Friday, September 19, 2008

Wants vs Needs

If you build it, they will come.

That's my mantra.  or at least I act like it.  I can not tell you the countless times I have asked for a guitar for Christmas swearing that if I had one I would learn to play.  

or how about last summer when I almost bought a Roxy surfboard, because if I had one to learn on I could actually learn.

or when I got in they olympic spirit last month and swam 50 lengths in our apartment pool, with the voice of the announcer echoing in my head "she only started swimming four years ago in her apartment in Costa Mesa!  Talk about the American dream!"

So, my mother, like a wise woman would be, is very cautious of these "needs", and usually explains that once I am a pro surfer, she will get me a board, or a guitar, or the newest baking gadget from Williams Sonoma, or a bunch of make-up to be a make-up artist.  I'm very ambitious.

My newest need....ok want, is a digital camera.  I have one that my mother in law gave me that I love, and I also have a nice film camera that I got when I graduated high school.  Both are great, but both have different uses.  So, I would like to get a new digital camera that I can learn with (I used to take photo in high school and college, so this is not that far removed from real life) as well as grow into.  I am dying to learn about lighting, flashes, points of views, and get a real camera-woman's eye (that is for sure the technical term, I am so professional).  In fact, some of my best friends, have their own photography businesses and are superb at it ...maybe I should be asking them for lessons and not just sitting here on my computer writing about it.  Well, if I had a nice camera then I would ask for lessons...uh oh, there I go again. ha.  

ANYWAY,  I truly love a good shot. a moment in time. a glimpse of emotion. nothing at all compares to it.  Our wedding photographer is a great family friend and she took our wedding photos as well as our Trash The Dress pictures:

How fun are these? They totally and completely capture the love, joy, passion and excitement we are having as newlyweds.  They are spontaneous. Adventurous. Exciting. They turned out beautifully, but also they represent something so much more. We messed up our wedding clothes because our marriage is not about the perfect wedding.  It's about sticking together, even when it's messy and having fun in the midst of it.  

I only wish I had this talent, but for once, I am going to learn. I really am going to ask Stephanie and Kathy for lessons, and I am going to save my money and purchase a nice camera. I am going to give back what I learn and use it to capture God's creation, using it for good. 

I am going to turn this want into a need.


Lisa Davis said...

Hi Bonnie. Love the wedding pics and your comments on this post. You don't know me but I found your blog through Mama Manifesto and I am a cousin to Mark Howerton. Any hoo....get the camera. I am in my late 40's and have always wanted to be a photographer. I put my dream aside and life happened, marriage, divorce, second marriage, beautiful children, etc. and now I am finally picking up the camera and having fun with it and taking pictures. I have even sold one of my prints and made a few bucks!! Life is meant to lived to the fullest. The best is yet to come. My wonderful husband got me a fabulous camera a Cannon for Mother's Day and it has truly turned out to be one of the best gifts I have ever received. I have some of my pics on my blog. Check it out. You can do it.

Kristina P. said...

OK, I know I commented on these above, but I really love these. I actually sold my dress back, because I'm not super sentimental about these kinds of things, and I totally wish that I had known about this before.

Melissa with Soul Mates Photography said...
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Melissa with Soul Mates Photography said...

You can do it! I agree with Lisa... just buy the camera :)