Canon Rebel T3 dSLR w/18-55 mm Lens Giveaway

I love blogging. I love that y’all support me. Each and every one of you who stop by and check out a project, leave a comment, like the Facebook page, follow on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram…YOU are supporting me.

You make sharing my ideas fun. You make it possible for me to get sponsored posts and make a small contribution to my family’s income. You make it possible for me land sponsors and giveaways.

I love that blogging has helped me to meet some of the neatest woman. What an awesome community I get to be a part of!

I want to thank you. I wish I could give each and every one of you a camera and personally meet you. That just isn’t possible, but I have teamed up with my blogging friends to bring you one awesome giveaway.



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The Canon T3 is one of the most popular entry level DSLR cameras on the market. It is lightweight, and you can buy tons of lenses to best fit your style of photography. While you learn more about your camera, you can use it’s automatic settings- then move to aperture priority and manual modes fairly quickly!

The 18-55mm “kit” lens included with this prize is a zoom lens that is great to begin with. It can work indoors, works with landscapes, and even portrait photography to make it a wonderful beginner all-around lens.

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  • Amanda

    My blog, for sure.

    • Megan Bray

      Yes! You will wonder how your blog lived with out a DSLR.

      • kathy G

        I am getting prepared tostart and blog and the camera would be amazing for that.

  • Sarita

    I’m excited about taking pictures of my children and nature

    • Megan Bray


  • Heather W

    I’m excited about being able to take good photos of my dogs!

    • Megan Bray

      Man’s best friend :)

  • Shawna

    I’m excited about taking pictures of school events, campus, and nature.

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like fun. What campus?

  • Kharisma Natalia

    fashion and living things! i capture everything :) Thank you for this cool giveaway.

    • Megan Bray

      You are so welcome! Good luck!

  • Meg

    I love taking candids of people. I think they show true character and everyone always looks better in them because they are more natural. That is what I am excited for.

    • Megan Bray

      Yes, those are the best. I love that movement in wedding photography to move from super posed to candid.

  • Cheryl

    Everything!!!… but especially my kids!

    • Megan Bray

      Right with you!

  • Lindsay Colson

    I take pictures of my daughter, our family, documenting things for my school, I enjoy “light” the best… the backlit halo effect is my favorite… bathed in light…

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds beautiful.

  • Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker

    I’d love to take better pictures for my blog!

    • Megan Bray

      That was one of my main reasons too and it made a WORLD of difference!

  • Jennifer P

    I work on a 365 project every year – my camera get A LOT of use – and records my most precious memories!

    • Megan Bray

      That is super cool! I have looked into that. What fun.

  • Carrie Simon Dalton

    To take better pictures of my 4 kids :)

    • Megan Bray

      You definitely need a good camera to keep up with that bunch!


    wonders of nature but lately portraits are my main interest

    • Megan Bray


  • Theresa Eckelberry

    What a great giveaway. I’d love to have this for capturing all the memories of my kids lives

    • Megan Bray

      Agreed :)

  • michelle lubbers

    Capturing my babies, as they all grow up way to fast! Thanks!

    • Megan Bray

      Too, too fast!

  • Kimberly Argus Lish

    I am most excited to be able to take pictures of my son with his new puppy!

    • Megan Bray

      Well that is gonna be heart melting.

  • Jan cate

    I love taking pictures of my granddaughter doing gymnastics

    • Megan Bray

      You will love sport mode.

  • Joanna-Gloria

    I am into street photography right now, I find it intoxicating!! :))

    • Megan Bray

      How fun. Gotta love a hobby you feel passionate about.

  • Kelly @ View Along the Way

    Most excited to take photos of my kiddos. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • Megan Bray

      They do make the best subjects….when they hold still πŸ˜‰

  • girlgancer

    Most excites to take pics of my 3 week old darling girl, and her 3 year old big brother.

    • Megan Bray

      Awww! Does it get more precious than that?

  • Audrey Arriola Scarante

    The end of winter/ begining of spring here in Brazil.

    • Megan Bray

      What does it look like in Brazil at that time of year?

  • Heather H

    I would love to upgrade from my little point-and-shoot! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Megan Bray

      You are welcome! Good luck.

  • Kirsten

    Would love to have a smaller camera to take to the park for my daughters softball games.

  • Destiny Hisey

    I love taking pictures of our hikes – birds, leaves, insects, skyline, etc.

    • Megan Bray

      A hike sounds nice. I think a nice fall family hike with lots of photos is in order for us.

  • Beth

    My camera just died. This would be a petfect replacement.

    • Megan Bray

      Boo! That stinks that your camera died. Good luck.

