Is blogging your full-time gig? What’s your ‘real’ job?
YES! I blog full-time. As of September 2017, I’m lucky enough to call blogging my full-time job. I studied in London and Paris, before completing my degree in Classics and French in mid-2017. Since then, I’ve gone full-time on this little blog; selling photos, writing, blogging (and more writing).
The number one question people always ask me (especially if we’ve only just met!) is ‘how much money do you make?’ And while that is a pretty personal question, if you want to learn more about how I make money in my chosen profession, read more about how to monetise a blog here.
Why do you blog and what’s your ‘blogging niche’?
I’ve always loved reading and fact checking in equal measure… When I stumbled on the first blogs I read in early 2015, I fell in love with their short, sharp style of writing and the way the conversation flowed as if the writer was among friends. I’ve always had around 15 million random facts and thoughts in my head and nowhere to put them. Now I definitely do!
Like many people, I initially started this blog when I was depressed, bored and had no idea where my life was headed. Well, I still don’t know what direction my life is headed in but this blog made me realise that it’s okay! At the beginning of solosophie, it was nothing to write home about (ha! It probably still isn’t…): Bullet points and poorly checked grammar came for free.
Today, I’m still searching for my ‘blogging niche’. To be honest, I think that finding a blogging niche kind of sucks. At a push, I guess I’d say that it’s ‘travel and culture’ because those are the two things I’m most passionate about. I also love European exploration, boutique hotels, and all the history, so you can find plenty of those things here too!
Why the name solosophie?
I wanted it to be a surprise when you landed on the site. I don’t really have a blogging niche, nor have I ever really tried to find one. When I was younger, two of my greatest passions were travel and finding quirky curios. I’d love visiting small antique shops, exploring museums and quirky shops. I like to think of this blog as ‘Old Curiosity Shoppe meets Travel Guidebook’.
Are you French? Where are you from?
I am lucky enough to hold two passports (and have two nationalities). I have a British passport and a Canadian passport. My name is French as my family are French-Canadian from Quebec. I’ve spent the majority of my life living in the UK, though I’ve also lived in Paris, France (where I studied abroad for a year), the USA, and Canada. In the future, I would love to live in Italy, if only for a little while.
How do you edit your photos?
Up until late 2017, I edited 99% of my photos on my phone using free apps. I’ve written a whole post about it here. Today (as of writing in December 2018), I edit almost everything using my laptop computer (I have a MacBook Pro 13″) using Lightroom. If you want to up your photography game, then I highly recommend investing in a subscription of Lightroom, it truly does make a world of difference!
What Camera do you use?
Up until September 2017, I used the Sony A6000 together with the kit lens (i.e. the 16-50 mm lens the camera comes with). From September 2017 to September 2018, I used the Sony A6000 body together with the 16-70 mm F4 Sony Zeiss Lens.
And in September 2018, I finally upgraded my equipment to my dream camera, the full-frame Sony A7iii together with the 24-70 mm lens. I also now own a prime lens (50mm 1.8) which is perfect for portraits and food photography! However, if you’re just starting out, then I would still recommend the Sony A6000! You can find a full guide to my travel photography gear here.
Where else can I find you?
When I’m not snapping away on my camera or updating solosophie, you can find me writing away about France and all things French on C’est La France (cestlafrace.fr) (My attempt at a play on words: ‘C’est la Vie!’, ‘C’est la France!’)
My site is updated on a near daily basis and so you’ll always find new article, tricks, and tips almost every time you check back here. If you want to find me elsewhere online, you’ll find me on:
Instagram (I love taking pretty photos!)
Facebook (I spend way too much time here!)
Bloglovin’ (Never miss a post)
Pinterest (Again, I love pretty pictures…)
Other publications I’ve contributed to (just a fancy way of saying that I love writing!)