I don't family portraits very often, but when I do it's always a great experience. This one was particularly special becuase of the circumstances behind the portrait. The Mickley family is very well traveled. Most of them were overseas in different countries and were able to get together for a few days before they went their seperate ways again. Thanks for letting make this memory for all of you!
I'm not going to lie, one of the things that attracted me to photography was the tech behind it. I love gadgets and cameras are amongst the coolest. Having six pounds of camera equipment in your hands is a feeling like no other. With that said, there is much more to photography than fancy new cameras or lenses, it's about vision.
Want proof? Take a look at the rise of iPhone photographers out there. Cameras are everywhere and they are allowing a new generation of photographers to express their vision with minimal barrier to entry. Everyone now has the tools to explore photography. Does that mean that professional photographers are going to show up with an iPhone in each hand ready to shoot for the cover of GQ? Not really.
Professionals have professional equipment for a reason: it offers more flexibility and options. These options become avenues in which to explore one's vision. A top of the line camera won't make you a better photographer, but it will allow you the freedom to execute your vision.
So what brings me to say all this? New equipment of course. I am now a lucky owner of an AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II. I'm no camera reviewer, but I will say that I absolutely love this lens and hope these pictures speak for themselves.