Photography is both my hobby and a substantial revenue stream. I once kept both worlds in the same application (Aperture), but over the last couple years, I've separated my personal work from what I shoot for hire.
For those of us who have had to move on from our beloved Aperture, one great option would be Capture One Pro. The image processing is excellent, the UI is intuitive, and the learning curve os not too steep.
This is a simple test of how DxO OpticsPro 10 and its new DxO ClearView tool fares with a very hazy image, and a comparison to assess how best to achieve equivalent or similar anti-haze results with each of each of Aperture, Lightroom and Capture One Pro.
The Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens from Lensbaby produces a creamy, uniquely soft, glowing image quality, and is great for capturing those dream-like portraits. You can control the softness with the f-stops and still achieve a shallow depth of field. Lensbaby is a third-party manufacturer, and offers versions of these lenses for all sensor sizes/brands.