Monday, April 1, 2013

Say Cheese

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Top: Old Navy (option)  | Pants: Forever 21 (exact) | Shoes: Sole Society (option
Clutch: Forever 21 (option) | Necklace: Giveaway Win (option) (option)


Guess who got a new camera this weekend???

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know the answer. For those who didn't see, Momma got a new lens. 

The point and shoot was a great friend and got me to where I am at today, but I felt like it was time. Time to bite the bullet, stop being overwhelmed with all the DSLR options and just do it!

Ross, the girls and I spent Saturday afternoon at Precision Camera in Austin. When we walked in, anxiety filled my body and I got a little dizzy...so many cameras, lenses, kits, flashes and every do-hickey known to man.

Thank God for Ross. He has been doing a lot of research online and talking camera jargon with friends, so he kinda knew what we wanted and didn't want. 

The associate at Precision was awesome and spent a ton of time with us. We told him the basics on what we were looking for in a new DSLR camera and it's purpose...blog (duh), hunting and to shoot pictures of our girls.

After holding, touching, discussing about three cameras, we went with the Sony alpha SLT-A65. You might be saying, Sony? Sony makes a quality, award winning camera? Yep, I said the same exact thing. I have always heard people talk about Canon and Nikon, but never really hearing Sony come out of their mouths. 

Our salesman explained that Sony has become one of the leaders in cameras, is on the forefront of technology and has won several awards for their equipment.

Let's be honest, I know that Ross is going to be using our new camera baby way more than I will. He is this blog's photographer, plus he figures stuff out way better than I do. I don't have the paitence to maneuver through all the bells and whistles. So, my sweet man stayed up late and learned a ton in just a few shorts hours. He is a jack of all trades and that is one of the million reasons why I married him.

So, this shoot was the very first with Mr. Sony . I am pretty impressed with the outcome of the first go around, especially since they were taken the same day that we brought it home. We have a long way to go, but we will get there. I can't wait for you guys to see the second round of the style shoot we he did.

We plan on taking a class and Googling as much as we can to get the most mileage out of this investment.

I don't have to tell you that purchasing a new camera is an investment.  I almost fainted when it came time to pay, but I do believe that it will be worth every single penny.

I just wish that we would have bit the bullet and got one months ago. It truly makes a difference. 

So farewell, point and shoot. It was real. It was fun. Don't worry, I plan to still use you since you fit so easily into my bag.

Hello, Sony alpha SLT-A65. I could just kiss, hug and squeeze you! 

Cheers to new picture taking beginnings.

Say cheese!!


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Go here and click to vote. It's a SUPER close race. Every vote matters!!! It would mean the world to me if I won. You can do this once per day until April 9th. Don't worry if you forget, I will be reminding all of you on a daily basis!


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95 comments:

Haylee Mae said...

Wow breathtaking. Love the mint and leopard. Divine.

xo Haylee
http://www.dolledupdaily.com/

Carly said...

YAY for new cameras, these pictures look AMAZING! And I love the outfit!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Miranda said...

i can def notice the difference in your photos! i LOVE those pants and that necklace! i wish i had your wardrobe!

CP and KW said...

adore your pants and congrats on the new camera!
kw ladies in navy

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Your photos look great! Your necklace looks like my red one, which I love. Those kind of cameras scare me...just a little. I would love to learn how to use them, but I don't think I have the patience. For now, I leave the fancy cameras Dan photos to you fashion bloggers :)

dani said...

You look FANTASTIC! Those leopard pants & your new camera do wonders for you! <3

prettyanddelectable said...

Wow, great photos! Congrats on the new camera! In my opinion it's definitely worth it to invest in things that you will use often and that will bring joy. Love the leopard/mint combo!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

A new camera is on my birthday wish list. My point and shoot has been used (and dropped) many times, but i still love it. Matt (husband) wants to get a better camera before we go to our next football game for the better quality of pics...so Sony, eh?
Have fun with it!!

Treasure Tromp said...

new cameras are so much fun! I'm looking for a new lens, myself.

Laura B @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels said...

Love it! This is my kind of look right here lol. I bought those pants a course months ago and they are so comfortable and cute!! Love those shoes too!
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Sheila said...

Love this look and you totally rock those pants girl!! ;)

xo - Sheila
www.sheislovelyblog.com

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Loving the look! I bought some similar pants from F21 in black but I am not liking that particular pair. I didn't see the ones you bought. Cute!

