Today is the first official day of summer and I have something VERY special up my sleeve to share with you. If you are a regular visitor at Kinder Craze, you probably know about my interest in photography. Actually, it's more than just an interest. It has become my favorite form of creative expression. I love bringing my camera to family events and capturing memories. I also enjoy bringing my camera into the classroom (and I'm pretty sure the classroom parents love it too). Today I am partnering with some of my favorite teacher-bloggers to bring you an incredible giveaway with all of my favorite photography tools. This is one giveaway you do NOT want to miss!
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The Camera Kit
Let's get right down to it and talk about these amazing prizes and why I love them so much. First up, the camera. We are giving away a Canon T5 camera kit that comes with an 18-55mm lens. I'm sure that's a whole bunch of foreign language to you so I'll try and make it really simple. I personally use a Canon T3i camera, which is no longer manufactured. This camera is newer than my own personal camera. In most circles, we call that better. It also comes with a standard zoom lens, which allows you to zoom in and get a closer look at your subject, and it also zooms out to become a wide angle lens.
As I type this, I am returning home from my honeymoon in Naples, Florida (I got married last week, can you believe it?!? You can read more about that here.) My husband and I brought the camera to Florida with this and pretty much used this lens nonstop. It's great for capturing scenery or a couples photo on the go.
Our hotel room had a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Mexico and we used this lens to photograph the sunset every single night. Here is one image that we grabbed early on in the trip. I didn't edit this photo at all. This is how it looked straight out of the camera using the lens included in the kit.
The 50mm Bonus Lens
As if that wasn't enough, we are also giving away a BONUS 50mm lens. This lens doesn't zoom but it is my absolute favorite lens for capturing special moments! It has a maximum aperture of f1.8 (which is the technical way of saying that it can create a wonderfully blurry and artistic looking background). Use this lens to snap a few photos and people will be so impressed with your photographic abilities.
We went out to the Naples Pier one evening and I handed my camera to a friendly stranger to snap a photo of Rob and I. That's right. This photo was taken by a stranger on the pier. Notice how the background is blurred and even though you know there are people behind us, you don't see them clearly and they don't distract you from the subject of the photo. That's the magic of this lens. Had we taken this photo on my iPhone, you would have seen the people behind us as clearly as my husband and I. Once again, this image was not edited one bit.
The Missy Mint Camera Bag
Every great camera deserves a good-quality camera bag to keep your equipment safe on-the-go. My own camera bag is a Jo-Tote and I get compliments on it ALL the time. Usually, women just tell me they like my purse. They have no idea that it's a camera bag. Every bag in the Jo-Totes collection serves as a great accessory. Just because a bag is used to carry gear, doesn't mean it can't be stylish! The lucky winner of this giveaway will also receive a free Missy Mint bag from Jo-Totes.
I have been eyeing this bag online and I really want a new one for myself. I adore the soft mint color. And just look at all the space inside. You can hold a lot of lenses and equipment in addition to your camera and the front pockets are perfect for storing keys and other personal items.
Enter to WIN A Camera, Jo Tote and Bonus Lens
Armed with a fancy new camera, two lenses and a stylish camera bag, you will be all set to Capture Summer and all of it's glorious memories. Use the rafflecopter below for your chance to WIN and best of luck to you!
Visit Crazy Together to Learn More
If you want to learn more about photography, I occasionally share tips on my personal blog, Crazy Together. The wedding planning sidetracked my Crazy for Photography but I have plans to share more tips again in the very near future. You can find links to the gear that I use on the homepage of Crazy Together. If you want to see more photos from the honeymoon, that's even more reason to stop by the blog. We plan to write about it later this week!