Here’s a little overview of what’s in my bag as far as lenses go. I shoot with the Canon 5D Mark III which is a full frame camera.
Is it weird to have an emotional attachment to my camera and each of my lenses? I feel like we’ve been through so much together and I really don’t think I could get rid of any of them.
In no particular order:
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 — I love this lens for outdoor portraits, particularly of 1-3 subjects. The bokeh (background blur) is gorgeous, as the aperture opens to f/1.4 and the lens itself is pretty compressed. I’ve had great experiences with Sigma lenses. They are typically more highly rated than their Canon counterparts, yet half the cost. Getting two lenses instead of one is always something that appeals to me : )
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 — This is my “mommy lens.” If we are going somewhere as a family, it’s what I bring. It’s the only lens I use that zooms. At f/2.8, it opens just wide enough to be functional in most lighting conditions, and between 28-75mm, it covers a good range for everyday shots both up close and at a wider angle. I recommend that moms have this in their arsenal. I use this lens often in photo sessions as well.
Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5 — This is a totally impractical lens, but so much fun to own. It is what’s called a “fisheye” because its glass is rounded, creating that parking-garage-bubble-mirror look (know what I’m talking about?)
Here’s an image that I took with it:
Here is a super-embarassing review I once did on it.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 — This lens is what’s known as the “nifty fifty.” At $100, it is ridiculously cheap for a lens that can open to f/1.8 (operate fabulously in all lighting conditions and create lovely bokeh). It’s also a great focal length for a variety of situations. If you’re a soon-to-be new DSLR owner, find out why I suggest you buy this lens (and not the lenses they try to sell with the camera) here.
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 — This is my newest baby. The compression and bokeh from this lens, even at f/2.8, is incredible. It is a macro lens, meaning it’s perfect for super-close shots. It’s also great for portraits (outside, unless you have a ton of space indoors)
Here is an image that I shot with it:
Besides lenses, some things you’ll find in my camera bag include:
-Compact flash cards (typically several smaller GB cards as opposed to fewer large GB cards, for file security reasons for my clients)
As I mentioned here, we had 2 hours notice before Nolan joined our family. That means my poor bub had no clothes other than what I could grab quickly at Baby Gap on my way home. But finally, the happy mail of online orders has trickled in and I just had to share some of my faves with you!
These leggings by Pitter Patter Shop are off the charts ridiculous cute.
I do not remember dressing boys being nearly as fun when Cade was tiny.
Don’t mind me, just off to the yacht club.
The foxy pants. They kill me.
Some of my other faves for my sweet new bundle are:
H&M for stockpiling plain onesies and cardigans
Whether we chase our dreams or sit scared on the sidelines, our life will pass anyway. We’re gonna turn 75 anyway. We’re gonna have gray hair and sore joints anyway. But not today. Think of the endless possibilities that today holds.
Now that I’ve got a (halfway-finished) office, I’ve been doing lots of product photography. They’re fun little shoots and I love working with various vendors to enhance the look (and profitability) of their shops : )
Here are some new pieces from my friend Johanna’s boutique, Sashy. (All MVP readers get 15% off with code MVP15OFF…woop!)
(Loving the cozy black maxi! Ultimate lazy spring & summer wear.)