Go Go Gadget…broom arms!

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If you’ve attended a SnapShop you’ve heard me talk about how I prefer to use prime lenses (50mm, 85mm) over zoom lenses. Well, I am trying to use my 24-70mm more often now. It is my favorite lens to do tutorial posts with, but other than that I typically didn’t use it often. When I took my camera in for repairs I got scolded for how dirty is was on the inside. I had never had it professionally cleaned, which I knew I should have. She told me if I want to change lenses so much I should buy a cheaper camera body! I disagree, but I am trying to be more aware of not changing my lens so much. I won’t be going for a cheaper body, but I am going to be more intentional about getting my camera professionally cleaned once a year. By the way, if you are in the Tulsa area I HIGHLY recommend The Camera Clinic for repairs.

Photo Tip: All of the photos below were taken with my 24-70mm lens, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125. What I did change was the focal length (the #before the mm…24mm, 50mm, 70mm…how far I zoomed in or out, you can see this by looking at the number on your lens near where it connects to the camera)

So here are just a few pictures of why I wish I had Go Go Gadget arms that turned into brooms.




57mm, 62mm




She won’t sit in a bucket anymore. Bummer.

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  • Lydia - Thanks for posting more photos with the zoom lens! I have a zoom lens for my rebel, but my husband has a 30mm and an 85mm for his 20D. I find myself always hunting for his camera so I can borrow the 30mm. You’ve inspired me to play with my zoom lens. Thanks!

  • Lindsay - Those eyelashes are amazing. She is just amazingly cute!
    Thanks for the showdown on lenses. It’s nice to see the difference they all bring.

  • Katie - She is too cute! I love all of her little outfits and the way you dress her, where do you get the majority of her clothes? I’m pregnant with a girl after two boys and am finding it more difficult than I thought to find good quality not over the top girl clothing.

  • Anna Marie - She has your profile in that last photo. You dress her so cute by the way.

  • mary liz cawley - Especially at this time of year – thank you for the reminder that when you turn around and see an emptied box of puffs to relish the moment rather than curse it. Thanks for your daily blessings in my life thru your blog.

  • Ruth - That looks exactly like a scene from my house with my 18 month old. I just wouldn’t be able to photograph it as well, especially with all the steam coming from my ears. Thanks for the tips!

  • Danielle - That is what our dog is for. I don’t want to know what they would say about my camera! Hopefully it is not too dirty! Thanks for the recommend in Tulsa!

  • Jane - FireCracker is adorable as ever! Funny that you’re mentioning the 24-70mm zoom. I’ve been debating back and forth which lens to get next and having a hard time deciding between the 85mm f/1.4 and the 20-70mm f/2.8. (I have the 50mm f/1.4 and LOVE it, now that I know how to use my camera – thanks again!) I have a Nikon (DX for now, but planning to upgrade to a full frame, FX, when they do the update for the D700 model sometime next year). I’d like the zoom, but the Nikon prediction sites are calling for an update to the 20-70mm lens in the coming year, so I don’t want to make such an investment and have it become obsolete within a few months. So, I think I’ll go with the 85mm for now which was just updated earlier this year. I have a zoom (18-200mm) for my current DX format camera, but I avoid using it if I can because the sharpness and crispness of the shots just isn’t there compared to the 50mm.

  • Krista Lund - she is just too cute for words! Love her chubby little hands full of cheerios- adorable!

  • Jenny Joy - I hate to admit it, but the camera talk is Greek to me. *hanging head in shame* However, you had me at Firecracker. She’s so sweet I could eat her with a spoon. 🙂

  • jessica h - she’s so precious–messes and all! hey, at least she “helps” you clean up 🙂

  • nori - omgoodness! who could get after that lil nugget??? she is so beautiful!

  • heather - she has THE best eyelashes. 🙂

  • tracie ruffner - I love your photo tips. Thanks you. I was wondering if I could shoot a family of six with my 50mm 1.8? I feel like it would be better to have a zoom lens. What is your thoughts.

  • Missy - Ok, I’m so relieved to know that it’s not just my little girl that wants to put ALL of the cheerios in her mouth at the same time. Even if she has 50 on her tray. I laughed out loud at that picture. 🙂 I’m so glad you have such great camera skills to capture these moments!

  • Kate @ another donkey design - What beautiful photos. They make me want to immediately go home and grab my camera and baby and get shooting!

  • amber - Yes, yes, yes…to the go, go, gadget broom arms! I’m SO tired of sweeping…& mopping. My super cute kids are the one’s that cause all those messes. I won’t complain…but I will dream of those arms. Btw…I’m lovin’ Firecracker’s hairline:). She’s soo precious!

  • eheddings - Man, do I wish I had your photography skills. I am truly inspired.

  • Telise - These pictures are precious and priceless….the days of our lives with little ones around. And thank you for making me feel like a good mom, even though my boy eats cherrios or gold fish or graham crackers off the floor! My Mom literally came by one day and asked if I was going to sweep those crackers off the floor…I told her nope, I’ve already cleaned them up 15 times…evidently they taste better off the floor!

  • chelsea - haha so cute