Daily Archives: January 4, 2014

WIT :: photography and potential investments

Since I’m running out of beauty products to highlight, and since I’ve yet to think of an appropriate something to recommend as an alternative, and since I’ve actually got 114 – 114! When did that happen?! – of you following me so that’s 114 potential voices, I’m deviating from my Saturday HGB feature to solicit your advice on this:

How much should one invest in a hobby?

Because that’s what this blogging thing is for me – a hobby. I don’t make any money from it so it can’t be a job. I’m not exactly doling out mind-shattering style tips so it can’t be a service. I’m not changing anyone’s life here so it can’t be a calling.

So…hobby. Sounds so petty and insignificant. And therein lies the rub: I have a day job and a husband and two kids and a beast of a dog. I’ve already carved out time and energy away from my “real duties” for this hobby. How much money should I now put into it, if at all?

This question is borne of last week’s mini fiasco when the winds were miserable and I had to do my photo shoot indoors and my pictures ended up grainy and sub-par. I bet I’m being my own worst critic here, but you’ve gotta admit, a picture is worth a thousand words and I don’t know about you but there’s nothing that prevents me from following a blog more than shoddy pictures.

Again, though, this is a hobby. I don’t intend to monetize my little slice of the internet and I’m long past narcissistically obsessing over my daily visitor count. But I do want to be proud of what I put out. And I do want to make the reading experience enjoyable for you, my loyal readers. So I was thinking of purchasing this:

photobackdropwhich is retailing for anywhere between $20-40, depending on the height of the stand and the number of backgrounds included. Not too bad of an investment, although trying to hide the setup from the hubby will prove impossible and will result in drama, but that’s another concern for another day.

But then I thought: why stop there? If I was kosher with plunking down cash for the above, why not go whole hog with this:


which begins at around $89 on up. My IT guy at work and resident photography guru told me the only problem I had with my indoor shots was lighting, so why not get a kit that includes lighting specially designed for photography? Again, setup logistical nightmares notwithstanding, having this will allow me the flexibility of indoor shots and I won’t be at the mercy of Mother Nature anymore.

But it’s only a hobby.

And there have been many style bloggers I follow who I’m sure make do with what they’ve got and no one’s complaining. Am I just being too much of an OCD perfectionist? Should I just let it go? Are my current pictures sufficient? After all, even though I don’t have a $600+ camera or a photographer boyfriend or mad makeup/hair styling skills to make everything look oh so slick and professional, I have posted successfully for 315 days and counting and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

So over to you, my friends. What say you? How much should one invest in a hobby? Do I buy a photo kit? Do I save up for a bells and whistles camera instead? Or do I let sleeping dogs lie? Inquiring minds want to know…

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