Josh and I had a chance to get away from the cold of Bend, Oregon and head to Scottsdale, Arizona for a few days. We didn’t take photos the whole time, since we were trying to get some rest as a recovery from this past season. We did take a few to document our adventure. Plus, we got to take some amazing engagement photos of one our amazing 2019 couples! You can see some behind the scenes photos here. Also, we took some time to do a lens test to see if we will be adding a new little lens to our family. I’m not sure I came to a conclusive decision yet, but it was fun to do a test I can go back to before a I make another huge investment in our gear. All photos taken on the Canon Mark 5D 1V.
I love this fine art cactus photo! I wish had a place to hang it as 6 foot tall print.
I love finding old treasures like these amazing windows hidden behind a parking garage!
Cactus and palm trees… the perfect elements to make a weekend retreat relaxing.
So, this is what we do when arrive early to an engagement session. Yes, it’s my husband taking a photo of me, taking a photo him 🙂
He just can’t resist the classic Zoolander pose!
Why do I look like I’m dancing?? See there full session here: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/01/18/papago-park-engagement-session-arizona/
(Rented lens 35mm vs. lens we have owned for years- 16-35mm.)
I’ve been thinking of adding this 1.4 35mm to our kit for years. I finally got a chance to test it and thought it would be the perfect chance to really compare and see if there is a huge difference between these two lenses, or just the added bonus of a few extra stops (this may be the huge difference).
Obvious difference: the 16-35mm can capture a wider image of the scene. If you need the extra architecture in the frame then having the ability to go wide is a huge benefit of this lens.
Here’s where we get technical…
The images below are a great comparison of the images the camera takes.
Below you will see a group of 4 images. The top 2 images are raw. The bottom two are the edited comparison of the top two images.
The image on the left was taken with the 16-35mm at the 35mm length at an f/2.8, while the one on the right was taken with the 35mm prime lens at f/1.4. The images were taken at ISO 100 at 1/320 sec shutter mid day in open shade.
The image above was taken with the 35mm prime lens. Shutter 1/320, f/1.4, ISO 100.
The 4 images below were taken with shutter 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 100. The images on the left were taken with the 16-35mm and the images on the right were taken with the 35mm prime. Editing settings are the same for all images below.
The image below was taken with the 35mm prime lens. Shutter 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 100.
So there you go. Both lenses are great and provide a good amount of detail.
Pros of 35mm: less distortion, more contrast, better bokeh and separation from the background. Main benefit of the lens is the extra 2 stops of light which is big if you are shooting in low light.
Pros of 16-35mm: Captures wider frame.
Here’s what we do on vacation! This shoe photo is kind of classic for us. When we first started dating we took a photo of our feet at the fair on one of those foot massager things. So we thought we’d do that again 10 years later on our hike.
Thought I’d start sketching again. Can you see why I chose photography over actual art??
I absolutely love when families come together for the holidays to spend time with one another. The Scalas family came to Bend for Thanksgiving from all over, including New Zealand!! When family literally flies across the world to be together, family photographs are a must! One of my favorite things at a family reunion session is capturing all the cousins with Grandma and Grandpa… so after one group photo I got the kids to cuddle their grandparents. It was so sweet! Of course we photographed each family together as well as the cousins together and kids on their own. These kids were so cute. It’s fun to be outside in a beautiful location for photos, even if the kids get distracted and want to play in the nature, I mean, who wouldn’t? I love all the natural smile of these kiddos. I ended their session with a special parent time to capture beautiful photographs of the parents together – it’s not all about the kids. The main stars of this session are their amazing group portraits. Everyone has natural smiles, laughter and you can see that they are all very happy to be together!
Kiffany’s family is always fun to capture with my camera. Her sweet little ones have been in front of my lens for years and I never get tired of photographing them! The boys have turned into amazing models!! I love the colors they chose for their outfits (aren’t baby girl Isla’s shoes so cute!). It was super tough to get their tiny 8 month old girl to be happy in the freezing fall weather, but we definitely got some sweet moments with her and mom. I can’t wait to see these family memories up on their wall!!
We have been so lucky to have this beautiful woman in our lives! Kristan is one of the most caring and helpful people I’ve met in a long time. When Josh broke his back in his bike accident this year, she was there to help us. Josh was able to lean on her to handle work stuff and I was able to get an amazing massage in the midst of a stressful season. Seriously, I’m so grateful to have her in our lives! Not sure we could have survived the last few months without her. That all being said, it was truly an honor to photograph her blended family this year! I love seeing how much these two cute kids already love each other. There’s really nothing better than watching a family have fun and simply enjoy spending time together. We chose one of their favorite places for their session: Sawyer Park in Bend, Oregon. And despite the freezing cold weather, their whole family rallied to capture beautiful family photos. We even stopped to get a few gorgeous photographs of Kristan and Damien together!!
