Walking by faith isn’t always easy. It’s a combination of trusting that you’ll be provided for, and being thankful for the blessings you’ve received, even when you yearn for more.

Last summer provided a window of opportunity when I could upgrade my camera, something that I couldn’t do either before or now. I chose a dream of a camera—the Nikon D700—based on the full-frame body and high ISO/low noise capabilities. The sacrifice: my two most functional lenses, the 18-55mm kit lens and 18-200mm VR, would no longer work (they’re not designed for the full-frame body).

Since August 2009, I’ve been shooting primarily with a 50mm f/1.8, a $125 lens. Outdoors, I also have a 70-300mm f/4-5.6, a $135 lens. My BlissDom shots were shot 100% with the 50mm. Other lenses just aren’t in the budget in the foreseeable future.

It would be crazy to feel sorry for myself. My camera is amazing. So I’ve learned to shoot with what I’ve got.

Right away I realized that my angle at BlissDom wouldn’t be the speakers (unless I wanted to climb up on stage with them, which is generally frowned upon), but rather the human interest stories, the audience.



And of course, the babies.


My shots of George Duran on stage were tiny, but I was able to head to lunch early and get shots before everyone arrived, and then later when he was there and I could get closer.



Do you really complain about having to get closer to Harry Connick, Jr.? I don’t.


iHeartFaces ran a contest with a grand prize Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens; BlissDom attendees could submit a second photo to the “Girlfriends” challenge Flickr pool. There were lots of prayers going up: Please Lord, if someone else needs that lens more, then give it to them, but if not, I’d surely appreciate it.

As it turns out, one of my photos was selected for the Top 10, however, someone else won in the random drawing. I won’t lie, tears gathered even before seeing the winner announced. I just had so much invested emotionally.

This is an area where I struggle, but I just have to live by faith; more equipment will come someday. In the meantime I’ll continue to do the best I can, shooting with what I’ve got.

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