There is one question that is asked of me most often when I am teaching photography. That question is “Which lens is your favorite”? That’s such a terribly difficult question for me to answer. Lenses are like children, I love them all and hate to play favorites.
All kidding aside, I carry 5 lenses with me everywhere I go. Sigma’s 35mm F1.4, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4, 24-70mm F2.8 and the 70-200mm F2.8. Most of my boudoir shoots are done in studio. My studio is very small (about 10’x10’) so I most often shoot with my 50mm due to size constraints. What if I want to take my client out to the rooftop though? (I’m bringing out the 70-200mm for that!) or into the vestibule (only the 24-70mm will do there). I would be unprepared without the other lenses.
It’s our responsibility as photographers to get the look our clients want. In order to accomplish that I prepare the clients with what wardrobe they should bring, makeup they should wear and hairstyle as well. Variety is the key. In turn, I also need to be prepared for anything thrown my way. Having a variety of lenses gives me the confidence walking into any shoot that I can accomplish anything.
During this shoot with Lauren, I photographed her in many different areas of the studio and common space on the floor the studio is on. I used all 5 lenses in just one shoot which allowed me to get the variation I was looking for.
Now you can see why I can’t just pick a favorite and my lenses work together like one big happy family!