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  • Hello my pretty!

    A few years ago some friends asked if I would take their wedding photos.  “Sure, why not.”  Wow!  Can I just say it turned out to be a LOT of work both day of and after.  Don’t get me wrong it was a wonderful learning experience and I’m happy to say I’ve shot a wedding.  Since that time I haven’t done many photo shoots.  Just a few here and there for friends.  I think I am definitely my own worst critic.

    Anyway, a few months ago the little sister of the wedding I shot asked if I would photograph her wedding in September.  She asked for a dollar amount and said she would pay! AHHHHH!!!  I said yes, hesitantly.  Since then my dad “said” he was going to start a photography business in the area.  I spent several weeks getting a website ready as well as a facebook page.  He did one special for a free photo shoot.  Well he only ended up with two people participating, both of which were friends, so somehow my services got included.  Since then we’ve done 2 separate shoots.  Both of which confirmed, I need a new camera!  {There is a strong WANT factor too but I feel like a new camera would up my game.}

    Okay, well to be completely honest, I didn’t really know I wanted/needed a new camera until a few weeks ago.  Matt’s parents were in town and during our all day shopping affair we stopped by Best Buy.  I started fiddling with the new Nikons and well, fell in love!  The new D7000 is AMAZING!  So quiet for one.  Has 2 memory card slots.  Two programmable presets. AND a self cleaning sensor!  {The bane of my current existence with my camera}  And that’s just a few of the awesome features my current D50 doesn’t have.  In. Love!

    I’m not saying my D50 isn’t a good camera but when it came out it was the base model.  The D7000 is the top model before you start getting into the actual pro cameras.  Needless to say this bad boy comes with a pretty bad boy price too.  I’ve been researching and found the refurbed D7000s are priced pretty well, and quiet frankly, less than my 18-200 mm lens I bought last year.  Now my biggest hurdle is Matt.  I need him to give me the go ahead.  I couldn’t get it last month because we had vacation, we had to replace the water heater and we had to start paying for our football tickets.  I plan the use the money I make from the wedding to actual pay for the camera but I need the camera before I get the money.  Honestly it’s not a big deal and I hope to have it in the next few weeks.  I’m just being dramatic!

    I didn’t take a lot of time to learn all the ins and outs of my current camera so I want to have enough time to really get to know my new camera.  I’ve already read a ton of reviews and found youtube videos with tutorials and such.  So until I have it in my hands I will continue to lust over this beaut.











  • Craptastic, yes it’s a real word!

    Today has pretty much been a craptastic day!  {Aside from my new lens arriving}  I literally got back from lunch, opened my lens, put it on my camera and put it back in the bag.  I was so busy this afternoon nothing got done.  We’ve had a ton of expedites lately and they are driving me insane.  I am literally ready to kick someone in the freaking head!  GRRR!

    Now that I am home I am playing with my new lens while trying to learn more about my camera.  {Watch out}  I broke out the camera book Matt bought me last year.  I’ve decided that since I finally have an awesome lens it’s time to start learning what I can really do.  So I’m sitting here on the couch going through the book taking random pics with my new awesome lens.  {By the way, I feel this post is slipping away quickly.  I have no focus, not even for blogging right now}  I have also been somewhat inspired by a new blog I found. Paper camera heart is a pretty cool blog.  I haven’t read too much yet, I only found it a few days ago, but so far I am enjoying it.

    Okay this post is all over the place.  I’m going go back to reading.


  • Yes I’m a big slacker!

    Yes I am aware.  I completely spaced on Foto Friday but in my defense it was really too hot to take any pics.  It has been too hot to move really.  🙂

    Anyway, be prepared to be bombarded with pics over the next few weeks.  Last week Matt decided to order the new Macbook Air.  Well if he gets a new laptop then *I* get a new camera lens (and yes this is completely a tit for tat situation).  But guys this is not just any camera lens.  This is THE ONE!  The 18-200mm I’ve been lusting over for about 2 years now.  It is not a cheap lens hence the lusting part.  Thankfully we’ve had a really good month so these two purchases aren’t too bad on the pocketbook.  This lens will also complete my camera bag for a while.  I will now have 3 very good lenses all for different things.  I am soooo excited I am finally getting this.

    I have dreams of stopping randomly on the road to take pics.  Now this probably won’t really happen, at least not if I’m alone but I will definitely be inclined to carry my camera more.  Plus we are going back to the beach this weekend and I will have my new lens.  I am really looking forward to being able to capture a wider range of images.

    And on somewhat related side note, I found some really good editing software.  It’s actually really cheap so now I’m trying to decide if I want to purchase this too.  It would really enhance portraits.  Hmmm. 😉