Gear Review | Black Rapid RS4 Camera Strap

Written by Beckie of For me, camera straps are an important part of photography. I need something comfortable, but also something functional! And if it’s a cute, fun pattern, then it’s even better! (thanks to my sister for letting me borrow her old Nikon N80 as a prop) I have not used my standard […]

A fun little DIY by Beckie

Written by Beckie of I am a big fan of saving money! When I came across these cool little items called LensBling by BlackRapid (rear lens caps with lens-length identifiers on them), I knew I could make something very similar for a lot less money! And of course they would have my own personal […]

Gear Review | JoTotes Camera Bag

Written by Beckie of Are you in the market for a new camera bag? I’d like to give you my two-cents on a fashionable yet functional little bag, called Rose,  by JoTotes! (pardon the silly, not-so-attractive, self-portrait in the mirror, I forgot to find a model for this shot!) When I went on the […]

Gear Review | Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D

Written by Beckie Today’s review is about Nikon’s AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D. (I do apologize to all of you Canon-folk for my not being able to do a Canon gear review for you) This is a very nice portrait lens! Though a tad on the heavy side, it’s fast and sharp, and can help […]

Gear Review | Lensbaby Composer

Written by Beckie I want to talk about a totally fun little lens! It’s called the Lensbaby Composer! This lens has a unique feature…it can bend it’s focus allowing you to control the depth of field in a very unique way! Lensbaby offers a variety of interchangeable optics (what they call their Optic-Swap System) to […]

Gear Review | Shootsac

The following post is by Beckie from Today I want to talk about the Shootsac (created by Jessica Claire & Keats Elliott). It’s quite an amazing bag that was designed with the intention of having all of the gear you’d need during a shoot right at your fingertips! Made of Neoprene, it has a […]

Hakuba giveaway winners announced!

Thank you, all, for your comments! I had a blast reading them all! The Chapstick comment made me laugh because that is EXACTLY me!! Can’t go anywhere without my Vanilla Mint Chapstick!   Now for the winners, chosen via… #20-Lizzy #94-Heather Conroy Please email me within 7 days, at, with your address and […]

Gear Review & Giveaway | Hakuba Memory Card Case

Today we are discussing the Hakuba CF and SD memory card cases. At the end of this post, all of you lovely readers will get a chance to win one of two Hakuba memory card cases! I want to start off by saying these are awesome cases! I discovered these last Spring when the case […]

Gear Review | Nikon 35mm f/2 D

Today I am going to be giving you my two-cents on a sweet little lens: the Nikon Wide Angle Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D.  This little lens is a gem! It’s a small, fast, sharp lens, at a very reasonable price (average price is about $364). It has a metal mount, so it’s nice and […]

I’d like to introduce myself…

My name is Beckie Kengle. I am wife to an amazing husband of almost 16 years and mama to two wonderful children (Alexander is 12 and Rachael is 6). My day job is managing our family-owned self-storage facility…my passion, however, is photography! I don’t necessarily have a specialty, I just love capturing those everyday-life kind […]