Norman Oklahoma Photographer

I tell all my students to not buy more gear until you master what you own. Summer of 2005 I bought a Canon 20D and 24-70 2.8L. Soon after i bought a 70-200 2.8L. These 2 lenses covered almost everything i needed working as a photojournalist. A few years after graduating i bought a 15mm 2.8 Fisheye Lens. To offer rentals to students i also bought cheaper primes: 50mm 1.8II and 85 1.8. 
Supporting my family (bills, mortgage, studio lease) i had the hardest time justifying buying a 50 1.2L when i already had that focal length at 2.8. But as i have adjusted to shooting more newborns, it seemed like it was time to add to my tool set. I tried 100mm 2.8 macro… but besides a few shots of hair swirls and eyelashes, it wasn’t my fav– slow/difficult to focus. 

Honestly i’d love a 70mm 1.2L. It’s perfect for me. But that doesn’t exist. So it was between the 50 and 85. I borrowed both from photographers… and each had it’s place. I got to borrow the 50 1.2L twice briefly from Dallas photog Leah, and i knew it was someday going to be mine. I love the slight distortion the 50 gives… can be quite flattering, esp shooting women. I even used the 50 1.8II ($125ish) but couldn’t depend on it being such a cheap lens.

I have been blessed to be SUPER busy with weddings and seniors and newborns… so with plenty of wiggle room in my account, i finally took the plunge! It arrived yesterday.

Can i just say i’m in LOVE??? I adore the shallow depth of field of 1.2. I can’t wait to use it for my newborns sessions this week! Along with an adorable new doll bed my amazing husband made me. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

More about Amber

Born in Denver, CO and raised in Upstate New York, I have traveled the world and now happily live near Mullica Hill, NJ in South Jersey with my 3 boys and baby girl on 4 acres of woods. I've enjoyed shooting since 2001, officially becoming a business in 2006. Although photography brings me much joy, I try to find ways to craft and create in other mediums too!

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