New Camera, New Motivation

I’ve taken the plunge.  I bought a new camera—the Nikon D700.  It was expensive, and it was my first real “investment” into my business.  I didn’t have the money beforehand.  Before this I have ALWAYS paid for everything with cash.  It’s safer and more comfortable that way.  But I hit a point where my current camera was holding me back.  It was frustrating, and I wasn’t okay with that.  So I took a giant leap of faith (a $2,500 leap of faith).  Faith in me, my photography, my business, and my drive to make this work, and to be successful.  It took me MONTHS to find that confidence in myself.  To decide that this whole photography thing is really what I love and really what I want to do.  A couple weeks ago I finally decided to get the camera.  I tried to get a credit card in my name, and do you know how hard it is to get credit these days?  They approved me—for $500.  That was not going to work.  So I moved to Plan B, and took out a loan from my husband.

So here we go.  The camera is ordered and should be here Monday.  (MONDAY!)  I just bought a book that claims to teach me everything I need to know about my new camera.  I started reading it last night.  It’s a very fat book—wish me luck.  But I truly and genuinely want to know EVERYTHING.  I have renewed my motivation to delve into this thing with both feet.  I want to become some sort of guru (or maybe “expert” or “authority” would be a less overstated word) on the inner workings of my camera.  And not just the technical aspects of my camera, but the use of natural light, how to manipulate it, and how to embrace it to make really amazing images.  I want to study children and families, to find ways to bring out their natural beauty and true emotions.  So yeah, maybe “guru” is the right word.  That’s not too lofty of a goal, is it?

So here’s a picture of my soon-to-be baby, and the beginning of something beautiful.  (Too cheesy?)

But without the lens.  That’s extra.

And if anyone is wondering what to get me for my birthday next Thursday, here is a good idea:

How cool is that?  My soon-to-be camera is cool enough to be made into a cake!

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