The first wave of engagement session season is here (the second wave takes place in the fall)! I look forward to these sessions so much because this means that I get to FINALLY meet my couples in person! After emailing for weeks or months, we get to spend a couple hours together getting to know one another more! It’s really the best!
As I prepare for each session, I make sure I never leave the house without my absolute FAVORITE lenses. Over the years, what’s been in my camera bag has changed as I grew and could afford more lenses! Please, know that you do not have to have every lens below to take beautiful photos for your couples! It’s taken several years to get to this point, and what I bring to sessions might be totally different than yours, and that’s TOTALLY OK! 🙂
Below, I’m breaking down the lenses I bring to engagement sessions and when I use them during the session!
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
If you’ve never used any lenses from Sigma’s Art series, you definitely should! First of all, the investment for Sigma lenses compared to Nikon/Canon lenses is so much more affordable AND they still produce the same quality of images! To be honest, I purchased the 35mm with the hope of using it more at portrait sessions, but I’m actually using my 50mm WAAY more now! I still bring this lens with me in case I’d like to take a beautiful landscape photos of my couples or any wide shots!
It also has an aperture of 1.4, which I love when I really want to create dreamy images! I can shoot super wide open, and having that option has been wonderful! I use this lenses so much more during wedding days (more on this in a future blog post)! 😉
Nikon 50mm 1.8
OH MY GOODNESS! The 50 mm is my absolute favorite lens EVER! I probably use this lens the most because it’s so versatile! You can use it for close ups or wide shots, and it’s SUPER sharp even when using wide open apertures! Probably 95% of the images that you see on my social media platforms and blogs are taken with the 50mm! No joke!
I heard someone say once that “ you could shoot an entire wedding day with just your 50mm!” I think that’s pretty accurate for how much I use this lens!
Nikon 85mm 1.8
I think of the 85mm as my secret weapon! I don’t always use this lens at every shoot because I have very specific uses for it, but when I do you know I have something amazing up my sleeve!!
These are the scenarios when I’ll bring out my 85mm:
- When there are uncontrollable distractions in the background of a photo re: if I’m shooting in the city with pedestrians walking around or cars driving by. The bokeh is GORGEOUS with this lens and blurs all the distractions out really well!
- If there is harsh light! The 85mm does a great job of softening the harsh light!
- If I want to create dreamy foreground in my photos with my couples in the distance.
Nikon 105mm 2.8
Lastly, the 105mm lens! All of those pretty, close up detail shots you see are all taken with this lens! Even though this lens makes an appearance once and awhile, I don’t know what I’d do without having it in my bag! No other lens I have can get close enough to capturing the small details!
This lens is also a great portrait lens! I know of photographers who use it for all of their portrait photography! I personally use this lens only for details and rings shots, but I wanted to let you know that it has multiples uses, too!
There you have it- all of these lens come along with me to engagement sessions!!