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what camera should I buy?

Are you looking to buy a new digital camera? Or do you already have your digital camera and you need to buy a new lens for it? I get a lot of questions as to which camera or lenses I would recommend. So…since I’m here to help you all out I have created a couple of pages for you to use as resources.  :)

The first page is full of the camera equipment that I would recommend for YOU. You being the mom who wants to take fabulous pictures of their family, may or may not have lots of money to spend on camera equipment, but either way really doesn’t need the top of the top of the line professional gear. You just need something great to take great, creative pictures on manual (or auto now and then while you’re learning). Right?  :)  Well, this this page is for you (hobbyist, mom, dad, person who loves photography)! Check it out. And yes, all of my recommendations are all Canon gear. My reason for that is…Canon is what I use and love and so that’s what I know best and can best recommend. :)

So check out the equipment link on the top bar of this blog or click on the hobbyist page here.

And if you’re intending on pursuing photography at a higher level, either making a profession of it, or you’re just a really intense person who likes to do everything the best ever then you may want some of the professional grade camera equipment. I have the equipment that I personally own and use on my camera bag page. Though there is much more in the way of professional equipment this may be a start for you to see what I prefer to use.

my camera bag

Ahhh my camera bag….

What’s in it? What equipment do I prefer to use? I’ve been asked this quite a bit lately. I’ve also been asked a lot of “what do you recommend that I buy in this area or that area?” So, I’m doing some work to answer your questions on these goodies and my goal is to make it SUPER easy for you to find some fabulous camera equipment that fits your particular needs and kind of fits your budget. I say kind of fits your budget because really, come on, camera equipment isn’t real cheap. Good camera equipment costs some moolah. BUT…how can you resist? Amazing memories of the people you love in your life? Totally worth it. Right?  :)

First, for this blog post, I’m focusing on what’s in my camera bag. Of course that’s the easiest for me to answer since it’s right there and since I love it all and I chose it all. So here it is.

My camera bodies. Love them. Not as much as my family or my friends…but on certain days they can make me quite happy. I’m a Canon girl. All my gear is Canon. It’s just great stuff. Period. So my camera bodies are Canon’s 5D Mark II. They’re really good at having clean high ISO capabilities. They’re fast. They’ve got great color. They’re fabulous!

My second favorite item would have to be Canon’s 50mm 1.2L Lens. I use it all the time for the kind of photography I do. It’s great paired with my full frame camera. I love the color, the 1.2 amazing bokeh (though I hardly am shooting open quite that wide), the sharpness. Fantastic high quality glass! Love it. It’s a prime lens so of course my feet are my zoom as it’s at a fixed distance.

All of the rest of the details of my camera bag are written out to help you on my new equipment page! Click on over! I’d love to show you my new page. I wrote so much more all about my other lenses and accessories:

My 85mm 1.2, my 35mm 1.4, flashes, camera bags, memory cards…oh my!! :)

picky sticky

Any of you mamas out there have a little one that you try to take a monthly picture of? I thought this idea was so adorable and super simple. These are stickers that you put on your little one’s onesie or shirt each month. That way you can photograph them and their changes without a big clothing expense. Such a cute idea. They also have belly stickers that you stick on your pregnant bare belly or over your shirt and document the size of that belly as it grows. Again, so cute! They’re from a little business called Picky Sticky that I found online. Super fun! Just wanted to share… Have fun!

This picture below is off of Picky Sticky’s website…

the LCD screen on my camera

Ok, so I’m careful and a bit particular. I’ll admit it. Especially with my pricey professional equipment. So I have a cover on the LCD screen of both of my camera bodies. The cover protects the screens from scratches and whatever could happen so that they don’t get damaged. Well, I’m glad that I have it. Check out my little screen protector now. Huh? Right? Good thing I had a $30 protector on there, right? Here’s a pic taken with my iphone of the damage that happened at some point during my wedding this past Friday. Hmmm…. so I guess I’m off to buy another $30 screen cover/protector. I’m grateful that’s all I’m buying in order to fix my problem. Tip to all y’all out there…. protect those LCD screens. Here’s the LCD screen protector that fits my camera on Amazon. Make sure you get the one that fits your particular camera though.