Do you remember how old you were when you got your first real camera? Deb here- it was for my eleventh birthday, and I got a Kodak 110 Instamatic. Best. Present. Ever. I took that thing everywhere. I took pictures of the neighborhood kids, flowers, my feet. I had the vision, but the camera wasn't capable of what I was trying to elicit. When I got my first 35MM (a Yashica) I was in heaven. Lenses! A real flash! Settings! I was pretty excited.
I could spend entire weekends taking pictures. The seashore. Piers. Old houses. Friends. I shot for the yearbook. The school paper. All the while I was learning and growing. I acquired more sophisticated cameras and in the nineties I got my first digital! Mike got it for me and it was like gold. (You can see it there, on the left. Shout out to the shiny Olympus.) That opened a whole new world for us. No longer did we have to deal with messy darkrooms and the chemical smell (although I do still have a strange affection for it) or send film off for processing. Even with the advent of dropping off your film in the local Target or Wal-Mart, it still took too long and the color match was never quite right. Our first digital SLR was a Canon Rebel. I have so much love in my heart for that camera. We used it to document so many things in our lives. With digital images we were able to share photographs with friends and family near and far. Funny thing is, our current cellphones are actually better than that old Rebel, but I'm still nostalgic for it.
When we decided to make photography our business, we graduated to the wonderful Canon 5D. Mike did extensive research and we decided that the brand was worth the investment. That's what we're using today, and we stand behind the quality and dependability of the product. Hiring a photographer isn't just about having them show up-it matters if they are using quality equipment too.