People….I finally got a 50MM lens! It’s been a long time coming, but since I didn’t get it for Christmas…I bought it as a New Years gift to myself!  And let me tell you, the guy wasn’t joking when he said it was a good one.  I’ve always loved the look of photos with a really shallow depth of field (or a blurry background as I used to always refer to it as), but I could never achieve what I wanted with my kit lens.  My photography knowledge is still far from advanced, but it’s been a goal over the last couple of months to improve.  I have a lot of wonderful photography friends who have been kind enough to lend me their skills over the years….but it’s time I got down to business and really learned the tricks of the trade myself so I don’t have to always rely on someone else for quality pics.  I got the 50MM a few days ago and took it out for a spin for the first time yesterday.  Rylee is quite the little bookworm lately, so I wanted to capture her in her element.  I hope she always loves books as much as she does now.

Needless to say, I was thrilled with how the lens changed the dynamic of my photos!  I still don’t get why it’s so cheap, but I’m not complaining!  The only thing that took some getting used to was not having a zoom.  I left my aperture at 1.8 for all of these, with small changes in my shutter speed and ISO depending on the direction I was shooting.  I hardly even had to edit them.  I feel like this is the lens i’ve been waiting for all my life! haha.  Such a steal for just above 100 bucks!  I think this guy is here to stay.

p.s. – yes, it’s forever spring here in San Diego…



  1. Rachael

    that’s so exciting! it really does make a big diff in the depth of field, and it makes pictures look alot more striking and professional. awesome self-gift! :)

  2. ana {bluebirdkisses}

    the photos are amazing! and yes the 50mm is so lovely isn’t it? its my favorite lense, I use it even when I probably shouldn’t use it and I can’t help but love the outcome every time. Happy New Year!

  3. Marilyn

    You’re a natural photographer! I’m glad you found a complimentary lens. I’ve been thinking about getting the lens and I think it’s official. I better start saving up!

  4. Kiley

    Beautiful photos! Can I ask you wear you got rylee’s dress and headband from? So cute, i want them for my daughter.

  5. Diana Duran

    Kelli lovely pictures, I have to ask, what type of camara do you have? I want one :)

  6. Natasha

    Beautiful pics Kelli! That lens really does add more dimension to your photos. We got one for our engagement, and it is definitely our preferred. Rylee’s hair is looking longer. Adorable! xxx

  7. Kate

    So beautiful, perhaps this is the lens I should get next! Your daughter is beautiful, and I now need to move to San Diego. Perfect weather all year round!

  8. Vivian

    These images are BEAUTIFUL Kelli! Such a great job with the new lens!
    I have a Nikon and looking to upgrade the model, but the same lens is like double the price! What a steal that magnificent lens is! And I LOVE the grainy B&W photos! So timeless!

  9. Marlen

    I have the same lens and can never ever manage to get the blur effect!! Do you mind letting me know how you get it that way?

    • kelli

      Marlen – Shoot in Manual mode (M). Make sure your f stop / aperture is at 1.8 (the lowest it can go). And adjust your shutter speed and ISO according to the light. Then set your focus and whatever is not in your focus should be blurred.

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