My favorite fall/winter trend of 2017 that will continue into 2018 was chenille sweaters. I’m not just saying that, I even mentioned it here! This post is LONG overdue, as I asked my Insta fam over a month ago if they wanted a round up of chenille sweaters and got a resounding “yes”. I thought I’d share very transparently why it took me so long and a funny story of how I figured it all out!
I was very honest in this post that photography is challenging for me and that one of my biggest regrets as a brand new blogger was not investing in a nice DSLR camera. The truth is I had no idea what to get. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I seriously could not take it anymore. I bit the bullet and purchased a Canon 6D with a 35 mm lens, which is what my photographer Madison used when we first started shooting together. I was ready to own the entire process of the blog from start to finish.
Let me backtrack and say that as a brand new blogger, paying for a photographer and learning from them was a key to success. They gave a lot of creative direction about poses, lighting, shooting locations, angles, and tips that I wouldn’t have been able to learn on my own. Not to mention the quality of photos is important when establishing your brand; in my opinion it shows companies and brands how serious you are about your blog. After a year and a half of blogging and photo shoots, I’ve learned enough about lighting and posing to take some ownership myself. My best blogger friend, Whitney of Whit’s Whims, and I started to buddy up on our shoots a few times a week to alleviate some of the financial burden of photography. The next hurdle was learning Lightroom.
I was in Austin when I purchased Adobe Creative Suite (which includes Photoshop and Lightroom). Adobe gave me an error that my computer did not meet the minimum system requirements to download the programs to my desktop. Even though I work for a huge tech company.. I’m still tech challenged HAHA! How am I supposed to know how to check all my system requirements and how to upgrade them?!
I tried to call Adobe support but after being on hold for over ten minutes and counting.. ain’t nobody got time for that! I remembered that my company has a specific office in Austin where all the developers work. So I drove my technologically challenged self over there, made a friend, and asked him to help me!! He figured it out in literally 4 minutes.. hahaha! Your network is your net worth, am I right?!?! Finally, I officially had all the tools at my disposal to take and edit my own photos.
I am BY NO MEANS an expert, and I am still teaching myself all the different capabilities that Adobe Creative Suite offers. Who knows, maybe in a year from now I’ll look back on these photos and laugh at how terrible they are. But for now I’m super proud of teaching this to myself so… *pats self on back*.
This post ended up being a lot more verbose than I intended, but I just wanted to give you a little backstory about why the photography has been scarce on DWTO lately. Now it will be back in full force!
Thanks for reading. Let me know which chenille sweaters were your favorite. You can shop them by scrolling through the widget above. If you click on your favorites it will take you directly to where you can shop them. A lot are on major sale for the holidays, including free shipping!!
P.S. Can you tell it was kinda windy in these photos?! Hence the stray hairs.. but at least the outfit is cute. 🙂 I’ll do a separate blog posts for chenille cardigans very soon. Stay tuned!