It's January of a new year, which always seems to encourage change as well as new and exciting things for just about everyone. Whether it's making (and attempting to keep) your New Year's resolutions, or using this time of year as a general reset, or maybe even starting something brand new.
This January is full of a few exciting things happening for our household....
- Aaron's current TV show's lead actress won both a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award!
- Im attending the AltWinter Blogging Conference (which starts later today)!
- In less than 2 weeks, Aaron, Ziggy and I will officially be living in the same state again! In our own place (for more information on that, see this post)!
- Im starting a new hobby: photography!
- AND.......... Aaron and I very excited to finally launch our brand, new joint project: a new blog!
The new photography hobby..... was a long time coming. Ever since starting this ol' blog back in 2010, I have been the girl who uses her smart phone's camera for just about every photo I upload. Unless, of course, I snag a much better photo that Aaron took with his fancy-pants Canon camera. Not the most ideal situation for photographs for a blog, but its what was working for me.
I picked up Aaron's camera on rare occasion, but just didn't like it. He kept wanting to teach me all that neat things it could do, but I really had zero desire to learn. Every time I held that camera I felt confused and frustrated; both because I didnt know the first thing about DSLR cameras, but also because I just didnt. like. the. camera. I could tell he was getting annoyed with me but I really couldn't explain why I was so against using (or learning about) it.
Since staying with my parents a lot over the past 6 months, I decided to start playing around with theirs and my brother's Canon cameras. And I had the same feelings about them as I did Aaron's: nice, great cameras; but I just didnt like them.
I did lllloooottttssss of research online about various cameras. I read countless reviews and forums about Canons, Nikons, mirrorless cameras, point-and-shoots, fixed lens, and some super amazing cameras that were well out of my "beginners" budget. I narrowed it down to a couple I was interested in and my dad and I headed to Pictureline here in SLC so that I could see them in person and actually hold them in my hand.
I fell in love with the Nikon D5300 immediately. I couldnt put it down! Its hard to explain, but Nikon's interface just... made sense to me. Unlike the Canon. The best way I can explain it is, it's similar to an Mac computer vs. a PC. When I switched from PC to Apple nearly 10 years ago I was surprised at how much better I understood the Mac; the same with the Nikon. It just clicked (no pun intended). I told the guy helping us at Pictureline my analogy and he laughed. Apparently there is a girl that works with him that feels the exact same way. Even though he's an avid Canon user, it didn't surprise him at all that I preferred the Nikon.
So, with my shiny new camera by my side, Im embarking on the long journey of learning more about photography and how to take better photographs. Im still very much a beginner, so bear with me over the next few months :)
*please note: I am not bashing Canon cameras. Canon makes a fantastic camera, but my brain and personality preferred Nikon.
The new blog...... is a project Aaron and I are very excited about. He has been wanting to get back into writing regularly and I wanted to start focusing on a slightly different perspective regarding our food & travel adventures than I do here.
So, we decided a joint blog would be the perfect way to incorporate both of those things.
Allow me to introduce: BOURBON & BUBBLY!
BOURBON & BUBBLY is a food & travel blog that will focus more heavily on the food & travel aspects our adventures. Instead of travelogues, like I do here, it will be more logistics based. Where to go, what to do, what to see, what worked for us, etc.
coffee wine & yoga will continue to be a lifestyle blog that will focus on recipes, more lengthy recaps of our travels and eats, and a virtual journal of our little family and what we're up too.
Be sure to follow us over at BOURBON & BUBBLY as we grow into a brand new blog & website! But please, keep in mind that we are just starting out with this new project and have a long way to go before its a fine-tuned machine. Thanks in advance for joining us!