Milestones are few and far between these days, but I caught one recently through #myfamilylens!

Milestone-Olympus-OM-D-E-M10ETA: I know that at NEARLY six, the twins were a bit old for floaties, but despite many lessons (and even an intensive before the trip) they were never strong swimmers like their big sister. I guess the case was that it was not yet their time. They know best for themselves. As their parents, Alec and I just try to provide them as much opportunity in life as we can. 

When my children were babies, the milestones marking growth were spotted everywhere. They learned new things every day we celebrated them all. Now that they are all big school kids, it seems like the stretches between the road markers of life are further apart. We still celebrate them, but no one makes a scrapbook page for “First Homework Assignment” or “First Time Late To School”.


I can understand why in those cases, but while in Hawaii the twins spontaneously did something that made us proud enough to share as a proper #Milestone and I was lucky enough to be right there with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 to catch it! After a few days of splashing and “swimming” with arm floaties, the twins made up their collective mind to ditch the plastic bands and try their skills with no assistance. It all happened so quickly, I did not even have time to get in the water before they swam away.


Let me repeat myself. They swam away. Just like that. Bolstered simply by self confidence, the twins began to swim. 



I remembered why I loved all the milestones we marked when they were babies. Each marked our own heart growing even bigger with pride in our children. 


A few Olympus OM-D E-M10 features that shined during this particular test.

Auto WB: There are two versions of the Auto White Balance on this camera and after I turned the “Keep Warm” option off, I found that the images were nearly perfect SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) so I could keep capturing and not have to worry about the colour rendition. I like my images to be as true to life as I can make them. I also like images in a series to match. This feature (which can be altered by shooting in RAW and processing those images in post) made it that much easier to keep so much COLOUR consistent.

WiFi and Smart Phone App: This camera is equipped with its own WiFi hotspot that allows it to be wirelessly connected to your Android of iOS device like magic! OK, it isn’t magic, it is technology and and a coordinating app, but it sure feels magical to take and image with great optics and be able to turn around and nearly immediately post it on your favourite social media venues. Awesome occasions and special milestones can be captured well and then shared right away. It is as simple as downloading and installing the Olympus Share app to your tablet or phone, turning the WiFi on the OM-D E-M10 and then connecting your device to that new hot spot. Through the app you can actually control your Olympus camera via remote live view or selectively download images already taken. While you can edit with the app as well, once the images are on your mobile camera roll you can use any of your favourite photo apps. Upload to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! I can even blog from my iPad! This is a photoblogger’s lifesaving feature.

Electronic Zoom: I had the kit 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ MSC power zoom attached and that meant that I could stay as close as possible* and still get all the shots with the range of wide to telephoto focal lengths. The camera focuses well both near and with the touch to focus LCD feature, I was able to ensure the part of the image I wanted to focus on was the part that was in focus!

*Don’t worry, Alec was in the water so the twins were not swimming on their own without an adult within reach. I promise that as much as I love to take photos of my kids, I value my kids’ lives more and would never leave them unattended in danger just to get a shot. I will however, frame the images so that it appears they are in the water alone…just a more powerful story that way. Please always take care around water.

As a Kidspot Voices of 2014 Personal and Parenting Top 30 blogger, I was given the opportunity by Olympus to test their OM-D E-M10 camera with the standard 14-42mm lens for a few months. From the 30th of June (although I started a bit early to not miss Hawaii) through the 30th of August, I will be posting my thoughts on and images taken with my borrowed milestone marker. Different aspects of the camera will be featured in different posts, so consider the entire series my complete review. All images in these posts will be from the Olympus OM-D E-M10. For outtakes, special shots and more, follow along with my Olympus adventures through the hashtag #myfamilylens on FacebookTwitter and Instagram



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  • Sarah - I really have been enjoying all your posts about this camera! I am in between cameras at this point and this camera is one of my options. Its great to see you are enjoying it!July 7, 2014 – 1:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Jon Steen via Facebook - Based off the information provided in your post about the Olympus OM-D E-M10 I decided to purchase one. I’ve been telling myself for months/years that I needed to purchase a smaller camera to record my kids on a daily basis. I get very discouraged having to run grab my 5DM3 every time I want to take a photo of my kids. Usually I miss the moment trying to grab it and then figure which prime lens I need. I didn’t want a simple “point and shoot” because I wanted a little more control. When I started reading your post I knew this was the one I wanted. Thanks for your information and inspiration.July 7, 2014 – 1:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Devine Photography / sesame ellis via Facebook - I can’t wait to actually own this camera Jon Steen and then get the Tamron Australia lenses for it as well!!!!!! I get to test a few of the other Olympus lenses (primes!) this week as well! More photos and info to come on that. I have this little baby for another month and I am not letting a moment to use it pass me by! It is like a teeny DSLR!July 7, 2014 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Devine Photography / sesame ellis via Facebook - Please share some of your images with me when you get shooting with your new camera!!!! Jon SteenJuly 7, 2014 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Chris Leung via Facebook - Whoever gave you the Olympus to test and blog about for a month should be thanked. I have been sharing your posts left and right to friends and relatives who are also parents just trying to capture the lives of their growing children. As an amateur/hobbyist momtographer, I have seen it all, and have used them all, from my Canon 7D to my new Sony A6000. I am so happy that technology has finally enabled a photographic solution that is family friendly with quality images. I am with Jon – the p&s solution just wasn’t there, even though I was hoping it would be. We all know the challenges of juggling multiple children + gear and trying to take pictures of them at the same time. Going mirrorless (which was also on a whim for me), was one of THE best photographic decisions I have made in years! Someone at Olympus marketing really needs to be in touch with you because YOU are helping them get their product out there in a HUGE chunk of the market, and there IS a need for it, for sure! Thank YOU!July 9, 2014 – 4:35 amReplyCancel

    • Kristie - Hi Chris,
      Thank you for the compliment, the team at Olympus Australia have been lucky enough to sponsor a program with Kidspot and as a result have been introduced to 30 great bloggers including Rachel. We are brand that likes to work with creative individuals to connect people with technology and we look to continuing to work with Rachel and the greater blogging community. Thanks Kristie – Olympus Imaging AustraliaJuly 9, 2014 – 2:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Devine Photography / sesame ellis via Facebook - Thank you Chris Leung. I try to be as open as possible about what I use to best share my story in the hopes it helps others share theirs. Olympus AU and Kidspot have really opened my eyes to this brand that I would likely never tried as I was so much more familiar with other ones. I really am so pleasantly surprised at the excellent quality and ease of use. I’m also enjoying the long trial as I can do a series of real life reviews instead of one or two weeks to try something and never really get to know it deeply. More posts to come!July 9, 2014 – 1:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Devine Photography / sesame ellis via Facebook - And thank you Chris for sharing my posts@July 9, 2014 – 1:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Kevin - I have just found your website and love the photography. I too love to take pictures and I am looking for a new camera right now. As someone else mentioned I am tired of lugging around mu huge DSLR. I so need a smaller one so I take it with me more often to get pics of my golden boys.

    Keep blogging and shooting!

    KevinJuly 10, 2014 – 3:03 amReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Ahhhhhhh! How did I not read that C and K also learned to swim on their summer vacation and so did Gray!!! They are so meant for each other!! <3 Love these 3 kids!August 24, 2014 – 6:44 amReplyCancel