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The Beauty of a 35 mm Lens for a Mom With a Camera

It's all messy. The hair, the bed, the heart ... LIFE   As a portrait photographer,  I have had a love/hate relationship with a 35 mm. A 35 mm is not, in my opinion, the best portrait lens. It can cause facial and body dissertations which are really unflattering. I was always after the "portrait." I really love portraits, but enjoyed seeing the wide vastness of life through the eye of a 35 as I scanned through Instagram. Yet, it seemed foreign to me.  It should feel comfortable to see as a 35 mm does because it is pretty close to what your eye naturally sees. But it isn't how I learned to see through my camera, so I had...

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She Looks Like a Lady

It won't be long before she is driving, getting a job, and thinking about boyfriends... yikes. Childhood happens way too fast. But I can't help but see this emerging beauty. Every day I see this little girl and want to hold on to the images of her sweet smile and easy going ways.  I kind of feel like parenting is a bit of a tug of war. We so want our kids to be independent and dependent all at the same time. We want to see them experience new things and have nothing ever change.    She is nine... going on 20. haha. I love taking beautiful portraits of her because for the past few years I don't think she...

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Starting over: Our Transition to Sony and Zeiss

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. Alan Cohen For over ten years we have been both shooting with Canon. When you first start off in photography and buy a camera, you are buying into an entire system. You start buying lenses for your camera, flashes, and all of the accessories specific to your system.  We were both heavily invested and the thought of changing to another system was a bit overwhelming. I have yet to meet a person who is excited about selling their used gear. It usually isn't a money making deal and starting over is expensive. That being said... our story isn't unlike many of you who are either...

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Our Family Vacation... and the best camera EVER for sneeking up on wildlife!

We recently went on the BEST vacation & adventure in our mini van. Our family LOVES nature and national parks...beaches are fun, and we love them too... but give us a mountain and wildlife any day over sandy toes. All 5 of us agree on that much. :) The first leg of our trip was with my parents. We visited The Badlands in South Dakota, Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, Custer's State Park, then visited my Dad's cousin Jan and her husband Mike in Montana at the Big Horn Lake where Bryson and dad fished for trout a couple of days while my mom, the kids and I relaxed and explored. Montana is so beautiful! I hadn't ever been there, and...

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Summer Lovin

Who doesn't love a warm golden summer evening? Those are truly our favorites. Long nights when the sun casts long warm shadows ending with twinkling nights filled with fireflies. I think I could take my kids out every night and just photograph them running wild. To be honest I think they would get tired of me...but a gal can dream. Even in our front yard there is so much to explore. To be fair... my front yard has a pond, timber, and fields...so to say we don't live in a neighborhood would be an understatement. But I am sure you have places you love to let your kids run wild and you are, like me, never tired of the beauty...

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