I finally did it....

I broke down and finally bought a DSLR! Im so excited to figure out how all the features work. If your wondering which one I bought, take a look:
Its the Nikon D3100 in an exclusive red color! It was actually on sale this week at Best Buy and I've been wanting a camera that takes good pics for the longest time, like FOREVER! Yes, I know its not the most advanced camera Nikon has to offer. And to tell you the honest truth, hubs wouldnt even let me consider any other brand besides Nikon, so I didnt even bother to look at any other brands. I do still have this doubt in my mind that I should go back and return it to get the D5100. The #1 reason Im thinking this is because of the screen on the back.

See the D5100 has the ability to open the screen and flip it so that it doesnt get scratched. And so that if the camera is at a different angle you can rotate the screen to see. However, it also comes with a price tag thats $250 more than the one I bought. And I cant help loving the fact that my camera, the D3100, is red! My favorite color isnt even red, but I love color. And this camera was the only one that came in a color. Plus the features that I may be missing out on, are probably features I wont understand how to use yet as an amateur. And I figure by the time I do want to use those features I will probably want a new camera anyways.

The second reason I decided Sunday night that I would go buy this camera on my lunch break on Monday (yes, I may be a procrastinator, but when I want something, I dont waste any time lol) is because for Thanksgiving my entire family is going on a week cruise! (more to come on that later) And I want to be able to take good photos. Since I do still have my Olympus Stylus Tough digital camera, which is waterproof and shockproof, I plan on only using the Nikon while we are on the cruise ship. I refuse to accidentally loose or drop the Nikon, and figured it best to use my trusty Olympus to take photos while out on excursions and such (oh I can wait to go back to Dunns River Falls!!!!! yay!)

And my last reason, but surely not least, reason for buying the camera is because once we finally get pregnant I want to make sure I can capture every moment of my pregnancy with a camera that takes good quality photos. Im even thinking about dedicating any entire board to maternity photo ides on pinterest. Thank god I follow alot of bloggy friends that also are photographers and they pin just awesome maternity shots (by the way thanks ladies for taking half the work away from me!)

So, since I got this camera on Monday, I have been practicing taking pics of everything and anything the past few days. Specifically my family. Let me know what you think.


And yes, the majority of the photos contain my niece as the focal point. She was the only willing model during my practice at my nephews baseball game ;)

p.s. if any of you have any tips for new photographers or opinions about my choice of camera please leave a comment! I would love to hear what you have to say!


  1. Beautiful pictures and I'm very jealous about your new camera. I've been stalking prices on Nikon for awhile and I want one so bad! I hope you enjoy yours!

  2. I have a Nikon D3100 {after abandoning my larger DSLR post-baby} and I really love it. I never shoot in live view {only through the viewfinder} so I personally didn't think the D5100 was worth the extra $$. I really think you'll love it. Look into 35mm and 50mm lens, they are amazing portrait lenses! :)


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