How To Get Featured!

How To Get Featured!

An image about getting featured on Joanne Hawkers Instagram account and on Hey There Maker. It features the reflection of her digital camera in the back of one of her brightly coloured motivational pocket mirrors

One of the things that I've seen a bit of disappointment over (as well as excitement for the people involved), is the part of the challenge where I chose to feature 4 makers on my round up post at the end of each day. If I could feature everyone, I really would! But it's just little old me over here doing my best and there just aren't enough hours in the day! So I thought it might be a good idea to hop on tell you a little more about how I choose the selected images not only for my challenges but also for the @heytheremaker Instagram account, so that some of the mystery is taken out of it. Sounds good? Let's go!

So what do I look for when I'm choosing images?

  • Lighting - I love a well light photo with no harsh shadows. I also notice how the light could be affecting the colouring. E.g. a standard light bulb could make your colours appear more yellow rather than their natural tones.
  • Composition - a well thought out shot with interesting angles, placement, focus and the use of props.
  • Colour - I'm bit of a colour magpie so I'm automatically drawn to bright colours or pastel shades. But that doesn't mean that I don't love monochrome. Let's be honest, I love a bit of everything when it comes to colour use!
  • Edit - I'm not afraid to say that I edit everything before it hits the main grid. A carefully selected filter or adjustment can change the whole mood of an image, fix something that was niggling you or make or break the image. Too many filters is a big put off.

So how do I actually choose?
Not going to lie, this is actually really hard! Throughout the day, during the challenges, I scroll the hashtag and screenshot photos that jump out at me. Then at the end of the day, I open my camera roll and choose 4 images that work well together and tag the makers. It could be that one day I was particularly attracted to blue images and I make a blue theme grid post, or perhaps I liked animals that day. It really is that simple. I don't go specifically looking for 'friends' and I don't go specifically looking for 'big accounts'. I simply choose images that appeal to me as I'm scrolling! Typically, these meet the criteria of what I have mentioned above. If you're not included in a round up, don't worry. I also have the @HeyThereMaker Instagram account where I feature makers daily (Monday - Friday) to showcase some of the wonderful items that you guys are making! The images for this are chosen in the same way. Except these images are pulled from the #HeyThereMaker hashtag instead! Be sure to have a look over there to get an idea of sort of images my eyes are drawn to. Click on the image below to head over and take a look!

Hopefully that cleared a few things up! If you want to know how I edit my photos keep your eyes peeled for my photo editing post!

The Hey There Maker logo which features hand drawn text set upon a blue background with a confetti of different shapes.

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