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What’s in my bag? 100mm 2.8 Macro

Recently several photographers have been emailing me and asking what equipment I use. Hands down the lens that I shoot with most often is the 50mm 1.4. However, a wedding photographer must own the 100mm 2.8 Macro lens. Must must must!

Because weddings are saturated in details, this lens has the amazing capability to focus in tight on a small area for a beautiful shot. Most often I only use this lens for ring shots. Honestly, you can not get good ring shots without this lens. Even if you have a zoom lens, I promise it will not work like this 100mm macro will.

 Here are some tips for photographer’s on how to produce an amazing ring shot with this lens:

1 – Style the ring. The ring simply on a finger, is not the most flattering shot. Even on the most beautiful hand, the fingers will look long and distracting. If you still get this shot, also get a shot of the rings by themselves. Place the ring on something that gives it texture. A flower, a rock, a seashell, anything!

2 – Lighting. You must have an abundance of light. Sometimes this is tricky if the bride wants a picture of the rings on the piano keys of the piano in a dark corner, but you must find a way to have great light. After all, isn’t that how diamonds sparkle? Whether you take the photo outside or raise your ISO just a little, make sure it’s well lit so the ring will bling.

3 – Focus. Try focusing on different spots of the ring. The safe shot would include focusing on the center stone, but don’t be afraid to get some detail shots of the side stones or band. The 100mm 2.8 Macro has an acute focus and will have amazing bokeh on everything else! love it.

Here are a couple of recent pictures taken with this lens

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gotta love the macro lens!! beautiful!

Thank you for the tips! Love your blog!

I want one : )
Beautiful shots!

My new toy…and a giveaway

So…I finally got an iphone and I am super excited. You see my precious Blackberry which I really did love decided this week that it didn’t love me anymore. Seriously, it was taking about a minute for my phone to just open a text after I recieved it…not cool at all.  So my wonderful husband (hope you aren’t getting sick of hearing about him on this blog) decided that he was going to buy me an iphone.  I am really excited to just play with the new toy, but also for the business benefits as well such as responding to email quicker and working on my blog from anywhere.

So my question is…what are your favorite apps whether fun, business, photography or anything else? I am trying to figuire out which apps I want, and it is just slightly overwhelming!

So here is the giveaway….leave me a comment here on this blog post telling me what your favorite app or apps are and I will choose my favorite one and the winner with recieve a $10 iTunes giftcard.

Also…I am about to hit 500 on my Facebook Fan page, become a Fan here for an extra entry!

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Karen

This app is TOTALLY nerdy,,,BUT—I love playing “Word Warp”, a free game app (a game where you have to UN-jumble the letters to make words). SEE??!! Told you it was nerdy, but I do love to play it!☺

Allison

My absolute favorite app is the amazon.com app. Shopping is easy and convenient. Plus, checking out is SO fast.

Hey Kristin, Congrats on the iPhone. I think you would find the Camera+ App totally amazing. It was created partially by Lisa Bettany (http://mostlylisa.com/). I really love to take pix on it.

The other apps in my favorites folder are:
Mantis Bible Study
Mind Node
LogMein
Bible Plan (My iPhone App)
My Prayer Lists (My iPhone App) :P
Kindle

The iPhone is soo cool :D
BenH

Cindy

So, I don’t have this app, but if I were able to I would DEFINITELY have it. It’s the price checking app. You can scan any item’s bar code and find out what that item costs everywhere else (including online) so you can see where you can get it cheapest. Saving money and Fun! My friend had it and it really is pretty amazing!

I would love to win this and give it to my wife…

Jennifer

Apart from being productive and getting work done…you have to have some fun with your iPhone!!!
May I humbly suggest some fun apps?
“Angry Birds” -> they have the ones for free (such as Angry Birds Lite, Angry Birds Free & Angry Birds Seasons).
“Cut the Rope” & “The Imbecile Test” are not bad either.
A “Facebook” and/or “Twitter” apps are also great to have as well ;-)

Jeremy is so sweet to buy an iPhone for you! ^_^

angry birds. It’s just so addictive!

Rebecca Houghton

Pandora is definitely my favorite! The advertisements get a bit old, but it’s worth it!

Megan

Ok so I love my metronome app and use it all the time. lol Nerdy right? lol I also love the allrecipes app cuz it has a “dinner spinner” on it with yummy recipes!

Dan Troutman

I’ll give fav’s from several categories:
Utility app – Carbonite Access (useful only if you use Carbonite as your computer backup). I love it because I can technically access any file on my computer at home because they are backed up on Carbonites servers.
Bible app – Olive Tree. It has all the bells and whistles for a casual user, as well as tons of options if you want to add on study aids, language tools, etc.
Music app – Pandora.
Wasting time but worth it app – Tie between Facebook and Angry Birds
GPS/Walking app – MotionX GPS – keeps track of walks, rides, etc.
I’m too cheap to pay for texting app – Textfree with Voice – you get a dedicated number for texting. It makes phone calls also, but I don’t use that part.
Useful if I watched more TV app – TVGuide
Most used app on my iPhone – Netflix (hands down!)

Linda Troutman

Angry Birds…Most Definitely is the most used app on my phone! I also have a GPS motion x gps. It keeps track of how long and far you walked.

Christy Stier

I unfortunately don’t have an IPhone yet but there is an app called Urbanspoon. It uses the GPS built in the phone and you shake and it comes up with places to eat out. You can select a certain price range or location or type of resturant. It is really awesome. It is fun to go “hmmmm chinese sounds good. lets select that and than shake to find different places both cheap and not so cheap. When I get my IPhone, that’s the app I want.