It’s always so much fun to photograph friends! When Judy asked if I could photograph their whole family Thanksgiving weekend while their kids were in town, of course I said yes! We planned just the right time to go to Shevlin Park for their session. It was after the snow and before the rain came, although we did have some sprinkles during their session, thank goodness for umbrellas. Everyone looks so good and we had fun together. I love the red tones they chose to wear!
The last time I photographed this family we all had fun, but it was a very cold and windy day in Redmond which made it tough to get these kiddos to smile. Luckily we chose the first real snow day in Bend this year for their family photography session. It was sunny and beautiful! We laughed, we played and we even had a fun snow ball fight to end the session. And the best part? I even got a few smiles out of the kiddos this time. Yay!
Families often come together to celebrate, but it’s rare when a family gets to celebrate multiple milestones together. That was just the case for the Avery family who came together in Sunriver, Oregon this summer. Their family celebrated a 50th, 20th and 10th wedding anniversary! Wow!
I absolutely love family reunion sessions where we can get amazing family group portraits with everyone and we can do little mini sessions of each family. This time, I made sure we spent a little extra time with each couple too! Everyone needs amazing portraits on a milestone anniversary right? My favorite part of this session was when Mom and Dad brought out their wedding photo from 50 years ago to get a photo with it. So great!
This family was so much fun to photograph!
Occasionally I get calls last minute for family sessions. I totally get it being something you want to plan to, but with all the fun of being on vacation, you just forget. When this family called, I was able to fit them into the schedule for a quick family session down in Sunriver, Oregon. I am so glad it worked out! They are seriously one of my favorite groups to have photographed so far.
I met them at one of my favorite locations, down by the river, and we got shooting. I love getting the big family portraits out of the way when there are little kids around just in case they break down crying. In this case, the kids kept on smiling so it allowed us to get all the portraits done within 25 minutes and we spent the next 20 minutes just playing and having fun.
The whole reason for this session was to celebrate Ata. For his 80th birthday, he wanted to be surrounded with his family. He kids even brought out wine for a special toast. Not only do I love that I was able to document this time for him, I also LOVE all the amazing fun candids and sweet snuggles we captured of their family.
Happy 80th birthday Ata! You have an amazing family!
Shevlin Park is one of my favorite places to photograph families. There are so many options right at the parking lot, which makes it super easy to get a ton of variety in a short amount of time. For the Lucas family, with little 5 year old Keagan, I wanted to make sure we didn’t tire him out by running all around to take photos. Instead, we chose Shevlin Park and we easily got a ton of beautiful photos for their family. My favorite part of their session was focusing on the sweet relationship between brother and sister. Are they not the cutest? their photos were perfect for their holiday card this year and their 20×30 wood print looks amazing hanging in their living room!
The Lundeen family came to Central Oregon to celebrate 20 years of marriage! Being a photographer herself, Denise went on a search for a professional photographer she knew she could trust. I always feel so honored when photographers love working with me and are super excited to get their amazing photos back. It was no different for Denise. Not only did we make their session super fun and easy (even with two tweens), but she LOVED her photos! Anniversary sessions are so much fun. I can’t wait for our own 10 year anniversary session this year!
The Evans family were so much fun to work with! They wind chill made it a little cold out, but we took their portraits in a little nook of trees feet away from their condo to make it easy for Grandpa and their little ones to get warm and have easy access to the snacks. It was perfect! I love the red accents they added for their holiday cards too.
I love taking multi-generation photos like Grandpa with the grandkids, Grandpa with the great grandkids and all the men together!
Seriously though, how cute are these cousins in their holiday ties?
The reason it’s great to have a photographer who knows how to shoot fast, especially with little kids, is because they can very quickly go from a full out cry to smiling and back again. I love the beautiful portraits of each of these brothers, but I left the natural cry in too since it so describes them at this stage in life.
Sweet baby Isla had so much fun at her family studio session last week with her two big brothers that she could hardly sleep. NO really, we could not get her to sleep. So we rescheduled for a home session making her the star. While her brothers played with trucks and musical instruments we got her to sleep and finally got some sweet sleeping baby photos. I love how simple yet softly girly these are.
I love photographing this family! It is a such a blessing to have a beautiful friends who have silly and super photogenic kids. And now there is a baby girl added to the mix! It was such a joy to have fun with these guys jumping on the bed and laughing while still capturing the joy and love for their sweet little Isla.
One smokey August day I met the Wills family in Sunriver, Oregon at the Sunriver Resort for their family reunion photography session. We had a ton of fun photographing their family, capturing natural portraits of their group. The smoke even made the sun glow red and reflect off the water, creating a subtle softness and beautiful atmosphere.