How did you get started?
I was in my first year of university in London and I decided that exploring this city was much better than studying! Instagram was one of the newer social media platforms back then (around 3 years ago) and I found it quite fun to share photos of food I ate. Instagramming had always been a fun hobby outside school, so I kept on going until this day.
Where do you find inspiration?
My main source of inspiration definitely comes from all the talented Instagrammers in the community, whether it be for new places to visit, or photography styles. I like to go explore the outer areas in London on weekends - a relaxed stroll around a flower market or staring out to the streets over a cup of coffee gives you so much exposure to the life in this city, and you may pick up new ideas along the way. Finally, travelling gives you the culture shock you need to generate a completely new style!
How do you decide what to share and what to keep private?
For me, the introduction of Insta Stories has blurred the line between my social and private life. Often I’m trying to decide if something I’m doing should be shared, or if anyone will actually be interested. It’s good to show your followers peeks of your non-blogger life, which for me is going to school or any fun things I do outside blogging. However, I keep bits about my job or my relationships private, mainly because I’m not comfortable with exposing that side of my life.
Any tips and tricks to your photos?
Good, natural light and a steady hand. I like taking photos in the morning and the afternoon when the light is softer, and avoid sunny days because the light is too harsh. I pay extra attention to the colour temperature of the light source – sometimes it can make photos too cool-toned.
What camera and editing software do you use?
I use a Canon EOS M10 and IPhone SE when I don’t have my camera with me. I’m a loyal user of SnapSeed - it’s much easier to use compared to Photoshop and it gives me so much freedom when it comes to manually adjusting specific areas in the photo with just my finger.
How would you describe your Instagram aesthetics?
Clean and bright. I try to keep the colours of the food natural and popping from the background. I tend to go for editorial, stylised shots, sometimes throwing in some flowers to up the girly-ness. I’ve also been experimenting with depths and shapes lately, so food on table edges and chairs have become prominent in my latest photos. It adds a hint of the ambience of the place you were at into the photo as opposed to just a flatlay. (As a fellow blogger recently commented; living on the edge).
Tell us something no one knows about you.
I’ve always wanted to make the transition into lifestyle and beauty blogging, but never took the plunge. (Well, I did try, but I just had to throw in something edible into the shot).
What’s been your favourite piece of creative work to date?
Any photo that involves me creating a dish in my kitchen. While I’m not the best cook in the world I’ve found it a great way to share my culture (I’m originally from Hong Kong) through cooking home dishes!
The best thing about being a creator?
Being able to proudly tell people that I do it as a daily commitment, kind of a job! It’s a great conversation starter particularly in places where people are less involved in the world of social media and food blogging. Being a creator has given me a unique identity at school and in the workplace. Another thing is the opportunities to work with brands, especially those I love! It’s great to have the opportunity to show people what you truly love and be able to add your own creative juices to the project.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I wish I wasn’t so obsessed with the statistics and numbers. I used to be so stressed over the number of likes and followers that I’ve forgotten the pure enjoyment and freedom I had when I first started Instagramming
Thanks, Christy! @the_lazyfoodie