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It's a Matter of Zoom! | Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Family Children and Newborn Photographer

Updated: Dec 13, 2018

Hey everyone, I feel obliged to apologize for I have been slacking a bit on the admin duties front due to family commitments.


My dad has been staying with us over the last week and a bit and still here for a few days and I must admit I was wrong thinking having him around would give me more time to do more stuff.

We have been so busy trying to make the most of our days with ‘deda’, I have barely had time to stop and think – let alone write blogs that made any sense, plan for upcoming immediate sessions or anything a bit more farther afield – the cogs are churning and ideas cooking though, so all this means is a head full of dreams and a lot less sleep than I am used to.

But, needs must, so I am on a mission to get more organised with EVERYTHING!


Today I would like to speak about framing - up close and personal vs. taking it ALL in.

Admittedly, I am a tight cropper.

I like my images to be quite close to the subject and it is not often that I find myself zooming out and capturing farther afield than immediate surroundings of my models. I love the buttery smooth backgrounds too – so who cares what’s in the background when it’s creamy soft anyways – right?

With this in mind, my absolute go-to, golden girls have been the 85mm 1.8 and 70-200 2.8 lenses, which produce images like these:

Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 @ 200mm 2.8

Nikkor 85mm 1.8

Stunning, right?

I am a still a sucker for the look, however…

…as our boy is growing and starting to explore more and more independently, I find myself craving a little bit more ‘room’ and often find myself focusing on images, which also show off the environment which surrounds him.

The realisation came with this image – taken at the Aberdeenshire Drum Castle Play Park Woods.

I just love how the trees frame him and make him look so small, yet so big and independent: my little explorer of the wild.

Leica D-Lux, taken at 24mm

Taken with my ‘point-and-shoot’ camera, this image convinced me that the 35mm lens I have been admiring from afar is the missing piece of the puzzle that is my camera bag (ok – top of a book shelf in the living room – where my camera gear usually lives for ease of access!).

While this little beauty still gives me the smooth background with the right settings and positioning, it also allows me to capture more of the world around my subject – I am so excited to use it at the upcoming client sessions – both – families outdoors and newborns at home.



It can take a while to learn what you like.

I outlined my journey and trials and tribulations with photography in one of the earlier blogs, sharing my frustrations with the gear I had and inability to produce work I had in my mind. It took me a lot of trial and error with different equipment and set up to realise what it was I liked and, case in point with the latest acquisition, nothing is to say I am completely done with my search. Nothing is to say I have to be set on either tight crops with the creamy backgrounds or gritty wider capture, including the wild around my subject - I can and will change it up, depending on the subject, my mood, our surroundings.


Do you know what you like? Are you still searching?

Here are some affiliate links to the lenses I use/mention above, should you want to find out more or even test them out for yourself!

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Chtefan. Photography is a family portrait photographer based in Laurencekirk, Aberdeen - Scotland.

I specialise in beautiful, natural photography of newborns, children and families and professional and environmental portraits and headshots.

Chtefan. Photography covers the following areas: Laurencekirk, Montrose, Inverbervie, Arbroath, Ellon, Westhill, Banchory, greater Aberdeenshire area and available to travel on both national and international assignments.

All images on this website are my art - please do not copy/use without permission.

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