  • Heidi @ Decor & More

    Most excited to take more family photos!! Thanks for hosting, Megan!
    xo Heidi

    • Megan Bray

      You are welcome. Thanks for all your support. Good luck!

  • Heather Heckroth Gradowski

    Would LOVE to win this! Sick of sharing my camera with my girls!

    • Megan Bray

      LOL! Everyone knows sharing is no fun!

  • Chelsea Thom

    I would love to start a photography business!

    • Megan Bray

      What fun! Newborns? Weddings? What did you have in mind?

  • Kris Turnbull Reynolds

    I would love to be able to take better action shots at my son’s hockey games.

    • Megan Bray

      Definitely. When I got my DSLR I was shocked at how quickly I could snap one photo after another. That lag on my point and shoot was killing me.

  • Sharlene Piscitelli

    I love taking pictures of flowers(closeup), birds, butterflies and family.

    • Megan Bray

      Nothing beats photos of family :)

  • Robin Titus Carr

    What a great giveaway! I would love to take better pictures for my blog!

    • Megan Bray

      When I got my DSLR (Christmas/Birthday gift from anyone who would chip in) that was one of the things I was most excited about. Can’t believe the difference it made :)

  • Lauren

    I am most excited to take photos of all of my projects as well as my climbing adventures with my boyfriend :)

    • Megan Bray

      Climbing adventure? Sounds like fun. What y’all up to?

  • Laura Rose

    I am excited to take pictures of my daughter, nature, and our projects we do together. :)

    • Megan Bray

      A DSLR is great for kiddos!

  • Nicole Day

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to take pictures with a DSLR instead of my point and shoot. I would love to take better pictures from my blog.

    • Megan Bray

      You are welcome! I really wanted a DSLR to get better pics for my blog and I cannot believe what a difference it has made :)

  • Erin ‘Therkelsen’ Kauzlarich

    I would love to take more photos of my kids – I have been having problems with every camera I have purchased in the last 2 years and haven’t been able to get very many. It’s time to catch up!

    • Megan Bray

      Yes. The lag on my old camera made catching pics of the kids so hard. I finally got a DSLR for Christmas/Birthday and I LOVE it.

  • Jennifer Laber

    I’m most excited to take photos of my adventures with my boyfriend and DIY projects I’m trying to master!

    • Megan Bray

      Sounds like my kind of fun :)

  • Holly

    Our home and vacations!

    • Megan Bray

      Vacation? What is that? Good luck!

  • Michelle

    More pictures of family!

    • Megan Bray

      Yes! Family :)

    • Megan Bray

      Family seems to be a theme around here!

  • amwolf1

    My current camera is on it’s way out so this would be perfect to win!! I would keep taking pictures of my fmaily :)

    • Megan Bray

      Nothing beats family!

  • Holly

    I would love to give to my husband for his birthday. He’s using an old 8 megapixel Fuji to photograph his mountain biking adventures, this would be a great upgrade!!

    • Megan Bray

      What a fun Birthday surprise!

  • Kelsey Winter

    I’m a new mom and take a million pictures of my daughter. I have a good quality Canon digital camera, but would LOVE to upgrade to a DSLR!

    • Megan Bray

      Definitely a new mom must have. Congrats on your new baby :)

  • Vicki Thompson

    I love reading your blog and look forward to it daily. Keep up the good work!

    • Megan Bray

      Aww! That is so nice. Thank you :)

  • Sara Derks

    I need this camera for taking better photos for my blog!

  • Nikki Tatum Haynes

    here is to hoping!

    • Megan Bray

      Good luck!!

  • Mellisa

    I’m all about trying to get good pictures of the hummingbirds that are always buzzing around my flowers!

    • Megan Bray

      Cool! That would make an awesome picture :)

  • Ashley

    I love taking pictures of vacations, for the memories! I took over 800 on our Alaskan cruise in June.

    • Megan Bray

      An Alaskan Cruise! That sounds fabulous and amazingly beautiful.

  • Susan Veit Ross

    I am anxious to take pictures of my dog. She is sooooo cute.

    • Megan Bray

      What kind of dog?

  • Brianna

    My student’s artwork! Hello first year of teaching!

    • Megan Bray

      Here’s to a good first year!

  • Sarah Younger

    I have always wanted a rebel but they are to expenive for me to afford. what a wonderful giveaway!

    • Megan Bray

      I know! I finally got a DSLR camera for Christmas/birthday. It was a killer deal and everyone (Parents, In-laws, husband) chipped in to make it happen. I LOVE it!

  • Emily Moser

    My blog and Etsy shop! Thanks so much for this giveaway, Megan! :)

    • Megan Bray

      Good luck Emily :)

  • Debbie

    I love taking pictures of my family!

