Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age!

Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.When I started following Emma Hoareau on Instagram it was eerie how connected I felt to her content despite being halfway across the globe, and never having met. I could tell, through the heightened feminine intuition — that alerts when you find another of your kind — that she was digesting a lot of the world in the same ways and at the same times as I was. Finding the art of self-portraiture and then struggling with where it fits in in our world of over-curated content. Speaking to self-care, not as a means of consumerism but a tactic for protecting one’s magic. Meandering through the lessons of being your own boss, and seeking a community from which to share tips and tricks to surviving freelance life. All of it journaled on her beautiful blog Lolita Says So. It all resonated with me, as it does with all her 32K followers. Finally, we opened up the conversation with this fascinating multi-talented woman, and hashed all these things out — including some of her best skincare tips! Read on to begin your girl crush with Emma Hoareau.

Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.Vérité Woman: How did you get into blogging?

Emma Hoareau: I started my blog when I was at university as a creative outlet for my studies. I used to post inspirational photos (this was pre-Pinterest, guys!) and then when I started practicing my photography it all went from there…

VW: You’ve recently started sharing more about freelancing and on your blog, but tell us about some struggles you’ve found in being your own boss?

EH: Oh gosh, so many! Definitely getting to the point where you can rely on work coming in without being worried about money, and trusting in your own talents. Which sadly there isn’t any special trick to, it’s more about relaxing and knowing that even if you don’t get booked for a job in 3 weeks, you might get booked for 3 in one day.

VW: How do you stay accountable for your freelance work and blog posts?

EH: I try to make sure I spend half my time on each. Working freelance as both a photographer and a blogger means the workload is very varied in terms of paid content, but I try to make sure I spend just as much time on creating the content for my blog which isn’t paid for. After all, I never thought this would be my job so it’s important for me to keep talking about things that I like — paid or not.

VW: Self-care is such a hefty concept these days — what does it mean to you?

EH: Self-care is very important, especially when you’re your own boss. You need to make sure you congratulate yourself when you succeed and also push yourself further when you’re feeling lazy. For me, beauty is a great way of self-love. There’s not much a bath, a face mask and a cup of tea can’t fix.Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.

VW: We can’t talk to our favorite beauty blogger without needing to riddle you for your top favorite skincare tips — what are your secrets to keeping glowing, dewy skin in a city like London?

EH: Definitely double cleansing. I use a balm-to-oil to take my makeup off then go in again with a foaming cleanser. In a polluted city like London, it’s really important to remove all the dirt in your pores. A resurfacing product, like a mask or acid, is great for getting that glow, too. Tata Harper Resurfacing mask is my new go to, and I love the AHA and BHA pads from Zelens. Lastly, a great mist, to use after cleansing (a slightly moist face absorbs serum better) and to freshen up throughout the day is paramount.

Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.

VW: I truly stand by (and have written about) self-portraiture being a key vessel for sustaining a level of self-love, self-understanding, and self-appreciation. You do so much of this and are so empowered with your personal photography, can you share with our readers why you think it’s so important?

EH: For me, it’s about playing with the idea of how others see me and how I see myself. In a world obsessed with the selfie, I love shooting myself on my camera in the different places I visit. I can imagine looking back at them in years to come and remembering how I felt and what my life was so much more than a staged Instagram post. I want people who look at my photographs to feel something and interact with the image rather than just ‘like’ it.

VW: This is something I am constantly going back and forth with, but has there ever been a time you’ve felt shamed or hesitant to share nudity on your social media or blog, or have you always been very comfortable with yourself and your platform?

EH: Most definitely. Before I published my blog post on my self-portraits I had never really shared photos of me nude as I was worried people who see it as ‘slutty’. But I did it anyway as I felt it was something I really wanted to share as it was important to me. And the post had the biggest reaction ever and I received so many messages about how raw the images and the words were, which I’m so glad resonated so much with my audience. From then on I’ve felt empowered rather than uncomfortable posting my images.
Blogger Emma Hoareau Talks Nudity & Self-Portraiture In The Selfie Age! NOW ON VERITE WOMAN, Beauty, Skincare, Tata Harper, Blogger, London, London Blogger, Self Portraiture, Art, Career Advice, How to Start A Blog, Travel Blogger, Freelancing For Dummies, How to be a freelance photographer, how to be a beauty blogger, nudity, feminism.
VW: Three books that have changed your life?

EH: Any Human Heart by William Boyd

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Power by Naomi Alderman – I read this just last week and it’s a book all millennials must read!

VW: What would you like to see more of from women on social media in 2018?

EH: Less editing! All these over-edited, made-for-Instagram posts are getting tiresome. Let’s create real, relatable images that make you feel something rather than just make you jealous.

VW: We stand by you on that Emma!

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Is This The Ultimate Secret To Body Positivity?

Is This The Ultimate Secret To Body Positivity? NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED -- How to have confidence, self love, body love, self esteem, health, nudity.It’s a ritual we’ve always been happy to take part in, yet never quite had a name for until stumbling across the enthralling documentary about the life of Betty Page — Betty Page Reveals All. As seemingly the Queen of all things #bodypositive, Page let us in on her little secret: Air Bathing. While not to be confused with the act of taking a bath en plein air, we are talkin’ a straight up hangout with just yourself, and your lady bits.
Why it works? Studies have shown spending more time with yourself in the nude familiarizes you with its entirety, and allows you to grow accustomed to, and maybe move past things that may have bothered you when only meeting them eye to eye in that unflattering photo that never left your psyche. You may also find solutions for the things that do resonate with you in a negative way, just by creating this communication with your figure. It is also a ritual of self-love, to give time that you may often forget to provide in your hectic everyday. Spend this time saying or thinking nice things towards your body. Admire it. Thank it for what it’s given you. As a team of practiced Air Bathers (mind you, not together), we can support the argument that it does in fact lead to a higher rate of confidence in our bodies and and happiness with our overall presence. Once you love your own form, you want to fight for it to be respected — we can’t think of anything more beautiful than this.

Is This The Ultimate Secret To Body Positivity? NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED -- How to have confidence, self love, body love, self esteem, health, nudity.

Our Guide to Air Bathing:
We often schedule in an Air Bathing sess. after a shower when we have set aside some time to chill. While our moisturizer soaks in and our hair is still twisted in its towel-turban, we light our favorite candles,  burn some palo santo ( cleanse away the bad feelings you might have toward your bod) and disconnect from all electronics. Make this your time to meditate, tidy your space, or pick up a good feminist read.
This ritual can be as long or short as you like, but we do suggest at very least 20 minutes, a few times weekly. That might sound indulgent for busy girls, but what’s more important than yourself?

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