Splendid vintage whisper circle top | I’m wearing a m/l
AG Stevie ankle sateen jeans | size 30 – these run small I think
3.1 Phillip Lim large ryder satchel | the purple card event starts at Barney’s!! Earn $25 for every $250 spent
Rag & Bone Quinn sandals | true to size
After ten years blogging here at Grechen’s Closet, I thought it was time to focus on getting better outfit pictures. In the beginning, I cut my head off and took photos literally in my closet (ok..my closet was really a second bedroom, but it was still my “closet”), and now here I am – out in front. I never really saw the need for a fancy camera either, mostly because I wasn’t sure it would be worth the investment, or that I even wanted to learn how to use one, but now I see the light. My photography skillz still aren’t perfect by any means, and I’ll always have to take my photos myself with a remote and a tripod, but using a DSLR (and proper lens) for my outfit photos makes SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE I think. Don’t you?
I’ve written and thought a lot about this over the years: do you HAVE to have a DSLR to be a fashion blogger? Must your boyfriend follow you around all day to take your outfit pictures? There was a boyfriend lounge at the blogger conference I went to a few weeks ago, and there were a lot of boyfriends/husbands/business partners in attendance with DSLRs slung around their necks. Also, quite a few of the super-big bloggers have professional photographers take their photos. All of that is great, but I’ve never had that, nor wanted it, which is also fine. So, I’m not going to be able to get any really good action shots of my outfits, or super-artsy photos in random locations or in front of brick walls downtown, because that’s just not realistic for me. I take photos of WHAT I’M WEARING. So that means snapping a picture sometime during the day at a location that’s easiest for me. Which has worked well for me so far. I think. I guess you guys would tell me otherwise!! Or you’d stop reading!
I read some interesting criticism, then praise, for the photo of me in the Everlane trench buttoned-up recently. It wasn’t the best look overall, I’ll admit, but I wanted to show how it looked closed. Period. Several comments were that it looked bad, and one specifically compared me to another blogger whose pictures were much nicer, softer, and more interesting (and taken by someone else, not herself). Another commenter said she specifically liked my photos/blog because I don’t do the typical blogger poses and photos; I just show how things look in real life, in a simple way.
I’m never going to stray from that, but I am looking forward to using a better camera to take better photos. You won’t catch me looking down at my feet, pigeon-toed, pushing my hair back behind my ear, or staring off into space, thinking about something REALLY hard. (sorry, couldn’t resist those fashion blogger stereotypes!). But I hope you’ll bear with me as I feel this out. I’m having loads of fun, and am looking forward to making Grechen’s Closet EVEN better for the next ten years. Because…why not? I’m only 41…I have lots of time ahead of me to blog!
You also must have noticed my hair cut. It’s shorter than I wanted, but that just means that in about two weeks it will be THE PERFECT LENGTH. It will also mean that I’ll need to get it cut more frequently so it will keep it’s shape better if it turns out that I like it just above shoulder -length. Which I think I do; it’s a more flattering style on me I think. But most of you have been reading for a while, so you also know that I change my hair style almost as often as I change my clothes, so who knows if I’ll be able to stick with anything for very long.