Friday, January 23, 2009

Buy it!

While at my parent's house last weekend, I noticed my mom's pictures of her grandkids were woefully out of date. My mom has lots of pictures everywhere and I know it makes her miss us just a little less seeing smiling faces of those she loves. She even had some empty picture frames waiting for updated pictures. As the family photographer (a position paid highly in compliments only), it is my responsibility to get current pictures to my mom. I upload them to the Oly  Costco and she and my dad have a hot date night and go pick them up. It works out great because then they pay for the printing on their end and they get to have a Polish hot dog for $1.50. What is it I get out of this deal? Not a Polish hot dog, but the satisfaction and pride of having my own private photo gallery on display in Oly, WA. So, I have plenty of pictures to send of my kids, but no recent ones of my nephews. I met up with my sister and her sons this week to capture some images for grandma.





Usually 4 year olds are pretty easy to photograph -- by easy I mean compared to a 16 month who runs off or a 2 year old who has tantrums every 3 minutes. Benton is great, but my camera was acting up and that was frustrating and freaking me out. I took about 20 pictures and then the camera refused to let me take more. It was like my worst nightmare coming true. The digital display would come on and off and then just stay on, but frozen. I have nightmares about photography sessions all the time. After fussing with it, I decided to charge the battery. It charged back up immediately, but the latch on the battery door seemed loose. The computer screen continued to act weird too.




With 2 attempts at photos, I did manage to get pictures of both Benton and Nathaniel that their grandmother will appreciate. But my camera was bothering me greatly. I called my business manager (my husband, the administrative brains of this operation) and I explained how the camera was acting. He suggested I call to get an estimate on getting it fixed and then depending on how much it was going to cost maybe we should just buy the new camera I've been drooling over.



She's a pretty thing isn't she? I'm referring to the Canon 50D and I really want this camera. It is not in the budget to buy such a luxury at this time, so I was shocked and very excited when my business manager said, "Buy it!" Okay, so he didn't actually say it like that, but that's what I chose to hear. I should have got it is writing though because when we got home I did a little research and discovered my camera was not on its last leg. The battery needs replacing and my business manager, also my camera repair man, fixed the faulty door for the battery that was causing a bad connection. Now I have no need to have nightmares about my camera suddenly not working during a photo shoot, especially since this malfunction happened with non-paying customers (Sure hope my sister doesn't give me a bad review). On the down side, I have to wait awhile longer for my dream camera. Sigh.

7 comments:

Linds and Manda said...

She is a pretty little camera. Sorry that you can't get it yet. You sure do take wonderful pictures with the old one though.

Kellie said...

I played with that camera at Best Buy last weekend and it was sure nice! It's not in my budget at the moment either, and I'm having so much fun with my current one that I don't think I'll be looking to upgrade for awhile. Which one do you have currently? I have the Rebel Xti which isn't the newest one but I really like it.

Shawna said...

She is a beaut! One day...

I bought a Canon Xsi this week. Jury is still out as I haven't uploaded any yet to check the focus but the shutter lag is non existent! Wish me luck! Thanks for the great information too!

Grandma Sherri said...

And of course your father wishes he was rich and could just go out and buy the perfect camera, but meanwhile we love even what you consider less than the best shots because your subject matter is just so cute its hard to get a bad one- even of Mandy screaming so hard her tonsils showed- darling tonsils too!

Anonymous said...

Yeah for husbands who fix our stuff and make everything better! Jenni Birch

Ratzlaff Reflections said...

My Cannon does the same thing!! It sort of freezes up and I freak out, and then I charge the battery and all is fine again. Thank goodness I have a back-up battery!! Mitch insisted, and I am so thankful!

Jessi Reber said...

Interesting -- my Baby Camera (as I call it :) after 2 years just had an issue this weekend. It sounds like it's taking a picture, but when you look the screen it's black, our suspicion is the shutter isn't opening. I am awful hard on that camera, strapping it to my back and going everywhere with it, every once and a while the camera swings out and bangs this and that :) Thankfully I bought the extended warranty (you spend $1900 on a camera you buy the warranty :) ) but we're having trouble getting a hold of anyone to help!! I'm freaking out because Drew is leaving for Iraq Sunday and taking the little Canon, so I'll be left without anything! Hopefully the saga of my EOS will come to a happy conclusion soon!!
How long have you had your Canon? I'm just curious as to the lifespan - you know so I know when I can upgrade mine too! :)