As I mentioned in last week's post, I don't use an expensive camera. I used to, pre-digital days, but since having kids, I've found it easier, and more successful, to stick with something portable (pocket-sized), affordable (if it gets lost or broken, you won't cry) and easy (so that your husband who isn't a fan of taking pictures will stand-in as your pregnancy photographer every Monday. ED: I know I'm late with my update. See: tomorrow morning).
My camera costs less than two-hundred dollars, which means you can purchase a MacBook (mine actually CAME from Best Buy because the Apple Store at The Grove gives me anxiety) for price of a Canon Rebel SLR (& lens) and learn to doctor photos yourself via iphoto (which comes free with your Mac). This is always my advice to friends in the market for family friendly camera equipment. Even if you are in the market for something with professional quality, you'll absolutely want to keep your portable point-and-shoot around.
Hal & Archer, Newark airport
Don't get me wrong, someday I will gladly drop a million dollars (Ha!) on incredible camera equipment. I fantasize about this daily - specifically being able to create my own stop-motion montages, short films with whimsical soundtracks, home movies that look like... movies. I'd love to someday take shots where the hazel in Archer's eyes is palpable and Fable's smile sparkles with rainbows.
Warwick, NY (this photo taken in the park Hal grew up playing in)
Fable, downtown (one of my very favorite photos of her)
But for now, I love this camera of mine. I love that its non-assuming, comfortable to hold. I love that I get to be a spy in my little world, sneaking behind bushes, catching quiet moments of my children playing through the trees. I love that a picture that isn't amazing "before" can become magical in its afterlife:
I used to be embarrassed showing up with fellow bloggers, friends, even family with their gorgeous cameras and matching camera bags, their drool-worthy lenses... But just like one learns to appreciate what she has, I've found myself a changed woman.
One doesn't need a fancy camera to be taken seriously as a photographer. Beauty is subjective, anyway.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's camera. Instead? Love the camera you have! Or better yet, love its subjects. They're after all, what makes an image beautiful.
Archer's Olympus T-100 c/o his (after) school photography class