Dec 16, 2010

A pep in my step with a camera in hand

Oh. Oh. Oh. I'm so excited I'm not sure how to begin this post. Maybe I'll start with a couple pictures. I posted these before, but I'm pretty proud of them.
Notice anything about them - like the focus...or quality? Maybe it's because they were taken with my new camera! You all know I love fancy cameras, and I've been wanting one for a really long time (we're talking more than a year), but it always came down to not being able to afford it.

The mister and I can't justify hundreds of dollars on a camera - not when we're still trying to get back on our feet after the whole unemployment struggle, not when we're trying to move to a bigger place, or pay off debt, or eventually starting a family. We just can't, no matter how much I want one.

However, about a month ago a couple people who are very near and dear to us mentioned they were looking to selling their camera. A fabulous, fancy, (Canon EOS!) camera that they were selling for an amazing price. The mister and I talked, budgeted, and when I told him I felt bad about spending money (as I normally do because I want to throw everything at savings or debt), he looked at me and said, "Babe, it's just money. We've saved and budgeted, and this is too good of a deal to pass up. You know we'll use the crap out of it." (Sorry, give me a moment to swoon again over my incredible husband).

I've been using it almost daily since then and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it. Once, I took a picture, looked at it on the display screen, and then whispered to Ben, "this camera is so badass!" I love playing around with the different settings, and while we only have a basic lens on it for now, I also can't wait to expand what I learn about photography as we get others.

I'm also lumping this into a lot of things so we don't spend more money - for instance, I told Ben this was my Christmas and Valentine's Day gift, and I'm also counting it as my reward for accomplishing my four simple goals. (Ben's trying to break me of the habit of making money my weird issue, so every day for a week after we bought the camera he told me I wasn't allowed to feel guilty).

I'm so excited to have this camera - and I can't wait to get more into photography as I learn. Any tips from other budding (or professional!) photographers out there? Do you ever feel guilty for a big purchase - even if you budgeted for it?


Diana Mieczan said...

That is fantastic:) So happy that you got the camera and the photos look fantastic:) Well done, sweetie
Happy Thursday

Gracie said...

That is exciting! Merry Christmas early!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh fun! This is the gift that keeps on giving as you will get so much use out of it! That's fantastic!

I felt a little bit guilty when I booked my Paris trip... it felt frivolous and over the top but then I reminded myself how hard I work and that life is to be enjoyed! And I have plenty of money in savings to cover the trip so I made myself stop feeling guilty. Don't feel guilty about this purchase - you deserve it!

Nora said...

I love the photos! Definitely do not feel guilty; I sometimes go the other direction and splurge and don't feel guilty when perhaps I should!? I'm a planner and budgeter too so if I have a little extra I may spoil myself. I save hard and work hard so treating myself from time to time is more than ok!

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

I'm obviously an amateur :)

But I love me my fancy camera too (not THAT fancy--but fancy enough)--I'm guessing Jess is the one to ask for tips.

I mean, I HAVE tips..but compared to her mine might look a little silly ;)

Steve D. said...

Glad you're enjoying it! Photography is a great hobby and is a skill that will always be useful over a lifetime.

If I had to choose one tip to give you it would be to read up on "the triangle" (ISO, Aperture, & Shutter Speed). Knowing how one of those will affect the others is very important.

Mandy said...

I am so glad that you bought a badass camera! You deserve it love. Don't feel guilty. I dont really splurge on big purchases often but when I do, I just enjoy them. Take a deep breath and just have fun with the camera.

Amber said...

Aww I'm so glad you got the camera - you SO DESERVE IT!! And a DSLR camera will change your life, seriously. I LOVE mine and it's also made me love photography so much more!

Alison Kinsey said...

i'm so happy for you Becky!!! i think a purchase like that is well worth the investment. not only for blogging - but just think, when you go on a vacation again, OR start a family, you'll have a camera there to take beautiful pictures along the way.

Lisa said...

Sooooo awesome!!! Having a digital SLR is so much fun! I just got mine about a year ago and I adore it. I felt guilty about getting it at first...but! I saved up for it, I pined for it, I never blow money like that. It was a gift to myself. Yayyy! Have so much fun learning. I have a great list of books I'll have to send you which I've found to be awesome for learning photography on my own! <3

Stevie said...

YAY!!! I can't wait to see more pictures :-)

Vanessa said...

Hooray! Congrats on the new camera :D.

I'm trying to break myself of the spending guilt. I'm budgeting/saving for a piano right now, and every day I have to remind myself that when the money is there it will be ok to spend it.

Stephany said...

Oh, so much congrats on the new camera! That's so exciting!! I desperately want a DSLR, but they're just way too expensive for me right now.

Sometimes, I feel guilty, especially with big purchases. But I also know I deserve to have nice things because I work hard for it! :)

Jess said...

OOH YAY! So happy for you! Your hubs is stellar. You can tell him I said that. Or, maybe not, because then when I see him SUnday he'll be all big-headed.

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