My friend Dana takes exquisite photographs. She also writes great blog posts. But even if she didn't, I'd still visit her blog Catholic Working Mom to look at her beautiful images. You should see her birds and the squirrel perched on top of the bird bath and her flowers... I look at my own photographs. Sigh! Sigh! But...

The other day I asked Andy what he'd like for his birthday and he asked for a camera. Off we went to do some birthday shopping. We stood before the huge display of cameras of all makes and pixels and colours and zoom and...

"Which one would you like?" I asked Andy.

"Well, actually, a second-hand camera will do me fine. How about I have your old camera and we buy you a new one?"

Suddenly it felt like my birthday. After a long discussion with the sales assistant I came home with this tiny Nikon camera stuffed full of features. The introduction booklet is twice as big as the camera. I wonder if I will ever be able to work out how to use it properly. It seems much cleverer than me. The first question was would I be able to work out quickly how to take some photographs, so I could use the camera at Sophie's confirmation?


Yesterday, having read only the quick version of the instruction book, we set off, camera in hand, for Sydney where Sophie was confirmed with eight other homeschooled children. Sophie took the name Jean-Marie-Baptiste in honour of St John Vianney. She wonders if she can claim not only the Cure of Ars but also Our Lady and St John the Baptist as her patron saints. Sophie asked big sister Imogen to be her sponsor. And we took a few photos to remember the occasion.  Sophie and Imogen are pictured together at the top of this post.


This is Sophie in her white dress. I took the photo in automatic mode but I think I could have done better if I'd chosen portrait mode.


Here's Sophie with her very proud Dad.


And this is Sohie's confirmation present photographed in macro mode.


By the evening, I discovered portrait mode and took this picture of Sophie and her confirmation cake. Andy and the girls made twelve different fruits from fondant icing to represent the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit.


Here's the cake in food mode but I'm wondering if there is a wooden table mode that would eliminate the orange glow from this photo...


"Hey Andy, look! Black and white mode!"


Today we are celebrating Andy's birthday. Here's the birthday boy in portrait with his new second-hand camera. Actually, this photo looks like it was taken with the old camera. What did I do wrong?


And this one. Andy received some other presents just for himself which I can't share such as clothes (he is much bigger than me) and a bike helmet (I don't own a bike).

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Finally... Andy and Gemma-Rose enjoying a birthday morning tea. 

Looking at my photos I still think Dana's are a whole lot better, in fact a great deal better. I will have to make myself read all the instructions properly instead of just snapping away hoping for the best. By the way, I'm sure I read about a smile mode and a blink mode and a skin softening mode. Do you think that last mode will eliminate my wrinkles? Yes, I really must work out how to use the camera properly.

So here we are celebrating Andy's birthday and I feel like the birthday girl. Of course I love my new camera and its potential to take better photos, but what I love most is my wonderful husband who always puts me first... even on his birthday.

Happy Birthday Andy!


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  1. Congratulations, Sophie - you look absolutely beautiful! And, happy birthday, Andy - I hope you had a great day, today.

    Lovely photos, Sue. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photographic masterpieces!:)

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  2. I forgot to say how impressed I am by that Confirmation cake! Was it hard to get the fruit to look realistic? It looks great!:)

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  3. Thank you for the greetings, Vicky. I will pass them onto Sophie and Andy.

    Decorating the cake was great fun. The hardest part was trying to think of 12 different fruits that could be moulded out of fondant icing... strawberries, blueberries, apple, orange, grapes,lemon, pineapple, pear... good thing we know a tomato is really a fruit!

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  4. That cake was great! Wonderful idea!
    Love the pictures. Loved the black and white picture - they are really nice to have sometimes. What a generous hubby!
    Congrats to Sophie. She looked beautiful. God bless!

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  5. Sophie looks just lovely, congratulations to her! Your photography turned out great! I don't even have time to read our manual so none of my pictures turn out. LOVE that cake!

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  6. Hi Auntie Sue.
    I like that cake.
    From Melanie xo xo

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  7. Thank you, Colleen. I love black and white photos too. I am looking forward to doing some more experimenting. Andy is one of those sort of people who will give something away if he thinks someone else likes it. Very generous! Thank you for your comment. God bless!

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  8. Hi Angie, I know what you mean about not having time to read a manual. I am always reluctant to take the time to learn things properly. I always think I'll work it out as I go along. This time I'm going to do things properly! God bless you!

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  9. The cake was delicious Melanie. It was a white mud cake decorated with white chocolate frosting. The girls had a great time making the fruits. They are very sweet!

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  10. Best wishes, congratulations on your daughter's Confirmation and happy birthday to your husband.

    I've put the video back on again on my Blog. Trouble with my computer got it lost.

    God bless.

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  11. Thank you Victor! Should I look at the video or heed your warning? Might be too scary for me!! God bless.

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  12. Hi Sue, now your pictures will be even more fabulous than they already were!! Your husband has a kind and generous spirit in offering the camera purchase to you!

    I love the confirmation cake! Andy is familiar with using fondant? My hubby probably wouldn't even know what the word meant!! Impressive!

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  13. Thank you, Noreen!I'm going to have fun with my new camera.

    Andy likes cooking and decorating cakes. He often cooks for me. But I seem to remember your husband takes you out to dinner regularly. I'd like that too!

    God bless!

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  14. You are hilarious! How I wish there was a mode that would remove wrinkles! Thanks for the shout out! That was very sweet. Sophie looked absolutely beautiful! Tell her, "Congratulations on becoming an adult in the Church." I also love the idea of the fondant fruit to represent the gifts of the Holy Spirit! I never would have thought of that. How clever! P.S. - Eek! Almost forgot Andy - Happy Birthday!

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  15. Hi Dana, glad I could put a smile on your face! Do you know my camera can detect when someone is smiling, and as soon as that happens the photo is taken automatically? Well, that is what is supposed to happen. We waited and waited and then I took the picture myself. (Andy's smile was getting a bit strained.) I wonder if Andy had to show his teeth in order for the camera to know he was smiling. Anyway, back to the instruction book...

    I will pass on your greetings to Sophie and Andy. They will be so pleased you stopped and read their story.

    God bless you, Dana and may your prayers be answered.

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  16. Congratulations to Sophie and Happy Birthday to Andy! The pictures came out great, Sue, and the cake looks yummy!

    Thank you for your prayers :)

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  17. Thank you, Mary! The cake was delicious. Maybe I should post the recipe: white chocolate mud cake.

    And I am so sorry to hear about your friends' sufferings. I will continue to pray.

    God bless!

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