Once again, I immersed myself in the Parisian scene (if you are following along on Instagram, you probably know it already) for the third time this year, to be more exact. And I only took the essentials with me: a laptop, my mobile phone, and the TwistGrip, my new photography gadget. The goal was to create beautiful visual contents during my visit in Paris that I could then publish on The Viennese Girl blog and on my social media. So I only packed my essential photography stuff that I couldn’t do without and left for Paris.
Since this blog is all about photography, a personal web page where I share my photos with you, I thought you might be interested to get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of how I capture photos. There are several techniques that I use to take my photos. In this blog post I am referring to the photos I take with my smart phone.
This year, Manfrotto launched the TwistGrip, a clamp that grips around your phone and helps you improve your shots with your smart phone. Since I am a sucker for all kinds of photography gears, I always welcome the opportunity to explore new photography products. I love to try and play with them and see what they can do for me and how can they help me improve my photography skills and knowledge. I am glad that Manfrotto sent me the TwistGrip to check out during my trip to Paris.
There is no way to attach your smart phone directly to a tripod. However, you can do so by simply using the TwistGrip, exactly as you would with your camera. So, what does the TwistGrip do? It helps you to produce more steady videos, avoid noise in dark places, and ensure outstanding photography quality. The TwistGrip is compatible with other different photography accessories and can also be attached to an LED light.
Those two shots of mine (shot1, shot 2) were taken with my smartphone, the TwistGrip, and my tripod. Both shots were quite challenging because of the bad lighting conditions. The first shot was taken inside the bar of my hotel in Paris (it was very dark) and second shot was taken during the sunset. But the TwistGrip, together with the tripod did the job. I am happy about that and addicted enough to have it with me every time I want to be sure that I don’t miss a great photographic moment. ♥
The Viennese Girl For Trendsylvania
May gives me many ups and downs but I shouldn’t complain, especially when I think that 3 magazines in Austria mentioned The Viennese Girl blog and I am glad that Trendsylvania is one of those. A style catalogue and fashion design magazine that you can find free of charge at the Humanic Stores in Vienna.
We teamed up with Trendsylvania and offer you a survival kit made up of summer clothing essentials. A little photo of me and a description of my blog are also included in the article. If you go to a Humanic store, look for the Trendsylvania magazine and me! I hope you are going to like it and that you are going to find your own summer essentials. Ahhh, I am looking forward to relaxing summer days and nights somewhere in the Aegean, in one of the Greek islands of course…♥
Today I woke up pretty late. At 10.30am. But it’s Saturday and I am excused, right? I looked at my mobile and I had at least 4 messages from friends telling me that they saw me in Madonna magazine. Although I knew that the article would be published at beginning of May, I needed some time to realize it. At this point, I have a chance to say that blogging and photography is a hard work, and if you want to have a successful blog, it demands a lot of hard work, so I am glad that all this work get recognized from magazines and people like my work and I feel thankful for this. It all started as a hobby, as an idea to escape from the routine but it’s growing fast now and although I have a vision and goal, what is happening still feels sometimes surreal.
So, this weekend started with great news. The Viennese girl blog is featured in Madonna magazine. One whole page dedicated to The Viennese Girl blog with a nice text and beautiful photos from Tony Gigov wearing Patricia Vincent. You can find the online version here. Now I want to know how would you feel if you see photos of yourself in a magazine? ♥
1st of May, bank holiday in Vienna. I wake up at 6.30. I make myself up quickly. I get in the metro. I am in the center of Vienna around 8.00am. My first goal of the day is to take pictures of the center of Vienna without people. I have only one hour to complete my work because when the cafes open at 9.00, the center will be full of people. I know exactly where I want to go, of which places I want to take pictures, so I don’t lose not even a minute. My time is valuable. At 9.00 I am done. Hooray! Now I deserve a Viennese breakfast for rising early this morning. I decide to pamper myself and enter Demel. I found a table next to a window and while I savor my Viennese breakfast I lose myself into deep thoughts. Sometimes I think too much. After one hour of thinking and eating, I am done with my breakfast. Ready to go now. My next goal is to buy Wienerin. I am sure I can find it somewhere in Kärntner Straße. I find the Viennese magazine and I also find myself on page 271. I hope you also have a nice start of May. ♥
Right after my return to Vienna from Paris, I took part in making cake pops with Julie Pop Bakery. For a long time I have been longing to experience something different than the usual things in Vienna, so I was very happy to have that opportunity.
