1) Tell us a little about yourself. What are you doing now and where do you come from?
At the moment I’m just finishing with my summer job, which could, very simply be described as ‘the best job’, not just that I had, but that you could think of. It gave me a chance to move to a beautiful island, work along some amazing people that I know consider among my absolutely best friends, meet so many different characters that came to spend their time at our little summer resort, had the best boss that treated us like her family over her workers, learn so many new skills and got so many new experiences, that I could certainly not forget about it for a lifetime.
2) What are your topics of interest? What do you post on Instagram the most?
I’ve always had lots of interests, perhaps to many, since I could then never focus on just one. So my post includes everyday glimpses of my life, it could be a beautiful capture of nature I saw on my morning walk or an old photo of me being on an adventure. You can find everything, from my selfies to professional portraits, my pats and wild animals, sunsets and other beauties of nature, lousy pictures with deep stories or pieces of my art work that I’ve created that time when I had to spend night on the airport.
3) How did your Instagram name come about?
Simply I could say it’s my alter ego. I picked up a nickname Danny so long ago I could not even remember how, but as a little girl I told myself if I’ll ever be famous, I’ll go by this name. ‘Raffael” came spontaneously one time when my brother still inspired to be a professional gamer and allowed me to be featured in one of his videos. he asked me to pick up a fierce nick name, but didn’t liked any that I chose, so he got sick and tired of me and just settled with Raffael, that I picked out of a Carla Bruni’s song, except hers is written with ‘ph’, while mine comes with double ‘f’.
4) What are some apps you use to edit your photos? Share with us your photo-editing routine!
Photoshop on my computer. It was before you could get all the great step by step tutorials on Youtube that I signed up for an express Photoshop class and I’m mastering my skills in this program ever since, it even helped me get a temporary jobs. If my photo need an major editing I’ll definitely use that, but for most of them I just randomly slide trough some editing options in Instagram to brighten them up. I do not have a favuorite filter, I mostly use those just to ad frames.
5) Any Instagrammers whom you really like? Which Instagrammer inspires you the most?
I’ve read a success stories of people who earn half of their wage just by posting pics, so that certainly inspired me to start a profile myself, since I like to spend my time around photography anyway and this just gives me chance to share my work.
While randomly searching around, I found few beautiful ladies that I always like to check out: @violetta_igoshina, @agnejaa, @sosazerafa; and few more famous that I knew from before, like model Coco Rocha, youtubers Sonya Esman and Evelina, and Nannette Hammond, just for the happy personality and crazy lifestyle she posses.
6) If there’s one thing your fellow Instagrammers just gotta try now, what’s it gonna be?
Travel. Nothing can gives you as much as that. it’s not just because of experiences and memories, but I became a completely new person (or finally became myself again) when I left the house. The people I met along the way could belong to group of those I would never expect to meet in my life. The reasons over which you can bond with someone can be the silliest and the friendships you make can last even when you end up on completely different sides of the world.
And most of all, when you’re happy, nothing else would truly matter. You don’t check your followers count, or likes you made. In those moments your content is the most genuine and will attract people by itself.
7) What’s your favorite part about being an influencer?
I think it’s that when you genuinely really like something (or someone), you can shout it out, not literally, but yet so loud that the whole world will know.
Also, it gives you opportunity to share your ideas or work with greater group of people, which gives you more relevant feedback then as when sharing it just with your family or friends.
8) What are some of your top tips to brands for running campaigns? How do you maintain authenticity?
Find somebody who truly believes in you. Somebody that’s not in for your product just for money that your willing to pay, but somebody who genuinely likes it and will continue using it even afterwards.
Look for influencers who used your product in posts before, without expecting any money for it. They don’t have to be big Instagram celebrities, but will lead you to group of people that might actually look for whatyou had to offer and not just like the post.
9) What would your advice be on the importance of quality and original content?
Good quality of the photo is the first major thing that catches the eye. Pictures that look beautiful by themself even without any deeper meaning will most inspire people to return for more. When posting for a brand, make sure that their product is visible, but implement it in the environment that also shows it’s use and benefits it offers. Don’t make photo look like an add, make it look like a part of your life.
Do look for inspiration in others’s posts, but redesign them to make them your own.
10) What do you like best about partnering with brands?
It gives you both chance to promote products that you already like and experience new ones that you might never encourage yourself to do otherwise. Best part is of course the ability to earn money doing what you love and expressing yourself, since brands usually leaves you really open hands and chance to express your creativity.
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