Rickie McCanna / Selling My First Camera

This isn't well worded, just me rambling about emotional attachment to camera gear.

Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 50mm f1.8

Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 50mm f1.8

I've always wanted to be a photographer, as long as I can remember. I used to take my friend's MySpace selfies, along with my own. A lot of thought and editing went into them, even if they were just selfies. I love taking photos of people. I love faces, eyes, hair & emotion.  When I was 16, I worked many nights bussing tables and making salads to earn enough money to buy my very first camera: a Nikon D3100. This was a great starter camera that I bought brand new at Best Buy, and I had never been happier. This was a huge first step in the right direction of my photography career. 

From there I charged people $25 for photos, but I wasn't doing it for the money, I still don't. It's still nice to have the extra cash but it's amazing working with clients and capturing memories with them. For years I met up with family members, friends and strangers at parks or even in my backyard. I've graduated to more professional methods, but I'll never get sick of taking photos of people.

Now, it's 2017, my camera as released seven years ago, I've had it for five. I decided to upgrade with the good old income tax return. I set out to sell my camera paired with it's 18-55mm lens to anyone that wanted to start out in photography, just like I had. Someone from the same joint vocational program I went through in high school wanted to buy my camera.

And just like that, an exchange with an arts student and $300 my camera was gone.

This camera went with me to so many places, I grew up with it.

My first time shooting a show.

Meeting my husband.

Starting a magazine.

Moving out of my parents house.

Hundreds of concerts.

Shooting my first wedding.

Graduating high school.

Moving out of my first apartment.

At least 10 Warped Tour Dates.

Becoming a professional photographer, something I had always wanted to be.

I hold an emotional attachment to this camera, it's sad to see it go. I have brought this camera with me everywhere I go for years, I grew up with it, and I built my life around it.  I am so proud and happy to be a photographer.

Saying goodbye to my first camera was a really hard thing to do. It does make me so happy that it got into the hands of another aspiring photographer. I hope it will bring good luck and joy to their life as well. Good luck to her, and we'll have a new start with a Nikon D7200.

Rickie McCanna