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I haven't been blogging for long, at least not as my main source of income, BUT in the time that I have, I've learned a lot of tips and tricks that took my blogging content to the next level!

I'm about to share ALL my secrets here!




With today's technology you could really get away with any of the newer iPhone options. Even though I have upgraded to a DSLR and Mirrorless more recently, I still sometimes snap some content with my iPhone, and in some cases almost prefer it!


A couple of years ago I upgraded from taking photos from my phone to the Canon 80D which I loved! I'm sure if you did some research you will notice the Canon 80D is a fan favorite and often recommended for blogging.

Several months ago I turned in my Canon 80D for the new FujiFilm XT-30. I was worried because spec wise it wasn't much of an upgrade, but I was really drawn to how tiny the FujiFilm camera was in comparison, and since I also create a lot of travel content I wanted something that wasn't so heavy and bulky to carry around.

I ended up falling in LOVE with the FujiFilm XT-30 and I can't imagine wanting to shoot on anything else! The quality and feel of this camera is next level! It even takes GREAT JPEG photos for those who are new to shooting manual!

10/10 would recommend the FujiFilm XT-30 if you are looking to step up your game!

Flatlay Surfaces

Yes this is a thing, and I wish I knew this sooner! Here I thought bloggers always had the most trendy kitchens or floors, but that's not always the case!

I highly recommend picking up some Replica Surfaces to give your flatlays or backdrops the ultimate blogger-esque touch!

This saved me a LOT of time and really took the quality of my content to a more professional level.



Lightroom offers 3 different versions: free limited app, full program app and desktop version.

If you are just using it for your blogging content, you can get away with just using the free app version which has most of the same options as the paid app version!

If you can't invest in a nice camera, I highly recommend investing your time in getting really good at color grading and editing! This can take even the most average of photos up a notch!

You can also invest in presets from other content creators which will match the look and feel of some of your favorite instagrammers/bloggers. That being said, I challenge you to create your own look and feel if you really want to stand out! :)

* I now have presets! YAY! These are the "filters" that I have used on my photos the last couple years. Check them out here!


This app has a lot of quick photo enhancing tools that are super easy to use! My favorite tool is the Double Exposure option. If you learn how to edit the layers correctly it's like a mini photoshop! SnapSeed is also a free app so you can't go wrong with giving it a try!


​Absolutely love this app for creating blog covers or Instagram stories promoting my latest articles! It's a game changer and is one of the easiest programs I've used!

You can create content from your phone or their desktop option! Most of the options are free but you can also upgrade to the paid version for extra stickers and things! I think the more you use it the more you will see the value in upgrading to the paid version!


I love this website for creating my blog because you can choose from all of their templates or completely build from scratch! They provide so many ways to personalize your site and you don't need to go through the hassle of learning HTML to get started!

After a good hour of two of getting comfortable with the site you will find yourself whizzing through in no time!

When I started my blog 3 years ago I used one of their blogger templates and just from getting their email newsletters and watching their short clips online I got the confidence to complete delete the template and totally create my site from scratch!

I hope you found this helpful! If you have any questions for taking your blog to the next level please do not hesitate to ask me! I would love to grow the information in this article to answer everyones questions!


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Thanks for taking time to read my blog post! I hope you find value in it! If you're new to seeing my content, Hi my name is Mariah! I love sharing my take on fashion, travel, beauty, lifestyle, relationships, bridal and more!

I have been writing + creating photo/video content since I was about 12 years old (2007) - never in my wildest dreams thinking I could be doing this as a full time job 10 years down the road.

I moved to South Africa shortly after meeting my husband and we got married 5 years later (2020)! We often travel back and forth between Florida, USA and Cape Town, South Africa - both of them home to us.

I have two puppies, Chai + Bentley. And I hope to be telling you about children some day soon!

Until then, I will keep sharing my current passions, tips + tricks, thoughts + tools for life! The adventure continues....!



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