In my last post, I mentioned how any location can be the perfect backdrop, and while that is true the camera equipment that you use also plays a role. So, let's talk about gear! What is the perfect lens and camera body combo? It really depends on your 'shooting style' For me, especially when I am working with young children I prefer to shoot from a distance. In general, children do so much better with this approach. It gives them enough time to warm up to me and I get to observe them just being children...playing, exploring, interacting with their environment. I bring several lenses and camera bodies with me when out on a photoshoot. In my bag, you'll find a 35, 85, 135, and a 200mm along with a d810 and a d750. All of them have different purposes but my go-to's when working outdoors are the 135 and 200mm. These lenses allow me to shoot from a distance while nicely blurring out the background. They are also quick to focus which makes them perfect for action shots or just very mobile subjects like toddlers :) As much as I love these lenses they are also very expensive and may not be ideal for day to day snapshots or if you're new in your journey with photography. For that, I would recommend getting a 'nifty-fifty'.
A 50mm is a great beginner lens. It also has minimal distortion and gets you as close to the human eye as possible offering a similar field of view. This lens also has a shallow depth of field which means it can let in more light when you're shooting and blurs out the background a bit too. Most importantly, this lens won't break the bank. At a little over $200, this is one of the most affordable lenses you can get. It's also very versatile as you can take not only portraits of your little ones but also landscapes with this lens. Great for documenting the day to day life with growing littles. So start capturing those moments, they are only little for so long! ❤️