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Investing in new equipment can be quite the hurdle, especially when you are thick in the early stages of launching your photography business and the costs are piling up. There are so many options, along with an overflow of reviews and opinions scattered across the internet. I always recommend that you try a lens before buying it. It’s important to remember that every photographer has their own creative approach, so a lens that might be a good fit for someone else does not mean it will be a good fit for you. There are some really great companies like Borrowlenses.com who will lend out photography equipment at a reasonable price!

As you continue to do your research and learn more about the common uses for all the different lenses out there, let me share what’s in my camera bag these days…

1 // Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Sometimes it can be challenging to capture the beautiful, small detail that fills a wedding day. My macro lens allows me to get real close without sacrificing clarity or focus. Some common uses included photographing engagement rings, patterns or bling on a gown, and the unique detail found on stationery!

This photo was taken with the 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens:

2 // Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II USM Lens I have really started to love experimenting with the 85mm during both cocktail hour and the reception. For cocktail hour, I love to stand at a distance and capture candidates taking place while guests are enjoying each other’s company. As for reception, I find the 85mm to amazing for documenting really emotional moments within the bride and groom’s first dance, as well as all the emotion expressed throughout the room during special toasts. Very often I will convert some of these images to black and white to further express that intimate vibe.

These photos were taken with the 85mm f/1.2 II USM Lens:

3 // Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens My main squeeze. The 50mm continues to be my absolute favorite lens for portrait photography. This prime pal stole my heart from day one. Its sharpness, depth of field, and flexibility in low light make it ideal for photographing portraits. It’s also a real champ when I need to grab detail shots of wedding decor!

These photos were taken with the 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens:

4 // Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II USM Lens The story-telling focal length that the 35mm provides is a must have on a wedding day. The photos that come from using the 35mm always feel so intimate and truthful, so I love using it to document special moments between a couple, celebratory ceremony exits, and more detailed close-up shots of the bridal party. I’ve grown so attached to it and really look forward to using it, even more, this year!

This photo was taken with the 35mm f/1.4 II USM Lens:

5 // Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens This telephoto lens continues to be my number one for wedding ceremonies. I gravitate to using this lens during moments when I need to be as unobtrusive as possible, giving me that range I need to set myself up further from my subjects. It is, however, a bit heavy to carry so as soon as I’m done using it, it goes directly into my roller case.

This photo was taken with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens:

6 // Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens A lens that will always be worth every single penny is my 24-105mm. This baby is the boss. I absolutely love it for a range of use. Whether it be capturing a large family or bridal party photo without making them look oddly tiny in the frame, or grabbing some unforgettable, closely wide shots of guests going wild on the dance floor, this lens is my go-to.

This photo was taken with the 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens:

7 // Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Fixed Lens My newest lens and one that I’m having so much fun playing around with is my fixed 45mm tilt-shift. I brought this lens onboard mainly for creativity. Playing around with the depth of field is really wild and pushes me to think more outside the box during portraits. I plan to use this lens a lot this year and taking advantage of that dreamy vibe it creates. Before this lens, I used to take the clear wrap and attach it to the outer edges of my 50mm. How’s that for thrifty?

This photo was taken with the 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Fixed Lens:

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