Yay for the new camera. And yay I got my vote in for the day :)

Annd I linked you up! Thanks for joining MMG!

MorganizewithMe said...

Rockin' the outift and congrats on the new camera how fabulous!!!
xo
Morgan

Brianna Tucker said...

love your outfit. You rocked it! Idk if I could pull off those pants thought!

A J said...

New gadgets are always fun, except for the price tag! But I hope you both enjoy it! Your outfit looks so comfy but stylish too!!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

Annie said...

The photos with the new camera look AWESOME Shanna! And those leopard pants are so fabulous on you...love it :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Alexa said...

The photos look amazing, Shanna! I'm so impressed :) Especially considering I've owned a Nikon DSLR for alllllllmost 2 years now, and have yet to gain the confidence to turn off "Auto" :( It's a summer project, I swear!

Also, this outfit. You're simply stunning, my dear!

heidi said...

Lucky you getting a new camera. And I love those pants, they are so cool. You look great in the photos.

Heidi’s Wanderings

Heather said...

Yay for a new camera - how fun! And those pants are too cool - love that you found them at F21~

XO
Pearls & Paws

Rachel Sayumi. said...

ok these pictures look AMAZING, Shanna!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! seriously the pics look absolutely stunning and your outfit is PERRRRFECTION!!!!! i am obsessed! can't wait for more outfit posts with the new camera!!!

Always Maylee said...

You look gorgeous in those leopard pants. They are so fun! And love the mint accessories. Yay for your new camera, have fun playing with it! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Danavee said...

OHMYGOSH! This outfit is SO FUN!!!!!!!

Congrats on the new purchase! I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!

Ashleigh said...

I did the same thing back in February and my pictures are sop crisp and clear. It really makes a difference! You're outfit is hot today! Love the leopard pants and sexy whoes. The pops of mint are perfect.
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Rachel said...

I love these pants! I'm not sure I could pull them off, but you make them look fab! Congrats on the new camera, too!

Alissa Kelly said...

Your pictures (and outfit) are fantastic! LOVE. I've been itching to get a "real" camera lol and have been looking at some as a start. I used my Dad's DSLR a while back for some blog photos and the quality was ridiculously perfect. I definitely need to make the investment soon!!

Alissa
FeelingGoodStyle.com

Helene said...

yay for a new camera!!! love that outfit! so cute! those pants, i die!

Alyssa @ Sugar, Spice, and a Dash of Advice said...

Wow! Your pictures always looks great but I can really notice the difference and these pics are amazing!

Kate @ Green Fashionista said...

You seriously couldn't be any cuter! Love the pop of color with your necklace and clutch.

Congrats on the new camera! That's definitely an investment I need to make in the near future :-P

TaraMixandMatch said...

Congrats on your new camera, you will love it! I am loving your animal print pants, so fun!

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh, this might be one of my favorite outfits I've ever seen you wear! Love it. I am totally investing in a pair of printed pants asap! And I am 'also' about to buy a new camera so the tips were really helpful (I'm literally saving for one right now). :)

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

It will be life changing....seriously! Good luck (Ross)!!!

Amy Shaughnessy said...

That's awesome that he is doing all of the homework. My husband takes my pictures but I set everything on the camera in manual mode. He doesn't know how. BUT he always tells me where to stand because I pick bad backgrounds. So we work well as a team! I WANT THOSE PANTS. What kind of waist band do they have? I'm always so scared to order F21 pants online because I have to try them on in a store. So I never get pants/shorts/skirts unless we make a trip to Dallas or H town. LOVE this look. I would totally wear it.

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

Jamie said...

Ok, can I just say the VERY first thing that came to mind today when I saw this post was "WOW her pics look great!!!" And I started wondering "is it the light?" or "is it the outfit?" - and I thought back to your previous pics and thought they were pretty good, too, but there was just something different about these. So be assured that your new camera baby is already doing great things!! Congrats!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

That first pic of you is GORGEOUS!

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Yay!! I'm so excited for you and your new camera! You are going to love it!! I'm also very impressed with your first session and pics!! Loving the leopard my friend!!

I'm voting constantly for you and so excited about this opportunity for you!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I've heard Sony mentioned much more frequently in the past six months when I talk cameras with people. Congrats on your new one! I still haven't taken the leap. I am too lazy to use my freaking point and shoot over my iPhone most days. Sad times.

