Last year I failed to deliver on news whilst in New York, I felt horrible about it but I tried. I tried to share every little part of my trip but I felt a constant delay. A delay in editing, in finding the right words, in finding sleep. I realised that the way I planned to share was as grand as it was flawed so this year I’ve made changes.
Limited internet was my biggest hurdle so I’ve bought an unlimited calls and data sim upon recommendations from other Aussies who have traveled to the USA for work. Unfortunately I’m unable to utilise my phone’s hotspot with this sim but I’ll still be able to blog using Affinia’s room wifi.
This meant that blog posts weren’t going to be my main tool for conversation during my trip, I’d have to rely on social media. Below is a list of all the platforms I use, please click the link to be taken to my profile pages and “follow/like” so you’ll be notified of updates… oh and don’t forget to follow #DMNYC on twitter and instagram just in case you miss anything.
Now that crucial part is taken care of and I’ll be able to sleep at night knowing you’ll be able to see and hear what’s going on, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the gear I’m taking over to FFFWeek this year and the reasons behind it. Firstly, my iPhone is going to be the hero for this trip. It’s all well and good to have a big fancy camera and beautiful lenses but with that comes heavy gear, expensive risk, big bags, editing and large time consuming posts. I don’t have a team, I just have me and I have to be realistic.
The iPhone5 is great as it fits in my pocket or clutch, has heaps of storage, I can take pretty pictures and even film. It allows me to chat in real time on twitter, facebook and instagram and I’ll have complete access to the internet no matter where I am allowing me to share. Last year my iPhone was dead weight, useless unless I stayed up late at night and pounded out instagrams all in a row before the wifi collapsed. Lesson learnt.
- 2x Charger Cables
- LED Light
- Wide Angle Lens
By a stroke of pure luck I won a camera last week and I’m still baffled by it. I was excited because the camera, a Canon 650D had video and would allow me to experiment more with the medium. Sure the iPhone had done me well in the past but I wanted to go the next step and the opportunity just fell in my lap. By no means am I giving up my Nikon D700, it is a beautiful machine. The 650D is smaller, much lighter, has a swivel screen and a touch screen. This will make traveling, self portraits, vlogs and outfit photos whilst on the go that much easier.
- Canon 650D with 50mm lens
- Macbook Pro Retina and Charger
- Wireless Remote
- Spare Battery and Charger
- Gary Fong “Puffer” Flash Diffuser
- 2x 8GB SD Cards
- 2x USB Cables
- Cleaning Cloth and Pen
- Silver Audrey Lu Camera Bag
Last year I took big, heavy, extremely expensive lenses. I took all the equipment I’d need but I felt torn. I’d get up, get dressed in cute outfits and then let myself down in the shoes department because I wasn’t stable enough in heels. I’d see fancy bloggers dressed to the nines using nothing more than their phone to document the trip and they looked comfortable and polished. At the other end of the spectrum was the event and media photographers, carting around similar gear to me but wearing tees, jeans and sneakers. I was caught in the middle and I hated it.
I was selected as a Fashion Front VIP Blogger again this year so I decided that was exactly what I was going to be. Sharing my news with my readers and followers in real time, raw and live moments exactly as they happen. Winning the camera only cemented that decision. It’s small size meant that carrying it wouldn’t bother me, especially during my tourist treks after FFFWeek. It also wont be as intimidating for others when I ask them to photograph me. Not to mention if it was lost or stolen my heart wouldn’t feel like it was being ripped from my throat… I’m very very attached to my D700, can you tell?
This year I only have one room mate, the ever lovely Ashley Rose and we’ve both been frank about our expectations and understand whilst it’s all fun and games there is also work to be done. We’re going to keep each other on-game, take each other’s outfit photos and share with you all the little details that make FFFWeek so special. I really want you to feel as if you’re there too!
Here are my social media platforms again and don’t forget to follow #DMNYC