Fatherhood has also been inspirational for me as far as photography goes. In fact, it was 7 years ago today that I ran to the camera store to buy my first digital camera, then I came home and snapped this photo:
There are some things I wish I would have done different in the photo, but I didn't realize it would turn out so good -- I was just playing around with the b&w program setting, and I had some good light, so I turned off the flash. I wish I would have had my wife put a different shirt on, and I wish I would have held the camera more horizontal -- you can see that the edge of the window is angled. But for a quick snapshot, I think it turned out pretty good.
This past Christmas I upgraded my wife's digital to a Canon SD1100 ELPH, and just this past week JD passed along his Nikon D70 to me (because he upgraded). I have two other Nikon SLR's (old school FT2 & entry level N60), but just haven't used them lately because of the convenience of digital. Now I hope to use the DSLR for photographing the kids (and whatever else).
Some of the best books I've read with regards to photographing kids & family are by Nick Kelsh. He uses his own images to help convey his message, and I think they should be required reading for any parent with a camera who hopes to take quality photos, rather than just average snapshots. Here is Nick's website: http://www.nickkelsh.com/ip4.php?0
We have How to Photograph Your Baby
and How to Photograph Your Life
, and this reminds me that I need to reread them...
Enjoy the new camera!
P.S.- I moved this topic to General Discussion because it seemed a better fit over here.