Brian Sacawa, Author & Creative Director
Originally from Schenectady, NY, I’ve spent my entire life in music and the arts. I see many similarities between style and music, and starting a personal style blog was a natural extension of my creative side as well as my desire to communicate with and inspire as many people as I possibly can.
I have been extremely fortunate to enjoy a successful career as a musician—I play the saxophone. I’ve been reviewed as a soloist in publications such as The New York Times and the Washington Post, have played with many, many amazing groups and musicians, and even performed on an album that won a Grammy.
Along the way, I also somehow found time to start and run a music series that went on to win a national award, was a Category 1 elite level bicycle racer, and a runner up in a national original cocktail recipe competition.
Free time is honestly something I don’t have too much of, but since I make my living doing the things I love to do, I’m okay with that. I do love a good police procedural though.
Rob McIver, Photographer & Art Director
Born in Lawrenceville, NJ, but raised in Owensboro, KY by two professional musician parents, my journey as a adventure-seeking musician began at the age of 10, when I left home to sing in a traveling opera production. I was hooked, and I’ve been following my passion for exploring the world ever since.
Along the road, photography became another way for me to create, document, explore, and communicate my experiences and capture the moments of the people around me. Making pictures continually challenges me to try and see things in a unique and personal way, then share that vision with others.
I have had the good fortune to live an extremely prolonged childhood and am not sure what I will do when I grow up. I am sure however, that it’s likely to involve music, cameras, traveling, and the swapping of tall tales with friends, family, and strangers alike.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Though many people assume I am NYC-based, I actually live in Baltimore, MD.
How tall are you?
I’m 5′ 9″ and weigh 140 lbs.
What kind of camera does Rob shoot with?
Rob shoots the majority of the photos you see on the blog with a Canon EOS-1DX and an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L II lens.
What’s the best part about blogging?
The feedback I get from my readers on a daily basis and hearing about how the blog has inspired them is the most rewarding aspect for me.
What’s the hardest part about blogging?
Balance. I feel an intense responsibility to continue providing my readers with great content. Knowing how to balance that with my regular life and other commitments is always something I am working on. Sometimes it’s hard to just turn it off.
I’m an aspiring fashion blogger. Do you have any advice for me?
I get this question a lot. While there is no magic formula to being successful as a blogger, in my experience it is heavily dependent on these four key elements:
1) Post only original, high-quality content.
2) Have a voice.
3) Be a great writer.
4) Be consistent.
In addition to that, it is important to be honest and true to yourself, and to only write about those things that you are completely and utterly passionate about.
I also think it’s good to define what you are looking to achieve with your blog before you start. Is it a passion project? Do you want to gain social capital? Do you want free stuff? Do you want to make money? Is it a combination of those things? Starting a blog is really like a choose your own adventure story. Once you figure out where you want to go, you can define a trajectory.
Being a successful blogger requires a lot of hard work and dedication. The more I’ve gotten to know other successful publishers, I’ve discovered that we share a little bit of that obsessiveness. I suppose the discipline I cultivated in the practice room as a musician translates well to blogging.
Can you check out my blog and let me know what you think?
I wish I could, but I simply don’t have the time to offer advice or consult for individual bloggers.
How does He Spoke Style make money?
He Spoke Style is monetized through a variety of revenue streams, including brand partnerships, sponsored posts, affiliate commissions, and banner advertising. A full list of my policies can be found here.
Can I write a post for your blog?
Thanks so much for your interest, but I am not accepting guest writing.
Can we collaborate? What’s your policy for working with brands?
I am always open to collaborating with outstanding brands and businesses whose products and values are consistent with the voice and tone of the blog. However, I am extremely selective with the brands I will partner with. For me, it is always quality over quantity. Please click here if you are interested in discussing a partnership arrangement.