As a commercial and editorial photographer in Oklahoma City, I normally carry a wide range of lenses and cameras when I am out working for clients. But when it is just me and family, I often just carry a camera mounted with my favorite lens – a Nikon 50 mm prime. These are photos that show what you can do with just a simple setup.
My family had a busy birthday gathering at my son Adam’s home in Yukon. Lots of family attended, including my mom and dad, as well as my niece Summer Hanks and her niece, Isabella Hanks. Isabella was generally pretty busy, playing with the other kids, but all of a sudden she ran over to my dad, jumped into his lap, lay her head against his chest, and just hugged him for what seemed like five minutes. I had my Nikon D3s mounted with a 50 mm lens – my favorite. I just snapped a quick shot and liked it best in black and white – simple and clean. Oftentimes as a photographer, it is important to be at the right place at the right time ready to capture the fleeting moments of our lives. My father has since passed away and this is one of our cherished images of him with one of his great granddaughters.