the best present ever (this year). december 28th, twenty thirteen.

Last post of the year. I plan on spending these last couple of days of 2013 (holy crap…the year is almost over! Crazy!) reflecting on the year and thinking about what I hope to accomplish next year, 2014; hoping for big things, professionally and personally.

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite gifts I received this Christmas: from my girlfriend, Rocio.

Now, the gift is awesome…but it’s the back story that makes it perfect…

My girlfriend and I are both photographers, and much like most other photographers I know, we collect old cameras. About 5 or 6 months ago, we were chatting on the internets (she lives in Texas and I live in New Mexico, we spend a lot of time “iMessaging” and “FaceTiming”) about cameras we want. We somehow got talking about Kodak Brownies; I sent her this picture I came across on Flickr of a Brownie I’ve been looking for, but unable to find –

And that was it. That was the end of the conversation about cameras; never again was this camera mentioned, some 5-6 months ago.

Fast forward to December – I go to Brownsville to spend some time with Rocio; while we are driving around town, she gets a call that a package has arrived at the office of her apartment complex. When we return, she picks up the package and says it’s my christmas present…so of course I start asking about it; finally she tells me to open it and I did…

Words cannot describe how amazed I was to open the box and see this…



Not only did she remember the camera I talked about 5-6 MONTHS AGO, but she found the whole freakin’ kit! I was floored. I actually cried (a little!). I didn’t know what to say.

I love the camera! But what I love even more is that this was something I briefly mentioned 5-6 months ago; all that time passed and she still remembered the exact one I wanted it! I can’t describe how amazing it was…how amazing it is… to have her remember. I feel so blessed to have Rocio in my life. Best girlfriend ever. She is the cat’s pajamas.

She got me some film too, I just need to figure out how to run 120 film through a 620 camera.

And of course, since it was a christmas present, I had to take a christmas-inspired photo of it (also being inspired by the original photo I found on Flickr…) –



Well, that about does it for 2013. It’s been an interesting year and I am somewhat excited to see what happens in 2014. Cheers. 


  1. te amo.

    • Roro
    • December 7th, 2016

    I can read this post 100 times. I hope you are very happy! ❤️

    • This is still one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received! Not only is it a great camera, but it has a lot of special meaning to me as well. I am doing ok; I hope you are happy too. 💚

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