Courtney

Well twitter and Facebook apps are like a must every phone needs them! But I also like snake for a game app!

I play fruit ninja all the time.
You might want to check out that app ; )

Office inspiration…

I am beginning to collect things for my new office that I will hopefully start decorating when we move and have an extra room for me to play with. Of course the colors will be grey, pink and white which probably isn’t a surprise if you have been on this blog or my website because it is pretty obvious that I love those colors. Recently Jeremy and I went on a short vacation and I picked up a few things for my new office that have been residing on my current desk until they get to their new home. I LOVE vintage cameras and we found a little flea market that happened to have lots to pick from, so I bought three while we were there. I also found this awesome set of old art books. They are tiny and each book is about a different artist. I love the different colors and they are going to fit perfectly in my office. I want the office to be very modern with a few vintage touches. Here are my flea market finds for my office…

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Laura

Love the old cameras! So classy and ever classic. What a wide variety of books! That’ll be a great addition to your office. (P.S.~ Velasquez and Pissarro are out of alphabetical order. lol Probably because you’ve been looking at them for some more inspiration.) ;)

Marina

This is really great! I love vintage, and all of the old cameras definitely add the touch.
I really enjoy going on your website. It is refreshing and nice to see your beautiful photos!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Kisses

As soon as he met me at the door and kissed me I knew that he had been eating chocolate chip cookies, he smelled like cookies. What I didn’t realize was that he was baking chocolate chip cookies. He promised his choir kids that if they were good he would bring them a treat. Usually this is when he asks me to make something for the kids or I help him package little bags of candy, making sure that everyone has the same amount…because it has to be fair! But this time for some reason he decided that he would make them chocolate chip cookies. Do I have an adorable husband or what? I had to taste test one of the cookies and let me tell you they were delicious! His class told him he was the best teacher ever, and I think they were right…

 

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Tammy

All the credit for that wonderful husband of yours goes to his parents, he is truly a gem. I feel blessed to know he is the one you will have by your side for the rest of your life!

Those look DELICIOUS.

I get some of the credit too, don’t I? Thanks Tammy…

Megan

Carolyn Siegler was talking about these in yearbook:)

Those do look good!

Krista

The cookies look super yummy!! Good job Jeremy:)

The one thing I wish I knew…part 3

I am so excited to be able to share a few more answers that I recieved from some amazing photographers when I asked them “What is the one thing that you wish you knew when you started your business”. Be sure to check out part one and part two if you missed them. Stay tuned for the next set of responses…there are so many great ones to come. And I have to add a HUGE thank you to all of the photographers that participated and sent in thier response. If you are a photographer and have something that you wish you had known when you started feel free to send me a message through my contact form so that I can add it to my list, and if you would like to see a question or photography/business topic addressed on the blog feel free to send me a message so I can make sure it gets covered.

Gina Zeidler

BE YOURSELF. BE authentic. It might feel like you are lost and have no idea where to start. Start within. Don’t just look to other photographers. Breathe in all types of influences, books, movement, nature. Get inspired and find your authentic voice. This will be the KEY to your success.
ASK. Don’t be afraid to ask for something. INVEST. If you want to learn from a specific mentor, invest in them. In their time, knowledge, brain space. Whether that is reading through their entire blog, paying them for a workshop or mentor session, or reading a book about them. Invest. Remember what it was like to study something you loved.
ACTION Sometimes you just have to take a step. Move forward in some fashion. If you find yourself in the paralyzed position, take action. Even if it is putting on your shoes. Sometimes that is all you need to get you out the door.

 

I wish someone had told me that it would be impossible to please everyone. I wish they had said that the way to be successful is to be authentic, treat others with kindness, be confident and unapologetic about running your business, and don’t give a second thought to those who either don’t take you seriously, try to take advantage of you, or criticize your every move. As a self-professed people-pleaser, I’ve spent many hours of my life worrying about what other people think of me and if I’m good enough, when I should have been focusing on the encouragement I was getting from those who love and support me. It sounds so cheesy (and a LOT easier said than done), but practice, patience, and positivity is pretty much all you need.

 


I wish someone had warned me about the trap that comparing yourself to other photographers can be. Following the work of others for inspiration is one thing. But if you let it consume you, it has real potential to squash your confidence and passion to be YOU, which is the most essential aspect of any photographer’s brand. It is OKAY to feel like you have a long way to grow. And it is even MORE okay to be different. Embrace what makes you, YOU. And then wooork it!! :)

 

Melissa Oholendt

The one thing I wish I had known as a young photographer is that I wish I would have followed my gut & intuition more. From clients to studio management to images that inspire me, I’ve learned that when I follow what my instincts are, I end up in a much better place and when I don’t trust that little voice? I ALWAYS wish I had in the end. If there is something that makes you feel uneasy, it’s worth sitting down and examining what and why it’s making you feel that way. There is so much power and knowledge inside of ourselves and I so wish I had known that instead of caring (more) about what others had to say.

 

And a picture…my husband snapped this awesome ring shot during Matheus and Camille’s Engagement Session and I was pretty impressed! He is a keeper for sure!

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Kristin, I love this series! :) What a brilliant idea! This is such great information! :) Thanks for sharing.

wonderful idea! this is so inspiring to read as a blooming wedding shooter. thanks so much for sharing!!

Again awesome Kristin! Thank you so much for sharing–love this series!! :)