Apologies for my recent disappearance.  I still haven’t gotten this blog thing down.

I have some sad news. I broke my lovely 50mm 1.4 lens. My lovely, lovely lens.

Hopefully it is fixable–I’m dropping it off at a local shop tomorrow. Because I don’t know what to do without my wonderful lens (and because losing it sent me into a pathetic spiral of depression), I decided to bite the bullet and ordered a new walk-around lens, which I’ve been needing to do for a while. So even without my 50mm, I should be good to go soon.

This past weekend Joseph and I drove down to visit my family. We were overdue for a visit–so much so that we exchanged Christmas presents in March. I was also looking forward to doing senior portraits for my sister and her friend and baby portraits for my newborn nephew Lennon.
Unfortunately, just as I was stepping outside for the first portrait session, I dropped my camera. My advice for you: Always wear a neck strap. I’m still very angry at myself.

Here are the photos I snapped that morning before the perilous drop.

This is my brand new baby nephew, Lennon. He is seven weeks old and beautiful!

Lennon getting attention from his Great grandmother Ruby and Aunt Tori.

My mom and her first grandson (and three granddaughters).

Lennon and his cousin Avery

I crocheted this baby blanket for Lennon and am so happy I got to see him sleep with it that day.

My nieces Daphne and Alena (Lennon’s big sisters), after asking them who’s taller.

Ryan belongs to my sister’s friend. He is a charmer! I hope to see him again soon to photograph his amazing smile.


  1. Oh my gosh, I hope your lens is okay! :( My baby that I got junior year of high school is pretty beat up in the body. I also noticed dust on my sensor. Have you tried cleaning your own? Good luck!

    I LOVE those pictures of Lennon, especially the black&white photos! What a cutie!

    • Alyssa Reply

      My body is not in the best of shape either, though it’s only a few years old. I’m planning on wearing it down until it breaks and letting my lenses do the work.

      Thanks for the thoughts and comment! Isn’t Lennon just precious? I can’t wait to see him again!

  2. Oh no no no. I’m so sorry to hear about your lens. I take it that you didn’t have it insured? Perhaps it is covered on your home owners policy?

    I will keep my fingers crossed for you. (May I ask what lens you picked up for every day use?)

    (The first photo is my favorite.)

    You are quite talented.

    • Alyssa Reply

      My warranty ran out three months ago! I guess I could say I learned two lessons: wear a neck strap, and insure your equipment.

      I decided to get this Tamron. It seems it will fit the bill for what I want in a walk-around lens, so I’m excited to get to play with it.

      Thanks so much, Sara. You are always an inspiration!

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