This post is way overdue…
The March Photo Challenge helped me rediscover a love for photography that had been pushed aside by infertility. I remembered how important it is to have hobbies that bring you joy and provide an escape.
I have toyed with buying a new camera for months now, but had promised myself I would not until we were 6 months pregnant. I have no idea why the 6 month mark was important. Looking back it was really quite ridiculous. Being 6 months pregnant is no guarantee that a baby will come home with you.
“It seems so foolish and wasteful to spend a pile of money on a camera to essentially photograph my cats and my friends’ children,” I told Mr. Husband when he would instruct me to ‘just buy one, damn it.’ “Plus, surely buying a camera before I was 6 months pregnant would jinx the entire thing and leave me barren and sad for life.”
Totally irrational, I know.
By the end of the March Photo Challenge it was clear that a new camera was money well spent. Photography gave me something to do in the evening rather than read IF blogs and madly Google live birth rates with FETs. Every morning I woke with a refreshed spirit and an unclouded creative eye that made me smile and think.
Last week I bit the bullet and bought a used Nikon D90 and two lenses. It arrived this week and I took it out for our first rendezvous last night. I sure have a lot to learn about SLRs but I’m excited for the challenge. I have a digital photography textbook that has been collecting dust for a few years that I think I’ll breakout and start working my way through. I’m excited to photograph our adventures again, and to actually post them to our Adventures in Marriage blog, which has been sadly neglected since Infertility came to stay.
I’m going to try and share photos with you all on a weekly basis, too. A few blogs I read do a weekly photo post, where they put up 7 photos from the past 7 days and share a sentence or two about them. Wait… Yoda says try does not exist. Do or do not. So I’m going to Do. I WILL share photos with you each week that will chronicle what I’m learning and my daily adventures. It is my goal to find photos that have nothing to do with infertility and everything to do with all the other joy and wonder in my life that is to often overshadowed by the big barren uterus in the room.
Notes: Photos are of Z, my friend Kami’s daughter. I adore Z. She is brimming with creativity and eccentricity. She finds wonder in everything and is a constant inspiration for us and our journey to have our own child. She is also absolutely beautiful and super easy to photograph! Photos taken Thursday, April 19 at the UK Arboretum.