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If you follow me on facebook, then you know that I’ve had a very serious dilema…To stay with Canon…or switch to Nikon.


(Insert general commentary on what you think is the best brand blah blah blah!)



Well, after months of debating, seeking out others advice, and trying out both options, (The Canon 5d mark ii or the Nikon d700) I have finally bought a new camera. She arrived today and I did my little happy dance in my office!



So without further adue please welcome my new baby to the family!

Yes, I am sticking with my ever faithful Canon! There are several large factors that went into my decision. Here they are in no particular order:

1) Finances. Upgrading was going to cost me no matter what, but it would have cost me a great deal more to switch things over to Nikon.

2) My wrists: I’ve had wrist issues in the past with my 5d. Pile my 70-200 + my gip + my flash on there and you’ve got a hefty piece of equipment! The 5d ii is lighter than both the original 5d and the d700

3) Education: I’m already familiar with the Canon system. Switching over to Nikon would have somewhat of a learning curve since their controls are almost backwards from Canons. In the future I may take it on, but in my first year of a solo business I have A LOT of education on my plate.

4) Video: The d700 does not include the awesome video feature that the mark ii has. Granted I wont use it often, but it’s a nice thing to play with! This was more of a perk than a deciding factor.

So there you have it. Criticize me if you’d like, but I’ve made my choice and I’m 100% positive that this is the perfect fit. I’m sure some of you Nikon lovers are disappointed, but don’t count my conversion out. It may still happen…you never know!

New addition to the family! : Real Life: Syracuse, NY Wedding, Engagement, & Lifestyle Photography


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Last week I mentioned I was sick, well that was nothing compared to this past Friday. It was awful…kinda like Mondays normally are. This Monday I’m celebrating because I finally feel like a normal human being! So I made myself some chicken Alfredo and hunkered down for a quiet Monday evening with my good friend Hulu.

There are a few big things happening around the world today and this week.

Let’s start with International Women’s Day, that’s right we get a whole day ALL around the world! Amazing! I found this great article about remembering Afghan Women. Please take the time to read it!

The second I am disappointed I’m not part of is WPPI. The largest wedding and portrait conference in the US is taking place right now in Vegas. A lot of talented photogs are there living it up. I will have to live vicariously through their wonderful images. We know what I’m saving up for next year!

Last week was full of accomplishments here at home.

I managed to set up for the gallery show that will be available all month at the Vineyard Church near the fairgrounds. It took about 6 hours and a lot of paper cuts and grumbling, but it’s up. Next time this happens, remind me to do just a few large images, then this wont be an issue. 😛

I also managed, in my sickipoo state, to surprise my roommate and good friend Donna for her birthday! She had a small event that she was singing at and I gathered most of her closest friends and co-workers there with balloons, flowers, and gifts and then she serenaded us all with her “Goddess like” voice.

While I couldn’t do anything other than push a button on my computer I decied to look up some tasty tidbits for today’s blog. Here, have some YUM in your life!

I LOVE popcorn and I ran out the other week, I need to by more and I’m soooo tempted to get bags like this so I can decoupage them to popcorn bowls. Aren’t they great?! Oh Etsy, you literally have EVERYTHING!

Who doesn’t need a 70-200 f/2.8 Thermos? Canon handed these suckers out at the Olympics. Apparently they’re not going to be put up for sale anytime soon. I think we should petition Canon to get these suckers out on the market! They’d sell like hotcakes!…or coffee….I’d love on one for sho!

Hair goodies taste like lollipops and cupcakes! Ok, maybe not, but they make me so happy when I see my brides and their bridesmaids wearing unique hair accessories. I get all warm and fuzzy inside!

Donna and I will be moving again in June. We’ll be back to an apartment complex rather than our beautiful house apartment. I’ll miss the fun decorating but I wont miss the work. I do long for my own home where I can make the kitchen a giant blackboard and write funny stuff on it. *Sigh* it’ll happen one day!

Lastly, I leave you with this cute lil’ poem. When I have kids this is going in their room(s)!

Marvelous Monday : The Sickipoo Edition…Part Deux


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Normally I would save this type of thing till my next “Marvelous Monday” post but I’m too giddy to wait!

I had a superfantasticalistic (best new word ever!) day yesterday! But I have to tell you what happend last week first.

Last week was one of those “Murphy’s Law” weeks. Everything that could go wrong, did. Friday came along and I was so relieved because it looked like Murphy had finally left my vicinity. Then Saturday happened.

I was in the middle of an awesome photoshoot when “Click” something in my view finder didn’t look right. A shot of fear ran through me. Something was wrong with my camera. Every photogs worst nightmare! I took off the lens and low and behold there was the mirror off the track and broken. Not to mention that my second camera had broken a week or two before. I was stuck.

Thankfully my client was more than understanding and I had gotten enough shots to make her happy for the time being. I will be making it up to here ASAP!

This whole situation led to a serious week of prayer and the weighing of my options. I had several other bills and impending payments that I needed to make and I was unhappy that I had to add fixing 2 cameras to the list let alone being cameraless for who knew how long.

I contacted Canon and found out that this is a rare thing that happens from time to time and that they’d fix it for free! Hallelujah! This still didn’t resolve the time factor of being cameraless for a month or so. I prayed, debated, researched, and chatted with several wise people. When it came down to it, I needed to buy a new camera.

So I did!

She came yesterday from B&H and I could not be happier! The Canon 7d is a beautiful piece of equipment and I can’t wait to test her out thoroughly. I am definitely in love!

Happy early Valentines Day!

Oh Happy Day! : Real Life