What’s in my bag?

I am very excited to share this post with you! I’ve had some people ask me what lenses I like to use and decided I should write a blog post about it! I’m going to talk about the lenses I use for wedding days and portraits! 


First up is the 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens! This guy is the second lens I invested in for my business! The first lens I ever bought, I no longer have. I’ll explain more later on. 🙂

I love having my macro lens around for those detail shots! If you couldn’t already tell, shooting details is one of my favorite things! I love the closeness you can get and being able to focus on every unique element there is. Having my macro allows me to do all of that! I even used this lens for ceremony photos too, before I got my 135mm. 

I’ve posted a couple of photos to show the up close ‘n’ personal shots you can get with this lens! This lens helps me to get my favorite ring shots! 

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Next up is my 35mm f/1.4L. This is another one of my go-to lenses! I love using this bad boy when I’m tight for space or when I’m wanting to get a complete wide shot! I also use this guy for the majority of my family portraits on wedding days and to get a wide-angle image of every location! 

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My 135mm f/2L is my latest purchase. I got this guy because I knew he’d be great for ceremony shots and I can get an up-close image without getting too close to the alter (have to keep those mistresses of ceremonies happy!)! I’ve also used this lens for some portraits as well! What I love most about this lens is the compression it does to my image. It gives me such a beautiful watercolor background, which I love! However, the f/stop only drops down to a 2.0 and can be a little challenging in lower-lit ceremonies! 

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My absolute FAVORITE lens is my 85mm f/1.2L. The one I linked is the latest version available. This is my go-to lens for almost everything and is my favorite lens for portraits. I used to have the 50mm f/1.2L, but sold it for this guy. I love the compression of this lens and it still gets the watercolor background I like in my images (aka the bokeh!). I decided to trade out the 50mm for the 85mm because the image felt more like my style in the end! 

This is my favorite lens and I don’t know what I’d do without it! 🙂 

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I hope y’all found this post helpful! 

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I’M  Ashley

a Richmond, Virginia WEDDING & PORTRAIT Photographer

I’m Virginia Ashley, but my friends just call me Ashley! I’m a wedding photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Even though I live in RVA, I travel all over for photography, which is awesome because I LOVE to travel! I’ve been as far as California and have my passport burning a hole in my pocket!

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