Full disclaimer: I am not a photographer. Sure, I take a lot of pictures – but that’s essentially all I am: a picture-taker. When purchasing a new camera, photographers are people who consider things like shutter speed, lens selection, aperture, and various camera-words-that-I-don’t-know-because-I’m-not-a-photographer. Meanwhile, in the other camp, a “picture-taker” will pick out a camera based on… “I don’t know, is it easy to use? Is it heavy? Do I have to know stuff about cameras to be able to use it? Will it take better pictures than my iPhone?”
These are all real questions that I asked when searching for a new camera.
Photographers don’t like picture-takers (I’m just guessing). At least they don’t like the picture-takers who like to call themselves photographers. (Again, I’m just guessing.) I feel like if I had taken a lot of time and practice to hone my craft, I’d be pretty annoyed with the person who shows up with an iPhone and an Instagram account and refers to themselves as a “photographer”. Congratulations, you officially have as much photography experience as Chrissy Teigen (who, for all I know, could actually be a very skilled photographer. She has 16 million followers on Instagram, so maybe she’s doing something right… besides just being Chrissy Teigen.) (Note that I have nothing against Chrissy Teigen. Nor has she, to my knowledge, ever claimed to be a professional photographer.)
Meanwhile, my boyfriend was asking about things like ISO. “What’s the ISO on that camera?” was one of the questions he asked me after I told him I’d found one and that I’d researched it and that it was “DEFINITELY THE ONE THAT I WANTED”. Because he’s a photographer, he assumed that I was looking at things like “ISO”. Because I’m a ‘picture taker’, I was not. Instead I was focused on: “What does it look like? Is it small, is it lightweight, is it cute?” (I don’t know why this mattered, but for some reason, it did, a little bit.) “Is it easy to use? Will I HATE learning how to use it?” and “PICTURE QUALITY.” – which really just meant, “It HAS to take better pictures than my iPhone or it’s not worth it.” So, the majority of my research consisted of reading reviews written by other ‘picture takers’ like me. Reading reviews was crucial – because I knew I didn’t want something I had to LEARN. I know that sounds crazy, considering I was buying a CAMERA – but I wasn’t buying it to start a photography business on the side, I really just wanted it to add better content to my blog, and because taking pictures is fun. (AND BECAUSE I got tired of whipping out my iPhone at places like the Grand Canyon and The Golden Gate bridge. Call me old fashioned, but those pictures – vacation pictures, pictures that you want to save – should be on a CAMERA, not a phone.)
I realize this is starting to sound like a sponsored post for the camera I bought. Trust me, it’s not. It’s just that I haven’t written anything in a while, and it turns out I’m a little rusty.
So anyway – long story short – I bought a camera. It’s cute, it’s lightweight, it’s easy to use. It’s a mirrorless – which will only mean something to the ‘camera people’ reading this, but I feel like it’s worth noting if you’re thinking about buying a camera. (Or maybe I’m just trying to prove to you that I actually researched them. I did, I swear.) Anyway – now all I want to do is take pictures!… of everything.
Over the weekend, we headed a few towns over to a cute little suburb with plenty of boutiques, local businesses, and – what has turned out to be – our new favorite brunch spot in downtown Naperville! It reminded me of a place that I’ve been to in Nashville that offered hospitality and a certain small-town charm. I am all about places with small-town charm (which I think is a side effect from all of the Gilmore Girls I watched growing up).
I’m a sucker for cute small-towns. I grew up in a small town- granted, it was more fields than town, but still. Walking through one always makes me feel like I’m the lead in a Hallmark movie. Maybe I’ll make friends with the baker, or the shop owner, or the whoever and together we’ll save the town, or the bakery or the shop or the whatever, and all of the townspeople will cheer and hoist me on their shoulders and we’ll all live happily ever after.
And there will be a parade. There’s always a parade.
Or maybe Kyle and I will just walk around and take pictures and I’ll say things like, “How CUTE is this area?!” and he’ll say, “Yea, it’s cool” to humor me. That’s how it usually goes.
But seriously – come on! HOW CUTE?! Right?!
Look at this graffiti wall. I don’t know what kind of town Naperville used to be “back in the day”, but this makes me imagine it as a horse-and-buggy, soldiers-coming-home, women-wearing-polka-dot-dresses-and-going-to-the-market kind of town.
And maybe there was a flood, or something. I don’t know. It looks like that one guy is pushing is car out of the water – and I don’t know WHAT’S going on with those horses, but they looked spooked.
But still. CUTE, right?!
I like this town because it has “nice” graffiti. You know?
These three shops were my favorite, right below. This was actually in Glen Ellyn. (That will only mean something to you if you’re from the Chicago suburbs. Which, if you are, I suggest you head on over to Blonde Boutique as soon as you can – they had soooo many cute things! I wanted to buy the entire store!)
So that’s the story of our little adventure. What’s your favorite thing about small towns?!