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Friday Favorites – High School Senior

High School Senior Photographer’s Favorite Lens

If you ask any high school senior portrait photographer, “what is your favorite lens?”, you will get as many different answers are there are lenses. Each lens is unique, has exceptional qualities, and performs differently under particular circumstances. But if you are considering adding another lens to your arsenal, it is always helpful and interesting to ask advice from other senior portrait photographers. Their expertise within the field of high school senior photography is invaluable especially since camera equipment is extremely expensive. So I interviewed my closest photography friends to find out what they use and why.

My current favorite lens is the Canon 50 mm 1.4. I recently switched to the 50 after using the Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 almost exclusively for over a year. The Tamron is extremely versatile especially working in tight spaces. But the 50…..oh my! It is tack sharp, super fast, and a workhorse. I just had to get used to being the zoom instead of using the zoom. This gorgeous high school senior was shot with the 50 mm at a recent destination shoot in Florida.

High School Senior Photography

Allison Carpenter of Allison Carpenter Photography, Birmingham, Alabama  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Nikon D7000 (crop sensor)

What is your favorite lens (and why)? I love my Nikon 35mm 1.8.  This is the lens that lives on my camera! I have a smaller studio and my 50mm wasn’t giving me enough room to do families and the 35mm allows me to stay very close to newborns.

How long have you had this lens?  I have had this lens for almost 2 years. I was using my 24-70mm before the 35mm but found a love for prime lenses!

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? This lens is wonderful for a variety of subjects! I photograph families, newborns, and children.  It also gives me enough depth to be able to leave it on the camera when taking my kids to the zoo, trips or other fun places!

Sleeping baby in a bucket

Janine Stone of Janine Stone Photography, Miami, Florida  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Nikon D800 (full sensor)

What is your favorite lens (and why)? I love my Nikon 70-200mm 2.8.  I love the versatility I have with the zoom and love that I can get all that close-up detail even when I’m standing 20 feet back.

How long have you had this lens?  I have had this lens for over four years.

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? When I shoot events, the 70-200 and a wide angle are all I need, except when I decide to get a little more creative. I’ve adopted a similar style with my portrait work, so it is usually my go to lens!

Senior brunette girl portrait in Miami, FloridaLeah Brady of Leah Brady Photography, Cincinnati, Ohio  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Nikon D800

What is your favorite lens (and why)? 35mm 1.4. I’m a story teller, this lens lets me tell it.

How long have you had this lens?  Almost 24 hrs!!!

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? This will be my go-to for indoor sessions and newborns. The DOF wipes out all the background distractions  that tend to ruin my newborn sessions. For portraits, the speed, sharpness and amount of light it allows in will save me sooo many editing hours (my justification for the cost!).

Mother snuggling and kissing newborn child in Cincinnati, OhioLaura Folk of Laura Rossi Photography, Montgomery & Bucks County, Pennsylvania  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Canon 7D

What is your favorite lens (and why)? I switch back and forth between my 50mm prime and my 24-70mm zoom.  When photographing my favorite subject, children, I will quickly reach for my 24-70. It gives me much more flexibility on where I am in relation to the children and how fast I am moving.

How long have you had this lens? I have had this lens for about 8 months.

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? Children and families

Beautiful sibling girls modeling Joyfolie clothing and accessories in Hollywood, FloridaMelissa Wilson of Melissa Wilson Photography, Pensacola Florida  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Nikon D700

What is your favorite lens (and why)? Nikon 85mm f/1.8. The bokeh is unbelievable on this lens! The clarity is unreal when shooting wide open (I primarily shoot around f/2 for portraits), so the definition between my subject and the background is stunning. It’s recently replaced my Nikon 50mm 1.4 as my favorite lens.

How long have you had this lens? One month and it’s already stolen my heart! I’m so used to “zooming with my feet” from using my 50mm for years that this was the natural next lens for me.

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? I specialize in engagements, love, and weddings and I use this lens for ALL of them (along with my trusty 50mm of course – NEVER leave home without it either)!

Smiling girl in field of grass in FloridaChristine Hamrick of Christine Hamrick Photography, Sullivans Island, South Carolina  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Nikon D7000 (crop sensor)

What is your favorite lens (and why)? I love my Nikon 50mm 1.8.  I love the bokeh I get shooting wide open, and it’s the one lens I have with this capability.  I can achieve tack-sharp focus with this lens most easily.

How long have you had this lens?  My nifty-fifty was the first prime lens I purchased (back in 2007).  Learning to zoom with my feet was a learning adjustment, but now I am planning to add some other primes to my arsenal.  Got the 85mm in my Adorama shopping cart as we speak . . . just need to hit “purchase”!

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? This lens is spectacular for shooting portraits.  I can get some amazing soulful eyes . . . Since I primarily shoot kids, I often use my 24-70mm 2.8 for practicality of moving people, but my heart still belongs to my 50mm 🙂

High School Senior Photography

Stephanie Stremler of Stephanie Stremler Photography, Lynden, Washington  | WEBSITE FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with?  I shoot with the Canon Mark II 5D (full frame).

What is your favorite lens (and why)?  Choosing a favorite lens is a little bit like choosing a favorite child for me!  I love each and every one of them for different purposes and am constantly switching them.  Though if I had to choose one favorite lens it would probably be my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.  I love shooting wide open and with it zoomed all the way in for beautiful bokeh.  I also find if I start my sessions with this lens it allows my families and couples to loosen up and relax as I shoot them from a bit of a distance.

How long have you had this lens?  I have had this lens about 6 years.

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens?  I shoot everything from newborns to families to wedding couples with this lens.  If I have the space to use it I will.

Portrait of little girl in yellow bathing suit and sunglasses in Hollywood, Florida

Teryn Robinson of Teryn Robinson Photography, Thornton, Colorado  | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

What body do you shoot with? Canon 7D

What is your favorite lens (and why)? Canon 50mm f/1.2

How long have you had this lens? 2 years

What “subject” do you shoot most with this lens? I specialize in family portraiture now but I have used this lens to shoot seniors, couples, weddings, newborns, kids, maternity

Natural-light portrait of mother and daughter in Denver, Colorado

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May 17, 2013 - 10:41 am

Christine - Such great info! Thanks so much for including yours truly 🙂 XO

June 8, 2013 - 7:16 am

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