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The Best Lens for Light, Bright and Airy Photos

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If you’ve ever wondered what our favorite lens is to create our signature light, bright, airy photos, this one is for you!

When we first got started in photography, we thought the way to achieve a specific photography “style” was with editing.

Like, if we just apply the same filter, preset or “effect” to every photo, that would give us a great photo style, right?

Not quite!

We didn’t realize that having a consistent photo style was as much (if not more!) about the choices we made on location while we were shooting and not just when we were editing.

There are SO many important shooting techniques we use to achieve the final look we want (which is what we cover in depth in our signature Shooting & Editing Course) but, today, let’s talk about the one lens we never leave home without.

If we had to pick only ONE lens to shoot an entire session and create the light, bright, airy photos we’re known for, we would choose the 50mm 1.2.

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(Note: If the 50mm 1.2 isn’t in your budget right now, you’re not alone! The 50mm 1.8 is significantly more affordable (like, almost two thousand dollars less!) and will give you a great bang for your buck!)

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So, why do we love the 50mm so much?

It’s a beautiful, reliable prime lens that:

1. Makes people look the most “true to life”

2. Helps us make backgrounds look lighter

3. Enhances our client experience

The 50mm isn’t too wide (which can cause distortion) but it still allows us to get enough sky in our frame (even in our tight, close-up shots) which makes the whole photo feel lighter and airier.

With longer lenses (like the 85mm and longer) we get gorgeous compression, but if we’re not careful, that can often come with heavier feeling photos. Why? The background gets pulled in and completely fills the frame, which is one thing that can make a photo feel “heavier” instead of airy and light.

See how the first photo (taken with an 85mm) isn’t quite as light feeling because you can’t see the sky, like you can in the second photo (taken with a 50mm)

(If you wanna go behind the scenes with us and watch us shoot this entire senior session from start to finish click here!)

Another major benefit of the 50mm, is it allows us to get physically close to our clients to give them posing instructions in a friendly conversational voice and volume, which is an important part of our client experience. If you’re in our Posing Course, you already know that *how* you say something is as important (if not more than!) *what* you say when it comes to making your subjects look and feel confident.

Do we still love using longer lenses, like the 85mm, during portrait sessions?

YES!

We also LOVE the amazing Canon RF 28-70mm 2.0, which you can shoot at 50mm and get gorgeous photos, as well as have the advantage and convenience of shooting at other focal lengths quickly without changing lenses. It’s pricey (and heavy!) but it’s an INCREDIBLE lens, and a workhorse for us on wedding days!

To sum it all up, if we HAD to choose just one prime lens, the “nifty fifty” is our go-to pick!

We shoot more photos with a 50mm than any other prime lens in our bag during every portrait session we shoot, which is why it’s always at the top of our recommendation list when a photographer asks “Which lens should I get?”

We hope this helps you when it’s time to add a lens to your collection!

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Amy & Jordan

We're high school sweethearts who had no formal training in photography, but went from being elementary school teachers to making six figures as full-time photographers. We're teachers at heart (with over 30,000 online course students) and are here to help YOU take amazing photos, build a thriving business and live a beautiful life. As parents to three littles, we're all about making every minute count and love to share what we're learning along the way. We're so glad you're here!
 

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meet us

Amy & Jordan

We're high school sweethearts who had no formal training in photography, but went from being elementary school teachers to making six figures as full-time photographers. We're teachers at heart (with over 30,000 online course students) and are here to help YOU take amazing photos, build a thriving business and live a beautiful life. As parents to three littles, we're all about making every minute count and love to share what we're learning along the way. We're so glad you're here!
 

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meet us

Amy & Jordan

We're high school sweethearts who had no formal training in photography, but went from being elementary school teachers to making six figures as full-time photographers. We're teachers at heart (with over 30,000 online course students) and are here to help YOU take amazing photos, build a thriving business and live a beautiful life. As parents to three littles, we're all about making every minute count and love to share what we're learning along the way. We're so glad you're here!
 

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meet us

Amy & Jordan

We're high school sweethearts who had no formal training in photography, but went from being elementary school teachers to making six figures as full-time photographers. We're teachers at heart (with over 30,000 online course students) and are here to help YOU take amazing photos, build a thriving business and live a beautiful life. As parents to three littles, we're all about making every minute count and love to share what we're learning along the way. We're so glad you're here!
 

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meet us

Amy & Jordan

We're high school sweethearts who had no formal training in photography, but went from being elementary school teachers to making six figures as full-time photographers. We're teachers at heart (with over 30,000 online course students) and are here to help YOU take amazing photos, build a thriving business and live a beautiful life. As parents to three littles, we're all about making every minute count and love to share what we're learning along the way. We're so glad you're here!
 

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meet us

Amy & Jordan

We're high school sweethearts who had no formal training in photography, but went from being elementary school teachers to making six figures as full-time photographers. We're teachers at heart (with over 30,000 online course students) and are here to help YOU take amazing photos, build a thriving business and live a beautiful life. As parents to three littles, we're all about making every minute count and love to share what we're learning along the way. We're so glad you're here!
 

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