I grew up with a dad who captured almost every day of my life on camera. That was what he did— took pictures and videos of his three kids and wife every moment he could. He documented my comedic temper tantrums, my awkward ballet recitals, graduating from college after six long years with two degrees, holding my 7-pound son after 22 hours of labor, juggling two kids under 2 years old with a venti coffee in one hand, and saying a teary-eyed goodbye when we moved across country this summer. My life has been immortalized through my father’s lens. And I am so thankful that he has done this for 28 years.
Now that I have a family of my own, this trait has carried over to me. I capture these moments that will sadly fade with time. Precious moments that get replaced with new ones, no matter how hard we try to stop it. It’s my hope to bring these instances back to life for my kids. I have that photographic gift to share with them. Just like my dad.
As soon as my son Jackson was born, my husband and I bought a Canon SLR camera. It was an investment that we knew would be worth it. I lugged that heavy beast around for a year and a half snapping thousands of pictures until my daughter was born. By then my diaper bag had become engulfed by diapers, wipes, baby toys, toddler toys and foreign food that was growing at the bottom. This was no place for an slr.
So last Christmas, my dad bought us the Canon s95. It is small (easily fits in my purse), takes clear photos, simple to use, the color is extremely rich, and it also shoots HD video. It’s my one stop shop to capture life’s moments in amazing quality. I have used it for a year now and have decided it is the best thing since Starbucks Coffee.
I am only sharing my love for this camera because I have been asked many times what camera I use. It’s nothing fancy, really. It’s perfect for parents who just want a point and shoot that actually takes really good photos. And if you want to be a little more daring, there is a full manual setting. This little camera never fails to wow me. Trust me, skip the basic camera and get this if you can afford it. You can get it on Amazon for $299 and it is worth every dollar. —Jen