !  Spotted here in the photo on the left. a THUMBS UP for Fabulous Nails, Flash Tats and San Francisco !

Supporting my WHiTE Frendz headphones compliments of Gilt.com

FTC : For The City snapback hat purchased at the Haight Street Location, San Francisco, CA. 

All Black Everything

#DoITforDetroit #FlashTats #DiamondLyfe

#DoITforDetroit #FlashTats #DiamondLyfe

Located in The Nichols Arboretum , Ann Arbor, MI  123 acres of pure nature. I highly recommend a walk/run adventure in this sacred space. What will you find here is that nature runs far and wide , a variety of areas for resting and relaxing, stone steps and  people playing frisbee.

Photo’d an arm band of flash tats and the front side of the FTC Snapback. I was attached to the FTC shop on Haight – cuz i like to put on for my city – DETROIT.

Lean & Green  #Motivation Monday

Lean & Green #Motivation Monday

On the right : Cheers! to a Motivation Monday  with a green drink that was pressed from a central fugal juicer at the GlassBox Coffee Shop on South University, Ann Arbor, MI.  Going to this shop right when it opens in the morning is important to me because the juicer should be the least contaminated by other ingredients ( I have an oral sensitivity to certain fruits & vegetables) .

Spotted : arrow flash tats 

The flash tats featured in the photos above lasted for about a week more or less depending on the placement.

IE. when on the hands they tend to come off more quickly due to hand washing and lotion.

#Tgif #LshawtayinDaHouse

#Tgif #LshawtayinDaHouse

FlashTats are bright and cheerful – they maintain the sparkling gold , silver or bold black for quite a few days!

FlashTats spark a curiosity –  people get to talking – what are those ? where are they from? how can i get them? what did you say they were called again? who wears these besides you?

FlashTats are FUN ! they are the perfect addition to anytime you hangout with friends , are hosting/ attending a pre-game or just simply for a more FABULOUS DAY!

FlashTat Friday ! a trend in social media in the #tagboard world – applying your FlashTat on a Friday means you will definitely have it all wknd !!

PUMP UP YOUR TGIF . PERiOD.

Featured on the left is what resembles a crown upside down arm band – from the henna inspired line of FlashTats.

FlashTat Friday !

FlashTat Friday ! #HighFive

On the Left we have a High Five Friday shot of a friend of mine who is featured with Essie

Sew Pysched.  The henna inspired FlashTat stretches down her middle finger, hand and forearm.  Emerald Ring to match the nails !

TGIF

HiGH FiVE you made it to the end of the week

& time for a fresh FlashTat with Friendz !

La Ti dah time goes on and there is always more FlashTat Fun!

Full Fledge Flash Tats – are you feeling indulged ? Do you want to know more?  The information thus far had to be somewhat informative for whatever aspect you fancy !

FL@SH !

FL@SH !

In observance of national Left Handed Day – I supported a re-arranged FlashTat creation on my Left hand.

Wave Field on Hayward Street on the University of Michigan’s North Campus –  perfect match to the 50 green wave bumps Maya Lin designed is the Ray Ban Aviators with Green Lens.  Again featured on the left arm band is the upside down crown.

FlashTat FUN

FlashTat FUN

Follow the feed for more on FlashTats xx Lshawtay

#NP on Instagram

@Tr3NDEY or @LShawtayy 

LMAO!

LMAO!

Blue Nails, Green Thumb

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My Pot Planter from Ann Arbor Downtown Home & Garden

A have a bit of a green thumb these days, ever since I posted about decorating your desk at the office or at home! I was inspired to bring life into my life in a way other than having a baby. I have always eyed out the plants at Plum Market, and on the eve of my 24th Birthday I thought why not just buy one already. I unknowingly purchased an Aloe Plant – which has so many uses you wouldn’t believe. YES this is where the Aloe comes from to help your sun burns, if you break off a branch of your Aloe plant, you can keep it organic and not buy some weird goo from the drug store.

Meanwhile, I have been keeping this little cactus plant on my desk since the end of April 2013, a resident of my building where I work gave it to me as a gift that he brought from home in Arizona. My desk isn’t the closest one to the window, so I deprived this cactus from proper sunlight for about a full year, it looked weak. My new co-worker has an extraordinary green thumb, and advised me on how to bring it back to life, the first step being put it by the window! DUH – cacti are from the desert where it is hot as balls and filled with sunshine.

I began to feel a need for more plants and more oxygen – I traveled down to the Eastern Market in Detroit with 2 friends and we traveled from Shed to Shed ( IF YOU HAVEN”T BEEN YOU GOTTA GO …. on a SATURDAY!) Walking and walking, kind feels like you are a cow in a heard with all the people down there, we found ourselves “starstruck” by the GIANT SHiNOLA watch hanging from the ceiling, as it matched exactly to the one on my friends wrist. Conveniently this was in front of a plant booth – and I found my perfect little plant that I have NO idea what it is, but that I like its looks – I instantly purchased it for $2.25 ….. pocket change.

I was so excited by something so small, I carried around for the rest of the afternoon in a small paper bag as this little plant including the pot is smaller than my hand.

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Organic Cactus Mix from Ann Arbor Downtown Home & Garden $3.9

I re-visited the Eastern Market two Saturdays later to buy 2 more cute little plants, I will have to post photos of them later when I transfer them into more fabulous pots.

The other day I was noticing my Aloe plant was lookin’ not so haute and I showed it to my green thumb co-worker. He said that it had a big sprout popping out the top, but its tentacles were looking slim and crispy. Therefore, it was time to upgrade its home !! We walked over to the Downtown Home & Garden shop on S. Ashley in Ann Arbor. Here I found a lovely blue pot – that went along with the cacti theme & its just my favorite color. He instructed me to purchase Organic Cactus Mix aka soil bag of stuff to re-pot my plant, because in a bigger home obviously would need more and fresh soil. The bag of soil was $3.99 – pretty cheap and it can assist in all of my 5 plants getting a new home !!

You have to fill the bottom of you pot with rocks, to help with drainage of the water that you pour in once a week for your plant. I conveniently got these from the ground outside. FREE ! wahoo! Apparently, cacti family plants like to have their soil patted down firmly to them. My Aloe plant used to live in the Photo’d cactus plant’s new home. It was easy to upgrade both of their homes. I can’t wait to upgrade my other 3 plants to their new homes once I find a fabulous pot for them.

Added benefits of having plants in your home is that they are eating up all your CO2 and pumping out Oxygen. This is a great thing for yourself !!

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YAY ! My Cactus from my tenant & my Aloe plant from Plum Market

Breathe in the light around you and breathe out the darkness inside of you ❤

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Hey ! Me in front of the stacks of Hay at the Ann Arbor Downtown Home & Garden Space on S.Ashley & Liberty St