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I blogged about our trip to Hawaii and we started to get so many emails about ONE thing. You guessed it….. the resounding question was “WHAT LENSES DID YOU USE?!” Well there was once a day when I used to take MULTIPLE lenses on vacation and I am excited to announce that those days are over!! Yep! I’ve found my traveling soul-mate in lens form and it rocked my world in Hawaii!! The truth is, you don’t NEED to have all of your lenses… you just need to have the capabilities of all of your lenses! For example….

When I travel I want to have a WIDE lens AND a PORTRAIT lens. I also want to have zoom capabilities of some kind in case I do something crazy like fly in an airplane over a volcano and I need to have a longer focal length!

The 24-70 2.8 was re-done a while ago and I heard that it was great but to be completely honest, I’m a PRIME LENS kind of girl! I love the look and the feel of prime lenses and so this lens wasn’t even on my radar! However, after some advice from friends and doing a little research, I decided to give it a try and it was PERFECT for me! I could zoom a little, it was super wide, I could still shoot fairly wide open at 2.8 and at 70mm, it takes beautiful portraits!!

I can’t tell you how FREEING it was to not have to think about what lens to use at every. single. stop. I loved having ONE option that was versatile and durable! The reason I just brought up the adjective “durable” is because this lens got DROPPED at the LAX airport before our trip!! It was a hard fall and I was afraid we had just witnessed the death of this brand new lens but thankfully Tyler Herrinton had convinced me to get this lens a filter and it saved the day!!!

Overall, it seems like this lens was made for travel and it worked SO well for me!!!! If you keep scrolling below, you’ll see the WIDE variety of styles that this one lens can create!! Enjoy and…

Happy Wednesday!!

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It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!

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This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!

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Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!

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Rhett’s Fifth Month

Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.

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