jessica nelsons favorite things

Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Jessica Nelson sharing what she loves!

jessica nelson’s favorite things

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1.  My L Lenses:  I love these two lenses and the diversity they give me.  First my 24-70.  This was my first L lens and while I originally bought it for my 30D it is perfect with my 5D as well.  I love the versatility and sharpness I get from it, now that its calibrated.  Then there is my macro lens.  This is a perfect portrait lens and of course I LOVE macro work. Its therapeutic.

2.  Vera Bradley Bags:  Vera Bradley makes the cutest purses and handbags.  I love the soft quilted fabrics and the adorable colors and patterns.  They are always so comfortable to carry especially my current bag.  The best part about Vera Bradley is how affordable they are, especially when you catch a sale.

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3.  Judaica:  I love collecting Jewish items.  I love the pretty symbols, shapes and colors.  I have a few necklaces that I wear along with a collection of menorahs, dreidels and needlepoints framed for my house.  The Source for Everything Jewish is a great place to by gifts (hint, hint).

4.  Adobe Lightroom 5:  I just received this upgrade this week for Lightroom.   I was using LR3 happily until the new CM Cinema presets came out and then I had to upgrade.  I love doing my editing in LR and I am happy to be learning a new version.

5.  Tamrac Backpack in Rust:  What can I say, I love backpacks.  This camera bag is very comfortable.  I love that I can get my camera out by using the side pocket, it makes for an easy one handed operation.  It has plenty of space for my camera and lenses at the bottom and space for more fun gear at the top.

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6.  Office Supplies:  Well more specifically, pencils and pens.  I have a very unhealthy obsession with collecting writing implements.  I don’t know why, I just love them.  I steal pens from every destination.  I can’t help myself.

7.  Phones:  Of course I love my phones and yes I have one of each kind.  I love them for all different reasons. The android phone is huge and super easy to read while synching to all things google (like my necessary calendar) and the iPhone has a beautiful display for photos and it’s my running partner.

8.  Scrapbooking:  I love to scrapbook.  In general I create 12×12 layouts digitally and print them off for my book.  This year with my project 365 I have been doing a mix of 4×6 and 12×12 layouts for my book.  I have been using the We R Memory Keepers system to store all of my daily shots as well as any 12×12 layouts for my yearly project.

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9.  Film:  Film is fun.  My super cute Rebel T2 and all different types of film keep my creative juices flowing. One of these days I will upgrade to a more professional Canon film camera so I can give the little rebel a break (since it’s a little tattered from when I tripped and fell).  Its so nice being able to shoot film and digital using my same lenses.

10.  Kindle App:  OK so I don’t get to read as often as I would like, but when I do read I love my kindle app.  I love that I can have all my books with me and they don’t take up tons of real estate in my house.

jessica nelsons favorite things photoJessica Nelson, Maryland
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Jessica Nelson is a serious hobbyist who lives in Maryland with her supportive husband, three camera-tired kids and an energetic rat terrier. Her passion for photography started at a very young age in the darkroom with her father and continued throughout her teen and adult life. She is often seen, camera in hand, chasing her kids around the house to capture their every moment. When they don’t cooperate she is known to take her passion outside to shoot the beautiful nature that surrounds her, since they can’t protest. She enjoys natural light but loves a great studio set up as well. She also dabbles in film from time to time as well as works on her Phoneography skills. When she is not playing photographer she is working as an engineer, home watching too much bad TV or out camping with the family in their 5th wheel.

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19 Responses to “jessica nelsons favorite things”

  1. Nov 20 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Jessica, I loved reading about your favorite things! I just bought my sister a Vera Bradley purse for Christmas – such a cute store! :) I need to go check out your backpack…I think that is my next purchase. <3

  2. Nov 20 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Um, what is it about office supplies?!! I could organize, label and buy them all day long!! Thanks for sharing your favs!

  3. Nov 20 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I love so many of these things too, Jessica! I have a collection of Vera Bradley bags. My house can never have too many pencils! Love your Judaica collection too!

  4. Nov 20 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I loved reading more about you!!! I’m also a huge collector of pens and stationary and all things office. They just make me smile.

  5. kendra
    Nov 20 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing, Jessica! I love learning more about you – and we have the office supply obsession in common <3

  6. Nov 20 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    How fun to learn more about you, Jessica! I have a thing for pens too and used to beg my mom to bring me pens home from her office when I was little. :) And I’m totally with you on Vera Bradley! They’re not as popular out here though so I always get asked if I made it myself, lol. :)

  7. Nov 21 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Thanks for sharing all of this Jessica! I use the We R Memory Keeper pages to store my prints, too! It’s great to hear that you print and scrapbook your beautiful images!

  8. Emma Wood
    Nov 21 2013 at 1:15 am #

    Love reading this Jessica and I’m jealous of all that film. <3

  9. Nov 21 2013 at 3:24 am #

    I loved learning more about you, Jessica! I’m right there with you about L lenses, the 24-70 was my first too and it started a lens-envy obsession!! Unfortunately there are quite a few remaining on my wish list haha!

  10. Nov 21 2013 at 6:26 am #

    So fun reading more about you Jessica! I’m a scrapbooker too :)

  11. Nov 21 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I think you and I would get along just fine, Jessica! I have a Vera Bradley bag that I love! And, now because of your “favorite things” post, I know have a backpack camera bag and a scrapbooking system on my list of needs! <3 Great post! I always enjoy getting to know people better through their favorite things!

  12. Nov 21 2013 at 9:34 am #

    How am I just now seeing this? Loved reading about you. And I clearly need to hire you to organize my own office supplies. I “collect” them simply because I misplace the ones I already own and then buy more. :) And yay for bag recommendations!

  13. Nov 21 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Ah yes, L lenses. I have a love affair with mine, too! I am really looking forward to seeing more of your film work, Jessica!

  14. Nov 21 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Raising my hand. Fellow office supply junkie, here. :) Though, I don’t need a pen from everywhere I visit. You can be sure I notice if their pens write nicely, though!! It was great to read more about you, Jessica.

  15. Nov 21 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Thanks so much guys. <3

  16. Nov 21 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    Back to school shopping was my favorite, I love office supplies!

  17. Nov 23 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Loved this Jessica! I had no idea that you shot film! Your favorite things are awesome and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you you get more Judaica!! :)

  18. Nov 25 2013 at 8:29 am #

    how fun are these, jessica! my daughter is a HUGE vera bradley fan… she has the whole family constantly identifying the patterns when we spot them on the street.

  19. Nov 27 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Loved getting to know you better. You are such real people Jessica!! Happy Chanukah <3

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