Why I Wear Sunglasses In My Blog Photos
I Wear Them All The Time
It is obvious that I wear sunglasses in pretty much almost all of my outfit photos. I get asked frequently why I wear sunglasses. It is crazy because if you look way back (and if you have been following me that long, thank you so so so much!!!) I rarely wore sunglasses. The past couple years is when I picked up this habit of wearing them. So finally I am revealing why I wear sunglasses on the blog.
Why I Wear Sunglasses In My Photos
I just love sunglasses. I think they are the best accessory ever! They help create the outfit or help put the outfit together.
Makes taking photos easier. Time is precious and we can’t spend hours doing outfit photos, especially in the city. There’s constant foot traffic and waiting for that perfect time when no one is walking is nearly impossible. Wearing sunglasses helps make taking the photos more efficient. Why? Whenever there’s an opportunity to take a good shot, we don’t have to worry about how my face/eyes look. The sunglasses mask that and therefore, less photos to take. We usually try to keep it at 15 mins a photo shoot.
Became a habit. It became a habit to wear sunglasses in my photos a couple years ago after I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes from chemo. I blogged during chemo and there were times when it was just hard to put on fake eyelashes and/or draw on eyebrows. It either took me too long to do, or I messed up and didn’t want to devote more time on it. By wearing the sunglasses, I didn’t have to worry about my eyelashes or eyebrows. And now, I feel naked if I don’t wear sunglasses.
Removing That Shield
Because I have made it a habit to wear sunglasses since chemo, I now feel very insecure without them. I still think I look like my chemo-self when I don’t wear them in my blog photos. I still see the girl that lost her eyebrows and eyelashes. I believe I still see it that way because my eyebrows and eyelashes did not grow back to the way they were before cancer. I’m learning to accept this. There are things in life we can’t control and I am proud of who I am and I shouldn’t shield my face away from you all.
I’m trying to not rely on my sunglasses so often to get that ‘perfect shot’. Hence, why on my birthday post I made an effort to not wear them. And to my surprise, I loved those photos. Even now, they are my favorite! So I guess it’s not too bad, and I will try to not do as many photos with sunglasses.
I will admit though, it is hard not to wear them during the summer. I’m constantly squinting, but I will try to find an opportunity!
I totally did not expect this post to be as long as it is, but typing it out has helped me realize I shouldn’t rely on objects to make me feel ‘good’ about myself.
By the way, these photos were taken on one of my favorite streets in Barcelona. It is called Las Ramblas and the walk is so enjoyable and the restaurants are everywhere. Most of the restaurants have outdoor seating in the median of the street and it was just a very happy environment. It is also a block away from shopping!