A little while ago I made a post when I was having a bad day. There had been a lot of negative things happening in my life and on this day I found out my new (to me) Nikon D700 had been damaged by the previous owner and couldn’t be repaired.
I spent $2000.00 for a new camera body in order to be able to shoot better quality photos and also getting wedding photography this summer. I shot with the camera for 8 months - which included NO weddings because it was after last years season before it decided not to turn on again.
After I posted this message, I got a ton of messages in my inbox filled with positivity and willingness to help. To say I have the most amazing followers is an understatement. I even had one person in particular offer to SHIP me his own camera to use for my trip.
In the past I’ve tried different things to make money - at first to buy the camera body itself and then to fix it. None of which were successful. I made a book, I’ve posted about print sales twice etc. Each time I did people messaged me asking me if I could put a donation button on my profile. I’ve always been uncomfortable about this though. In general I don’t want people to simply send me money. To me, that’s weird and uncalled for. I’d rather you buy something I’ve made because then at least you’re getting something in return as a thank you. However, I diffidently understand that maybe not everyone has $50 - $100 for a print or $80 for a book.
So this is what I propose.
I’ve decided - well not really decided…let’s start over. The last camera body isn’t paid for yet. A new one is 3k - so the old one isn’t being fixed and I don’t have the cash for a new one. The situation is what it is. BUT….I’m going to start shooting film instead.
My grandad used to be into photography when he was younger. He gifted me his Nikon F801 over a year ago. I’ve shot with it a couple times but I have never relied on that completely in a shoot. I’ve mostly just fooled around with it. This is going to be what I shoot with primarily now.
So…I’ve added film and some cheaper film cameras to my wishlist at this time. If you’re one of the people who’s messaged me wanting to help out in the last little while - instead of sending $5.00 my way, check out my wishlist and send me a roll of film instead!
There are films there for $5.00, there are films there for $20.00. There are cameras there for around $60.00.
I really don’t expect anyone to send me anything. But this is my “meet me half way” since I doubt I’ll ever have a donation button on my tumblr. And this is an easy, cheap way to keep me shooting for the time being.
A big, huge, amazing thank you - to anyone who send me a “get well” message or anything with a positive quote. THANK YOU to Derek Woods for being one of the kindest people I know. Thank you for anyone who reads this and thank you thank you thank you in advance to anyone who sends me film.
I feel stupid talking about my camera and my photography to people who don’t do what I do because I’m sure it sounds silly. But this is what I do. I do it so often as in almost every weekend in some way whether I post the photos or not. This is my balance - it’s my “away” from my medical stuff, from my stressful job and anything else that is a negative in my life. It means a lot to me that I’ve even received messages from people wanting to help.
Wishlist can be found here: