well hello there beautiful <3

In record timing, my camera arrived at my doorstep (well at my building step). I ordered it Sunday night and it was at my place mid-day Wednesday. I knew when it was arriving, so I came into work at 7:30am (I start at 9am) to ensure I could get off early at 4:00pm to pick up the packages from our package lady before she closed. Without fail, I was sucked into work and couldn’t leave until 5pm. Got home and my hubby had gotten it for me. Of course, I had tons of work to do last night so I ended up working for 3 hours straight before even touching the box.

Once I did open it, oh boy was it fun!!! I carefully took it out and did the typical Jenna and inspected every inch :). I was finally able to see the weight of the camera without crazy heavy lenses attached or the security bars attached. It fits in my hand like a glove, a beautiful glorious expensive glove. Oh how I love it!!

I did some basic set up, then cracked open my lens! Started taking the pictures and was utterly suprised at how amazing it is. Trust me, I shot this TONSSSSSSSSS before buying but there’s only so many things to shoot in the store. I took tons of pictures of Jake as he watched basketball. I planned to load them last night… however it required me downloading the software to my computer and I just didn’t have the desire to do that. It takes beautiful pictures. The bokeh is pretty :) Just holding it reinforces that I made the right choice!

I can’t wait to play more tonight! I am meeting some friends for drinks, but plan to pull an all-nighter … of fun :) I need to work on buying my camera bag because I don’t want to take this outside ANYWHERE without a bag.

I brought the manual book with me today to work. Yes, I read tons on my break trying to teach myself as much as possible about the functionality of the camera. I’m very familiar with it, but there are a few things that I’m not 100% sure how to use.

Now comes time to practice! I hope to go home soon to shoot my niece, nephews, etc. I’ve had quite a few friends offer up themselves and/or their family in an effort to build my portfolio – can’t wait!

I’m also in negotiations with the person that owns the domain I want. Here’s hoping I get it!! So excited.

Until next time
<3 jenna

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bought my camera!!… finally

After months of research and comparison… and reading blog after blog…. and review after review… and going into store after store to test them out for hours on end…

I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally ordered my dSLR camera!!!!

Literally HOURS upon HOURS went into this decision. I first posted back in September HERE trying to determine which brand to go with. I was completely torn because the two main cameras I was looking at were each considered the best of their brand. What one camera would have the advantage in… so too would the other brand have a different advantage. My decision came down to how it felt and using psychology tips from my husband. As corny as it sounds, he had me close my eyes and picture myself out on a beautiful day getting ready to shoot a kids session. Then reaching into my bag to grab out my camera, what was the one I saw? Yea it didn’t work perfectly because I saw both cameras in there :) BUT it totally helped. I had to keep visualizing which would be the best for me.

The winner??

That’s right, I decided to go Canon. I can’t begin to describe how tough it was to decide. I had been researching the Nikon for 6+ months and can literally tell you every single geeked out piece of info you could ever want. Because of the time I spent looking at it, it was really hard to be convinced otherwise to move to a different camera (especially one more expensive). What it came down to was how it felt. The Canon is a professional camera and feels that way. The Nikon was more of a semi-pro level and you could feel it. The ergonomics of the Canon just seem a bit better. The other bit that helped me decide is looking long-term. Transferring family systems isn’t easy or cheap. If you start with Nikon, you invest a lot into that family with the body and all the glass. If you go to switch to Canon later on, you can’t reuse your glass so you end up losing money on it all. Although I think Nikon has some amazing cameras, Canon is just a bit more impressive especially when it comes to their full-frame cameras. Lastly, due to the flooding in Thailand… the Nikon I was looking at wouldn’t be available in ANY location until late March. Booo.

