Name: Lucy Heath
Blog: Capture By Lucy (capturebylucy.com)
When did you start blogging?
Almost exactly 2 years ago! I have just celebrated my blogging anniversary!
What inspired you to start blogging?
It was my husband who encouraged me to share what we did everyday, he has been a long term techy blog reader and always said, you would have such great content – just start one! I think he regrets it now as it’s almost taken over our lives! I originally blogged mostly about our family life as a sort of journal which my brother, who had emigrated to America could drop in and out of and keep up with our adventures, but it very quickly encompassed every interest of mine and I found that my readers responded to hearing about my charity shop hauls, things I like to read and make, just as much as the family posts. And 2 years on I have a blog that equally represents every part of me, the mother, the wife, the friend and me.
Do you have any other ‘day jobs’?
Yes! I am juggling too much to be honest! I have always worked in the development industry as a land buyer for the national house builders. But after Sammy was born the 2 hour commute each day was a killer and I promptly resigned with no where to go! Fortunately the commercial division of the housing association I was working in after I left Barratt Homes asked me to work from home, on a flexible basis and I have been there ever since! I work around the children, take a laptop abroad sometimes and just check in on emails. It’s a flexibility I could only dream of and I am so lucky. I also have a growing commercial and product photography business which is my true passion. I have photographed families, bumps and babies and a few weddings but my real skill is in styling and still life photography – I may get to shoot a recipe book this year which makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end!
What are your blogging must-have tools?
I couldn’t live without my camera. I always take my own photos for my blog and creating unique content is a strong blogging philosophy of mine. I also would struggle without Twitter! It has been the single most influential social media for the growth of my blog and being able to connect with readers quickly. People may not check back in to see if you’ve responded to their comments so I often thank people through Twitter which has an instant impact.
What is your favourite place to blog from?
We have just moved house but my favourite place was always our old kitchen. We had a big central island where I could spread everything out, all the bits for a craft post or ingredients for a recipe. The lighting was great as there were 3 big windows so I always had beautiful natural light for my blog photos.
Tell us about your favourite experience through blogging?
I have met some wonderful people through blogging and made some firm friends. I was overwhelmed at a blog conference last year when one of my readers, who I had only spoken to over Twitter, came up to me and she squealed with excitement. I could not believe I had touched someone like that, just through words and photos. I always think when I feel less motivated or disheartened by the general pressures of family life of that moment, that we can all have a powerful and wonderful effect on others and we should use that for good. That and winning a national blog award. My heart was beating out of my chest!
What inspires you?
My readers and followers. Every time I see a new subscriber email confirmation pop up or a comment left on an Instagram photo I am inspired to do more. I love the interaction, the feedback and the camaraderie that exists within the blogging community.
What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?
To not be pigeon holed into one particular blogging genre. So I am a mother who blogs but I wouldn’t describe my blog as a Mummy blog. There are some incredible parent bloggers who I am completely in awe of. I sometimes find it tricky to write about the boys as our life is very much about routine and whilst I love to share snippets, I wanted my blog to be about me, an escapism from my responsibilities and a creative space of my own. I made a conscious choice when I started blogging that mine would be a positive, happy corner of the internet. So you won’t read about arguments I have with my husband or the deep insecurities I often feel. But it doesn’t mean they don’t happen, of course they do! But I choose to see the positive, I choose to find the happy in a situation and I feel inspired sharing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Share three of your favourite bloggers with us.
I adore Lark and Linen – photography so clean it’s like her photos are polished with a special serum, Twigg Studios – the most outstanding food blog in the UK and Oh Happy Day – an American party blog that makes me smile even on the wettest of English days.
What are your future plans in the blogosphere?
I have loved starting my podcast feature and that’s something I want to keep as a weekly feature. I realised whilst I love posting the styled, precisely sprinkled crumb type “Pinteresty” photos I wanted people to know me better, and recording a little chat about life that week I think helps people get to understand what makes me tick, the silly things I get excited about and feel like we are in the same room.
Thanks for chatting to us today Lucy!
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