This Weekend I Achieved the Impossible..

A family portrait with a dog and a 15 month old and both are looking at the camera!!!

I used my (rented) dream lens the 70-200m 2.8 IS II and I really don’t think I’ll be able to part with it come Thursday when I have to send it back. I was worried that I would have to keep backing up too far but the minimum focus distance on this lens has been shortened since the I version so the only reason I had to back up was so that I could use it towards the dreamy 200mm end and get creamy bokeh like this:

The new location I found was PERFECT, though the cliffs made the sun set too early for backlighting which I was hoping for. Still, the clover dotted field with the forest behind really frames this gorgeous family well:

All images shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and rented Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II at 2.8, around 800SS and 32o ISO.

I shot the whole shoot wide open at 2.8 and I think I missed maybe 1 shot due to focus?  I guess that image stabilization really helps, and the AF is quick!

See bigger and better on my photography website.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Jyn says:

*sigh* We are going through this on Sunday, too. Only… my mom had to break down and hire Yuen Lui to come to my property (which looks a lot like the one in your picture) to do ours because I’m so busy I never can shoot our own. I just had my 7th kiddo in May, so you can understand why. Now Im trying to figure out how this is going to work and how Im going to hide my fat postpartum body from looking horrible, hahaha! Why cant I just be the one behind the camera?

ariana says:

Thanks everyone!

Lisa, I listed the settings under the last picture. I didn’t do too much editing, just set the correct white balance and then added some contrast with an s curve. Done!

The nice blurry background is because I shot at such a long focal length (2000mm) and because the subjects are far from their background too.

Lisa E says:

Awesome pics! I love how everyone is in focus and the back ground is blurred. What were your settings and how did you edit?

Justina says:

Oh golly… both the dog and the baby looking at the camera? What did you do, wave a bone and a rattle? :p

The location you picked was really gorgeous!

Auntie Rox says:

So cute! Can’t believe the little one and the furry one are looking at the camera, that’s soooo hard.

Amanda says:

Great pictures!! I love family photo shoots. I am going to need to rent some lenses soon. I am still using the ones that came with my Xti.