Fun engagement portraits and getting a new lens

I’ve had a lot of really nice engagement portrait sessions this winter.  The weather has been fantastic, I’ve noticed I had more work this winter than last year, probably because of the nice weather.  I don’t have anything scheduled this weekend, but I have a couple of engagement sessions for the next.

I’m getting a new portrait lens, the Sigma 85mm f1.4.  You might wonder why I’m not buying the Nikon version of this lens.  I almost exclusively use Nikon. My go-to lenses, the 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8, are fantastic.  Ryan Brenizer, a photographer I trust, reviewed the Sigma lens and loved it.  With the problems in Japan, Nikon lenses are so expensive and hard to get right now I just decided to go with Sigma instead.  This will probably be my new lens for engagement pictures, at least for many shots.  For example, the Bokeh, or out-of-focus sun coming through the trees in the first image, with the 85mm prime lens at f1.4, would be much creamier and softer.  It makes for an amazing look.  It’s harder to use a prime lens because you have to zoom with your feet.  Also, accurate focus is critical when shooting at wide apertures like f1.4.  I will give the lens a good try, and I’ll probably write a review myself as well.

The couple featured below was a lot of fun.  They haven’t set a date for the wedding yet, so I was doing engagement pictures separately from the wedding.  They were very happy and couldn’t stop smiling at each other. It made for a lot of fun candid shots. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below.

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