When it comes to empowering girls, the Girls Empowerment Network is all about supporting and guiding girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. In today’s world, where everything happens online, it is especially crucial that girls understand how to tell their story via images they place on social media, whether it is Instagram or Facebook or even SnapChat. The We Are Girls Conference, which is being held for the first time in Houston on November 14, will kick off with Karen Waldrond as the keynote speaker, who is a master at not only how to tell your story, but also at photography.
At J-Vibe, we love Karen Waldrond, and we were thrilled to hear that she was the keynote speaker for this event, which was all the more reason for us to be the official press partner for it. Karen is the author of the very popular blog, Chookooloonks, which is an award-winning lifestyle, travel, inspiration and photography website, about living with intention and a sense of adventure. Chookooloonks illustrates what it means to thrive, and Karen is all about thriving. Karen is a highly sought after speaker, published author, mother and wife and she is the most down to earth and authentic person you will ever run across.
One thing that Karen has always emphasized is that beauty comes from within and you have to love yourself. She knows from her own experience and from having a daughter that you have to be cognizant of what story you are telling and when you are sharing your pictures on social media and that you aren’t just sharing an image, but those pictures are telling your story. She knows how important it is that the story you are sharing is authentic.
Karen Waldrond on How to Tell Your Story
Today kid’s crave a connection and they can get that through social media. With the number of comments and likes on an image, it can give them an illusion of fame and popularity and these expectations need to be managed. Media should be used as self-expression and should say ‘this is who I am and this is what I stand for’, regardless of whether the truth is ugly or beautiful. This is all part of how to tell your story, and although it needs to be authentic, it can’t be reckless, because you have to be mindful of what you are putting out into the world and what powerful tools social media actually are. You don’t want to leave a negative legacy and the truth is you are your own CEO of your own media company. It’s important to think about what you are putting out there before you actually put it on the internet and to use your best judgement and to think, what is the message that your images are sending?
Karen Waldrond with Photography Tips
If you really want to learn photography, you should shoot every day. Focus on natural light first and don’t rely on the flash because it distorts what you see. When you photograph people, focus on their eyes because the eyes are the windows to the soul.
Karen Waldrond with Advice to Girls on How to Tell Your Story
Ask yourself if you truly feel proud of what you are sharing. If you do, then trust yourself. Photography is an intimate medium to tell your story, even if it doesn’t sacrifice privacy, and it’s an easy way to tell your story, because it’s a quick and lovely way to share your life with everyone. Just be sure that you are being brave and honest and that you don’t have to share everything.