FAQs

Below are some questions I receive often. Take a look at some of the general info below that the About Me page may not have covered. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

General

I’m a full-time blogger and influencer. I also do freelance photography, web design, and event curation.

My income is generated in a few different ways:

  • brand partnerships
  • freelance photography
  • sponsored blog & social media posts
  • online e-courses
  • in-person workshops
  • consultations
  • & (soon to come) coaching sessions

I teach people how to make money with social media. To learn more, visit here.

A number of different people do. I have my own camera. I usually don’t have time to organize a whole shoot so as I need it, I usually meet up with a friend for about 15 minutes to get my shot. Most of my friends aren’t professional photographers so that requires me to do a lot of the work which is usually underestimated how much work goes into it. I set up the settings of the camera (based on where we’re located), direct the person to be angled in a certain position to capture the best angles of myself, and then I edit the photos myself. It’s rare that I work with professional photographers now as the friends I do have that are professional photographers are usually busy. I also use my tripod and take my pictures remotely with an app on my phone when all else fails.

I have a Sony A 7II. I love it and it’s the best investment I’ve made thus far.

My parents are from Nigeria and I was born in Connecticut. I currently reside in Metro-Detroit.

I went to school for Software Engineering and Web Design. I dropped out after my third semester of school and worked a few retail jobs, a call center for Apple, and eventually became an Executive Administrative Assistant to a prominent psychologist. After a few years of job hopping, I went to a boot camp for web development and became a Software Engineer in about 5 months working for a corporation in Downtown Detroit for a little less than a year before going full-time as a blogger.

It absolutely is. When working with a brand consistently, it requires more than just snapping a pic and posting it to the gram. It requires thought out strategy:

  • what the brand wants you to convey
  • where to shoot
  • who will shoot
  • the strategy or message behind what you have to say
  • the copy that resonates with your following most authentically while still conveying the brand’s ideas
  • what time to post
  • finding the location to shoot
  • sending in the photo and copy for brand approval with the possibility it needs to be reshot before the deadline
  • scheduling the post
  • not posting too many sponsored posts back-to-back (which tends to lower engagement a lot)

Nothing is as easy at it looks. If you take anything seriously, you’ll see the results you’re looking for.

It’s never easy and honestly, I don’t have it down pact yet. I think when you plan to do things with intention, things will come easier. I’ve been learning to do everything with intention that way I don’t seem all over the place. In the meantime, taking a break from social media when needed is always something I find relaxing and a great detox from added stress. I do what I have to do to pay the bills (i.e. brand partnerships, sponsored posts, etc.) and then I log off for a few days. If I don’t, I’d be way more chaotic than what life throws me already.

I started out by writing about things I loved or were passionate about. I wrote about poetry, things that troubled me, and fashion. I suggest writing about things you’re interested in and be genuine and as vulnerable as you’re willing to allow. When you’re genuine and vulnerable, it resonates with your audience and you’ll grow more, faster. After writing for so long, I started learning photography from friends who took pictures of me starting out. I then bought my own camera, developed my own style, and grew from there. Write, write, write, then watch yourself grow.

For more info on how to start your blog, you can check out more information here.

“Get in loser, we’re going healing!” My therapist to me.

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Naija girl magic...in Detroit 🇳🇬

Naija girl magic...in Detroit 🇳🇬

These photos were part of a campaign I was supposed to post a few months ago. My anxiety was so high that I refused to open a simple email and perform a simple task that required a simple change in my caption that caused me to miss out on a few hundred dollars. Most people would say, “Charlie, for a few hundred dollars how you gonna be afraid to open an email??”. When dealing with severe anxiety, it’s not as simple as it seems.

I’ve lost out on quite a few thousand dollars in the past because I was too afraid to open my email and perform yet another “simple task”. Constant back and forth between anyone and myself cause me to cease all communication. I get panic attacks and then I just avoid my email all together for 2 weeks straight no matter who’s emailing me. It’s the most frustrating, idiotic thing I’ve ever had to deal with but that’s my daily struggle.

