My favorite focal distance for families with children. I can be close to the action and help prompt authentic emotions with no lens distortion.
Minolta 50mm f/1.7 (vintage)
Can you believe that I picked this up at a thrift store for $20?! After using this for several months, I often reach for the lens just for that creaminess this vintage lens adds to a scene. It's almost like butter. It also works really well for freelensing and makes some fun oblong bokeh.
I reeaally love wide angles lenses! Obviously it's great for real estate and interiors photography but it's also a fun novelty lens to use for environmental portraits of children.
Helios 44-2 58mm (vintage)
This is a fun specialty lens that, in the right situations, can produce a swirly bokeh that almost looks like it's spinning behind the subject.
Not every situation calls for the photographer being all up the clients' faces. This heavy lens helps me build muscle and give my clients breathing room. It also creates that smooth bokeh that makes me melt.