A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to join 84 other bloggers at Duke Studios in Leeds, for Blog At The Beach with Icelolly.com. With three speakers (Kirsty Leanne, Queen Beady and Kaye Ford) talking about how to pitch to brands, how to run a blog outside the 9-5 and how to take great travel photos I knew I’d come away from the event with some new motivation and hopefully some tips, and I wasn’t wrong.
Now I’m not going to lie, the thing I was most excited about, about the whole day, was that 6 out of 8 of my beloved group chat were going to be in the same room. Rach, Kellie, Haydy, Kariss and Lizi are girls I speak to every single day and they’ve genuinely become my very best friends. Because we’re dotted around the county we don’t see each other often (well, three of us are Leeds based so we do, and the others meet in London a fair bit) but getting us in the same room was too good to be true. So we met an hour earlier to do outfit photos and grab a cup of tea and some breakfast, joined by Lucinda, Emma, Lucy and Tori. Heaven.
The event itself was great. It was fab to be able to support Kirsty, who I know fairly well as we went to Amsterdam together in April last year, in her first event speaking. She gave a lot of tips that reinforced some things I already knew and gave me the push to do some pitching again-so I sent some e-mails the day after and got a yes for a future collaboration. Winner. Bee’s talk was full of useful bits, from ‘find your voice, know what your blog is and make your content fit’ to ‘use your time wisely, do something productive with your lunch hour’ and I am SO motivated about the future of Inside Laura’s Head from listening to her. Kaye’s talk was the last one, and she suggested you always take your proper camera on your travels rather than your phone (I do) and that you look for different ways to frame your shot. You don’t always have to try for the exact same shot you’ve seen on Instagram a thousand times, and spend two hours trying not to get a single tourist in the frame. I’m pleased to say that a lot of Kaye’s talk reinforced things I already knew-I’m obviously doing alright with my travel photography then!
After a long day listening to talks and chatting to other bloggers in between (hello to everyone new I spoke to!) me and the girls decided to take further advantage of being in the same city and go for tea together. Well, apart from Kellie, who went home because it was her dog’s birthday. I wouldn’t have missed his birthday either!
We spent a few hours eating great food and taking lifestyle shots (like this gem!) before Rach left, followed by Kariss and Haydy, and then me and Lizi went home. I’m sad to say goodbye to the girls, but not too sad-because a week later I knew I’d be in Winchester with Hayley, Haydy and Kariss. Hooray!
Have you been to an icelolly.com event before?