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10 moments I may have missed without my DSLR

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I bought my first DSLR shortly after I found out I was pregnant. On a whim, I chose Canon. I read it was easier for beginners and I was familiar with the brand.

I wanted to be able to take photos during my pregnancy and pictures of my baby after she was born. Little did I know I’d get hooked.

I hit the ground running, read the manual from cover to cover, tried not to stay in “auto” mode for long, and fell completely in love with photography, specifically photographs of my family.

You know I’m all about making beautiful memories and capturing that. Well, 5 years and 3 Canons later, I didn’t expect for some of the moments I’ve captured to have such an impact on my life. While there are countless moments that wouldn’t have been the same without my DSLR, I’m narrowing it down to 10 today.

I’m partnering with Canon to share some photography tips and more specifically, I wanted to share 10 moments I may have missed without my DSLR camera.

10 moments I would have missed without a DSLR. Pros and cons of a DSLR vs smartphone for photography

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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

I don;t have a DSLR, but someday maybe I will get one. I am happy with my small camera for now 🙂

Sometimes it’s nice not knowing what you’re missing. One you go DLSR it’s hard to go back 😉

Jumi says:

Your pictures are always so awesome. I definitely think it is no coincidence that I woke up thinking about getting a camera soon. No kids yet but I would like to start taking more pictures. Can you share some tips on a camera for a beginner like me? I have looked at the Canon Rebel but have no idea about lens sizes and other accessories.
Thank you

It’s meant to be! Thanks so much for your sweet compliment! Ok so I mentioned in another reply all of my lenses and my cameras. For a beginner I’d suggest the Canon Rebel T6i. I have one right now and I love it! With it I’d use a 18-55mm “kit” lens. As well as a 50mm 1.8lens (it’s about $95).

Maybe I’ll do a post comparing my cameras soon 🙂 Let me know what you decide!

Jumi says:

Thanks for your reply Jennifer. You are so sweet to take time and reply my comment. I will definitely let you know what I decide.
I love the new blog look by the way 🙂

Jumi says:

Yes please do a camera post. I would love that. Looking through your post for a camera bag now

Toni says:

Love your tips! I’m wanting to purchase my first camera, which do you suggest I start with?

So glad you enjoyed my tips Toni! Ok so I mentioned this above (or is it below?) the cameras and lenses I use, but for beginners I’d recommend a Canon Rebel. I started with the XS but they’ve come out with several more versions since then. The Canon Rebel T6i is the newest model and awesome to start with. I’m testing one now and don’t wanna give it back! haha. Hope that helps!

Mari says:

Jennifer I admire your work and respect your opinion this post came just at the right time. I am currently just using my IPhone as my means for getting back in touch with my photographer side, I didn’t want to commit to anything but this share has fueled my gear towards a dslr. I have been doing some research but still not to clear can you tell me what exactly you use? Camera, lenses etc…? Thanks in advance xo

Thanks so much Mari. It’s so fun getting in touch with that photographer side and I’m sure you’ll be amazing and have a blast! So currently I’m shooting with two DSLRs. A Canon 5D Mark ii and a Canon 70D. I got the 70D purely for the video autofocus capabilities. But now the new Canon Rebel also has that now. On that camera use the “kit” 18-55mm lens (I actually just bought another last week after testing it on that camera, it’s awesome. I had one years ago but sold it.)

On my 5D Mark ii I use my 100mm 2.8L lens, (it’s overall my prettiest and favorite). My Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens, and my 50mm 1.4. I hope that’s not overwhelming. To start I’d recommend the new Rebel t6i with a 50mmm 1.8. I’m testing one right now and it’s an amazing camera. Hope that helps!!

Mari says:

Jennifer not too much at all I loved the info and YES! please do a camera post! xo

Milena says:

I love my DSLR camera! ( Except the part when everyone asks me to take pics of their kids, too!)

Chastity says:

I always bring my DSLR with me. But I also hate always being the only one with a camera

Haha Chastity, I never thought about it that way. It isn’t fun when everyone relies on YOU to take and send all the photos huh?

Christina says:

Those pictures are beautiful!

Thanks Christina 🙂

Lauren says:

you caught some amazing moments.. I need to learn how to use my DSLR..

I’m telling you, I learned SO MUCH just by reading the manual.

Lisa Nolan says:

I need a new camera, mine is getting old! I will be checking out this one! Great post, cute photo!

Thanks mama 🙂 Lots of choices. Let me know if you need any help deciding. I’ve tried several.

becca says:

I don’t have a DSLR camera but my digital one does pretty good. I remember back in the day when they only had polaroid cameras.

“Only” had Polaroids? haha. I remember when those were FANCY! My mom still has ours actually and we recently played with it. No matter the camera, I’m glad you have one to capture moments with your family!

We too upgraded our camera when we found out I was pregnant for the first time. So worth it! We’ve captured some gorgeous photos and memories I would have hated to miss.

Awww, I’m so happy to hear that Katie. Aren’t they the best to look back on? I tear up going through my archives.

I just bought my DSLR and my kids are 9 to 13. I must have missed a bunch of moments. So sad.

Jeanine says:

So many great photos! I have a great little. Point and shoot, but I would love a dslr. Hopefully soon!

Latricia says:

I have always loved your pictures. Because of you I bought a light kit a few years ago. I used it at a family reunion last year. I hope you consider writing a post or two that go into detail on using a Canon camera and all the settings. I know I would love that!

Tamara says:

As a professional photographer, I’m so in agreement with you!
I actually started right after college, but I certainly sped up the business side of things after having kids and realizing how much I loved these new moments.

I love my Canon. They are the best!

Aw so many precious moments! I LOVE my DSLR camera as well!

Liz Mays says:

These are great shots! I’ve had a few DSLRs but I need to learn how to use the manual settings.

Helene Cohen Bludman says:

I’m so glad to read this. I love photography and I really want to buy a DSLR!

Awe what a sweet post and precious photo’s. I have DSLR also on my new camera – love it!

Tonya C says:

Your photos are just precious! I too have a Canon and love it!

Great photos and lots of good information. I need to look into getting a DSLR camera.

Jenny Temcio says:

These photos are all very beautiful. Dslr cameras are definitely worth the buy.

Constance says:

All I can say is WOW! You take absolutely amazing photographs! I love it all!

I need to use my DSLR more. I have a hard time remembering to take it out sometimes since I always have my iPhone.

I love taking pictures! I’m thinking that I need to take the plunge and finally invest in a DSLR. Your pictures are beautiful 🙂

I love the pictures they look amazing – thanks for sharing

lisa says:

These are fabulous photos. I love my camera but I’ll have to have my girlfriend check this out. She’s in the market for a new camera.

Debbie Denny says:

I want to gete a new one soon. Those pics are just so cute.

Kristin says:

Those are some beautiful moments! Thank goodness for cameras!

Courtney says:

Gorgeous pics! I have no idea how to use a DSLR but I would love to learn someday!

Jennifer A says:

You have some amazing shots. Thank you for inspiring me to take more photos myself.

Jony says:

Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope u will share some more information. And photo is mind blowing.

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