    • Megan Bray

      Me too :)

  • Stefanie Gladden (ann lyfe)

    pictures of our vacations together!!

    • Megan Bray

      Hmm….vacation? What is that? My last vacation was my honeymoon…6 years ago! Got any upcoming plans?

  • Susan

    Would love to win this! What a great birthday gift it would be!

    • Megan Bray

      Happy Birthday! If you don’t win, my birthday wishes can act as consolation πŸ˜‰

  • Rebecca Ellingsworth

    I could definitely use this- my current camera just doesn’t cut it anymore when it comes to taking pictures for my etsy store.

    • Megan Bray

      Agreed. When you are trying to show off your products you really want them to shine :)

  • Jen Macknick

    My everyday life!

  • Laine

    Vacation pictures!

  • Shannon Barnum

    I love taking pictures of my kids. I scrapbook so I am addicted to taking pictures

  • Jenny Renee

    I love photography!! I especially love taking pics of clouds. :)

  • Trina Floyd

    My girls, their everyday life.

  • Renee Richardson

    I am really excited about taking pictures of my children. Thanks for the incredible giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  • Jennfer K

    To be able to take awesome pictures of my children and our farm animals – that would be wonderful!

  • Andrea Ofiara

    Would love a camera like this!

    • Andrea Ofiara

      To take pictures of my daughter and my purses for my business

  • cindi

    I have 2 cute kids that just need to be photographed!

  • Connie S.

    My daughter, my cats & the beautiful earth=my fave photography subjects!

  • Ashley

    Love taking photos — mostly my kids. I had (have, just never use) A Canon Rebel 35mm… I SOOOO miss that camera, would love a digital version!!!

  • Elizabeth @ DIYTheory

    So excited about the giveaway! We are expecting in November and I’m in search of a “grown up” camera, so winning would be awesome!

  • Lisa K.

    I have two new kittens I would love to use a new DSLR for!!!

  • Lenze

    Really want this camera, can’t afford to buy. Fingers crossed!

  • Alyssa

    I want to make a scrapbook on my first year of marriage, but the whole “taking pictures” part I don’t think of because I’m not a fan of my camera, but i would take pics all the time with that bad boy!

  • Sara Machado

    Wow, great giveaway! Humm mainly my family (specially my little cousins, so sweet!), my dog and some moments in my life (also I smash*/scrapbook and it’s great to document my life with pics). Thank you so much!

  • Christine Shamber

    Great giveaway!! Thanks for the opportunity! Especially since our new lab ate my camera and lens!! :( well ok, he chewed them to oblivion!!!

  • Sandy Lewis

    I enjoy taking photos of my adult children, the changing seasons, our renovating in our house, but I’m mostly excited about photographing my little dogs. Silly, eh?

  • Megan

    I’m most excited to take pictures of my friends!

  • Soledad Salinas

    I’m exited about taking pictures of my kids!

  • Sarah Li Cain

    I would love to take portraits of my friends or architectural photos for my friend’s magazine :)

  • Stacy Prince Mayson

    I have been wanting one of these so badly! I love to take pictures of everything!

  • Crystal

    I am excited to take pictures of my babies!

  • Kirsten DeWitt

    I’m excited to take pictures of my family :)

  • Yael Katz

    i would love to take pics of my kids

  • Darcy

    I get excited to take photos of my family outdoors. I have a new baby girl and a 5 yo girl as well. They love their daddy and I love taking pics of them all!

  • Lauren James

    I am most excited to take photos of my children – capturing every moment

  • Robin Welch Morris

    My family, pets, nature

  • Melle Eldridge

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Kelly Kendall

    my 2 yr old sassy pants daughter that just dropped my camera in the tub!

  • Sunday Burquest

    I would love to win this camera – thanks for doing the giveaway! I love taking pictures of projects and my kids!

  • heather boudreaux

    I have 4 small kids and would LOVE to be able to capture all their sweet moments before they grow up. :)

  • julianne

    I want to take pics of my daughter and also it would come in handy when taking pictures for my blog πŸ˜‰

  • Marie Heppler

    I am most excited to take better pictures of my kids, and of the crafts create. Since I make them all and give them away, I need good pictures for my portfolio

  • Margaret H.

    I am most excited to take pictures of our baby. We’re expecting our first one in December! :)

  • Andrea Schuneman

    I would love to improve the interior pictures of my home and this would help me!

  • Angie S.

    The kids of course! And nature. And the dogs. And the cats…

  • nancy

    I would have fun taking pictures of my boys. I have fallen behind on this since we lost our camera!

