It was time to upgrade to a basic portrait lens. Eventually most hobby photographers outgrow the kit lens that comes with their digital SLR camera and what at first felt like a very professional contraption was fast becoming a bulky point-and-shoot. Saucy was also becoming a tad lazy using the zoom feature on the kit lens and acquiring a prime lens now means that she has to frame her subjects a little more carefully.
Originally she thought that an 85 mm lens was what she wanted for portraits but trusty Veto did the legwork and went with the 50 mm f/1.4 instead.
As she edited the pictures from today, Saucy thought back to Loopy's first photo shoot, when she was just one year old:
Loopy has always been a beautiful subject who has enjoyed donning a jaunty chapeau.
Some things never change. Pink hats and sweet girls in floral print dresses... they are always a crowd pleaser.
Saucy has some practicing to do with her new lens. Prime lenses (as opposed to zoom lenses) have fixed focal lengths, meaning they have a shallower depth of field. With a fixed focal length, you can't rely on just shooting away and editing your work later. It's a different way of thinking about your photos.
Of course, you can still have fun in your editing suite later.
One of the beautiful things this lens offers is the diffusion of the background - the bokeh.
Do you notice Loopy's little pinup curl on her forehead? She's thinking of rocking this style and a bit more of a retro look sometimes.
You know, it's amazing to a young lady develop her own sense of style. What influences it, what she is attracted to in the shops. It might be time to introduce her to proper vintage clothing.
And so, Saucy is invigorated about taking portraits and possibly trying some food photography with her new lens. She has to get back to the basics and learn a few skills that were un-learned over the past few years. Gladly, it's sort of like riding a bike.
She's not afraid to fall down trying.