Camera Happy and the Olympus PEN Project

I love to take pictures.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had some sort of camera – my first one a 110 that traveled with me everywhere. I remember saving my allowance and getting my first ‘big’ film camera, with all the extra lenses and accessories you could imagine.  My first biggest purchase ever. 

I took that camera with me everywhere I went, and used it in my photography class in high school.  It was a sad day when it (and all the extras I had purchased over the years) was stolen from the trunk of my car in downtown Seattle on a sunny Saturday afternoon while I was in modeling school.

I was heartbroken.

It took a long time to finally save up and buy a new one, but by then the DSLR’s had come onto the scene, making film cameras almost obsolete.  Not quite obsolete, as I still love to take pictures with the film camera I bought as a replacement which has all the bells and whistles of a DSLR.  Minus the instant gratification of downloaded pictures.  At some point I did get a point-and-shoot digital camera, and used that exclusively to take all my millions of pictures, until I finally joined the DSLR crowd last Christmas. 

People call me camera happy.

When I heard that Olympus was in the midst of a they call the , I was intrigued.  To show how easy it is for everyday people to take amazing pictures, Olympus gave their new, revolutionary PEN® E-PM1 to over 1,000 people.  It’s all part of The PEN Ready Project – more than 1,000 cameras, over 1,000 people, 6 cities.  To see what they shot, go to

Oh how I wish I was one of those lucky people.  It’s an amazing project, and an amazing camera.

Are you Pen Ready?



Note: This post was sponsored by Olympus.  The opinions are mine all mine, not influenced by any outside sources.  See my disclosure policy here.


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After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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2 thoughts on “Camera Happy and the Olympus PEN Project

  1. You went to modeling school? I suppose that means you’re skinny and good looking. TMI. I used to like you.