My camera will arrive this Wednesday – YES 2 DAYS AWAY!!! I canNOT wait. I’ll let you know how it is after I get a chance to really play with it in my home setting and NOT in a store. Pretty sure Best Buy and Ritz are going to miss my frequent stops every night :)

Happy day :)

Until next time
<3 jenna

new artist on my itunes playlist

I used to be really into pop, r&b, hip-hop, and anything that’s hot right now. While I still enjoy these, I’ve found myself being drawn to underground artists, artists that haven’t hit their spotlight yet. I found this great girl who just released her album – Emily West. Her music is slow-ish and definitely different. Take a listen on iTunes!

Until next time
<3 jenna

i confess

I think I have a problem. I think I may need help.

I’m insanely and overly obsessed with photography. I think some may call me addicted. It’s all I think about at work, and at home, or when I’m shopping. When I make dinner, or when I’m in the shower. It’s taking over!! On Pinterest I go crazy. I have found so many amazing photographers through there and spend all day looking through their work.

As I’ve mention in a previous post awhile back, I ideally want to start up my own business in photography. I know, everyone’s doing it right? It’s been a passion of mine for such a long time. To NOT give it a try would be a waste of a beautiful dream.

I have been doing so much preparing. I have been known to research the crap out of something. Let’s just say photography is no different. I have talked with photographers and researched online via blogs, photog forums, tutorials, etc. trying to teach myself everything there is I can about cameras, shooting, advice, etc.

I’ve already designed and developed all of my branding materials :) Logos, business cards, merchandise tags, packaging, etc. All ready. Just have to send to the printer. I have both my website and my blog picked out. I have designed the templates for each of those. I have the perfect music to go on the sites. I have my content already written.

I’ve picked out my amazing camera bag and am going to buy that soon.

I’ve even begun to concept designs for a future studio.

I’ve taught myself so many things in Photoshop as they relate to retouching (DISCLAIMER: I know it’s most important to take a great picture than to try to make it great with Photoshop). I’ve purchased so many actions and textures that take a photo from good to WOW. I figured out how to do skin and make-up retouching like a pro.

All that’s left? Buy my damn camera. I had planned to buy it on Black Friday back in November. Then I decided to wait for my Christmas bonus, which will cover the camera. Then I decided to wait until after Christmas to see if any bigger sales would be going on. NOW? Now I’m trying to decide if it’s a good time to throw down that much money. I hope to have my camera by the end of January! This will hopefully give me enough time to really bury myself in the camera and learn most everything. THEN it’s just a matter of practicing and building my portfolio.

AHH I’M SO OBSESSED! Take a look at some amazing photos that are so inspiring. All pics were taken from Pinterest.

Until next time
<3 jenna

obsession of the moment: october

Yes, if you’re a regular reader you know that I’m obsessed with October and the fall season. With it finally being October, I can officially wear my boots now and jackets and stylist scarves. Yes, I refused to wear a jacket or any of the aforementioned because I didn’t think it was really fall. Yes, that means for those of you in Chicago that I stood at my bus stop shivering waiting for the bus as a cold breeze hit me holding my Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte to my arm to keep me warm. Yes, I’m ridiculous.

I had a little fun at Bath & Body Works when I was home last weekend. I bought all fall scents :) I’ve been wanting to so bad since August when I got my first eblast. BUT per what I said above, I haven’t been able to use any of these yet. I now have cracked them out and couldn’t be happier :)

{ fall scents from bath & body works }

Holy cow. Side note, just saw on their website that they have our their Christmas scents. Holy Jesus, let’s slow down a bit :)

I LOOOOOVE their candles. They burn so well and smell sooooo good! Originally they’re $20 each, but I never buy them at full price. Quite often they’ll have a 2 for $20 sale, which is my fave sale. I also purchased a few anti-bacterial hand soaps, which smell AWESOME. Bath & Body seriously has the cutest ideas for making their products look nicer. See the metal wrap around the center hand soap? They make those for everything, including candles. It makes everything extra stylist :)

Oh, and the concentrated home spray is awesome. The Autumn scent smells amazing. Just a small spirtz here and there and your home smells lovely <3

Happy shopping!

Until next time
<3 jenna