  • Amy Vaughn

    I love taking pictures and would love to be able to use this camera to improve my photos!!

  • Laura M.

    I am obsessed with taking photos of my son. (I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me), but I actually want to be better at taking photos of OTHER people too– other family members .

  • Kim @ Plumberry Pie

    hey there. finally stoppin by from midwest bloggers…took me a while. anyhow, I’d be excited to learn to take better family photos and pics for my blog. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ben


  • Lesley Raymond


  • Megan

    I am most excited to use this camera to take photos of my baby girl!! :)

  • Laura

    I love to take photos of my family and the fun family outings we do!

  • Kyra Beatty

    My kid!

  • emenchho1

    What an awesome giveaway! Lots of pictures of my travel adventures!! :)

  • Alexandra Strauss

    I would love to teach my sister and cousins (all are in early teens) how to take awesome pics with a DSLR (I’m a photography student). Girly photoshoot parties.. Yay!

  • Lezlye

    I could really use this! my sd100 isn’t cutting it! Thanks for the chance!

  • Bagel Blitzen

    Nice comp, got 13 entries so far.

  • Harmony B

    love taking pictures of the kids


    I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m sitting here wondering how I have not see it before!!! I got a cup of coffee and will spend the rest of the day cruising your blog :)

    • Megan Bray

      Wow! Thanks. Enjoy.

  • Mary Laven Abel

    love taking pictures that will bring joy to a day that is lacking…that will bring peace to a day that is chaotic….that will bring a smile to someone who needs it!

  • Mandi durbborough

    I am very very excited about taking better pictures of my kids than just my cell phone, as well as taking better pictures of my shop products. I just know that better pictures would boost my little business.

  • Holly

    I love taking photos of my fiance’s band!

  • Sami Gaglio

    Fun give away!! =] I would love a new camera to take pictures for my blog!

  • Josanne

    Oh this would be a great birthday present to me! I will take pics of my handsome hubby… I can’t get enough of that guy

  • Amy Bryant

    I would love to have a new camera! I would like to say that I will suddenly start blogging again and take amazing food pictures, but I would love to also take more pics of the kiddos!

  • Pauline M

    I’m looking forward to taking pictures of my son playing football. It’s his first time and the pads looks bigger than he is!

  • Linda Stewart

    I most look forward to taking photos of new things my grandsons are doing.

  • Mark Gregory

    All my clients love your site. Hope to win the camera to take better pictures of my listings and my grand children

  • Abbi

    I love to take nature pics while hiking with the kids

  • Nicole

    I’m most excited to take photos of my kiddos and nature!

  • Kylee Hilliard

    What a great giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity, this is my DREAM camera!

  • Angie

    I am excited to take pictures of my kids and the sports they play :)

  • Tara

    I’d love a new camera. Perhaps it would make my pictures better :)

  • Sarah Darr

    This is an amazing giveaway – I am in desperate need of a new Camera

  • Courtney Fulton

    I would love a new camera to improve the quality of pics on my blog! :)

  • Kristen Szegda

    I have been in the market for a dslr to begin my journey into photography, it’s been a passion and I want to make it a hobby!!!

  • Kimmy Davis

    What a great giveaway — I’ve wanted a Rebel for years…since before digital cameras even!

  • Mimi

    i am definitely very excited to take photos for my blog! i love sharing things with my fellow bloggers! πŸ˜€

    <3, Mimi 3 kinds of truffles from The Madelaine Chocolate Company! :)

  • Michelle Riebeek

    My kids! Oh this is perfect! Crossing my fingers!

  • Ashley

    thanks for the opportunity! this would be awesome, I can’t wait to benge on picture overload! -ashley

  • Laura Royal

    I’m excited to take vacation pictures!

  • Rachael

    I love to travel, so I am excited to improve my travel photography!

  • Carol

    I want to take pictures of my grandkids.

  • Lindsay

    This is a great giveaway!!! I love taking pictures of everything!

  • Robert Pyszk

    I am most excited to take photos for trips

  • Stephine Moore

    I am most excited to take photos of nature. There are so many little details in this world that are overlooked or unseen until they are focused upon! :)

  • Chelsea

    Taking photos of my outfits for my blog :)

  • free spirit reigns

    I’m having a baby girl in about 6 weeks and I’m most excited about taking photos of her!!

  • Keely @ Hairbows and Butter

    I love taking photos of my food! And I could really use some nice photos of my new apartment!

  • Mary

    Would love to take pics of Brynna with her little sis come October!

  • vanessa s

    This is an awesome giveaway! I’m always trying to improve my photography. I want to take better photos of our family life, and the beautiful things I see around me. :)

  • Lena B.

