by Heather L
My love affair with photography began like many others here at ClickinMoms, during the anticipation of my first child. Clearly, the art and I were destined for life. At that same time I drastically cut back on work, to be home more, leaving me with very little financial freedom. And as you all know, photography is not an inexpensive hobby. With very little money and a passion that would not die, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum.
I was determined to pursue photography, even on a serious budget. I pledged that I would not let my modest equipment hold me back, regardless of what gear I thought a photographer was “suppose” to have. This is my art, my passion, and photography has a piece of my soul. So I committed to learning as much as I possibly could and to work around my obstacle.
You may be wondering what I mean by having modest equipment. Well, I started out with a Canon Rebel and after saving for over a year I managed to purchase a used 5D classic from a friend. Beyond that, I only have one lens. Yep, that’s right. One lens. My 50 1.4. Yikes, this feels a bit like confession time.
Now I’m not going to lie, I would be nothing short of incredibly grateful to have another lens but it’s simply not in the cards for me right now. So I make it work. In fact, I more than make it work, I secretly love having one lens, and here are some reasons why…
1. When I get ready to shoot, whether it be a planned session or a spontaneous moment around the house, I don’t have to spend time trying to decide which lens to use. It’s already set up, ready to go on my camera. Nor do I have to take the time to change my lens, which might cause me to miss a moment I might not otherwise capture. By eliminating lens choice as a variable, I can really focus on other important elements such
light, perspectives, and framing to create my vision.
2. I’m a bit of a minimalist. I like things simple. When I go out on a shoot all I carry is my camera and a light back pack. Instead of toting around a camera bag full of lenses and other equipment, I keep my arms free for one thing only, my camera. This helps reduce distractions for me and helps me get into my creative brain.
3. Because I only have one lens, I know it inside and out. I have learned to use my camera settings and my quick-moving feet to help me create all of my visions from my little 50 1.4. I have never felt limited when it comes to variety in my photos. I feel the possibilities are infinite, even with just one lens. Indoor, outdoor, close-up, detail, distance, landscape, everyday, hospital newborn, food, parties, selfies; I shoot them all.
Here are some examples of the variation I have captured with this lens:
There are those infrequent moments when someone asks me which lenses I use that a small part of me feels like I have novice written on a sticky attached to my forehead. Although I will always have room to grow, I quickly remind myself of my photography journey and how far I have come. I have not gotten to where I am today because of fancy equipment. I have arrived here because of my passion.
I hope that I can inspire one impassioned photographer out there who is in a position like mine, to never hold back because of it. Or even remind a seasoned expert that sometimes less is more. Van Gogh made masterful paintings using just one medium, you too can make magic with “just one lens”.
Heather L, California
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Lover of light and of all things creative, Heather’s photographic inspiration began just before the birth of her oldest of two adorable – yet feisty – daughters. While photography began for Heather as a means of capturing precious family moments, it quickly blossomed into an intensely creative gateway to her soul. As a full-time mom and a part-time physical therapist, she is often compelled to stay up past midnight in order to squeeze in her photography time. Aside from capturing treasured moments with her Cannon 5D, she enjoys Crossfit, country music, party planning, personal growth, belly-laughing and spending quality time with her family.