Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A 40mm Pancake Lens Review

So in light of this months goals, I recently invested in something fun.
The oh-so-cute 40mm f/2.8 lens. 
I've had my eye on this lens for awhile and I've been reading various reviews, but this one by Dylan and Sara finally sold me.

I'm seriously already in love with this lens.
 In my opinion, for the price and it's size, it's so worth the investment.
For various reasons. 
I personally have a really hard time sometimes with taking my camera out when I'm going to a casual event, just hanging out with friends or just heading out the door to see what adventure I come across.
  Not to mention the beach, the river, or other outdoor activities.
Sometimes I just don't really want to keep up with the $3500+ of equipment (since I almost always shoot with my 50mm 1.2) I have on my shoulder, not to mention how heavy and bulky it is.
And sometimes I just want to be a little more inconspicuous and not draw so much attention to myself (don't get me wrong, the 50mm is amazing and I am still very much in love with it. But sometimes it's just a bit much for my every day activities).

But with the 40mm on it's so much easier to just grab and go and I'm not worried about someone bumping into it in a crowded venue, or (heaven forbid) if it got stolen I wouldn't be as devastated as I would if I had my 50mm on (these are the things I think about sometimes... possibly over thinking but hey, it could happen...)

I went for a walk the other night with it and shot some photos to test out it's low-light performance and while it, of course, is nowhere near the capabilities of the 50mm 1.2, I still got some shots I really liked. To be honest though, comparing it to the 50mm isn't really fair anyway. But it's the only other lens I shoot with on a regular basis so it's what I have to compare it to.

I also took it sailing last weekend (another situation I don't really want to have my 50mm in all the time.... Hello waves and sunscreen and salt water) and I got some really good images then. It was also surprising how nice it was to have that extra little bit of width for my shots.
Especially on the close quarters of the boat.

I've been trying to free lens with it some, which is a bit hard to get the hang of, but it's very different then when you free lens with the 50mm. Mainly because you have to focus the lens before you unmount it. Still doable though.

Overall though, again, I just love it. It's the perfect mini addition to my camera bag.
Especially for my constantly on the go, wandering, traveling self.
Plus, how cute is it's name?
If I was a pancake eater I totally would have done a mini breakfast shoot with it on a plate of pancakes. ;)

Anyway, that's all of my two cents on the matter.
I'll be posting some photos taken with it soon!

All photos taken with my phone and edited with VSCO cam.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bridget | Senior Portraits

Meet Bridget.

I traveled up to Maryland to shoot this gorgeous girl's senior portraits a few weeks back and I don't think I could love the results more. 
Talk about a babe.
I've actually known this beauty since she was a baby and I seriously can't believe she's all grown up and off to college next year!
Man how time flies.
Here are a few favorites from the day.

Wishing you the best of luck in this new season Bridge, I know you're know you're gonna rock it.
I love you heaps!


If you're a senior it's not too late to book a spot for your own portraits!
Or too early... if you're thinking about next year. ;)
Shoot me an email for more info.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My RVA: The Gatsby Afternoon Picnic

Last Sunday I attended the Gatsby Afternoon Picnic here in Richmond, put on by the Art Deco Society of Virginia.
It was the third annual and held at the oh so lovely Wilton House Museum.
I've been wanting to go to this event ever since I heard about the first one but somehow I've always been busy. So I was super excited that I was actually free this year.
I mean, who wouldn't want an excuse to dress up in your 1920's Sunday best and step back in time for an afternoon?
The whole event was fabulous. 
From the costumes, the vendors, the music, the venue, all of it. I met so many lovely, eclectic, fun, interesting and wonderful people. It was such a great afternoon. 
I'm already thinking about doing the Tweed Ride (even though I don't own anything tweed...) and I'm definitely going to the Jazz Age Preservation Ball next year. 
(Another event day I always seem to be busy on... but I'm planning ahead this year)
I'm super excited for that. 
Like... really. I'm already dress shopping.

Anyway, here are some photos from the event! 

^^and then sometimes your friend steals your camera and insists on taking a few herself^^

You can also see more on my Facebook page (feel free to tag yourselves!)
And if you're in Richmond be sure to go join the Art Deco Society's Facebook group as well to keep up with all of the fun events!