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What’s in my bag? 70-200mm 2.8

Continuing my mini-series on what equipment I use and carry in my bag, I introduce my mega lens. I’m pretty sure I have a sore muscle in my upper arm from using this lens at this past weekend’s wedding, it’s so heavy. But it’s worth its weight in gold. Ceremony shots were next impossible before I started using this lens.

What is amazing about this lens is that you can zoom and still have a fixed aperature at 2.8! My primary lens that I use about 90% of the time is my 50mm 1.4. And although I love this prime lens because of the wide open aperature, a 50mm just isn’t practical for a wedding ceremony. Introducing Canon’s 70-200mm 2.8L IS USM…


This past weekends ceremony was at Olive Baptist Church, which seats over 3,000 people, and having a good zoom lens was imperative. Here are two shots I took without moving where I stood, but simply zoomed in with this lens. I’ve included the meta data on the photos so you can see that while shooting in manual mode, I changed nothing between the two pictures.

This first picture is zoomed at 70mm


This picture is zoomed at 200mm

undefined Have a Fabulous Tuesday!

Kristin Nicole

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Another amazing thing you forgot to mention about this lens is that you can ALSO use it as a self-defense mechanism! That thing’s a beast :-)

I need one!

If you get a chance to leave a comment for the girl I interviewed today I would be grateful : ) Thanks.

Can’t wait till I can get this lens!! It’s amazing!

Sneak Peek: Jessica and Tim

Where do I start? This weekend was so much fun photographing this gorgeous couple at one of the most beautiful weddings ever. I’m so glad that Jessica and Tim opted for the First Look, which allowed us to get ALL of the “formal pictures” done before the ceremony.

Jessica, you are gorgeous and I’m so honored to have been a part of your special day.

Here’s a quick sneak peek from their First Look:


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Lorna Green

I cannot tell you how wonderful we thought you and your husband were. You took such great photos, and were so happy and easy to work with. I cannot wait to see all of your work. Thank for the sneek peak of the two photos of Tim and Jessica. I would be a reference for you a million times over if you ever need me!

Lorna Green, Mother of Tim Green, the Groom :)

Lorna Green

I cannot tell you how wonderful we thought you were at the wedding! You and your husband were so happy and easy to work with. Thank you for helping to make the day so special. AND, capturing some wonderful pictures. I was so excited to see the two phots from the sneek peak, and cannot wait to see all of your work. I will be a reference for you a million times over if you ever need me!

Lorna Green, Mother of Tim Green, the Groom :)

Lorna Green

Sorry for the double post, but it told me the first comment errored out….delete one of them, or use them to remind everyone how great your work is!

Gorgeous work, Kristin! Can’t wait to see more. The bride looks fabulous (and her hubby too)!

A day with a friend in Mobile, AL

 Several months ago a friend of mine asked if we could spend the day together, take pictures, have lunch, and talk.  How could I resist?

As we started taking pictures we saw a police car and officer approaching. So what did we do? “Jeremy, go talk to him.” Husband to the rescue! After a quick conversation we had to leave our gorgeous location, because well, we weren’t supposed to be there. It was an abandoned building that was ruined during hurricane Ivan several years ago and has been for sale ever since.  It was so sad because the lighting was gorgeous, but we headed to downtown Mobile, AL to finish.

Meet Kathleen


This was the picture I was taking when the cop came…


Look at that model face!


This was my favorite spot! This is totally posing next to an antique generator behind the bus station!


 Kathleen you are gorgeous!undefined

Kathleen and her husband Joe are such wonderful people and friends. Thanks for giving Jeremy and me an excuse to get away from Pensacola for a day.

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Kristin you have magic in those photographer hands of yours! Thank you for making me feel beautiful and for a great time together that day! Laughter and photography with friends makes any day one to remember <3

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I just can’t think of a title…

I have been thinking about doing a series like this for awhile, but I just can’t think of the perfect title for it. I would love to post now and then about things that I am loving and things that are sort of irritating to me.  I have seen other blogs have titles such as kisses and disses, but I need something unique….any great ideas out there?

Things I am really loving this week…

Fruit Roll ups…I have decided that you never outgrow them, they are delicious and I am trying to convince Jeremy that they count as a serving of fruit.

All of my mom’s recipes…I have made a few of them this week, and as we speak one is cooking on the stove. There is just something comforting about the meals you grew up with.

My husband…I can’t tell you how many times I have come home this week alone to a cleaned house, and he never complains about it. Plus he helps me with my raw meat issue, as discussed below.

Things I am not too fond of this week…

Leaving the house and forgetting to put earrings on….it makes me feel naked and comes close to ruining my day.

Raw meat…I love to cook, but I would almost consider becoming a vegetarian just so that I didn’t have to touch it.

The fact that I allowed my husband to download Angry Birds on my phone…I knew I shouldn’t have done it…it has become quite the time waster for the two of us. For example…I am pretty sure he had no idea I took this photo of him.


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I knew you took that pic! I was just pre-occupied…

Ahh Angry Birds! Some days I feel like I should attend RU because of it. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you about Farm Towers… :-)

There’s just something about the memories that come along with mom’s recipes…I totally feel ya on that one! :)


How about “Faves and Fakes?” lol (It’s even alliterated.) haha :)

I am in love with…Ann Taylor Loft

I am not sure if it is normal that about 80% of my wardrobe comes from this store, or that about 40% of my wardrobe is cardigans from this store, but it is the truth. I really just love The Loft. I shop their a little too frequently as evidenced by the fact that they sent me a $40 rewards card a few days ago…stores don’t just do that unless you spend a lot of money there. I got it all on a really good sale…or at least that is what I told my husband. Here are a few of my favorite looks from their website made up of things I have already purchsed, am going to purchase in the near future, or would just really like to purchase.


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Oooh, I love the last one! So cute! Is the 2nd girl pregnant? ;) *hehe*


Who DOESN’T love Ann Taylor?!?! :) What fantastic taste you have Kristin! lol


All you need is some SILPADA to go with all those outfits. lol!

The third outfit is adorbs! I’m planning an outlet shopping spree in the next few weeks and this post has inspired me to have some fun at Ann Taylor!

I am loving that lovely dress at the top! So summery and cute. And I have to agree the loft always has cute stuff. If I could have an entire wardrobe of them, jcrew, and anthropologie my life would be complete! ;)