April 18-21 Weekend Recap

This weekend had a lot of ups and downs. Mostly ups with just a few snags along the way. Haha.

1. I rented the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G. And oh my goodness, I'm in love with this lens. I'd love to have the 1.4 big brother, but it's just too expensive for now. But this guy is more affordable and I'm seriously considering adding it to my gear bag! I rented this lens because I second shot with

Karen Allen

. I had a blast and I'm SO thankful to her for trusting me to not only shoot with her, but to also trust me to represent her brand and business.

2. This is the "down" part of the weekend. While at the wedding, my camera gave me this error message. Each memory card I put in my camera gave me the same error message saying that the memory card was corrupt and that I needed to insert a new memory card. I was nearly in tears because I was on the job and frantically trying to get my camera to work. Thankfully, I did have my back-up camera, but you can see a significant difference in the images.

I called Matt in a last-ditch effort to get him to do a quick Google search to see if we could diagnose the problem. He said that he couldn't find anything. He was on page 3 or 4 of his Google search and then he found a forum with one comment from someone saying that they had the same problem. The commenter said that a pin in the memory card slot had gotten bent and that was causing every memory card to seem corrupt to the camera.

After holding my camera up to a light, I saw one pin tilted to the left. I was relived and devastated at the same time. On the one hand, I knew the problem and knew it could be fixed. On the other hand, I knew I wouldn't be able to fix it until after the wedding. Thankfully this was in the last hour and there wasn't a whole lot going on, but still I felt awful. Karen was super gracious and understanding, but I hate giving anything less than my best on a job.

As soon as I walked in the door at home, I pulled out my camera and gave it to Matt. He surgically took a metal nail file and straightened the pin back out. Now all my memory cards work with no problem. So thankfully the crisis is adverted, but goodness it was not a fun experience!

3. Matt and I have been away from our church for a few weeks, and we were so excited to be back. We loved being able to spend Easter with them again. After the service we were invited to an Easter meal with some friends. We had a fantastic time of food and fellowship. I made deviled eggs. It's my grandmother's recipe. It always seems to be a big hit; there were only 2 left!

Overall, it was a great weekend! I loved being back behind the camera at a wedding. I'm so excited for the experience I'm able to gain this year. The Lord definitely provides.