Hello Sammy! Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. First off, can you tell us about you and your blog? How did you start?
Hey everyone, I’m Sammy, a teen living in sunny Sydney. I’m a content creator who loves all things fashion and photography. My blog was made back in 2017 where I posted heaps of hauls, favourites and look books. At the start, it was small and a time-consuming passion. Though for 2020, I’m focusing on IGTV (Instagram TV) as I’m wanting to learn some new skills, particularly in videography and editing. Bigger and better things are always coming!
Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?
- Tight with loose! (Never tight clothes with tight or loose with loose)
- I never put two coloured patterns together.
- Stick to one main colour.
What is your motto and why?
Honestly, I live by ‘Do what you love, love what you do!’ because I greatly believe that you must always be doing what you love and if you aren’t you’re most likely not happy 🙂
What strengths of yours make you a good blogger?
My passion for doing good and being kind! It’s important to have photography skills and a real aim for your account/blog. This will give your followers an idea of what you’re about and if they align with you.
What do you like best about your hometown?
I love the fact that my town is so beachy and the vibe here is awesome-though I don’t get out enough to adventure around my local area! I do love that there are no skyscrapers yet it is highly urbanised. There are lots of families and parks around here.
How do you choose the perfect location for a photoshoot?
It truly depends on the outfit as I’m all about colour coordination. coordinating a wall to my outfit is my go-to. Often my chosen location relates to the theme of my outfit too. A fancy outfit requires a slick white wall, while a casual summer outfit could be a fun location with some greenery and where I can take a walk. It depends though.
I recommend going to experiment locations. Start by exploring your local area. Industrial sites can work!
What would you say makes you stand out in the saturated world of social media?
My unique influencer style- I stand by positivity, affordable/second-hand fashion and girls supporting girls. Also, my unique OOTD pics, flatlay shots and more! My recent IGTV videos also set me apart and make my account a bit more interesting.
How would you describe @saltwatersammy as a brand? What’s your focus, your niche?
On this note, I may or may not be changing my username soon! I’m in need of a rebrand to give me further inspiration and real direction. I see myself in the fashion niche, though I do have a few side categories such as beauty and lifestyle. My main goal is to inspire teen girls around Australia through fashion inspiration and a positive place of like-minded people.
What does your creative process look like?
Normally, my creative process starts with a brief plan made up of an inspiration photo and list. From there I plan a location, where I work on ideas for shots and the overall photo vibe. Then my mum (my photographer) and I will go out and put the idea into action! This is in terms of a fashion shot. Every photo is so different though and processes can change greatly.
How would you describe your style? Who or what are your inspirations?
My style is minimal and chic, often including a lot of black and white and the occasional gingham. I love my pastels too- soft colours are always the way to go. My main inspiration is Audrey Hepburn as I love her way of life and sophisticated style. Other than Audrey, there are a few Instagrammers I love including @ebonyyshield, @shaniakufner_ and @laurajadestone
What does a successful collaboration between you and a brand look like? Share your tips for working effectively together.
A successful collaboration would include a set brief and some awesome products generated into content which fits their aesthetic. A few tips for working effectively with a brand is to exchange a few emails to make sure you’re clear on what the brand wants and also to ask for inspiration images where possible.