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Monday, January 19, 2009


My parent were not the photo-taking-kind-of-parents, in fact we didn't even own a camera. However I had an uncle who loved to take photos and was in possession of a professional grade camera. Thanks to him I have some amazing photos of my childhood. I still remember him arranging us Finlayson children to take our photos. He inspired me as a child to be the kind of person that captures life moments in photos. I admired him so much that as a child I would pretend to take photos of my stuffed animals and mimic all that he did in capturing a photo.

As a teenager, my older brother Rik and I shared in our love of photo taking and would spent time together taking photos of nature, our siblings, our home and one another. We would print the photos and critique what we thought worked and didn't work. My brother taught me about composition and the patience needed in taking a really great photo. I treasure the time we spent pouring over photography magazines and dreaming of the days when we could afford a really amazing camera.

When I moved to Hawaii at the age of 19 I purchased a camera that I LOVED. With this camera I took the most amazing photos. I took that camera everywhere with me, including a two week trip to the UK in 1997. Sadly I wore the camera out and I had to make do with "el cheapos" for several years.

Bill and I purchased a new camera in 2005 when we discovered that I was pregnant. I was excited to have my first digital SLR camera. I have not been a huge fan of this camera but I have used it to take some memorable photos. Sadly again I have "killed" it with my over usage.

So with great joy I have just purchased my newest camera. Sigh I think I am in love and we haven't even met yet! It is being shipped to my loving and waiting arms and should arrive by the end of the week. I almost feel love sick with all of the anticipation of receiving this new camera.
According to the research and specs, it is an amazing camera that surpasses anything I could have ever hoped or dreamed of owning. I am excited to be able to have a camera that will enable me to take the photos that I have only ever dreamed of being able to capture.


Michele said...

That's great you have such a talent for photography. I've always wanted to be good at it but never did. Good luck geting your camera and taking some great pics.

Jana Perkins said...

Gosh, Liam looks a lot like you in that younger photo of yourself. I'm so happy you will be united with your love soon. I think you have taken some amazing photos already. I can't wait to see what comes of this union.

Samantha said...

Ohhh...I am so excited for you!! I would LOVE that camera too and hope to someday get a nicer camera myself!! Can't wait to hear all about it and see all the fun pictures you take with it!!! Good luck!!

Melanie said...

I am so jelous. I want one of those so bad. I'll have to ask Santa for it all year long. Then maybe I'll get one for Christmas. I love your pictures. some of them turn out so artistic. I can't wait to see more of them now that you are getting that bad boy SLR. Have fun with it :)

Rachel said...

Oh my GOOOOOOOOOOOOODNESS Moana!!! I'm so jealous! That is the exact camera I've had my eye on for MONTHS!!! You lucky girl!!! Enjoy it and I can't wait to see all the awesome pictures you take!!!

Jeannette said...

Hi Moana, I think I know your uncle...LOL I have many pictures of you kids, thanks to Jim. We have said that we shoud get them to you guys. I'll put that on my to do list and when I get a few hours without much else to do, I'll start gathering them and send them to you.
I am happy that you have the right equipment to document your family and most of all a good eye and the desire to do so. I am happy that I can get to see more pics of all of you as I visit each of your blogs.
Auntie J.

The Fullmers Three said...

Congratulations on your new toy!!! I can't wait too see what you create with it!