Keep reminding us to vote, I always do whenever I see a reminder!

Sarah said...

Yayya! So fun!! I love my big ol camera but there is a LOT to learn but it's a fun learning! I definitely recommend a class, even if it's just an online one!

Lauren said...

Congratulations on your new camera! It's such an exciting purchase. I nearly fainted when I bought mine as well, but I love it, and I know I'll get my money's worth in use!

Fizz and Frosting

Cropped Stories said...

Love this outfit especially with that gorgeous turquoise clutch!

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Jessica Reasons said...

You look just darling!!

Katie said...

what a fun outfit! and yeah for a new camera!!

Amanda* said...

I voted! Also, super jelly of your new camera :)

Jenn said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this look! I'm feeling inspired by it :) Congrats on your new camera, too!!

Jes said...

1. You really pull those pants off in a way that I wouldn't have thought possible!

2. COngrats on the new camera! I would love to upgrade, but I can't even figure out the setting on my Lumox...so that would probably be a camera disaster!

Kayla Peveler said...

You are the cutest and are now clogging up my "style" pinterest board, thanks for that ;) voted again. You are STILL in first!

Angie said...

Yay for new cameras! I just can't bite the bullet. I have 2 small children at home and just know it wouldn't last no time. Ha Ha- Maybe when they are grown and I'm old I can convince myself to do it!

Marie Martell said...

You look great! Love the pants and shoes! and yes the camera is an investment but so worth it. The pictures look amazing.

xo Marie
http://nyorkeratheart.blogspot.com

Penniless Socialite said...

Yay to the new camera! A few suggestions from experience...get yourself a decent portrait lens. I obviously use it for blog photos, but all my friends with children say that portrait lenses are a must have for people with kids. Also, download an app for your phone called magic hour...it tells you when the best time is to take photos each day...i.e. the magic hour. Something to do with the angle of the sun.
I wish I had time to take a photography class. You guys are going to have so much fun learning together!
Tara
Penniless Socialite
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Rachel said...

I am in LOVE with those pants.

Congratulations on the new camera. I'm still trying to figure out how to use mine. The switch from Canon to Nikon confused me. :)

Have a good week!

Darcy said...

Those pants are great! Forever 21? I never would have guessed! Enjoy your new camera... maybe one day I'll upgrade from the iPhone ;)

www.corporategirlstyle.blogspot.com

TheTinyHeart said...

Yay, congrats on the new camera! I've been saving up for a DSLR and I am almost there :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
Target Giveaway!

kodijo said...

Wahhhh those pants! I already had plans to go to Forever 21 today and you can bet I'll be looking for those! Love them with the mint.
Kodi
grey et al

A Muse in Purple said...

Man, I miss Forever 21! Both places we've been stationed at...neither have Forever 21...closest is 3 hours away. Guess I could order online but you know that's a crap shoot. Such a killer outfit, love the pants! Just voted for you!

Agnes Mayer said...

Love the mint bag. My husband got me a tripod this weekend!!! Now hopefully i can take some better pictures.

Agi:)

vodkainfusedlemonade.com

Melanie said...

Gorgeous!! Love this outfit!

I agree, a DSLR makes all the difference! I'm looking around for a new one too!

xoxo
Melanie

Lauren said...

Love the leopard print jeans and mint bag, looking amazing as always

Lauren
Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

Allison said...

Helloooo hot mommma! Haha. You look amazing. Congrats on the new camera!

Martha said...

Congrats on the new camera! I bought my husband a new SLR one for Christmas, and we still haven't used it. UGH!
LOVE your outfit today. I mean really love it.
I'm on my way to vote now!

Rachel Lynne said...

Whoot whoot for a new camera! It takes some amazing photos! :) LOVE the leopard pants and mint pairing!

Courtney said...

I'm calling you Mrs. Fancy Pants today, ha!;) you look so pretty!! And yay for a new camera, the pics are fab:)

Simply Evani said...

Congrats on the new camera! I love your outfit, it's so bold and fun. Good god, if I could pull off leopard pants, I would too!

Alex[andra] said...

I'll be honest, I never knew you were using a point and click camera before. Your shots always look great! But you're right, I do see a difference. Congrats on the new purchase!

Sarah Tucker said...

