Updated: Mar 20, 2019
I have a lot of friends who are moms and like them I remember when I started photography few years ago. All I wanted was to take some decent photos of my kids.
First of all, there are so many types of cameras out there from Nikon, Cannon and Sony to name a few. I am going to talk about my experience with my camera of choice. I personally shoot with a Nikon and to be exact I started with a Nikon D3200 which is a great intro camera for beginners. The D3200 is an older model (I believe right now the newest version of this camera is the D3500) and It usually comes in a bundle deal with two lenses; the 18-55mm. and a 55-200mm all though these telephoto lenses are not top of the line they do the job. Now, if you want to get a good lens that is not very expensive but yet really well rounded I would pair this camera with a 50mm F/1.8G for outdoor portraits or a 35mm F/1.8G for indoor. These two lenses are known as prime lenses, meaning if you want to zoom in on your subject you are the one who has to move to create the distance. If all that sounds like a headache to you, it really isn't. The advantages of these two lenses is that because of their wide aperture at 1.8 these are great lenses for low light situation and great "bokeh" (the pretty blur that separates the subject from the background) . Now if you have the camera, the next and most important thing is pleaseee read the manual! A lot of people including my self, don’t like manuals but guess what? They are good for you! LOL. If you really want to get the best out of your camera then you have to make it your main goal to learn how to shoot in manual mode. This way you are the one who controls your camera in different lighting situations. I can keep going on and on about this but then this wouldn't be a blog, it would be a novel, hahaha. If you have any questions please comment below I always try to answer questions as soon as I can. Also if you want to have a better understanding of your camera, I do offer one on one private lessons that include basic editing lessons as well. That being said, please get out there do some trial and error. Remember what is most important; keep taking photos! What you don’t want to do is miss out on those amazing memories. Below are some of the photos I have taken with my D3200, the kit lenses and prime lenses. I hope you enjoy, Take note, the images that I am showing you were taken when I started my photography journey back in 2015 so please don't judge! LOL they are not my best work, but hey we all have to start somewhere right?