I kept repeating in my head “Don’t shoot with the 50,” before leaving to make family and personal photos for Ilona. It was a beautifully warm day, and I wanted to try something new. I have an amazing portrait lens that I never use, so instead of shooting everything on my nifty fifty, which is was I LOVE to do because you can hardly beat the 1.8 depth of field, I decided to pull out my 80-200 and see what happened. I felt very comfortable shooting with the heavy thing since I had lots of practice borrowing this lens in college. The results, the bokeh, the lighting, the depth of field, were all great! I love my fifty, but it may be going on a break for a while. It was fun to lay on the ground and shoot through the hay and thistles to get these gorgeous golden shots. And Ilona… can I just say, “wow!” This is just a sneak peak, though, so make sure to come back for more of luminous Ilona and her awesome family in a few days.