Making a Commitment 

After editing my last session, I started to suspect that my kit 18-140mm lens wasn’t cutting it anymore. I examined and troubleshot every senecio I could think of trying to figure out what was going on with my photos. Was it the focusing? ISO? My shutter speed? I just couldn’t figure it out. I went to the only local photographer I knew and tried to ask her but only got a list of mentoring prices that were out of my price range. So, I was on my own.

I knew I couldn’t continue with family sessions until I had things figured out and canceled my next session with the hope that we could reschedule as soon as I had some answers. This would give me few weeks to sort things out. My next plan was to print off some pictures, taking note of ISO, shutter speed, f stop and where the camera was focused, and go to the local camera store to see if they could help me determine the issues. It was at this point that I had the idea to try a session again with my 1.8 50mm lens and I knew just the boys to ask to be models.

Both my boys share early July birthdays so it wasn’t a stretch to suggest to my teenage son that we do a session. I could tell he wasn’t excited but this particular boy just happens to be kind and helpful and can never seem to resist any of my requests. I have to be very careful not to take advantage of him. But this time I genuinely needed his help and was glad he was willing. As for the almost 4 year old, I decided it was best to keep things a surprise.

Here are a few favorites from the session.

What I learned.

My lens was the issue. I am not sure when it happened but it was official; I had out grown my kit lens. This created a new problem; what should I get?  Even though my 50mm was a great prime lens, I really wanted the flexibility a zoom offers.

After consulting the lens finder, I decided on the Tameron 2.8 28-75mm. After that I just debated back and forth whether my current commitment level warranted a 500$ purchase.

It took a couple weeks but in the end I committed to continuing this journey. I would keep my free sessions as planned, work on my brand, and then start offering session for charge. I can’t believe this is happening! It is strange how right the timing feels. I have had the desire to take family portraiture for many years and it seemed to go nowhere, but here I was making a commitment to continuing this process.

The lens was ordered and a session with my youngest daughter was prepared for to try it out. 


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