Seriously, stop with all your cuteness! Save some for the rest of us!

PS: You might be the only one that can pull off those pants. If I wore them, I might be mistaken for a wild animal. Rawrrr.

Misty said...

Your husband is a peach. Mine would never take pictures for my blog.

Ashley said...

outfit PERFECTION!!!

Ok, I seriously just tried to vote for you twice within 24 hours...woops...guess I have to wait til tomorrow. You NEED to win!!! You deserve it!!!

Amy said...

love the pants lady! Also, I have A SONY and love it, so I know they do!


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Blue Dog Belle said...

This is one of my favorite outfits you've EVER done. And the pictures look amazing! I'll definitely have to check out that camera!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh Shanna! I have a sweet little point and shoot SONY (their top of the line in p&s types)! I got a fuji dslr and it drove me nuts. Too many bells and whistles and my HM isn't a camera person. He has funky vision and cameras do a number on him so I have to do my OWN shoots and I am so glad my BUDDY is a great sport at doing a great job. ps. I love your turquoise touches in this ensemble. Great WOW-ness, you know!?

Renee Stern said...

I just LOVE mint and leopard together!! Such a cute look :)
xox
Renee
stylewithastory.blogspot.com

Cece said...

Welcome to the DSLR Club! It's great. Love your leopard pants. I cannot see myself in them 'cause it's just to daring for me; but on you...LUV!

Danielle said...

The new camera seems to be doing wonders Shanna! I must admit, I didn't even know Sony made DSLR's. Off to check it out!!

PS: LOVE your leopard pants!

Danielle at Framed Frosting

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Oh, mama, you look HOT in this outfit! Congrats on the new camera!

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

I can't believe I am saying this because I love all your outfits, but I think this is my favorite on you. You look stunning!

Caitlin C. said...

Those pants - swoon! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

Kylie Rae said...

This is outfit is absolutely fabulous!

xo shimmermepretty.com

tara said...

hey new camera hey! if i was super skinny like you, i'd totally rock those pants! rawr!

Niki Caron said...

Awesome!!! Your photos are absolutely beautiful - you two made a great decision! And you are rocking those harem pants! I knew you would!!!

meghan said...

Congrats on the new camera! You can absolutely tell. Your pictures are beautiful!! Love this look.

Melanie Montgomery said...

I need a pair of those pants!

Amber said...

Loving your outfit, pretty girl! I sure wish I could pull off this look. It's fabulous!!

Jealous of your new camera too. I was just telling Nate the other day that I want my next "splurge" to be on a NICE camera.

Jess said...

Yay for new cameras! The pictures look really great!

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Jess

FierceandFashionable said...

Mint, Leopard, and Black... my GO TO wardrobe!! love it!

Michelle

Fierce & Fashionable

Head to Toe Chic said...

Yay for the new camera!!! Love the pictures and your mint clutch!
xo,
Angela

Rebekah Bradford said...

Love this outfit--the necklace is awesome!!

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Grace Lynne Fleming said...

those pants! that bag!

LOVE


grace

http://herumbrella.com

Alice Warren said...

Congrats on your new camera! I am using my iphone (horrible right?!) and will be biting the bullet to get a real camera soon too! Love everything about this outfit!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Janna Renee said...

My new camera is a Sony and they are the SHIZZ!! I voted for you beautiful! I think you would be perfect for the job ;)

still being [molly] said...

yay!!! you look amazing! and so excited about your new camera ventures.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Those pants! I LOVE them so much. I tried on a similar pair at F21 but my hips are too big. Wah Wah.

Congrats on the new camera!

Sami said...

GIRL. You are rocking those leopard pants. To die for. Love the teal and yay for a new camera! Thanks for linking up as always sweetness :)

Jacy said...

These pants are SO fabulous!! I love the unexpected mint accessories too. Your blog is gorgeous and I'm now following you!

~Jacy

www.laviedelenore.blogspot.com

Kiki said...

I love this look!! it is so cute!! your new camera is great!! I cant get over how cute you are!!
XO

Karen Curtis said...

I love this entire look from head to toe! You look great!

-Karen
www.yourstylistkaren.com

Shelley said...

Hot mama!! I don't think I could pull this off but you definitely did! Looking good!

My-cliffnotes said...

You seriously blow my mind. I have no kids and spend my time in Nike gear lol I want to dress up like you too

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