Capturing & creating memories with Canon.

by heirtoblair on December 5, 2011


 

Halloween2010 200x300 Capturing & creating memories with Canon.

I knew we would be perfect candidates for Canon’s “Your Second Shot” project. (you know that cute ad with the couple going back to Barcelona? that camera! that project!) Last year, our camera settings were off in the fading day of Halloween, creating a horrid gold cast that ruined all pictures where Doug & I are posed with Harrison. I eventually converted them to a basic black & white, but you miss the amazing color that popped from the mums last year, or the pink tail of Harry’s mouse costume, or how I painted my nose with hot pink lipstick.

The entire moment wasn’t lost, but the full story isn’t told. I hate it when that happens.

Canon graciously sent me the new Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS & I knew the perfect moment to capture – Halloween 2011 in full color. We carved pumpkins & watered mums & spread fake spiderwebbing & purchased a Captain America costume, all to create a memory that would last forever on film.

But.

Life got in the way. Family crisis & pouring rain left me alone with Harrison on the coldest, most dreary Halloween I can remember since my own childhood. The day grew darker & darker as rain pounded from the skies & we waited for Doug to get home. After Harrison crawled into bed, his third Halloween spent without a costume & trick-or-treating, I sat down on the floor in frustration. The project, lost. The evening, forgotten. Just like last year.

Doug came home & we turned off the front porch light. Some nights call for champagne & lingerie & music, but we put on comfy tshirts & crawled in bed with mugs of coffee & cider. The leftover Halloween candy was eaten as we laughed over episodes of One Tree Hill on the iPad (my Netflix choice, much to his dismay). The room was lit by one small 40-watt bulb, but I pulled out the Canon PowerShot & snapped this self-portrait, full of love.

IMG 0118 1024x768 Capturing & creating memories with Canon.

It’s not the Halloween picture I planned or hoped for. You cannot always capture the moments, but when you capture it for a lifetime? These tiny moments? They are so much sweeter.

So thank you, BlogHer & Canon, for helping me create a Halloween memory that wasn’t orchestrated, but is so adored.

This picture made possible by Canon’s incredible new PowerShot ELPH 300 HS. With its 24mm ultra-wide lens & HS System, it is perfect for capturing low-light images without ruining the color or clarity of the shot. We own the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS & love it, so I was thrilled to test out this newer version. Verdict? It is amazing. I cannot wait to show you even more pictures that are better planned. It is also so slim & light-weight that it’s perfect for a diaper bag or clutch, to carry around as the go-to daily camera.

Canon & BlogHer supplied me with the new camera, as well as compensation for my time. They’re awesome, but the opinions & photography are mine.

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Allison December 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

John’s Birthday – love it!

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Amanda December 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I love Morry & Franny’s story.

:)

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Melissa G December 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

My wedding. My boss at the time (a professional photographer) shot my wedding and they were horrible. Only one candid that I would even frame. No shots of myself and my bridesmaids. Not even any full length of my dress. So sad, but it was still a great day!

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Emily December 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I like the 90th birthday one.

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Jessie C. December 10, 2011 at 1:26 am

I like Sisters at the Beach
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Jessie C. December 10, 2011 at 1:27 am
Elena December 10, 2011 at 3:59 am

The Bet is my favorite

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Elena December 10, 2011 at 4:00 am
Mitzi December 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Genelle G December 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

The link to The Second Shot wasn’t working, but I googled and found the website. I think The Greatest Catch was a great story! Loved how the man’s first picture was a fish he caught and his second picture was his wife! He who finds a wife finds a good thing. :)

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Kerry December 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I like the Sisters at the beach one.

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Kerry December 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm
steff December 10, 2011 at 11:26 pm

i voted for 4321 miles my fav!

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steff December 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm
Tina M December 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

I like the Morry & Franny story.

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Tina M December 11, 2011 at 12:04 am
Erica Best December 11, 2011 at 2:02 am

Sisters at the Beach is my fave

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Erica Best December 11, 2011 at 2:02 am
Amy Tong December 11, 2011 at 7:29 am

My favorite is the 90TH BDAY STRIKE..OUT story.

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Amy Tong December 11, 2011 at 7:30 am

I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/145827613812850688

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Susan Smith December 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I liked the 90th birthday strikeout photo

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Susan Smith December 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Jill H. December 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I also love John’s birthday.

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Kayce Crews December 12, 2011 at 3:12 am

I like “John’s Birthday.”

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Anne K. December 12, 2011 at 3:15 am

The Bet!

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sandra December 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

my favorite is unseen memories

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Lori Jones December 12, 2011 at 11:34 am
Lori Jones December 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

cute!

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cw December 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

My favorites are the zion or barcelona stories….those are two places I love and also didn’t take great photos to remember them.

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Meredith December 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

John’s Bday Story –Love!!!

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Karina December 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

awesome camera

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Karina December 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Miguelina Salvador December 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

John’s Birthday story is so cute!
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Miguelina Salvador December 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm
Gina M Maddox December 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

I like the John’s Birthday story!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Gina M Maddox December 16, 2011 at 11:13 am

tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/147695886124859394
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angie lilly December 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I voted for the Times Square Memory! They def deserve another chance at that NY shot!

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angie lilly December 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm
Carmen December 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Several great stories but I liked 90th Bday Strike..OUT..

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Melissa December 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I read through all the second chance posts and loved them all because a lot of them were small everyday moments that are so crucial and I have to say yours is my favorite because really, little late night moments like this are what makes being with your loved one worth it. :) Thank you for the heartwarming post. xx

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Melissa December 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm

i tweeted: http://twitter.com/abitnerdy/status/148244919448903680 :)

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Jeremy December 18, 2011 at 12:05 am
Jeremy December 18, 2011 at 12:07 am

The Engagement Fail is not funny, but wow, yes… an iPod won’t do!

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Mary M. December 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

Loved the Bet story the most.

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Mary M. December 18, 2011 at 12:46 am
ANGEL JACKLYN December 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

I VOTED FOR My little Clown

CUTE LITTLE BOY. CUTE STORY. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

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ANGEL JACKLYN December 18, 2011 at 12:54 am
Howell December 18, 2011 at 5:04 am

I like the moment from the 90th Birthday on Senior bowling league. So endearing.

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Howell December 18, 2011 at 5:14 am
karen M December 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

My favorite is the 90th Bday Strike..OUT!

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Jammie December 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I like the 500 miles to darkness. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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Jammie December 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Eugenie December 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

My fave is the big top cupcake that spelled Happy Birthday Shea in braille on it in round sprinkles. Very Sweet.

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Eugenie December 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Mari December 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I like The Bet the best.

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Sarah L December 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

My favorite is John’s Birthday.
Thanks for the contest.

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Sarah L December 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Melissa December 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I’d pick The Bet. (although they’re all great!)

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Tabathia B December 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I like the Times Square Story
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Tabathia B December 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm
Maria December 19, 2011 at 12:24 am

I’m thinking the Bet is my favorite.

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Kelly Massman December 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I will choose LITTLE MIRACLE!

thanks for a chance to win!
And, have a GREAT day!
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