a 'just because' gift:

December 8, 2010

I just want to talk about my husband for a second. He is really one of the best gift-giver's I know. His gifts are really thoughtful, mostly practical, and sweet. So the other day, he told me that he had a gift for me. I opened it up, and it was a canon rebel. My very first SLR! and it's not even Christmas yet! He said it was a 'just because' gift because he knew I was feeling un-inspired lately. Yikes, he really raised the bar for 'just because' gifts.

Now don't get me wrong, we don't go buying each other expensive things like this all the time.. and we didn't get a wedding gift for each other so I'm partially putting this toward that. :)
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Anyway, I thought I'd bust out my old camera and
do one last shoot .. taking pictures of my new camera!

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REBEL!

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Turning it on for the first time, so magical!

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Nick also said he would take a photography class with me. Isn't he the best? I've been wanting to take a photography class to learn how to use a slr camera.. & I love taking classes with my husband (we took a letterpress class together last year!)

I am just reminded everyday of how blessed I am to be married to such an amazing guy. Not because he gives me cool presents. Just because he is my best friend, we always talk & laugh together and we love spending time together. I love being married to him!

46 hello's:

  1. I read your blog all the time, just haven't ever commented. This story is so sweet! I love the sentiment behind it and the fact that it will turn into something you can do together. He gets an A+ for this one :)

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  2. What a great guy! Hope you enjoy the camera. I bet we'll see beautiful pics on your camera taken by you now. Have a great day, love.

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  3. Well, this is an awsome 'just because' gift! What a great guy your hubby is and I hope you will both enjoy the class together.
    I have a DSLR and loooove it sooooo much! Although it is heavy to carry it around, I do it, because I can't live without it!
    I'm sure you will enjoy it too (can't wait to see the pictures you'll take!)

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  4. That is sooo sweet!! :) What a thoughtful husband! :) Just because gifts really are the best!!

    I just finished taking a really great photography class at Art Center in Pasadena. It's called Basics of Digital Photography, with LA photographer Dana Hursey. He's teaching two sections of the course next semester - Tuesday or Thursday from 7-10pm. I learned SO much in this course, how to use my SLR, how to compose photos, and how to use Adobe Lightroom too! It's amazing to see how much my photos have improved since I took it - I highly recommend it, if you & Nick want to check it out! :)

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  5. aw he is too sweet! great gift - and love the idea of taking a class together. :)

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  6. omgosh!!!!! I ma SO happy for you!!!
    Im still waiting for my rebel! ;)

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  7. So sweet! I love my SLR camera but still have no idea how to use it...I really wish I could take a class - how fun!

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  8. A true companion is such a blessing. Congrats Danni!

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  9. Your husband is awesome!

    I got that exact same camera for my birthday, and I'm loving it.

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  10. That is the best gift ever! How great that he also offered to take a photo class with you! You are definitely blessed :)

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  11. i can't believe you use that camera! and i am not saying this is any sort of negative way, but i'm totally inspired & impressed. because i have been wanting an slr so i could take better pictures for my blog, but you already take good pictures of your blog and you are just getting an slr! no more excuses for me.

    you have such a great guy! i am so happy for you. :)

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  12. YAy! SOOOO excited for you!! What an incredible gift!
    I think my husband's just because gifts are my favorite because the thought that is put into it.
    Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  13. Wow, what a great 'just because' gift. Don't let him go! ;)

    Lauren
    www.laurensthoughts.com

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  14. so sweet! you are going love the rebel. i got one for xmas last year and taking photos is so much better and fun!

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  15. How wonderful! This is actually the kind of camera that I use, and I can say that you're definitely going to love it! What a sweet husband you have :)

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  16. Congrats, that is so sweet!! My SLR was also a surprise gift from my husband. I can honestly say that it has changed my life more than anything else I've ever received; it turned an interest in photography into a passion for it!

    I'm sure you are going to be amazing with the SLR - you already do fantastic work with a point and shoot!

