I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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What’s In Our Bags | A Review of Lenses

I’ve been asked photography related questions by quite a few people, so I figured I would start writing more about actual photography (crazy, I know!). I’ll start with my most prized possessions (with the exception of my camera, 5D Mark II): our lenses. Paul and I have our own set that we favor in using during weddings and other sessions. Here is our equipment:

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS: During weddings you will usually find Paul in the back and myself in the front, which means he uses this lens a lot. He’s pretty sneaky when he uses it too because he’ll just zoom in and snap away without anyone knowing he’s even there. This lens has been a life saver for sessions done with little children who do not want to sit still for me. Paul will just slyly walk around, zoom, snap and BOOM! Pretty picture. Here’s an example:

Canon 100 Macro f/2.8 –  My newest lens and I can’t believe I went this long without it. This guy helps me get those close up detail shots that I felt I had been missing for so long! I always wanted those crisp close-up shots that so many other photographers had and now I do and it’s wonderful! I also use this when I’m far away and need to get a closer shot like during ceremonies. Here is an example of this lovely:

Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fish Eye – I was so excited when I got this lens for two reasons: a.) Paul was the only one taking wide angle photos because his lens did not work on my 5D Mark II and I was jealous because I wanted to take wide angle photos and b.) It takes pretty awesome looking photos. The thing about this lens is that I can’t use it too much. I feel that one can only have a certain amount of fish eye photos in a wedding or session. So, I save this lens for the photos of the whole church, congregation, venue, dancing, or if I simply cannot get everything into a photo that I’d like to. I think you all can tell the difference between this lens and others:

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS: This was the first lens we ever owned. It is considered a “kit lens” because it came with our first DSLR camera (Canon T3i – our back-up camera). Kit lens or not, the 18-55 takes great photos and is one of the best for its price range. Paul will sometimes use this if he is in a smaller room and needs to get a lot in one photo or if we just want a semi-wide angle shot.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4: This is the newest member to Paul’s team. Because he uses a cropped frame (Canon 60D which he loves because it gives him a closer up shot), his photos when using this lens resemble mine when I use my 50mm 1.4. I know, it sounds confusing but it’s just what happens. Here is an example of this lens:

Canon 50 f/1.4 – My absolutely favorite! I could go an entire wedding without using another lens (but I do, because there are definitely times that I need another lens). I love it. It gives me lovely crisp photos, it has amazing bokeh, and it works wonders in low light situations because of its wide aperture (meaning more light comes in). Paul and I both have the 50mm f/1.4 (which I used to shoot these photos). It’s the same thing as mine – it’s wonderful. However, since Paul has a cropped frame camera the photos seem closer up than mine when using the 50mm f/1.4. Either way this lens is awesome! Here is an example of a photo with my beloved 50 1.4:

I hope you enjoyed the more technical side of the blog! If you ever have any questions or want to more know, shoot me an email! I’d love to have a section of the blog dedicated to helping out other beginning photographers. I’m not saying I’m an expert by any means but I know how nice it is to have someone willing to help in this industry. Unfortunately, from my experience, not many photographers are willing to help so I’d like to step away from that norm and, of course, be of help to anyone! Have a wonderful Friday, weekend, and a safe St. Patty’s Day! Hopefully the snow stays away!!