Don’t let your eyes deceive you. Yes, that does say Canon, not cannon!

I’ve always had an interest in taking photos, but it wasn’t until four years ago that I got my first professional digital camera. With my Canon Rebel Kiss, my love for photography grew, and I started to learn the ins and outs of photography as a creative art.

At the beginning of 2011, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to a better quality camera. That’s when I got my Canon 7D.

It was definitely an upgrade.

With my new digital camera, I could see a world of differences in my pictures. The advanced upgrade allowed me to express myself in a way that my first camera couldn’t. Although I do believe a great camera isn’t necessary to take great photos, I also think that with the proper tools and knowledge, better photographs can be produced.

Now, not only do I enjoy taking photos, but I “think” in pictures as well. The more visual the thought, the better!

The more visually appealing something is to my eye, the more prone I am to like it – and take a picture of it! The subjects that catch my eye are more than just “pretty things.” Personally, I tend to lean toward unusual, one-of-a-kind moments, the kind of things you don’t see in your everyday life. When I capture these images, I’m glad I can share the memory with everyone.

Here are some of my favorite images from shows this year…

As far as taking photos at dog shows, there are many reasons why it is one of my favorite places to shoot. Most of the time, spectacular moments in and out of the ring happen in a split second. By taking photos, I get to see the dogs in a way that I wouldn’t be able to see with my naked eye. By having my camera to capture them, each moment becomes something special.

When one of these moments happens, that photo can bring joy to a lot of people. It’s like that old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Now that keepsake can keep “talking” forever.

When I am able to capture something special through a creative act like photography, then I am satisfied. Thanks to my camera, I’m able to extend my visual sense, making it possible to record some of life’s lasting moments.

Although I’d swear I have long-term memory loss, with photos I can remember those irreplaceable moments in my life.

Pictures are more powerful than we think. Through them, it’s as if time stands still. And this is exactly why my Canon is one of very favorite things!