Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Contest: She Needs A Name! Who? My DSLR (Yup!)

I want to shout it through the rooftops! I have found her, the one I love! My very own Canon Xsi and a 1.8/50mm lens.

I was not expecting to get her yesterday. I call her, "her" because she is a girl. I think it runs along the same lines a calling a car a girl too. It was a surprise, early birthday present! (And most likely, Christmas present too.) Anyways, so I got her from Houston Camera Exchange. If you live in or around the surrounding Houston area, it's totally worth driving in to check this place out. I had a wonderful guy help me, Will, and the prices were great.

Originally I was going to get it from Amazon. But my sister in law Heather at Home:Made Simple, told me about how you can get used and refurbished cameras over at HCE. So, I called up there yesterday and low and behold, they had a used Canon Xsi, just the one I wanted for a great price. The lens I got was new. I jumped back and forth between the 1.4/50mm and the 1.8/50mm, the difference being $250 between the two. After much chatting with others, I decided to go with the 1.8/50mm ($100 instead of $250). I'm extremely happy with it.

Speaking of extremely happy...I was a total dork yesterday, and most likely will continue to be for the next week. The hubs has now dubbed me "Picture Page" for my relentless photography of everyone and anything. The minute I stepped in the door, I ripped the camera out slapped on the lens and have been driving everyone in the house nuts, even more than usual. What can I say? I've turned into a mommy (and slightly cuter) version of a camera-crazed Gollum.

What makes this even more appropriate, is that last night the electricity went out, from around 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. from a nasty thunderstorm. It was a bit light outside so I could still see my camera and take pictures of my feet, a book on a coffee table or really anything in my line of sight. Then the electricity came back on. There was shouts of glee all over the land! It was on for about a half hour and then it went off again. UGH!

Frustration grunts arose from the pitch black. No internet, no t.v., no lights. Nothing. It was a risky situation, drinking hot, scalding tea in the dark, but I found the quiet to be quite refreshing regardless. The hubs, however, was bored. As I was caressing my used, but new-to-me camera, the hubs went to find his Mag-lite flashlight. Possibly so he wouldn't feel left out on this electronics love fest? Or maybe so could see. It''s possible. At one point, he was laying on the floor shining the light up onto the ceiling and fireplace and singing "Reunited". Was there anything lame about this picture? Yes.

All I needed was the bulbous, glowing green eyes of Gollum to make me just as obsessed as he was with his precious. I couldn't even see and I was still trying to look at my camera. I tucked her in next to me, in the recliner, like I would one of my kids. Shoot, I might as well have read a bed time story to her, but I couldn't see.

My very first pictures with my camera:

My sweet baby boy.

My baby girl. She's breath-taking.

My handsome little man. (who refused to be nothing BUT a giant, hence the tough-guy look.)

I adore this picture. As most you parents know, you cannot take the slightest "nap" without at least one child trying to wake you up! They all just piled on top of Daddy. So sweet.

My very first food picture with my new camera.

I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who helped me through the camera shopping experience! I big thank you to Lisa at Korean American Mommy and Ben at You Fed A Baby Chili. You both were really helpful. I appreciate it. Many more of you gave out your suggestions and I truly thank you!

Just for poops and giggles (doesn't have the same finesse when you switch out the cuss word for a kid-friendly word), I want your suggestions on what to name "her". What's the best name you can think of for my new friend? Here are some adjectives to get you rolling: She's fast, medium weight, super cute, has lots of buttons, user-friendly menu and mine.

Let's see what you've got. Be creative, fun and outside the box, please. The winner will receive a guest post here at Foodie House! The contest ends Aug. 31st, so you've got one week friends, get your thinking caps on! I will be choosing the winner based solely on the name you submit. She's a darling camera. She has a good home, now she needs a good name.


  1. I have the same camera! Bought it new from Amazon, though :( Wish I was in the states even more now, What a deal! Oh my goodness, I did the same thing when my camera arrived last June! I had company over and went wild taking photos of everyone! I took over 2000 photos in just 2 days. I read every little piece of photography literature I could find. Have fun with her.