    I’m an amateur photographer, but hoping to gain the skills to do something I LOVE and make a little money at the same time! πŸ˜‰ Plus, my kids are super cute!

  • Carrie

    I am definitely excited to take photos for my blog. I love capturing moments and taking candid pictures. It’s great to record everyday of our lives for memories.

  • Elena

    I do a type of Native American dance, so I am most excited about taking pictures of the dances, festivals and traditional clothing! The camera can make all the difference in letting them speak for themselves.

  • Marcy

    i am most excited to take photos for my etsy store, of scenery and for my niece!

  • Suzanna

    I would LOVE to win this camera! I’m working up the nerve (and game plan) for starting my own blog, and this would be a huge asset!

  • emily

    My kiddos! I’ve got three and I think I need to be taking more pics of the youngest! :)

  • Roberta

    Need a camera that takes better pics in low light. Gotta set the mood!

  • Elisha

    Would love to have this camera to take pictures of loved ones <3

  • Linda O’Brien Louie

    I would love to win this camera so I can take pictures for my blog!!

  • PurpleLarkspur

    My family!!!

    larkspurpurple (at)

  • Cait

    I want to take pictures of my family, friends and my blog :)

  • Alisha

    I’m excited to take pictures of everything around me! Holidays are coming up very soon too!

  • Maria Freeman Bomar

    I just love taking photos of my children, especially in Autumn!

  • Hannah Hurley

    I am excited about capturing my little one growing and the seasons of California

  • Stephanie

    This is such a great giveaway! Thank you all so much!

  • Stephanie

    I’m most excited to finally get decent pictures for my beauty blog! lol

  • Caitlyn Rush

    Ooooh! I love cameras. Do want. <3
    I'm most excited to take pictures for my blog and of my family.
    I would like to document our lives through photography

  • myrandab

    I am most excited to take nicer blog photos :)

  • Debbie Tanner

    A second, and nicer, camera would be awesome Photos would be so much more fun :)

  • Elizabeth Lenzen Lombardi

    my canon is about 7 years old – would love the upgrade!!

  • Julie Pierce

    Hope to win.

  • Kristy Cunningham

    I would love to win this camera!! I have wanted one like this for so long! I’m most excited to take pictures of all our family adventures! I have my first hiking/backpacking trip coming up and this would be perfect. :)

  • Julie Pierce

    Can’t wait to take pictures of my beautiful daughters.

  • michelle

    Thank you for doing this giveaway. Going to take a lot more pictures of my family and friends

  • Jumyr

    Would love to win this awesome camera so I can take more pictures of my family! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jami Reddish

    I have been keeping up with you via facebook, but, just recently,(okay, like Today recent) I have actually SAT down at my computer. Yes, at the computer, not my phone or at my mom’s stopping just long enough to drop off the kids or to borrow something of hers. I have been putting this off because of the fear of being sucked in. I LOVE your blog. Just wanted to say Thank you for having such a great blog and for officially sucking me in…..darn it!!! :-)

    • jami reddish

      The last camera I have purchased was probably 4 years ago!!! So this camera would be a miracle to win! I would definetely be taking a lot more (and alot better) pictures of my family!! Then I could pass my measley old excuse of a camera down to my daughters so they can start enjoying the thrill of capturing priceless moments!!!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks Jami! We were driving when this comment dinged on my phone. I read it and was all smiley. My husband was like, what are you all smiley about? Glad you are enjoying yourself.

  • Nikki Tatum Haynes

    please win, please win, please win lol…my motto I keep going over in my head

  • Marianne Kane Carroll

    I am very excited about winning this camera! I bought a Canon point & shoot for my husband a few years ago… and then took it to school in my purse and cracked the display! He never complained but I know it bothers him! I would love to win this for HIM- he’s had a hard year with his Leukemia diagnosis and my looking for work. Would be an awesome “pick me up” and also would get me out of the dog house!! LOL

    • Marianne Kane Carroll

      Oh and I would love to use this camera to take pictures of our family… things change in an instant and this would be an awesome way to preserve memories! Thank you for the give away!

      • Megan Bray

        I’m rooting for you. You are right about life changing in an instant. Praying for your husband and your family. My cousin was diagnosed at with Leukemia at 3. It was a tough fight, be he is currently in remission waiting to hit that 5 year mark.

  • Debi (@TruthfulMommy)

    I am most excited to take photos of my girls and their ballet recitals.

  • Kristen Sutton

    I’m most excited to take pictures of my quickly growing child!

  • Fabi Rostran

    I entered yesterday! Hope I win!