Monday, November 7, 2011

Losing, Learning and Upgrading...

A few years ago, my husband Victor (boyfriend at the time) and I had just finished doing an amateur portrait session for a friend of mine and decided to grab a bite at a coffee house in Downtown Santa Ana. Upon returning to the car we realized that the glove compartment was open. We locked eyes and immediately knew what had happened. We. Had. Been. ROBBED! All of our equipment had been taken from his car. The camera body, lens, bags, etc. All of it was gone. I will never forget the feeling that the intrusion brought upon me. I felt as if my world had collapsed. I remember thinking I would never bounce back from that. "How could we be so stupid?! Why on earth would we leave our equipment in the car like that? Why would anyone do such a thing?" I broke down into dramatic tears of impotence. I remember Victor hugging me tight and promising that everything would be ok. He told me that sometimes bad things happen to good people and that we can't let the evil in the world stop us from reaching our goals. He also said that we should learn from our mistakes. A few months later, on my birthday, he gifted me with a new Canon camera and 2 kit lenses to get me started. I have been learning with it ever since.

Today, I am excited to share that I have finally upgraded my gear! I am a Canon girl. I've always owned Canon and will continue to shoot Canon because, well, I like the logo ;). I dabbled with Pentax for a short time but found it difficult to work with. Even though I have been shooting with high-end primes and zooms, I was still working with a Rebel body. So you can hopefully imagine what it's like to finally be able to purchase a full sensor camera along with a couple pieces of L-series glass. So yummy! I feel legit. Seriously, the excitement is overwhelming. I feel like it's 1999 and I just got presented with Backstreet Boys concert tickets by the most popular jock in school along with a bouquet of 24 long stem white roses (without the ugly Baby's Breath, of course).

I must say I have the most amazingly supportive husband a girl could ever wish for. He is always pushing me to pursue my dreams and to take the next step. He believes in me more than I believe in myself.

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