She’s not very soft, and I’m not sure she likes to cuddle. Breastfeeding is most definitely out of the question, but she’s quiet and already makes me proud.
My new DSLR arrived yesterday and I’m IN LOVE!!
Oh… you thought this was about the baby, didn’t you? Gosh, I’m so sorry to get your hopes up like that. No, *she’s* still hanging tight in my uterus for now. The midwife thinks it will be another couple of weeks. I can see how you would get confused. You’re not going to believe me when I really do announce the baby now, are you? Whoops. But she IS like a baby. I mean, she needs her own bag, and she doesn’t tell you what you’re doing wrong… you just have to, like, try to figure it out while simultaneously not losing your mind and shaking her because, apparently, it’s bad to shake cameras, too.
I have a couple weeks-ish to figure out how to use this thing well enough to take some half decent pictures of the new human baby when she does come. I’m not going to lie, I’m utterly overwhelmed. I don’t know what f stops are and apertures and exposure <<GREEK. TO. ME. I know I don’t want to spend all this money on a fancy camera only to ever shoot in auto, but I can’t even get past the 2nd page of the manual without wanting to cry out for a Cliffs Notes version.
She’s quite the hefty investment, and a combination late anniversary/ Christmas/ 2nd baby/ Valentines/ 30th birthday gift. I’m officially not getting anything nice for a long, long time, but I promised Scott I’d make up for the cost by learning how to take amazing pictures of our kids. The pressure’s on. I’m also looking at this as a “business expense” for the blog because, let’s be honest, this place isn’t all that aesthetically pleasing, and I’m hoping the new fancy pictures will look beautiful on the new fancy blog theme I’m planning to roll out soon.
I’ve only had her for a day, and haven’t had a chance to really play that much because, well, there is a lot going on around here… and the house is/was a disaster. I needed to de-clutter a bit and do some dishes. (Note- If you’re the type who tends to put off doing dishes until there are no clean glasses to drink from, don’t buy a mega pack of new drinking glasses on Black Friday, essentially multiplying your drinking glass collection by 5. This results is what I like to call a dirty dishes avalanche.)
Here are a few of the shots I did manage to get last night. Go easy on me! Remember, GREEK. It can only get better from here, right?
These were all taken on auto, I guess, but on the no-flash mode. I used my 50mm 1.4 lens. OH! And I’m sure some of you want to know what kind of camera it is. I wound up with the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, and am very, very happy so far. It even does HD video, but I think I need to master stills first before I delve into that.
Of course, now the addiction begins. Not only do I want a cute camera strap and a fun camera bag (though I’m really thinking of just modifying my old Petunia Pickle Bottom shoulder bag to make it work), but I want to sign up for classes and forums and I won’t even LET myself look at anymore lenses because, well, SLIPPERY SLOPE. Hear that? That’s the sound of me hemorrhaging money and time. Yeah, both of which I really don’t have and certainly will be tapped dry after this baby comes.
Soooooo…. wish me luck! I have a feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful, awkward, strained, trying, expensive relationship.
Kendall is 2.5 and suddenly has a small interest in standing still for 2 seconds while saying “cheese!” and I’m 38 weeks pregnant.