For today’s post, I’m participating in my very first- but definitely not last- blog link up! The lovely ladies at Shop The B Bar asked the question:
‘What did you purchase in the past year that became invaluable to you? Something that makes you think ‘How did I live without this item!?'”
For starters, I’d just like to say that the gift of knowledge can be free- I used this past year to stock up on a lot of free blog-related information, tools and tips via my Professional Development Pinterest board and online resources (like The BBar!) to help me along the way. Also coffee- so much coffee. And I might be lying if I said wine wasn’t involved in some nights.
But moving on to my best purchases, I definitely think these items I bought not only helped me help my skills as a blogger, but as a photographer as well!
1.) My favorite purchase has been my Marble Pastry Block from Crate & Barrel. Not only has it completely elevated my food photography, it also gives my photos the level of chicness that I wanted to achieve. I also use this block for other types of photos as well, and Instagram updates. Definitely my favorite purchase.
2.) My most professional purchase has been my brand new Nikon Nikkor 24-120mm lens. For a while, I was only shooting with my 50mm lens, but soon realized I was going to need something with more scope, especially for a wedding I shot in 2014. This by far has been my most professional purchase because it has actually become my go-to lens when shooting for clients!! (My 50mm still has my heart though.) Honestly, I usually always buy used or refurbished lenses, but this time, I wanted a brand new professional lens to signify the start (or restart) of my photography and blogging journey.
3.) My Macbook Pro – So, it was my dream to have a an Apple desktop computer so I could set up my own in home office, so as a post-deployment present to myself, I bought one. Well, because I’ve been going back and forth from living in New York to house flipping in Iowa for weeks at a time, I needed a way to blog. Having my Macbook has helped me SO MUCH in the times that I’ve been traveling, and I love that it syncs directly to my desktop for the times that I am home.
4.) My most helpful purchase has been monthly subscriptions to Coschedule and Adobe. Coschedule is a great way to schedule out your blog and social media posts for the months! There are other free scheduling apps that I’ve tried but honestly I loved Coschdule the best. Every photographer needs a good editing system, so of course I have Adobe Photoshop. Adobe came out with a great way to have the newest versions of the program by getting a monthly subscription! And you can pick multiple programs- I’m debating getting InDesign also just to sharpen my layout and design skills.
And of course like I mentioned above, KNOWLEDGE and SELF REFLECTION can sometimes be free! There are so many great resources online for bloggers like you- take advantage of them! There are also e-books and online workshops as well. And don’t forget to peek around your neighborhood- you might find a photography class or a great book to help you with grammar and other skills.
Thank you for reading! DON’T forget to visit these other blogger babes and see their purchases!
THE PARTICIPANTS: The B Bar | Girl in Betsey | Glitter & Bow | Pretty Much | White Cabana | Healthfully Ever After | Boulevard House | Always Craving | Southern Charm & Prints | Perfect Enough For Us | Modish &Main | Alessandra Marie | Jenn Inspired | Luv in the Bubble | A Little Leopard | All the Pretty Stars | York Avenue | PR Blonde | Alyssa J. Freitas | A Loyal Love | Burlap & Lace | Brunch on Chestnut | Average Girl’s Guide | The Yuppie Files | Cassandra Monroe | Always Anita | PR Girl Diaries | Life Modifier | Business Betties | Cake & Lilies | Little Wild Heart | The Not Quite Adult | Annie Reeves | Rossetto | Lemon Stripes | Meg Biram | Victoria McGinley
What has been your best purchases this last year for you personally or professionally?