Kyle and I don’t buy birthday presents for each other. We’re not that into “stuff” in general, hate shopping, and neither one of us likes the idea of buying something just because of a date on the calendar. That’s not to say we don’t treat ourselves to special things sometimes, it just doesn’t usually match up with a birthday. That made my birthday 2 years ago a huge surprise when Kyle bought me my DSLR camera. He knew I wanted one but we hadn’t gotten around to researching them and making a final decision. It was completely unexpected and so, so dearly appreciated. (He may possibly be sick of hearing me thank him repeatedly.)
I have used my camera nearly every day for 2 years, and while I’ll never be a professional photographer like I’d dreamed of as an 8 year old, I truly enjoy taking pictures. It’s my main creative outlet. I read and fiddle a lot, and am always looking forward to learning something new.
I don’t think that better gear equals better pictures unless you’ve really mastered what you’ve got at your disposal (and I have certainly not). The thought of another camera hasn’t entered my brain. So imagine my surprise when I opened my birthday present from Tea yesterday morning and received another camera. “Mama, I KNEW you’d love it! I KNEW it!” He was so profoundly excited to give me something I’m passionate about, he was bouncing out of his chair. Oh, how I love my sweet boy. I am one very, very lucky birthday girl.
Edited to add: Tea just informed me I posted the photo upside down – the square is the tripod. See? I have so much more to learn.