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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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Can’t Live Without: The Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap | Central Florida Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

It’s amazing what you can go without — then suddenly experience for the first time and realize you never want to be without again. That’s how Danny and I feel about the Opteka Professional Wrist Grip Strap. (Thank you, Zach & Jody for touting the importance of hand straps during your recent creativeLIVE workshop!)

The Opteka strap doesn’t look particularly fancy:
What it does isn’t particularly fancy either. But it’s wonderful. Simply having a strap around your camera-holding hand reduces fatigue, helps stabilize the camera as you shoot, and gives you plenty of opportunity to stretch or wiggle your fingers while still keeping a grip on your camera.

Nikole and Arun’s elopement last Friday was the first full-day shoot we’d had using the strap, and we loved the results: When we got home that night, we still felt like we’d been hit by a train (this is the norm after weddings), but our hands weren’t the slightest bit sore. Usually, after a long shoot, the tendons and muscles on the back of my right hand feel strained and achy. Not anymore.

Serious DSLR users, whether you’re a pro or an avid hobbyist, I would highly recommend this. It’s a very inexpensive investment in your own comfort! Check it out, and let me know how it works for you!

~ Laura

  1. caitlin elizabeth

    February 29th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    OHMYGOODNESS i’ve been trying to find one of these that would work with my camera!! thank you for the recommendations 🙂

  2. Laura Yang Photography

    February 29th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Caitlin, it took a couple shoots for me to get used to it, but now I wouldn’t even trade it for a much-wanted new lens! I hope it works just as well for you. 🙂

  3. Brittany

    March 3rd, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve ALWAYS had a hand strap on my camera, it scares me to watch those who DONT use one! This one is a bit wider than mine, so maybe I will look into investing in this one! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Laura Yang Photography

    March 3rd, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I know what you mean, Brittany: Before we had these, I pretty much wouldn’t use my camera at all unless the strap was around my neck.

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