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In Love With Food…(photography, that is…)

January 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

Michelle Turner Photography

I have posted a few times about the importance of capturing the details, but today I wanted to write about an oft-forgotten detail– the delicious, beautiful, oh-so-amazing food.  Take it from me, I can’t even remember what I ate at my wedding.  I do know that it was excellent (we hired a fabulous caterer) and that it made up a big part of our budget, but other than that I draw a total blank.  It’s funny, but for something so expensive and that takes up such a large part of the day/night, food is often ignored.  Sure, we photograph the wedding cake and the cute little whoopie pies served at dessert.  But how often do people say “I would love a photograph of my food”?  I get perhaps three couples out of forty that ask for food shots, and yet every single one of my clients who orders an album wants to include the shot of their food as a supporting detail in their album.
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A Love Letter to My Favorite Lens

January 4th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

I am a strong proponent of the idea that it is the craftsman not the tools.  In fact, I’ve been trying for years to find a couple that would let me shoot their wedding with a Canon Digital Rebel and a kit lens, just test that theory.  But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am completely in love with one piece of equipment in my gear bag.  One lens that I reach for every chance I can.  One wondrous chunk of glass that makes everyone it captures look good….that gives crisp details to the in-focus parts of the image, and makes the out of focus parts of the image buttery and beautiful.  If I haven’t given it away by now, I am speaking of my lovely fat bottomed girl – the Canon 85mm f1.2.

Our love affair began a few years ago, when I found a steal of a deal on a used 85 f1.2 on an online photographers community.  At the time, I had a slightly slower, consumer version of the lens that I was happy enough with.  It worked well enough, and was fast enough, and generally sharp enough.  But I couldn’t resist the allure of the exotic.  I have to admit, it wasn’t love at first shot.  It took me a few shoots to get used to the super slow auto focus, and super thin depth of field, but once I understood her, my attention never wavered.

We soon settled into a happy relationship, and a look at my blog on any given week will tell the story of our affection.  At a wedding she is with me during the bridal preps, all of the couple portraits, and the first dance.  For portrait sessions, however, she is the star of the show.  Many are the portrait sessions where she was the only lens I used.

So on this New Year season, I want to raise my glass to my favorite piece of, well, glass, with the hopes of thousands more beautiful images in the years to come!  Now let’s hear about the piece of equipment that inspires you!  Leave a comment with your own love letter to your favorite piece of gear.

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