A little sneak peek that’s coming to the blog this week! Image by Elizabeth Tate
I finally did it. I joined the Snapchat train.
I still have mixed feelings about it, but here are 3 reasons why I caved:
Reason # 1: It’s unfiltered
This actually was my biggest reason why I didn’t join for so long. As a photographer, I love having a somewhat polished look to all my images, and I love giving them their “best.” But then, my dear friend Katelyn James posted this on Instagram the other day: “The no-so-polished look at our daily adventures can be viewed on snapchat!!!: “katelynalsop”
I immediately found myself wanting to see her “not so polished look” at life. And then something clicked: isn’t that what we all really want? To be connected to real humans who are unpolished and imperfect, just like I am? I found myself drawn to her snapchat because it was authentic and real life. It was the unfiltered version of a photographer who does beautiful work. And if I wanted that “behind the scenes” look at her life, maybe someone would want the same from me.
Reason #2: Instagram is changing
I’ve always been a big insta-fan. Still am! I’m not freaking out about the changes that are coming to Instagram, and I don’t want you to turn on all notifications from my posts either. Please, keep the notifications off! Otherwise your phone will be buzzing like crazy and that, quite frankly, would drive me nuts. But with the upcoming changes, it’s wise to simply diversify the ways I connect with others through social media. As my friend Shay said in a recent newsletter, don’t put all your social media eggs in one basket (IE: Instagram), because you never know when something might change.
Reason #3: It makes me laugh
Y’all, I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve almost peed my pants using face swap and those ridiculous filters. It’s terrible and hilarious and I feel like I’m a 12 year old but seriously – SnapChat can’t be all bad if it makes me laugh that hard, right!?
To be honest, sometimes I feel like I’m breaking the mold of “fine art film photographers,” and I’m 100% okay with that. I don’t have a 100% film Instagram feed. (In fact, most if it is not film.) I’m now using unfiltered snapchat. I write from my heart. I speak. I launched a shop. And all of this is GOOD because you know what?
I’m called to blaze a new trail – not to fit in with the rest.
My hesitation with SnapChat was because it showed a lot of “imperfect.” It wasn’t polished. And to be honest, it’s just not the most user friendly app so it took some learning. But I want to be REAL in my life and my work, I want to produce beautiful work while being my authentic self. So, if you’re on the snapchat train, be my friend! You can find my not-so-polished unfiltered life at “nancy.ray” !
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