the big payoff.

{the extent of my iphone photography skills...and editing skills, for that matter ;) }

well, my lovely dear followers {and all my amazing visitors!!}, i'm going to buy a camera.

um, yay!

i've only been blogging religiously for about...three weeks. even though i've had this little spot on the web since early january, my last semester in college/senior thesis kind of threw me for a loop. since then, i've peppered this little blog with bits and pieces of the summer. september brought a joy, and excitement for this story place. i realized there are oh so many gorgeous women/men blogging out there, and i wanted to be a part of the fun.

thus, the need for a camera.

i'm quite far from being a, 'photographer,' per say, but i do love taking pictures. they're nice and grainy/blurry thanks to my iphone camera, but hey! give me props for trying! ;)

that's why i've been shopping around for my own camera. i'll be traveling around africa for a month at the end of the year, and i'm sure it will come in amazingly handy. as of right now, i'm thinking of this one or this one. or maybe even this one.

any advice, my fellow bloggers? this itty-bitty amateur needs all the help she can get!


  1. Oh how exciting! Can't wait to see all snapshots you take with your new cam.

    Alexandra xo

  2. A trip to Africa sounds so exciting!

    All excellent camera choices. I think my only piece of advice would be to consider how big of a camera can you tolerate carrying. I ended up buying a micro four-thirds because conventional DLSRs all seemed too big to carry to events and stuff.

  3. I really recommend you read it was amazing when I first wanted to buy and use a dslr. I ended up investing in a Nikon D90 and a 50mm f1.8 lens which has been so worth it :) But you might want to get a package lens kit if you are traveling so you have more options with taking pictures.

    Good luck and thanks for visiting my blog :)

    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

    1. Thank you so much for the advice! I will definitely be checking that site out :)

  4. Hey Meg, thank you for stopping by at my place! :)
    I bought my first (and so far only) DSLR about 3 years ago with my very first salary I gained and it was totally worth it! But it really takes time until you know roughly how to handle it correctly. What I love about blogging is that I made so much progress in photography! In order to give my readers the best pictures of whatever I wanted to show I needed a lot of practice but it pays off in the end.

    As for advice, let me tell you - it is not THAT important what kind of camera you are buying, the magic lies within the lens. So you can buy a rather *cheap* DSLR and invest in some good lenses if you wanna come far without paying like 10000+ bucks. The camera body itself is able to adapt to a range of lenses so you might want to take that into consideration when buying a camera. :) Good luck!

  5. You wont regret it, my DSLR was one of my best purchases ever!

  6. A camera is totally worth it! i use a cannon rebel and love it!! cute blog, following you back :)

    xo Rach

  7. I need a camera as well!! Looking forward to your new awesome pictures when u get it!!

  8. i would go with the canon t3i for now. it's a wonderful entry level d-slr camera and it gives you the option to shoot video as well, which i'm sure would come in very handy on safari in africa! i would wait until you've gotten a little more proficient with an slr and then upgrade to the 50d.


    ps. so excited for your trip to africa! i'm going in january and it can't come fast enough!

  9. How exciting! I am a Nikon girl all the way myself, but any DSLR is a great purchase. You can make so much progress with photography- I love the fact that you're learning all the time!

  10. I'm exactly the same! if you want a cheap camera, a fujifilm is great, although definitely not the coolest make. if you are a photography amateur like me though, you might not mind so much :)


  11. i hear you girl, i just invested in a canon powershot! good luck!

  12. Nice pic.^^
    Thanks,for your comment on my blog.
    Maybe follow each other???

  13. Thank you for visiting my blog! Your blog is really cute. I have had a cannon for 7 years and I am still happy with it!

  14. great blog! now following you on gfc, would love it if you followed back :)

    i've always used canon and i love them!

  15. i was not a photographer before my blog and i had a small compact one until one day my father in law blessed me with a legit camera and it made me feel like a legit blogger.

  16. I think your photos are really nice, great job with the iPhone. I love your blog and can't wait to see the pictures from your to trip to Africa.
    I use a combination of iPhone and Canon Rebel T1i on my blog. I say go for a canon, but my real suggestion is find a store where you can hold the camera and play with it. Some camera's are heavier than others and you want to to be as comfortable as possible, as it will become a best friend when blogging. Once again loving the blog and following you on GFC!

  17. Hello, I found your blog from a friend and I went to visit! I loved your post and I am going to stay on top of all the news!

    I hope my blog:

    If you want to follow me I'll be very happy! ♥ hugs

  18. Hey Meg, thanks for your comment! I have my blog since February and I've learned so much about photography and editing in the meantime. It's great to get help from others and draw inspiration from their projects. Have fun blogging!
    xo Julia

  19. Hi there~

    i've had my DSLR for about a year now, and still getting used to it... let me know if you want more information about it... meanwhile, check out my blog for some pictures i've taken around Seoul, Korea:


  20. I've had my DSLR for about a year now! I love it! I have the Canon T3i and it was a great place to start!

  21. Pretty sure I have those glasses! - Betsy Johnson??

    - tianna :)

  22. MEGHAN! I say the T3i but OH WAIT, you already got it. ;)


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