Meeting new people that have talents, stories, knowledge, etc. has always been my favorite thing. I love to hear about them. How they got to where they are, who pushed them along the way, how they were motivated, what they’re passionate about.
People have so much to say if you just listen.
I recently was visiting with Chris’s Nana and got a bit sentimental. I have always loved to just sit with her and listen to her tell stories. It’s so interesting to talk to her about a time in which she grew up that I will never experience. Her sweet stories of meeting her husband, being young and in love, raising children are all so fond to her. It made me think about how everyone has a story, everyone has something that has empowered them in life or made them happy. Everyone has something they’re good at, and have worked hard at so naturally I immediately think how I can bring this to the blog.
I want Blissfully Lively to be a space of motivation, positivity, & inspiration for women, and this idea of sharing stories shines a light on specific people that will help you stay motivated, positive, and your best self.
This new interview/ motivational section of the blog will be posted twice a month (every other Monday) and be about any professional who I think could bring some insight to the girls that read this blog. I’m talking hair dressers, life coaches, estheticians, photographers, personal trainers, chefs, you name it.
I am so excited to get this new blog topic started with one of my favorite people. My gorgeous friend/ photographer Raya. I wanted her to be the first interview on the blog because she is one of the most hardworking/ passionate people I know. You can find her nonstop smiling/ laughing and she just radiates good vibes. She is the person you want around 24/7.
Here’s Raya to give you a little insight on her craft, Photography!
Hey loves! My name is Raya and I love through the lens. I have the brilliant responsibility of capturing and sharing some of the sweetest moments we experience as humans. I am also a storyteller, a world traveler, and a woman of compassion. The last nine years have involved capturing and sharing authentic moments throughout various communities and countries. I moved to Portsmouth after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a BA in English/Journalism. While making Portsmouth my home, I have spent my time documenting the Seacoast. I am here to observe and preserve moments with you. Photojournalism is a passion of mine and my hope is that by sharing my work, we will feel more connected within ourselves and in our communities. To help spread this ideology, I began the photojournalism project, People of Portsmouth, in which the community’s inhabitants are featured with their portrait in unique and often personal words. This project continues to grow in popularity and within two years, over 260 people have been interviewed. So that being said, I am here to share some tricks of my trade on how to score fab photos when we may not have photography as one of our innate abilities.
Breaking it down for you in 4 super simple secrets…
- Get low. I find myself stomach down during a lot of shoots to score a neat perspective. As humans we see a lot of eye level stuff, get low to create instant interest!
- Get high. Piggybacks on the philosophy I mentioned above, creates an interesting and unconventional perspective.
- Get close and frame it. Not applicable always but can be used most of the time. Use the entire frame you have, and fill it up.
- Copy the blueprints that work. Stalk the people you love, write down what it is about their work that makes you glow, and try to emulate that. Then unfollow them and focus on honing in on your craft!
I am your seacoast photographer and I remain open to collaborations, so drop me a line if you’re interested!
(Check out my People of Portsmouth Interview here)