We have been so blessed with so many wonderful new friends and neighbors since our move this summer.  One of our favorite families not only has a son in the first grade with my oldest (and an amazing Mama who I adore) but two beautiful teenage girls who my sons have fallen head over heels for.

There is no substitute for great babysitters – every Mama knows they are absolutely worth their weight in gold – and then some!  But the absolute best recommendation for me is when my boys start asking for “play dates” with those sitters! HA!  You know they are good when the kids don’t know you are actually hiring them to be there!!

These two girls are just beautiful young women – inside and out – and we are so happy that are quickly becoming part of our family.

My boys are awesome models ~ they truly are ~ but they are only 4 and 6 and their patience can only be expected to go so far!!  So I needed a model ~ and of course I called upon my beautiful babysitters!  Only one was available that day, but man oh man, did she rock it 😉

Oh what a lens!!

But to back up on why I needed a model… I am not a Senior Photographer (and not trying to break into that market!  I love my babies! 😉  Oh, and by the way, this gorgeous young woman is a Freshman in High School ~ can you believe it?!?  But back to the Why… My amazing hubby surprised me with a new lens for Christmas – the Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 G VRII.

It has been on my wish list for a long time, but as a family and children’s photographer I just felt like it was far too expensive to be worth the investment.  I kept envisioning using it for my kids sports ~ where it will be amazing to have such a fast zoom lens ~ but I wasn’t thinking about using it for portraits at all!  Oh, was I wrong.  So very very wrong!  Yes, it is a big investment.  But it is worth.every.penny.

I am a huge fan of prime lenses – I have sworn by my 50mm 1.4 for years.  But just look at the compression in these photos! Eeek!  No wonder so many Wedding and Senior Photographers are in love with this thing! I was standing in almost the same place for all of these photos – but look at that gorgeous creamy bokeh (blurry background) when I zoomed all the way out to 200mm.  

Oh my!  Playing in the snow was fun ~ but I cannot wait to get out and really play with this lens this spring!!

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  1. Kerri

    March 5th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Stunning!!!!