My husband and I had an argument over these shots. I think it might have been the first time we majorly disagreed on a set of photos.
As a designer I know that to really love a project I need to have control over what I’m doing. My favorite clients are the one’s that allow me a certain amount of creative freedom. If I’m designing something for myself or a loved one you can bet I want creative control. I don’t even like it when my family makes suggestions on what to cook for dinner! Knowing this I try very hard to let my husband do what he wants with the photos for this blog. Often I’ll pick out my favorite shots and maybe I’ll make some suggestions on retouching (yes, I’m vain.) but other than that I try to let Hugo have complete creative freedom. He picks the angles, camera equipment, and setting. I pick out my clothing for the photo shoot. Later, after we’ve chosen our favorites and he’s done whatever post-processing he desires, I put them up on the blog and write about them.
These photos were created much the same way as always, but my husband didn’t like them and didn’t want to use them. We took the shots on a Sunday afternoon spent with the family. Knowing I’d be walking around with the kids I wore sensible flats and comfortable clothing. I liked my outfit, but I rather agreed with my husband. We were focused on our children and the outing not on creating fabulous images for the blog, and that was the problem. The photos we took were OK, but not stellar. They do, however, represent my real life.
I have read too many snarky comments on various websites not to notice that many people think personal style blogs are nothing but smoke and mirrors. They believe fashion bloggers dress up for their photos and then take off their fancy clothes and put on sweatpants, or whatever it is we REALLY wear. I read dozens of personal style blogs, and I’m pretty sure most of us try to represent reality. As I wrote in Personal Style, Real Life and The Blog, I strive to create a balance between fun, fabulous fashion and real life style. Sometimes I do dress up for the blog because I like dressing up. It’s fun. And sometimes I’ll show you reality. Here it is.
- Leather vest purchased in on vacation in Dublin sometime in the late 1980’s
- Black t-shirt and denim skirt from the Gap
- Leopard hobo purse and watch from Target
- Flats by Sketchers
- Carved bracelet from Gilt
- Rubber bangle and large leather cuff found in small boutiques Melrose avenue
What do you think of personal style blogs? Should we represent reality or fantasy on our blogs? Is it OK to do both?