The Chamberlains | Family Photos

"The light is perfect.  If you want photos this year, we have to go now."
"Ok! Everyone throw on their coats, let's go!"

A short walk and 5 minutes later...

A Day in the Sun | Portland Photographer

During a shoot a few weeks ago my beloved lens, a Canon 50mm 1:8, broke in half.  One second it was taking pics, and the next, half of it was lying on the ground in front of me.  I was speechless.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.  Luckily my friend Jenni had her own 50mm lens that she let me borrow to finish the shoot, but that was only a temporary solution.  After much soul searching and talking with the camera store people, I decided it was time to invest in a new and upgraded lens.  The 50mm is the lens I wanted to stick with, but I was ready to invest in a higher quality piece of glass.  

After making my purchase (Canon 50mm 1:4) I knew I needed to get comfortable with it.  This new lens handles light differently and the focus is more true.  So it was time to have a few fun shoots to push my comfort zone and get to know my new best friend.

Enter Kayla.

I called up Kayla and asked her if she was down for a shoot at Sauvie Island.  Without hesitation she confirmed the time, day and place and started Snap Chatting me outfit choices.  We chose a few flowy pieces and a couple bathing suits and were set.  We both went into the day without a plan for the pictures we would take, but knew that a light hearted approach was going to be best so that I could test the limits of my new lens.

I couldn't be happier with the results!  Traditionally I have avoided midday sun for shoots, and never would have suggested a place with reflective water, bright sand and a beach full of people for a shoot location.  Pushing myself to get comfortable with my new lens and less than desirable conditions seems to have paid off!  It doesn't hurt that my model and her sweet boyfriend are gorgeous and so easy to work with, of course!

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