Julie, with her mother, welcomed us, explained us step by step how to make cake pops and helped in every step in creating them. Besides, everything was provided to us: bread dough, lollipop sticks, candy colors, cake pop stands and so on.
I wasn’t that creative I am afraid that day, but the other girls of the group made pigs, princesses, frogs and so many other cute and funny cake pops that you can see in the photos above. We were free to use our imagination without boundaries to make the yummiest and coolest cake pops.
I think cake pops are a nice birthday present, but also ideal for parties, or for any occasion if you want to treat somebody with something special and surprise them at the special time. I think cake pops are always very well received and very much enjoyed by everybody. For that reason, I read that you can also order them via email from Julie Pop Bakery.
If you also want to participate in the course and learn how to make cake pops with Julie Pop Bakery, check out their website. Because, as Julie says, they are not only great to eat, but also fun to make.♥
When I stepped into my Parisian hotel, the receptionist said that the room was not ready yet and he suggested to me to leave my luggage and go for a walk. “Why not some Macarons from Cafe Pouchkine” I thought to myself.
My hotel was situated close to the Opera in the 8th district of Paris (I simply loved that area) and a 10 minute walk away from Printemps Department Store in the Boulevard Haussmann. Inside the Printemps Department Store there is a Russian cafe called Cafe Pouchkine. The weather was just amazing. It was so warm and sunny that I found it hard to believe. All this is to say that I left my luggage and went to the Printemps.
First, I went to see the view from the top floor of the Printemps Department Store and after that I headed to the ground floor because I was craving for some macarons from Cafe Pouchkine that I brought afterwards to my little tiny cute Parisian hotel room.
The photos above are spontaneous photos that I took at the hotel while the receptionist was preparing the documents for my check in. I just love product photography. It is a challenge to take a picture of something, of anything, and make it look way much better than it really looks.
Photos: Tony Gigov
My interview with AIESEC took place last week at Vienna University of Economics and Business in the second district. I cannot deny my happiness when AIESEC, an international organization which promotes mobility around the world and leadership by offering internships to students, contacted me and asked me to be interviewed by them.
I am so glad to be part of AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run non-profit organization because I have always perceived The Viennese Girl as a girl that has an international spirit and The Viennese Girl blog not only as an online platform for showing fashion outfits but also as a blog that supports values like encouraging people to follow their dreams. If you want to see the whole interview, please click here and don’t forget to check their internship programs and AIESEC page on Facebook. Who knows? You might be the next entrepreneurial leader.
Thank you Mohamed Kassem for that interesting meeting and many thanks to Tony Gigov for the wonderful photos.
Those who follow The Viennese Girl blog might have noticed the changes we’ve made lately on the blog. Those are small but significant changes for me, as a founder and editor of this Vienna blog. Those are changes I‘ve been wanting to have for such a long time. The problem is that I have had no idea about anything that concerns coding but my friend Ioanna has! We found some free time and sat down and discussed what would work better for The Viennese Girl blog, how can we make it look better, and how can it be more user friendly. Thanks to Ioanna, those significant changes on the appearance of the blog were implemented and I am now more glad than before to have a blog that looks exactly the way I want. At the end of every meeting with Ioanna, I was joking to her: one day I will hire you as my secretary…But seriously, I am glad to have my friend Ioanna on board, who contributes to the blog with her valuable technical knowledge. She is a savvy IT girl.
We are working constantly to improve what we love, The Viennese Girl blog. A photography blog, a visual diary of Silia, who likes to discover beautiful things on a daily basis in Vienna, even when it’s cold and rainy outside. I hope you like the changes we’ve made, too.
This photo was taken at Burgring 1 cafe.♥