happy packages in the mail

June 25, 2009 |  Category:   happy purchases


It’s true that most days we get junk and bills in the mail, but in the few day before our trip, we received a bounty of happy packages. My friend Tami, designer/owner at Ismodern, was generous as usual with her package of samples for the girls, including the elephant print dress that Claudine was wearing on day 2 of our trip which I love love love. But the best news of all? Tami is packing up her life in LA and relocating her family to NYC this summer, yay! I get asked many times what I dress the girls in. People! Head over to the Ismodern site now where Tami always has past seasons on sale and help her lighten her load for her cross-country move.

The other question I get asked a lot (actually the number 1 question) is about the camera that I use. I recently bought my first DSLR – a Canon t1i, which I’m still learning how to use. I debated for a long time between Canon and Nikon, but the decision to go with Canon suddenly became clear when I realized that an overwhelming number of photographers that I admire all used Canons. The answer then became quite easy. But as any photo enthusiast and professional can tell you, it’s all about the lenses and I knew I wanted the 50mm EF 1.4, which arrived and is pictured below. The danger of buying lenses, however, is that you want more and more. Not so easy when they are so expensive.

Two more packages – a Mark Jacobs dress marked way down on clearance. Not so sure about the loose cut and shape, but love the print. And we don’t buy other sweets very often because we are around it so much, but I WILL buy artisan, handmade chocolate bars from our friend Nina’s company BonBonBar. These were for Mark for Father’s Day. We are savoring and sharing 1 bar a day till they’re gone.




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  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert June 25, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    You’re really putting that new camera to good use! Great job on the first photo here – it is so hard to shoot into the light like that. Your blog is a real joy – I can’t believe I just discovered it so recently.

  • Gabriel June 26, 2009 at 6:26 am

    i think your photos with the different cameras/lenses are equally strong – it’s really all about your eye and vision. and limitations with fixed focus just makes one come up with more creative solutions. i have noticed that with the new camera some pics have more contrast and saturation. have you thought about getting used lenses at b&h for a discount?

    speaking of discount have you been to fox’s in midwood or century 21 in bayridge?

  • Perideau Designs June 26, 2009 at 6:37 am

    How fun to receive all those goodies! Does Ismodern run big/small? Going to hit up their clearance rack. Thanks again!

  • Beth June 26, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Love the 50mm 1.4, such an expensive hobby! But totally worth it.

  • Jenna June 26, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Bridgett, I find it to run a wee big generally, but then some pieces do not – depends on the piece. Can’t go wrong with buying a bit big as they always grow into them.
    Gabriel, haven’t been to those places, but this lens I bought on ebay, so didn’t pay full price. I’ll have to look into B&H – hey remember when they were a small store on 17th st? was thinking about that the other day.

  • erinn June 26, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I am suffering from lens lust. Even since moving away from NYC I still do all my ‘photography’ shopping through B&H. Love them. Thx for the Ismodern link. I have some gifts to buy now. 🙂

  • sooki June 26, 2009 at 7:44 am

    i adore all the clothes at ismodern! congrats on your first dslr! i recently purchased the 50mm f1.8 and i absolutely LOVE that lens. yes, very expensive hobby to take on and that’s why i can only get one lens upgrade a year. i always thought that your photos were amazing with the p&s, so can’t wait to see your skills with your new camera!

  • Mery June 26, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I’m so jealous of your 50mm 1.4! (but in a good way, I know you’ll rock that lens!) I love a lot of the pieces of Ismodern and would like to buy some for Mila, she just turned 2 and I’m totally confused with how they size clothes now a days… for some brands she can wear 4T for others 3T would be too big. Anyway, Mila looks about Claudine’s built, what size does she wear in that clothes? I’d like to get some fall pieces but afraid to buy 4 an it being too big for her to wear this year.

  • Jenna June 26, 2009 at 8:45 am

    if she just turned 2, then I would get the size 2. I think the 4 would be too big and C is still wearing some of the size 2 samples from last year, although the newer elephant dress is a 4. Mia is fairly skinny and she is wearing some of the size 4 stuff that Tami has sent over. I guess since I have 2 girls, I just buy the size 4 and 6 and whatever is too big on C, I let mia wear till C can wear it.

  • nichole June 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    There is just so much goodness in this post. I want a new lens right now, but have to furnish our house. Sigh …

  • Tumus June 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

    LOL, I will always pimp my Nikon D40 and hopefully my Nikon D90 (soon). It’s really funny that my finace and I have both a Nikon and a Canon because I’d LOVE to just swap lenses it’d be SO much easier on the budget.

  • Gabriel June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am

    i don’t remember when b&h was on 17th street. but i used to go to adorama on 18th. the people at b&h’s used equipment department are really helpful. and you can also try to sell your older equipment to them.
    i haven’t been to fox’s in midwood but it sounds like a good resource for discount designer clothes – i just read about it on brokelyn.com
    i used to go to the century 21 in bayridge when the downtown location was closed after 9/11. it’s less packed on most days but weekends. good finds back then.

  • Alicia June 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    It’s funny, everyone always promotes B&H, but I’ve done price comparisons and time after time, Amazon always has the lowest prices and free shipping, so I recommend them instead if you don’t need to see the product in person!

  • Claudia June 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    All these samples seem to be very nice and cool. Do you know if IsModern ship to other countries like Brazil? And about the Canon t1i is on my wishlist. I recently started to account Canon here in Brazil and my client presented all the cameras, including this model. It´s a dream!

  • lyann June 27, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Thank you so much for introducing me to ismodern! I am loving ismodern for my daughter! I went to check it out from your suggestion-and just bought a bunch of clothes!
    Thanks again.

  • Sandy June 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for giving me the specifics of your camera. Your photos are gorgeous.

  • Kim July 1, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I just love reading your blog. Regarding your photography, are you self-taught, or have you taken classes here and there to hone your skills?

  • Jenna July 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks. I took a year of photography in art school during college, but that was many years ago and then I didn’t take pictures for a long time. I really only started getting an interest in it for this blog so I guess you can say I was self taught. I have been thinking about taking a class on the more technical aspects of lighting and such, but am not sure it will ever happen.