Hey all! Hope everyone’s having a great summer!
It’s been a busy one over here for me… Between having lots of babies to photograph (which also means tons of time spent editing!) and also having lots of summer fun with my own boys, the blog has kind of gotten pushed to the back burner over the last few months. I have so many amazing sessions to share with you and will hopefully be slowly catching up on posting them all as the school year starts and we get into a routine around here.
I thought I’d start off by talking about the newest addition that I made to my camera bag this summer and also sharing with you the first client session I got to use it on 🙂 .
I talk on the Frequently Asked Questions page about the gear I use and how I am somewhat of a gear minimalist. I don’t use fancy lights or extensive set-ups and for the longest time, I actually used nothing but my Nikon d750 and my Nikkor 35 mm 1.8 lens at all sessions and in my personal work. I was perfectly happy with my camera/lens combo and didn’t really have the desire to add anything to my lens collection.
It wasn’t until last fall at the Click Away conference that I got the itch to try something new and ended up adding the Lensbaby Velvet 56 to my bag. And I’ve LOVED using it to not only create unique maternity portraits and take some gorgeous photos of baby eyelashes using its macro capabilities, but I’ve also loved how it has pushed me in my personal work and on my journey to becoming a Click Pro. There was a while where I thought I’d never need to add another lens to my collection.
But, slowly over the last 6 months or so – as my client sessions and my photography style keeps evolving, I found myself wishing I could fit more into a photo. I’d wish that I could reach up just a little bit higher to get the perfect overhead photo or that I could cut a hole in the wall to back up just a little bit farther and fit more of the details of the room in the photo. I’d find the perfect angle to capture a family cuddling on the bed, but not be able to step back far enough to fit them all in the frame. Enter the newest addition to my camera bag…
I rented a few different lenses along the way trying to pick the perfect one for me and now that it’s been a month or so since I pulled the trigger on this one, I’m absolutely LOVING my decision to go with the 20 mm.
Baby Greyson’s newborn session that took place in the Wanek family’s beautiful Cleveland Heights home was the first time I had the opportunity to shoot with it, and it’s also the session that made me decide that this lens was the perfect choice for me. Not only did this lens give me room to fit the whole family in the picture without anyone’s limbs missing… but, it also allowed me to have fun and play with Greyson’s big sister Madison AND get great photos of her at the same time. It focused fast to ensure I didn’t miss any great moments (there were a lot of them!) and it was also great for the rooms that didn’t have a ton of light around (since the aperture opens all the way up to 1.4). I loved getting to know this family and am excited to share the amazing results with you all.
Thank you, Wanek family, for choosing me as your photographer and for helping me choose the newest member of the Ashley Sasak Photography camera bag – I am so glad we captured these memories for you!
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