10 Moments I Would Have Missed Without a DSLR Camera

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10 moments I may have missed without my DSLR


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.

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

  2. 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

    1. 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!

      1. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  3. 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

    1. 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!!

  4. 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.

    1. “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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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