then and now.

Knowing my love for photography, Josh surprised me with my first DSLR camera on birthday in 2005. I had that Canon Rebel on the green box (auto mode) for three years before I finally got up the courage to change the settings. 

I'll never forget the day I got fed up with blurry and out of focus pictures of Audrey. We were playing around in her room and I wanted to capture every last detail of our chubby little one. Having no idea how to control the camera, I kept getting terrible shots like this one. 

audrey - 2009.

audrey - 2009.

And so I kept turning the dial and snapping away. Again, having no idea what I was doing, I ended up with even worse images.

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I remember how quickly I got frustrated and flipped the camera back to auto. Thankfully,  I didn't give up. Fast forward four years and somehow I managed to teach myself to shoot on manual mode. It wasn't a very fast or pretty process but I'm happy to share my little journey if it helps someone else find the courage to step outside of the little green box on their camera.  

adeline - 2013.

adeline - 2013.

I still take lots of terrible pictures and have so much to learn. But, I am grateful for the gift that photography has given me and my husband who continues to support my hobby.

As I continue to erase the thousands of blurry pictures in our photo library, I'm happy to share some of the many mistakes and lessons I learned along the way.