My favorite present…

Mike got me a new camera for Christmas and it’s my absolute favorite present.

I was a picture-taking nut this week.

I still have to learn the ins and outs of photography and what all the buttons and controls mean, but at least I’m getting clear photos now.

(Us on Christmas Eve.)
I know I didn’t get the lighting right on this next one, but it was fun to try to capture the details of things like my nieces’ pet tortoise Fred…

(This guy used to be small enough to take a bath in a bowl. Now he’s so big he sleeps in a doghouse.)

I had fun taking pictures of the food too…

(My sister-in-law surprised Mike with the idea of making Ebelskivers because he used to have them when he was little. I’d never heard of them, but they tasted great. And the kids had a blast making them.)

If anyone has photography tips or helpful Web sites for beginning users of digital SLR cameras, I’d love to hear about them. And thanks Michelle for the tip on the camera!

For more “Wordful” / Wordless Wednesday fun, stop by Angie’s Seven Clown Circus or 5MinutesforMom.

Talk soon, :)


  1. No camera tips from THIS point and shoot kinda gal, lol…but I must know how old that turtle is! You said he used to fit in a bowl. my GOSH! Awesome shots! Lovely couple.

  2. Great shots!! I'm still learning all the ins and outs with my cameras too. Don't worry about it all, just have fun! Happy WW and all the best to you and yours for 2010!

  3. What a wonderful present! :)If you haven't yet, check out and you will find lots of great photos and some great tutorials, too.

  4. Oh I want a DSLR so badly, but for now my hubby got me Photoshop Elements to make my pictures look better. Thanks for following, I'm following you now!Tiffany

  5. Thanks for the link and cpmments!Sheila, the tortoise is about ten years old, I think. He's so fun to watch and the kids love feeding him.Genny :)

  6. You have a darling hubby — and btw, that's a great picture of the two of you. I'm sure there are lots of photography blogs out there you can find great tips at. As for me, I'm an old fashioned point and shoot girl (not that I wouldn't like nicer, faster, more modern) but hey, just one more thing for me to worry about losing, breaking, not being able to use! :)

  7. What kind of camera did you get? Congrats. You're doing a great job. Keep up the good work. Happy New Year.My WW is here. Drop by if you get the chance.

  8. Crazy Working Mom, it's a Nikon D3000. I absolutely love it, but, like I said, I still have a lot to learn! :)

  9. Jo

    I have a Canon SLR camera and the best way to learn is practice – just play heaps in different conditions, lighting, movement, detail extra. It can annoy people around you but just ignore their comments!!Photoshop is an excellent tool but can be tricky to use. I use it to create different affects that I can't get when using iPhoto (we have Apples).Check out ideas (select Photography) – there is some spectacular photos to aim for!!!Have fun:)

  10. So excited for you! SLRs are the best! Which camera did you get? :)Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. You will love your DSLR… I have a Cannon Digital Rebel xTi and have LOVED it! The best thing you could do is practice, practice, practice – especially in the manual settings and without a flash. I can't believe what I have been able to capture without a flash! Enjoy!

  12. THats a wonderful gift!! You are going to to great things with it I know!

  13. I've had mine for several years and I've been "winging it" ever since. Sometimes my photos turn out good…sometimes not. My new nephew-in-law is a great amateur photographer and over the weekend he said he'd help me…to which I replied…"Teach me, oh great photo guy!" If I pick up any pointers from him I'll make sure to pass them along.Until then…there's no right or wrong way to do art…at least that's what I tell my kids…so play away with your camera and have fun doing it! So far it looks likes you're doing a great job!

  14. Great pictures! I love to take photos- my DH has nicknamed me Mommarazzi! Following you from Mom Blogger's Club!Carol

  15. I am excited to see more of your perspective on the world! Photography is a truly an art. Happy New Year!

  16. Yah! You are obviously loving your new camera (which one did you get?).You can always find tons of tutorials on Youtube. I heart faces has had some good tutorials as well.My advice…read the manual. If you got a Canon I would be more than happy to share some tips via email. Let me know. :)

  17. YAY for the new camera!! The only tip I have is buy a "digital field guide" for your camera. It goes way more in depth than the manual.Have FUN!!

  18. Thats a great picture of the two of you. I got so taken up with the fun on Christmas, I forgot all about my camera!

  19. great start on photography. no tips but will look forward to more pics from you. btw following from MBC

  20. Thanks for the great tips and links, everyone! Looking forward to checking them out!

  21. It's nice to know this one, too… :)

  22. hmmm the food looks yum. Gonna have to try those! Great photo's! Its fun learning all the features of a new camera :)

  23. How fun! We love our camera too… I don't know that I have any tips that weren't already shared, but one thing that helps me is simply getting close. Truthfully, the auto setting works great. ;) Happy New Year!

  24. these are wonderful pics!sorry, no tips..I'm still learning also on my new camera too. Have fun with yours and looking forward to seeing more awesome pictures!

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