Capturing my #NikonMOMents

Photography has always been a passion of mine.  The ability to capture a moment, a split second in time, and freeze it.

Its almost magical isn't it?

I remember the first time I picked up a camera and realized what I could do with it. I was in high school and I had elected to take a photography class.  I had to borrow a camera off one of my friends dads; and it was the biggest heaviest bulkiest thing ever!
I had no idea what I was doing, and that was painfully obvious in the first few weeks that I had it.  As I got to "know" the camera (and its many quirks), I got more comfortable, and I realized that I really enjoyed taking pictures.

It wasn't until I had my first daughter though, that I realized how important photography really is.  Each day that passed she grew, and she changed, and I wanted to capture every single milestone.  Even though I had a very basic camera, and my pictures were far from perfect ( or even all that good in some cases), I cherish every picture from those early days of our family.

When I became pregnant again, my first purchase was a shiny new DSLR.  I was determined to document every single hug, hiccup and smile that my children gave me.  My family jokingly called me the mama-razzi, because my camera is like an extra appendage, it was never far from my side.  With the new camera, my pictures really improved, and I definitely put it through its paces.  My childrens lives have been very well documented, and our walls are covered with memories.

Recently I had the chance to upgrade my DSLR to a Nikon 3300, and I'm pretty sure that I'm in love.

"Life is full of surprising, joyful moments—moments worth remembering. The D3300 makes it fun and easy to preserve those moments in the lifelike beauty they deserve: stunning 24.2-megapixel photos and 1080p Full HD videos with tack-sharp details, vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds. With its included zoom lens, the new ultra-compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, the D3300 is a small and light HD-SLR and easy to use, too. 
Like sharing photos? The D3300 photos can appear instantly on your compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing with the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter*! Whether you're creating high-resolution panoramas, adding artistic special effects or recording HD video with sound, the D3300 will bring you endless joy, excitement and memories—just like the special moments of your life."
Not only is a big upgrade from my last camera, but I finally have the chance to play with a fancy lens!   My pictures before were good, but this camera seems to know exactly what I want to catpture, the way it brings out colors, and light, is unreal.  I have been snapping away at everything I see for a week now and I love the picture me and "Niko" are taking together.

Every day with my family is a gift, full of magic and fun, and I'm looking forward to capturing and sharing the moments.  Follow along with the #NikonMOMents hashtag on social media to see how Nikon can help you capture your own memories.

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