What kind of camera do you have?

I've gotten a LOT of questions about what kind of camera that I use on vacation and my travels. With summer coming up, everyone will be taking trips and family vacations, and I know we ALL have iPhones, which basically records our everyday life- right? But there's just something about taking a camera with you to document your time with your family or friends. 

I was in the same position as you, wasn't sure what kind of camera to get- didn't want to get a huge DLSR that I didn't know how to work-I just wanted something small, light and easy to use. Last summer on my 40th birthday trip, my good friend Nicole Gaylon, brought her Sony A6000 and was capturing everything with a breeze. It was AWESOME. I was hooked once I got my hands on it and was able to see how easy and accessible it was. As soon as we got home, I went to our local camera store and purchased one- and let me tell you, it's been one of my favorite purchases, EVER. I actually got it right before we went to St. Lucia and that was the perfect vacation to take this new camera for a test drive. 

One of my favorite parts about it is that it has built in wifi. WHAT?! I didn't even know camera's could do that. The fact that I can take a picture and then immediately upload it to my phone, that was a game changer. Remember when we used to wait for film to be developed? 

photos from our St. Lucia Trip


What camera lenses or attachments do you have?

Now, I know I have mentioned before what kind of camera I have, but I also have gotten a few questions on whether or not I have different lenses or attachments. When I purchased the camera, I purchased it with the "kit lens"- basically the lens that comes with the camera. The kit lens is a 16-50mm. With this lens, you can zoom in and zoom out, which is a great feature to have, especially if you want that close up shot.

When I was first purchasing this camera, I asked the camera salesman if he recommended another lens to go along with the kit lens. He told me to go for the Sony 35mm F/1.8 prime fixed lens. He said that quality was a better buy than the kit lens and the photos are over all better. And YEAH, he was definitely right! I never take this lens off my camera, it's the perfect match. 

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One of the great things about this camera is how small and light it is to carry around. I've had people ask me if I use a camera strap and even with how small this camera is, I still use the basic strap it came with- because let's be honest, when you're at Disney World and you want to eat a turkey leg, you need both hands. But maybe a camera strap isn't your thing, that's okay, there is a place on this camera for you to use a wrist strap. Anne Claire has a Sony too, but she prefers a wrist strap over the actual strap. It all depends on your preference. 

How do I travel with my SONY? I actually purchased a small travel bag. That way, I can store all my chargers, batteries and my extra lenses safely. We all know how baggage check goes at airports, and I would be SO upset if I opened my suitcase on my vacation to see that my camera was ruined.. 

What about batteries? When I purchased my camera, it came with one battery and a cord to charge it. I knew there would be times where that battery would be dead and I would want another one to use while that one was charging. So I went to Amazon, where I purchased two extra batteries that can charge right on your wall. These are perfect, especially for traveling and making sure you always have a charged battery.