You guys might not know this, but Johanna and I are total rookies when it comes to photography and cameras. Neither of us have any formal experience, and for the past three years we’ve been shooting with an 8 year old camera that sadly went out of order at the end of our California trip. What we have learned has been the product of a LOT of trial and error combined with the help of our talented friends, and so here we are, making it up as we go.

When constantly “invest” in fun props, coloured backdrops, and sugary treats in the name of RAOP, but until our finicky old D40 called it quits we hadn’t really thought much about investing in better tools. I’ve been a dedicated Nikon user since day one, so brand didn’t really come into question, but having never actually purchased a camera before I had no idea where to start…



This is an excerpt from the article Worth a Thousand Words which originally appeared on