All my life I have wanted to be a photographer, or at least know how to really use a camera and take good photographs. I’ve always had a camera, got my first digital camera in 1997 and my first DSLR in 2004. It wasn’t until the year 2008 that I buckled down and learned photography! I now feel very comfortable going on manual mode and making adjustments on the fly according to lighting, composition, depth of field, etc…

How did I learn? Mostly through books, such as Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. I then took some of his online classes at the Perfect Picture School of Photography (PPSOP). I then joined several digital photography communities, as well as starting my own.

At this time, photography is simply a serious hobby of mine. I originally thought I might make a career of it, but at this time am happy just homeschooling. It seems half my friends have turned professional photographers in just the past year! For those of you who know the lingo, here’s what I shoot with:


  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D300 SOLD to make room for more homeschool supplies!

Lenses (listed in order of use)

  1. 24-70mm f/2.8G ED (my favorite!)
  2. 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
  3. 12-24mm f/4
  4. 105mm f/2.8 VR
  5. 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II SOLD
  6. 85mm f/1.4D SOLD (will repurchase 85mm in f/1.8 someday)
  7. 50mm f/1.4D SOLD
  8. AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED SOLD
  9. Lensbabies

I have a few Jill-E bags to carry my equipment.

*** In December 2009 and the next few months I started selling the photography equipment I wasn’t using. I am still shooting almost everyday, mostly just for this blog. I love my Nikon D700 and hope to never sell that (until it needs an upgrade). My favorite lenses (the professional zoom sets listed as 1-2 above) I also plan to keep forever!