    The first thing that popped in my head for a name was Foxy Clickopatra.

    My camera's name is Harold. Not exciting, just came to me.

  2. Sounds like you scored a deal! I will have to ponder such an important decision, it's like giving a kid the wrong name, they will be scared for life! Congrats!

  3. AHAHA! Those pictures are adorable! What a beautiful family you have!

    So... let's see here... a name for the camera:

    What about The Food Snapper?

  4. Yayyyyy! How fun! I dropped my camera while on the tripod yesterday and cracked part of the lens, so it may be only a matter of time b4 I need a new camera ;-/
    Of course you have to name her!
    hmmmm, something that will go in your blog title perhaps,like Lauren & Jane at Foodie House. ;-)

  5. YAY! I'm so happy for you L! And the photos are amazing (= I think you should call her, Lovey. Because that is exactly how you'll feel when you start taking photos of your food and kids. You'll just loveeey everything about it. What a great idea to get a refurbished camera with a new lens. You can't go wrong. Canon is a good choice too. Can't wait to see your creations! Don't forget to play with picasa when you edit. woot!

  6. Awesome! Looks like you are already a pro with those wonderful pictures of your kids. Lookout TasteGawker!!!


  7. Definitely Ol'Blackie. Although the Clikopatra suggestion would tempt me as well... I think I will name my camera that if you don't.

  8. She looks like a Photobella to me, or Bella for shorts

  9. Seriously, a good camera makes food look so much better. Especially when you finally master the art of lighting and plating.

    As for a name, you've got to go with SHE-RA! Then you automatically have a theme song to sing every time you take pictures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR65P73X5GI

  10. Congrats! Beautiful camera and great first photos! I think she looks like a "snaps" not only becuase she snaps pictures but because she makes them nice enough to make you say, "oh, snap! That's a good picture!" :-D

  11. Oh my gosh! You guys are killing me! these names rock! how in the world am I going to pick? well, I see a few that are definitely in the running. thank you so much everyone! this is so fun.

    Also, I'm in the process of writing up the top 20 tips. I am amazed at everything that has come in! Great job! You know how to keep a mama busy!

  12. Congrats on the new camera!!! I felt the same way about mine. Didn't think to name her though. So, perhaps I'll take the 2nd best name from your contest :-) Had a brainstorm totally unrelated to cameras and wanted to share it - one of the things we're trying to do with our blogs is appeal to those who may not be foodies. To become the next Pioneer Woman (yeah, right, we're all dreaming there!) we need LOTS of folks to click thru. Therefore we have to appeal to the foodie community to get going and the non-foodie community to keep growing... I keep some of my blog biz cards (from Vistaprint - tons cheaper than anything else we found) on my conference table and include them in every client's review. I know some of them have looked because I've gotten a few emails... I guess the long and short of it is we want folks to want to check our blogs daily and when they want some inspiration. BTW - loved the photos of the kids - they are darling!!!

  13. Yay!! Congratulations on getting your DSLR at last! Your photos look wonderful!

    I think the perfect name for your sweet, adorable camera is Daphne. It's bubbly, sunny, and fun. :D

  14. You and your family are gorgeous. Really stunning! Congratulations on your new purchase...it does a great job (but how can it not when it has such great subjects!) I love the name Della...but I don't have anything else for you right now!

  15. Eye-ris. Or Eye-rene, Or Eye-leen. Or Alv-eye-ra. Or El-eye-za. Or Eye-eesha. Or Eye-nez. Or Eye-vy. Or Eye-sis. Or Eye-ona.

    I just figure she'll be the new eye through which you'll see the world. Besides, I've got an idea for a guest post!!

  16. pix-ella? flash-onista? i'll think of a few more....

  17. Haha, I dont have a suggestion for a cute name, but I couldn't help smiling when I looked at your extremely cute children. Those little ones could brighten any day! Congrats on the new camera, I am planning to buy one soon myself (mine seems to be on the fritz I am very upset). Do you mind my asking how much you bought the 'used' body for?


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