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Greetings and welcome to another installment of #AskAliceShesNice, where I post easy tips designed for photo enthusiasts of any level.
A common question I’m asked is what gear I own and use.  First, I must clarify that top-of-the-line and expensive gear does not necessarily result in outstanding finished photographs.  A common question by many of my clients is, “Alice, I own the exact same camera as you.  Why do my pictures look so different?” We will certainly go more into that topic in a different post, but I did want to reiterate how essential it is to understand the gear you own so you can fully take advantage of what it’s capable of.
When I began my journey into photography, I shot in all film and owned all Nikon cameras and lenses.  Slowly, as the industry started to move towards digital – I began to shift to Canon.  In my opinion, the build and construction of Canon lenses are superior to their Nikon counterparts.  The lenses are just better.  Sharper, faster, sturdier.  The bodies will continue to be replaced year after year, but your lens choices will remain your most valued investment.  My current body of choice is the Canon 5D MkIII.  I keep my MkII in my bag as a backup at all times.  The lens that remains on my camera 85% of the time is the Canon 85mm 1.2L.  It’s what I use for almost every single portrait session and has contributed to the look and feel of my signature style.  Other lenses that I carry are the Canon 35mm 1.4L for travel, events, and wider portraits.  I also love the 50mm 1.2L for interior portraits and commercial lifestyle photography.  I carry the 100mm macro for those itty bitty baby details and the 16-35mm for photographing interiors (most notably – the baby’s nursery).  I carry Sandisk compact flash cards and always have a hefty supply of batteries, as they drain quickly.
Now that Lyon is getting into sports, next on list to purchase is the wonderful Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS.  It’s a monster of a lens, but it will allow me to capture the action from the sidelines instead of running on the field, like some crazy soccer photo mom! Friends, what are some of your favorite lenses?

Clients who work with me know that I’m not shy in requesting moms to step into the photographs.  Even if you haven’t touched up those roots or lost those last 10 lbs of baby weight or even showered the last couple of days – I promise to photograph you and your children in the most flattering light.  The only thing required is JOY.