Camera Recommendations

Have you been wanting to take better photos? Are you interested in photography? Does the thought of buying a nice camera overwhelm you? No worries! I’m here to help.

I am frequently asked for my camera recommendations and it’s high time I tackle this question for anyone that’s in the market for their first camera! Whether you’re someone wanting to start out in photography, a traveler wanting to take better photos or parents trying to capture their ever-moving children. When I was 20 my neighbor Paula, a talented photographer herself,  helped me pick out my first DSLR and really, where would I be today if it weren’t for her? I’m so thankful she took the time to help me purchase my first camera and I hope in return, I can help others, too!

Here are my top 3 recommendations:
*Disclaimer: I’m not a tech expert. These are simply my recommendations based on either personal experience, reviews and/or comments from other photographers. The good news is, I won’t be boring you with all the specs and talk of megapixels, f stops and other “thing-a-ma-jigs”! However, if you want to know more, email me!


Canon Rebel T6i:
My very first DSLR was a Canon Rebel. When I purchased it I knew very little about photography. I simply wanted to have a nice camera to bring me with when I studied abroad and I had a mild interest in photography. I used it in automatic mode, not really knowing much about the settings and it captured my travels beautifully. In other words, you don’t need to know a lot to get good results.
Fast forward a couple years (and a number of quality lenses later) and this same camera was used to photograph my first wedding! That right there shows you the potential of this camera! I upgraded shortly after that wedding but it shows how long this camera lasted me and how well it grew with me.

I recommended this camera to Brianna before her honeymoon in New Zealand:
“I love it!! It’s really easy to figure out how to use”

Nikon D3300:
I don’t know much about Nikon but I feel it’s only fair to put Nikon on the list as well! I shoot Canon, but not because I necessarily think it’s better than Nikon. It’s simply the first camera that was suggested to me and once I started buying lenses for it, I never went back. The Nikon D3300 is comparable to the Canon T6i, but the good news is, it’s cheaper! If you’re looking for a step up, the Nikon D7100 is another great option.

Michelle bought the D7100 to learn portrait photography and to photograph her children:
“The D7100’s instruction manual was easy to follow. I had confidence after reading it to jump right into manual mode which is where I shoot most of the time”

Sony a6000:
The Sony a6000 is different from the other two, it is not a DSLR. It is a mirrorless camera which means (among other things) it’s MUCH smaller. This camera has me drooling because it’s size and quality make it ideal for travelers. It’s a little more spendy than the other two, but it is incredible!

My adventurous friend Cameron has this to say about his Sony a6000:
“It’s great for hiking and being outdoors where a heavy case and large equipment aren’t practical” 


I hope these recommendations help if you’re in the market for you first camera purchase! Again, if you have more questions, I’m here to help!

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