Introducing a free 5-day email course for bloggers, creatives, and creators to set up the foundation for a successful Instagram account. You know what all successful Instagram accounts have in common? They focus on a specific niche, post regularly and provide value to their audience. When I started my IG account, it looked very different from how it looks now. I didn’t think about curating my photos or consider who they were for. Well, the truth is I posted for my friends whom I knew from school and university. Little by little, I’ve developed my own visual style and have built a community of like-minded people. Instagram is such a powerful tool to express your creativity, get inspired and make interesting connections. It is also one of the best platforms for sharing your blog, work or business. I see a lot of articles and courses online all say the same thing: niche down, find your tribe and produce content specifically for your target audience. And that’s all 100% correct. But I haven’t seen anything that shows you exactly how to do those things. That’s why I’ve created Build an Authentic Instagram Account e-course. What you will learn: How to find your…

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If I’m not mistaken it was Autumn of 2000 when we were studying world explorers at geography class. The teacher wasn’t able to keep an order in a class and everyone was talking and not paying attention to what she had to say. But not me. I was so intrigued and fascinated by those people and what they did so I was dreaming about being an explorer myself. That was the time when I said to 12-year-old self that I have to see a Cape of a Good Hope. I can’t recall why exactly this place, but it’s been on my mind ever since. Fast forward to 2016, I’m on a long flight London – Johannesburg still not believing I’m actually doing this – going to make my childhood dream come true! We spent 10 days exploring Cape Town and it’s surroundings. It’s an incredible place with the most beautiful scenery I ever saw in my life. We spent 10 days exploring Cape Town and it’s surroundings. It’s an incredible place with the most beautiful scenery I ever saw in my life. There are 2 oceans, a massive national park with a Table Mountain, surfing, vineyards, and penguins! What else…

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This year ‘Ok, But First Coffee’ will turn 3 years. It started as a place where I would share photos of London coffee shops. It worked as a motivation to explore this city and go to places I usually don’t go. Then the focus moved to mobile photography and memory keeping on Instagram. Even though the name of the blog has a word ‘coffee’ it’s not about coffee at all. It’s about things that make me happy, i.e. photography and discovering new places. In the beginning of this year, I started thinking about simplifying my life and slowing down. And I think it will be a new category of posts here. What it means for me is to live more in present, enjoy small things and try something new.  It’s also about starting doing what I’ve been thinking about for 10 years, getting rid of things that don’t make me happy and becoming a minimalist. Also, since I don’t have a standard 9-5 job anymore, I’m trying to be cost-conscious, save more and spend less. We live in a small 64 sq m flat which doesn’t have any room for storage but 2 small wardrobes. It’s all packed so you…

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I wrote this post for the online magazine Story of My World. When I think about London the first thought that comes to my mind is beautiful houses and weekend markets. While architecture varies from one area to another, markets are an essential part of almost each part of London. And when every tourist goes straight to Borough market and then wander around Southbank and Tower bridge, I recommend you spending your Saturday afternoon exploring Chelsea in the west part of the city. Chelsea is an area famous for its expensive properties and good shopping. I like exploring new places through photography and places to have a good cup of coffee. Thanks to the location of the office where I work, I got very familiar with this area and all hidden places worth visiting. Let’s start!   Chelsea Farmers Market 10am – 4pm 2 min away from Sloane Square is Duke of York Square where on Saturday from early morning till early afternoon you can enjoy a local food market. My best advice here is to come hungry. Market food is always delicious and healthy. Scroll down through stalls to choose what interests you the most. You can have either scotch…

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I know you going to love this! Enter Giveaway right here >>> What am I giving away: Travel iPhone Photography Course – you will learn how to find your unique style in photography and master your skills shooting with just an iPhone SKRWT app – number one tool for editing perspective FaceTune app – the best for whitening photos. No more yellow tones! TouchRetouch app – I use it all the time to ’clean’ dirt from photos Collect app – the best way to collect memories, not just photos Joby Tripod $50 Gift Card to spend on Artifact Uprising Honestly, Artifact Uprising is an amazing company. They have beautiful products for photographers and instagramers, including photo books and wood calendars. I’m very excited for a winner of this Give Away!   HOW TO WIN THE TRAVEL IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHER KIT: 1. Enter the giveaway here! 2. You will get your unique Lucky URL after you enter the giveaway. Share this link with friends. 2. For every friend that you refer, you get THREE additional entries into the giveaway! 3. The more people you refer to sign up, the more chances you have to win. Awesome! This contest is on till 23th of January. That means…

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“Remember, the composition is important, but also rules are meant to be broken,” says Steve McCurry, an American editorial photographer best known for his 1984 photograph ‘Afghan Girl’. “So the main point is to enjoy yourself while you’re photographing and photograph in your own way and your own style.” Instead of rules, let’s talk about principles in London photography. These are what I keep in mind when taking photos in London or elsewhere. 1. Simplicity When taking a photo of London try to have a simple frame, in order to make your main subject stand out. This is especially true when you are taking photos of buildings and houses. Cut out everything that will distract the viewer and focus on something unique and eye-catching. There is a whole chapter in the ‘London Photo Guide’ dedicated to mews, which are small streets in London originally functioning as stables a few centuries ago. It’s a row of houses and when taking a photo, you should choose just one and exclude other building from the photo. 2. Leading lines A leading line creates a path for our eye to follow through all the elements of a photo. Think about a road or a…

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So basically, if you ever wanted to feel as a King or a Queen and have your cup of coffee in a place looks like a palace room with high ceilings, mosaic windows and live classic music – you should head to Victoria & Albert Museum. It’s not so obvious from outside, but шf you go to V&A, pass all the shops on the ground floor and get to inner court you will find one of my favorite hidden places in London – V&A Coffee Shop. I sometimes go there for my lunch break to chill and do some blog work. I really like the fact that it’s hidden and not everyone knows about it.  Now the weather is not so good to sit outside, but at summer it’s a small paradise with a small pond in the middle of the court. Interior design is simply mind blowing, I’m amazed every time I go there. Must visit! P.S. One of my resolutions will be to stop eating muffins … but seriously, I just can’t resist, they look so delicious! London, what are you doing! Where? Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL View Map Want to know the best places for beautiful…

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