Jul 30, 2014

ClickAway Photography Conference Giveaway!



What is more fun than a photography conference? Um, going to the conference with a friend, of course!!  So I am giving away two conference passes to ClickAway! One for you and one for a friend! Did I use enough exclamation points? I am pretty excited about this.

So the giveaway will be held on our Facebook page and on Instagram.  The giveaway is not affiliated or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram.

Here are the details:

  • Giveaway is for two free conference passes only. Transportation, hotel, food, etc. are not included.
  • To enter simply tag a friend you would like to attend the conference with in a comment on the designated photos on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Only one friend tagged per comment. Your comment is the entry and the commenter and tagged person will be the winners. But comment as many times as you would like. So 10 different friends? Comment 10 times with one friend in each comment. ;)
  • Giveaway will end at 11:59 PST on Saturday, August 9th. 
  • All Facebook comments will be numbered in the order they were posted (oldest comments first). After Facebook comments are numbered, Instagram comments will be numbered sequentially after that (also in order in which they were posted). Each comment counts as one entry.  Odds of winning are based on the number of your entries and number of total entries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at info@shutterbagusa.com

I will be at ClickAway and hope to meet you there! GOOD LUCK!!!


Jul 15, 2014

My Most Versatile Lens

Last week I shared how much I LOVE my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 with VC.  I love this lens so much that I decided to buy the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 with VC, too.  I have always been a prime girl. My 50mm has been known to spend months on my camera without ever being taken off. Well that has all changed.

My 24-70mm lens has become a major staple in my camera bag. On my crop sensor or on my full frame, this lens is awesome!  I can go wide or shoot at a more appropriate focal length for portraits. I can shoot at my precious 50mm focal length, too.

Don’t get me wrong, the f/2.8 widest aperture is not as big as f/1.4 or f/1.8 like most primes. But many times when photographing your kids, you may not get the shot if you have to move forwards and backwards with a prime.  Sometimes you want that candid moment that a zoom can get you.  Sometimes your kids only stay in place for one or two clicks of the shutter, so trying to compose with a prime may be harder.

Yes, I own Shutterbag and try to run this business to be successful, but I am a mom before that.  My job is to raise humans to be good men and women.  I want to capture and preserve that journey for me and for them.  So having the right tools is always helpful. As the title says, this is my most versatile lens and the one I go to when I am unsure of how things are going to go or what lens I will need. This lens is my Swiss Army Knife of my camera bag.

In June I participated in #clickaday photo challenge with Courtney (from Click It Up a Notch) and only used my DSLR along with my 70-200 and 24-70. Here are some photos I took with my 24-70. If you want to see the 70-200 you can see them here.

Charley in the covers

Daddy love bw

Posing for me

Charley at the window

Monkeys in the pool

Cole Jumping

Diesel dog



I really love this lens and am so happy I spent my money on it.  Because let’s face it…I don’t get to buy camera gear that often and when I do it had better be worth the investment.  This lens definitely is.

Just in case you couldn’t tell in this post, I bought this lens myself. I am sharing just because I love this lens and get asked often if it is as good as the Canon/Nikon version.  I am so glad I bought this one for almost half the price of the Canon version. I highly recommend this lens if you are looking for a 24-70 or just a high quality versatile lens!

*Please note, these are daily photos I did for a personal challenge. These are not portfolio photos. I am not claiming to be the world’s best photographer. I am just sharing with friends.*

If you have questions about this lens or anything else, please feel free to email me or comment. I am always ready to help if I can, plus I love talking photography!.


Jul 10, 2014

My Favorite Lens

That is kind of a bold statement, huh? Favorite lens. But I love this lens so much that I will never give it up. I told my husband it will have to be pried out of my cold, dead hands. Which lens is it? It is the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 with VC. *sigh*

It is just dreamy. Don’t get me wrong, it is a heavy lens that can be a pain to carry around. But it is soooo worth it.  It is sharp and fast to focus. The lens compression is awesome and makes bokeh come to life.

None of this is new because I have told you before how much I love this lens. But I did want to do a follow up because the entire month of June I took photos with only my Tamron 70-200mm lens and Tamron 24-70mm lens. Courtney (from Click It Up a Notch) and I did an Instagram challenge called #clickaday and challenged people to take a photo each day of the month. I tweaked my personal goal to make myself only shoot with my DSLR.

Here are all of the photos I took in June with my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 with VC lens.  Warning, this is going to be a lot of photos.  :P

       Alert Diesel        Diesel Dog


       Baylor        Bunny


 Goose    Cat tails


Soccer ball    Squirrel


Dirty feet    Mushroom


Watercolor flower     Woodpecker


Diesel       Weed in the light


Charley with flare      Flower and sun peek


Berries   Mr Frog


Cat-tails  Dragonfly


morning-bokeh     orange-blooms


rain-on-honeysuckle   Lily-flower-bw

So there are a ton of photos I took with this lens. I get asked daily (literally daily) how I like this lens, if I would recommend it, and if I wished I had the Canon version?

As you now know, this is my favorite lens. I HIGHLY recommend the Tamron version of this lens. It is reliable, performs splendidly, and I cannot tell a difference between this lens and the Canon and Nikon versions I have rented so many times. At a fraction of the cost of the others, you cannot go wrong with this lens at all. It is A-MA-ZING!!!

I will share photos I have taken with my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 with VC soon, too.

*Please note, these are daily photos I did for a personal challenge. These are not portfolio photos. I am not claiming to be the world’s best photographer. I am just sharing with friends.*

You can always email me with any questions you may have. I am here to help however I can. I love talking photography, so ask away.  :)