10 Ways To Stay Safe When Walking Alone At Night

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I love going to walks by myself and I especially love walking at night. For me, walking is my chance to relax and think without any distractions, when I can unwind from the day and clear my head.

Unfortunately, walking alone at night is a big no-no. Especially if you’re a girl.

In 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that approximately 3.4 million people 18 and over were victims of stalking. Unsurprisingly, females are at more risk than males, however, people between the age of 18 to 24 are also the highest risk. So basically most college aged people. Yikes.

They also found that 38% of nonfatal violent crimes in 2010 (ex. rape, robbery, physical violence) are committed by strangers, 62% occurring in public places such as parking lots, streets, and public parks. Double yikes.

The town where I go to school is considered one of the safest college towns in the US (Safewise, a home security company, used data from the FBI and ranked it as 3rd), but even though I live in a safe place, walking at night still isn’t the best idea for anyone. I personally know some girls who have been followed and even grabbed.

I would absolutely never walk alone at night outside of Rexburg if I could avoid it, but things happen, and Rexburg isn’t as safe as people would like to think. So if you’re stubborn like me, or are just worried about getting stuck in a crappy situation, here are a few tips to help you stay safe.

10 Ways to Stay Safe When Walking Alone at Night

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  1. Stay on the sidewalks and under street lights. Those areas are generally more populated and are more visible to people who might be driving by.
  2. Dress in bright colors. Just like with staying in lighted areas, you’re safer if you can be seen.
  3. Know when to make eye contact. In many cases, you don’t want to draw attention to yourself but if you’re already a target, making eye contact can be a good idea. Someone is less likely to attack you if you know what they look like and could describe or identify them to authorities.
  4. Let people know when/where you’re going. Even better, let people add you to Find My Friend or other tracking apps. If something happens, you’ll have someone or a group of someones who will notice first, and if for some reason someone needs to find you, they’ll know where to start. Also, make sure your phone is charged before you leave. My battery has died when I was walking before and it was horrible.
  5. Have an escape route or know safe areas to go. Know your route! The best kind of routes are ones with multiple opportunities to cut it short or turn around. It’s also a good idea to know where nearby businesses are or if you have any friends who live close to your route.
  6. Change your route. Routine is great most of the time, but it puts you at greater risk of being followed. A lot of attacks are planned and you can increase your risk of being a victim by being predictable.
  7. Turn off your music so you can be more fully aware of whats going on around you. This is especially important if you’re in a questionable area.
  8. Listen to the spirit (or if you’re not religious, your gut). There’s nothing wrong with being cautious, even if it’s likely that nothing it wrong. Better safe than sorry, right?
  9. Carry defensive tools like pepper spray, mace, a taser, a rape whistle or whatever is legal and convenient. Check out these awesome tools called D.A.D. They’re pepper spray, a flashlight, and a GPS tracker all in one.
  10. Learn to defend yourself. You don’t need to be a blackbelt, but you should know some basic self defense strategies like an attacker’s weak spots (eyes, ears) or S.I.N.G. (Thank you Miss Congeniality!). There are plenty of YouTube videos that also demonstrate some basic skills.

I would tell everyone to never go out alone at night, but I would be a hypocrite. Although I’ve been trying to get out for my walks earlier (and it’ll be easier in the summer), I still frequently find myself walking alone at night. It happens. But when it does, make sure you’re prepared the best you can.

Don’t be stupid.

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How To Create Invisible Pinable Images

My Pinterest feed is filled with collages of amazing portrait sessions. The collage format is great to see an entire collection in one shot, however, when that collage is part of the actual post, it’s kind of looks tacky. But that’s just me. It’s similar with graphics that contain the title of the post, but they’re not as bad.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to have great pinable images attached to your blog posts, without it showing up in the post itself.

How to Create Invisible Pinable Images

(OR How to make sure your awesome Pinterest-optimized graphics don’t clutter your blog post)

Create the image

Depending on the type of post, you’ll want to create an image that sums up what that post is about. If it’s a collection of photos from a shoot, generally a collage is a good idea. If it’s a tutorial or information based post, a simple image with the title on it will work. I generally use Photoshop but there are some free programs online (like Pixlr) that will work.

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Add it to your post

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Don’t worry if it looks odd. The entire point is to make it disappear. I recommend adding it to the bottom of your post. I’ve found that the last image ends up the first image when you hit the Pin button.

Go to your text editor and find the image

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Most blogging sites should have an option to edit basic HTML and/or CSS. On WordPress, it’s on the top right, below the title.

Add this code around the image

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<div style=”display:none;”> </div>

Don’t forget to close it!

I like to go back to the visual editor to make sure it worked properly.

Publish or update your post!

It’s that easy! Now when you go to hit the Pin button it’s right there!

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If you have any questions, post a comment down below!

Megan Fowler :: Rexburg Senior Portrait Photography

One of my best friends graduated from BYUI last spring. In honor of her graduation, we drove out to a really pretty spot not too far outside of Rexburg to take some senior pictures. She was an amazing model and it was a blast!

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Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

Kelsea Cherie, Megan Fowler, Senior Portraits, Rexburg Senior Portraits, Rexburg Photographer, Posing for Girls

 

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My Entries :: Photoshop World Guru Contest

Ahhhh! I did it! I finally finished my entries for the Photoshop World Guru Contest! This has been months in the making and I have spent hours editing and stressing and losing my files. In the end, it all paid off. Thank goodness.

My first category is Retouching! I used to spend hours playing around on Photoshop but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to do it in a while. I had a blast play with some old techniques that I knew, as well as learning some new ones. Plus, I’ve always wanted to be a ginger.

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My other two are both going into the Photography category.

This first one is of my friend, Cali. We went out to Egin Lake (near St. Anthony, Idaho) to take some photos just for fun. I got this beautiful shot of her, and I enhanced it a bit with photoshop by adding fog and more depth.

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This is probably my most used photo. I got this picture of my dad earlier this year. I originally wasn’t going to use it but it’s my favorite all time photo so I figured I might as well.

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Monochrome Simplicity :: Personal Style Series

As much fun as I have trying crazy new shooting or editing techniques, I always tend to go back to a more simple style. I like photos that are authentic and real, and that’s what I wanted to show with my personal style series.

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I haven’t really narrowed down my personal style, but this semester I ended up getting a lot of these black and white shots. Although this isn’t my personal style, these photos fit in to whatever that may be.

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I have several different size prints of my tree picture, and I had to print another for this project. It’s probably over done by now, but it’s my favorite. I wanted that to be the main focus of my project.

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Kelsea Cherie Morrison, Personal Style Project, black and white photography, monochromatic photography, fine art photography, black and white fine art, photo design, layout design

Kelsea Cherie Morrison, Personal Style Project, black and white photography, monochromatic photography, fine art photography, black and white fine art, photo design, layout design

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I'm Kelsea Cherie Morrison and I'm a content creator based out of Rexburg, ID. I specialize in photography and design, but I also am skilled with videography, writing, and social media. Click above to find out more!

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