Now, to answer a question I've received from one of my faithful readers (I just love saying that - LOL! Makes me feel oh, so important,tee hee hee).
1. What lens do you use for your portraits?
Well, instead of telling you a specific lens (which I will later on anyway) I'll just give you some advice in general. Any lens that has a longer focal length (for example 50 mm and up) will give you a more flattering portrait. Why? Because the longer focal length does fun things like get rid of distortion, raise the cheekbones, and kind of push the nose back into the face a bit more (so it's not so protruding). Why does it do that? Well, my photography professor told me the technical details, but I've since thrown those out of my brain (not enough room in there for that and my recipe for manicotti). I just know it works. I mean, it does the opposite that a wide angle - fish eye lens would do, which is distort your features, make your eyes bulge a bit - you know.
So, for the actual answer? I love to use my 85mm 1.8 lens for portraits the best, but you need a bit of space to use that lens. I recently bought a Tamron 28-75mm lens, which (when set at a focal length of 75mm) also gives you a gorgeous portrait. So there you have it.
If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer for you! Just email me :)