I like to hear good news last, it always makes the bad news seem not so bad. Agreed?
Okay, so the bad news is...
My camera has a cataract in it's lense. lol. It actually sounds pretty funny once I type it out and not much like bad news... but in all reality it definitely IS bad news... Check it out:
Let me tell you how MAD I was when I noticed that half of my current photos had this lovely little black mark through them. Grrrrr. So I took my camera apart (the most I could) and cleaned everything like good ol' youtube told me to.
It didn't work :(
So I put it aside for a day. Went back the next day and guess who's camera now didn't turn on at ALL?.
Let me preface this by saying that my camera had been acting up for some time now. Giving me error messages, not focusing like it should, battery dying faster, and the flash not popping up like normal. So needless to say, I had quite the freak-out session. I even called Cason at work (poor guy) and did a little crying....yes, about my broken, cataract infected camera. lol
I hate to admit this, for the sake of sounding a bit dramatic and crazy, but my camera is like my left arm! It's a HUGE extension of me, and I use it daily!
Well, come to find out, after we took it to the "camera doctor" ... my baby was on it's last leg. You should have seen the look on the guys face when I told him my normal download of pictures each day is about 300-400 on average. ha!
My camera has been SO good to me throughout the last 6 years, and with the way that I use and abuse cameras, it was definitely time to retire the old one and purchase the "newer model".
So I want to welcome our newest addition to the family!...
The Canon Rebel T3i!
I knew that I wanted to stick with a Canon brand camera, because I already know the in's and out's and it was important that I have a smooth transition from one camera to the next. (yes, it seems silly, but to me it was important) SO when my brother told me that he spotted one on newegg.com for only $850.00, plus I could finance it for 12 months no interest... I was sold!
Can I tell you that I got this baby in the mail a few days ago and about started to CRY because of it's amazingness-ness!?!? (yup, it's a word)
There are SO many new features for me to play with, that I don't even know where to start!
It takes video, has digital live view, and... are you ready for one of the BEST parts? IT HAS A SWIVEL SCREEN!!! Great for recording video posts, setting up family pictures that you have to take yourself, or getting the perfect one handed trademark,
"House of Smiths photo-booth shot!" haha!
I am seriously blown away by the quality of photos that this camera puts out, compared to my last one. Not that my other camera was bad, by any means... it's just that technology has come a long way in 6 years!
In fact, the first photos that I took with my favorite new toy were the head shots of little Miss Aubrielle and her cute Vintage Rose Wrap! I'm tellin' ya, this girl has the patience of a FLY, and was wiggling all around. This camera made it SUPER simple to capture great, clear pictures the FIRST time! And the only editing I did was to add a little sparkle to her eyes. I didn't have to play with lighting or ANYTHING, because the camera settings that I had at the time, did it all for me! (big thanks to Emilie for teaching me those!) HUGE time saver!
I HIGHLY recommend this camera to newbies OR advanced photographers. Especially if you are looking to take your photos or blog to the next level.
Okay, so no girl can get a new camera and NOT have a great new bag to carry it in too, right? :)
So my favorite camera bag gal, April from Jototes sent me this adorable new bag design from her shop to try out!
It's called the Betsy, and it's gorgeous, functional and has TONS of storage space without getting all bulky on me. My favorite part, besides the fact that it's this fantastically trendy yet classy mustard yellow color, is the outer zipper compartments. One on the backside, and one in the flap! Perfect for papers, your calender and other important things that you don't want to dig through your bag to get to.
Ooo, and there's also two easily accessible outer pockets for the good ol' cell phone. LOVE THAT!
So armed with my new "toys" I'm ready for this long weekend!
We're heading out with family to enjoy the last few rays of sunshine and warmth of the Summer, before the fall and winter months takeover, here in Utah.
Oh, and before I forget...
Looking for some inspiration when figuring out how to decorate with your favorite family portraits?
Look no further! Kristen, from Kristen Duke photography has pulled together a bunch of fabulous bloggers, and asked them to share some of their favorite photo displaying and decorating tips! I'm honored to "kick off" this fun series today on Kristen's blog.
So head on over and check out how I have tried to bring some "personal-personality", through photos... into our space!
And remember to check back each day this month, for ideas from other fabulous bloggers that are all lined up :)