Are you guys tired of these Joshua Tree photos yet?

I hope not. Because there’s more.

Insert, Brianna. The perfect raw edge with effortless beauty to accompany a backdrop as perfect as the desert.  Joshua Tree, in a way, ruined me because now all I want to do is shoot in the desert. (just kidding, the beach is rad, too) But if any of you are up for a session at the sand dunes, #CALLMEONMYCELLPHONE


Leather Jacket: similar (less distressed)

Denim Jumpsuit: similar and budget friendly

Black Biker Boots: similar / similar + budget friendlyOkay photographers – ready to geek out?

I shot this entire session with my Mark III and 85mm 1.2 lens.  Why this one, you ask? Well quite honestly, I was shooting Brianna alongside 30+ other photographers at Heck Yeah, so I wanted to ensure I’d be able to crop anyone out that may be in my frame. (I feared the 50 mm 1.2 and the 35mm 1.4 for this reason) but it turned out to be a blessing using the 85mm.

In my opinion, it does portrait like no other. It’s so sharp, and gives off that blur effect pefrectly when shooting wide open.

For majority of this session, I was at about 1.4 during my close ups with Brianna, and at about 2.2/2.4 when far away. The 85mm is a fixed lens, which means I have to physically back up my entire body if I want to get a full frame shot, rather than a zoom lens where you can stay in one place.

I find this to be the way to shoot, because it forces you to see things from a different angle – to get creative.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer! Just leave them below in the comments.


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