It arrived yesterday, (yay!) and almost made me husbandless.
See, I hadn’t told Jeff I was ordering it - not because I was trying to hide it, but just because it didn’t come up.. so he wasn’t happy when he saw the link to it at the bottom of my last post. Happily for me, fate intervened and just at that moment his coworkers threw him a surprise baby shower!
How sweet is that? We got some really nice loot, plus a $500 gift card to Babies R Us, which is so incredibly generous and useful I almost cried when he called to tell me.
So now I have the awesome camera body plus portrait lens and no subject (and very little light because it’s been pouring non stop since Tuesday!)
Luckily sammy indulged me long enough this morning so I could try the new lens out on her:
See how her nose is perfectly in focus but everything in the background is blurred (bokeh in fancy photographer speak) ?
That’s exactly the set up I want to be able to take great portraits of Jasper!
Even inanimate objects look more artistic through this super fast lens, like this close up of Jasper’s angel mobile:
So now that I hope to be taking some nice pictures, I need to figure out what to do with them all. I know about making photobooks using services like “My Publisher” but what I really wanted was to sort of make my own baby journal book.. like Jasper’s first year. But instead of filling out another pre-published book I want to do my own layouts.
I started researching the whole idea and came across the phenomenon known as “Digital Scrapbooking.”
Yes, I am aware I am probably the last person to know about this, but its this whole new world for me and I’m really excited to try it!
In my initial zeal upon discovering digi scrapping, I saved some inspiration images, here are just two layouts (sorry I can’t credit the designers) that I had saved so that if you hadn’t heard of it either you’ll know what I’m talking about:
The whole idea is so right up my alley.. it’s computer based, you don’t have to make a mess and have suitcases full of papers, ribbons etc and the possibilities are endless! Oh, wait, that’s not such a great thing for me.. it will probably take me weeks to do one page because those of you that have been reading this blog from the beginning know that I stress and agonize over every single design decision! Still, it won’t keep me from trying :)