Previously on…

So, it’s been quite awhile since the last post. The few readers we have might have even forgotten we exist.

Work, life, more work, blah, blah, blah etc. have kept us busy. The usual. Hopefully we will make up for that this late summer/fall with some progress photos of the house! We still need to, you know, actually find the time to finish some of the projects and all (we have way too many at ~90%), but at least we have a brand new camera.

We had always planned to get a nice camera before we started taking true “after” photos of our house. After shopping around for quite awhile, we ended up with the Nikon D5100 and we couldn’t be happier. Right out of the box, and simply using it on “Auto” with the stock lens we were getting some great pictures. While we are not photographers (we have only ever had point-and-shoots or cameras on our phones), the images we were getting just blow anything else we have out of the water.

Just a few examples of the first pictures we took with the camera. (all credit to the camera, not the photographers):

catherine & arya



Catherine wasn’t super happy about me posting her picture, but I think that is such a perfect picture of both her and Arya; I just had to post it.

We also took several pictures in different rooms of our house (mainly the living room, dining room, and master bedroom since they get some of the best natural light) just to test it out and I was very happy with how the pictures turned out with very little tweaking. Of course, we can’t show you those because those rooms are not complete. Soon enough!

I know our pictures won’t look “professional” compared to the magazines and blogs we read but this camera puts them a LOT closer. If you’re considering a versatile, entry-level DSLR, I received many suggestions for the D5100 and so far I can say it was worth the money. It should give us some room to grow too as we learn about how to manipulate it more and possibly pick up an additional lens or two.

I promise to get a few other blog posts up this week and to try and get it back on track for at least a couple posts a week. For now, what do you think of the new camera? Do you like or dislike the inclusion of personal posts that don’t directly address design?


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