Some things I’ve done lately to overcome the fear of opening my email app:

1) take a deep breath and get it out of the way first thing in the morning. Some ppl say it’s not a good idea to deal with emails in the morning but I tend to lose out on opportunities waiting until noon or later to check and respond to time sensitive opportunities.

2) remember to continue inhaling and exhaling. I’ve gotten emails that made me so frustrated that weren’t a big deal. All it required were a bit of clarification on my end for their mess ups and a deep breath. For me, it adds another unnecessary level of stress especially when I feel I’ve completed my end and then some. This has happened to me and I forgot to take a deep breath and sent a obvious frustrated email. Luckily the receiver was positive and sympathetic of her mistakes but that could’ve gone left and caused me to miss out on $900. Most important rule: keep breathing.

3) try not to think about it. The more I think about who and the amount of emails, the more I avoid it. It’s best to not think about it and just dive right in and deal. It allows you not to put off due to overthinking it.

It seems unideal to be afraid to open emails but you’d be surprised what anxiety does to you and how many other ppl are going through the same issue. Hope this helps someone.😊

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Mental health check in: I’ve been following @dlcanxietysupport for awhile and I’ve been noticing I have some of the symptoms I didn’t realize was anxiety.

This week, I’ve ate four pizzas, had about 4-12 KitKats in one sitting per day up until Saturday, haven’t slept, don’t have a real appetite for food, and feel worrisome/uneasiness in the pit of my stomach. I’m not entirely sure what I have to do to quell these symptoms down, but the first step is acknowledgement. Me a year ago wouldn’t even dare.

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I clearly have a thing for wine glasses and bokeh effects lol. Y’all coming to my Beginners Photography Workshop to learn what bokeh even is and how to take shots like this?? Link in bio 😉

I clearly have a thing...

Beginner’s Photography Workshop tomorrow. Pull up or forever lose your shot. 📸 ...until next year. link in bio 😉

Beginner’s Photography Workshop tomorrow. Pull...

Right on time for @charity’s new single “MORE CAKE”. I’m excited to be in attendance for her release at the @footlockerdetroit tonight. Proud of you! Can’t wait to see you and hopefully eat some cake 😂

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Panic attack survivor.

Panic attack survivor.

I’m in this weird space right now where I’m living in two polar opposite worlds running parallel to one another. I’m posting on social media, getting prepared to attend an event for networking purposes, and feeling very indifferent. But on the other hand, having complete meltdowns about the simple yet complex world I’m accustomed to going forth as I deal with my mom and her severe side effects from her most recent stroke. This isn’t anything I’m not used to as she’s had several strokes before, but hearing the doctors say she’s doing great and getting better yet physically watching her look like she’s deteriorating before my very eyes as the left side of her body continues to drag in paralysis is a complete oxymoron for me. For the first time, I bathed my mother today. Last night, I bathed my twin brother. If ever I felt like I’ve had children all my life, this was the moment. I am one no kids having, grown adult children having ass bitch. I’m exhausted. If you see me out in the world looking like a half glammed up zombie, pardon me in advance.

I’m in this weird space...

It’s your story. Hit em with a plot twist at any moment.

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This pic is one of my 2 favorite glass of wine shots I’ve ever shot. I used my Sony a7ii with 50mm lens 1.8 f/stop to capture this shot. The reason I was able to capture such a blurred background while the glass I’d wine remained sharp and in focus was because I was using a lens with a low f/stop (1.8) which allows for minimal light to come through the lens allowing the subject to be in sharp focus while the background doesn’t get an opportunity to be lit as much thus resulting in a blurred background. 
When I got this prime lens, I made sure to get nothing higher than 1.8 because I’m the bokeh effect (blurred background) queen. I love good a bokeh. I’ve never gotten anything higher than 1.8 but when I transition into my next lens which will be a zoom, I’d have to settle for 2.8 (which still isn’t bad). If you have a camera, what lenses do you own and what’s their f/stop? What do you do to achieve your bokeh effect/blurred background?

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I got my new strobe light and have been testing it everywhere ever since. And much like this piece of art by @sheefymcfly, it makes me very, very happy.

I got my new strobe...