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Be The Best Travel Photographer Ever
Traveling often means that for the duration of your trip, you become the world’s greatest photog (regardless of skill level).
Whether you’re the artsy type who frames elegant shots of diners in the square or a manic I-need-a-photo-of-everything shutterbug, you’ll want to get focused for your next adventure (haha, get it?) with these tips from seasoned traveler and global photographer William Hereford. 
He’s got advice for everything from picking the right camera, to easy photo-editing apps, to capturing the moment while enjoying it at the same time.
Check out his tricks here!
—Ashley
Before you get busy snapping pictures, read up on these tips for getting to know a new city in 48 hours!

Be The Best Travel Photographer Ever

Traveling often means that for the duration of your trip, you become the world’s greatest photog (regardless of skill level).

Whether you’re the artsy type who frames elegant shots of diners in the square or a manic I-need-a-photo-of-everything shutterbug, you’ll want to get focused for your next adventure (haha, get it?) with these tips from seasoned traveler and global photographer William Hereford.

He’s got advice for everything from picking the right camera, to easy photo-editing apps, to capturing the moment while enjoying it at the same time.

Check out his tricks here!

—Ashley

Before you get busy snapping pictures, read up on these tips for getting to know a new city in 48 hours!

Instagram Tips and Tricks: Guest Blogger

Have you ever wondered what you would eat for your last meal? Melanie Dunea has. When she’s not interviewing people for her site My Last Supper, she spends her time as a freelance portrait photographer and casual instagramer. And this week, Melanie is sharing her favorite beauty, food, and photography tips on the Birchbox blog. 

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I’m a professional photographer and I love Instagram. Thanks to the ingenious app, I can check out what’s cooking in April Bloomfield’s kitchen or see how my pal’s holiday is shaping up. Sure, I have fancy cameras for work and a little point and shoot for recreational purposes, but most of my day-to-day snaps are taken with my iPhone and uploaded straight to the site. When budding photographers want to talk cameras and equipment, I always tell them the tools don’t make the photo. Naturally, there are benefits of better, longer lenses and good camera bodies, but none of that will help you catch what Henri Cartier Bresson called the “decisive moment.” A moment is a moment, you either see it and it moves you to click, or you don’t.

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Feel Beautiful Inside and Out: Guest Blogger

Though we’re New Yorkers, we’ve always had a thing for Chicago—the gorgeous lakefront, the deep dish pizza, the friendly people—plus, one of our editors calls it home! Which is why we’re pumped to bring you a guest blogger series from CheekyChicagoThe online lifestyle magazine is packed with the latest events to attend, restaurants to hit, and of course, places to shop. Lucky for us, Cheeky’s Editor-in-Chief Erica Bethe Levine is imparting her Windy City wisdom all week long.

I walked into Anne Truppe’s North side photography studio feeling like $2.07 (the cost of my Starbucks coffee). But when I walked out a few hours later, I felt like a million bucks.

Women today are strong, independent, in-the-know and—dare I say—extremely Cheeky. We make our own financial decisions, we decorate our apartments, we indulge in martini hour with friends, we plan for our retirements, we take solo vacations… we. do. it. all. So why shouldn’t we have photographic proof of our independence, our vivaciousness and our sheer fabulousness?

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How Do Life-Changing Experiences Impact the Way We Look?

From left to right: A Marine before, during, and after his service in Afghanistan. (Photo: slate.com)

Recently, I came across a photo study of Dutch Marines that stunned me. As many of you have family and friends in the military (as do we), I wanted to share it with you. While the subject matter is more intense than what we typically cover on the blog, it does tie into appearance and perception, which we discuss frequently. I hope you’ll agree that these are worth discussing.

Photographer Claire Felicie photographed 20 young men over the course of a year, shooting images before, during, and after their deployment to Afghanistan. She had hoped to answer two questions with these photos:

1. How do life-changing experiences concretely impact the way we look?

2. Does tragedy truly show up in our eyes and brow?

I found this both meaningful and fascinating, especially as someone who’s written about how environmental factors can affect our outward appearances.

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Brazilian Artist Trying to Catalog Every Human Skin Tone

A selection of portraits from the Humanae project. (Photo: Styleite.com)

We eagerly wait for Pantone's color forecasts every year to start raving about the “It” colors of the season (here's to you, Tangerine Tango). The company’s bread-and-butter, however, is their famed universal color matching system. Now Brazilian-born artist Angelica Dass is using the Pantone shading system in a whole new way with the Humanae project. Dass, who studied fashion design in Rio de Janeiro before turning to photography, is setting out to “record and catalog all possible human skin tones,” as her website explains. 

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In Defense of Freckles, Spots, Moles and Beauty Marks

These bare-faced beauties embrace their specks. Gorgeous. (Photo: nytimes.com)

For any spotted beauties out there who have hidden their freckles, spots or unusually-shaped beauty marks, here’s a reason to embrace every last dot. Los Angeles photographer Reto Caduff has devoted an entire limited-edition book, Freckles, to black and white portraits honoring these pretty spots—and every one of these women looks amazing.

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Community Spotlight: Cheli Cuevas

We discovered Cheli when we came across her Flickr collection of all of her Birchboxes! We loved how pretty they looked all together so we tracked her down and got the skinny on this fab photog!

Name: Cheli Cuevas

Hometown: East Los Angeles

Blog: beingcc.tumblr.com aka “The Girl in Pink! blog.”

Twitter Handle: @girlinpinkblog

How long have you been a Birchbox subscriber? I have been subscribing to Birchbox since February of 2011. I got it as a March birthday gift to myself. It’s the birthday gift that keeps on giving.

What’s your favorite product you’ve ever received in a Birchbox? This is a hard question, especially because I am in love with all my products from January 2012. If I had to choose an all time favorite though, I would say my Pangea Organics Lip Balm. It is the most amazing lip balm ever! This balm is so soft and moisturizing. It smells delicious AND it is kind to our environment.

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