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  17. you're one lucky gal! and he's one lucky guy!

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  18. Sounds like you've got a truly awesome husband!
    Your blog is so beautiful with so many gorgeous photos alredy that I'm surprised they are not from an slr...you're going to be a pro in no time!

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  19. Aww, that's sweet. I think I have the same camera!

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  20. Your husband is so amazing. Not only for buying you a 'just because' gift that's totally awesome, but that he'll also take a photography class with you. I honestly think you guys are one of the most precious couples ever :)

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  21. So adorable! Love the gift!!!!!!

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  22. I am a longtime reader but rare commenter I think this post was so sweet I couldn't help but leave a line! Also all this time I thought all your photos were from a DSLR I cannot wait to see what you post now.

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  23. What an amazing surprise! I have a Rebel and it is such a reliable, beautiful camera. I know you'll just love yours! Keep hold of that husband of yours too, he sounds like an absolute gem!

    xo sarah
    http://sarahgabler.blogspot.com/

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  24. You are one lucky girl! I love my SLR camera. He's a keeper!

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  25. That's so exciting! He really must be a great guy! I'm supposed to be getting an SLR camera...but I have to wait until Christmas! ;)

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  26. Aww, that's wonderful! I got my Canon Rebel xti over the summer and I loooove it! I used to always shoot in auto and using my SLR has taught me to shoot completely in auto :) Enjoy it!

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  27. We're thinking of getting this same camera so make sure you post a review!

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  28. You haven't posted about your wedding stuff in a while!

    I'd love to learn more about your wedding events and such!


    ashley

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  29. nice little gift. i just bought one for myself and it has been a delight to learn. And if own a iphone or other smart phone - there are app user guides....so when you are running around taking pictures...you can just pop the app open for reference. it is handy!

    enjoy and looking forward to all the pictures!

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  30. so sweet! taking photography classes together would even be more fun! happy for both of you:)

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  31. Awww what a sweetie he is! So excited for you! if you find a good class, please let us know? I tried taking one at the IFAC and it was just to technical and all book/text study. Went through half the class without ever turning on the camera in class - I was so disappointed I dropped it.

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  32. eeee! happy! can't wait to see where your photos go from here. a little sad for your point + shoot. promise to keep her close. =)
    love, lindsay

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  33. yayyyyyyyy i am sooo excited for you danni!! we'll have to take pics again when you're in MO!! you have an amazing eye already so i can't wait to see your pics!!!

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  34. I have that camera he did good! Give him so suga for that one! xoxo

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  35. That's so sweet. You're very lucky!

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  36. i love just because gifts! way to go nick!!!!
    and danni...you were already so amazing with your point and shoot..i can't wait to see the magical things that comes out of your dslr!
    j.

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  37. Superb! I recently bought my first SLR, a Nikon D5000. Love it, even if I don't yet know how to work 95% of the features.

    I hope you enjoy the photography!

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  38. ooooh how sweet. that is truly a special gift and very sweet of him. enjoy your new toy!!

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  39. That is so sweet of him! Sometimes I think guys don't get enough credit for how thoughtful they can be :)

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  40. Wow--what a sweetie! Happy picture taking, Danni!

    P.S. I'm your calendar swap partner: Did you get yours yet?

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  41. Wow, how exciting! I've had a Rebel for two years now, and it's suited me well. I would recommend getting a couple of nice lenses. I have two prime lenses that I love and that help me shoot in low light- a 28mm f/1.8 lens and an 85mm f/1.8 lens. I would love a nice zoom lens or 50mm, but just can't afford it right now. :)

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  42. AMAZING! WHAT a hubby!

    I, too, received my first SLR this past weekend for my birthday! I am beyond excited to get learning and shooting... I wish I could convince my husband to take a class with me- sounds SO fun!

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  43. Danni: how do you like this camara?
    I don't have a camara yet, I wanted Santa go bring me one...
    is this a camara you would recommend for someone who doesn't know any photography?

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