Prospective clients and aspiring photographers often inquire as to what equipment I use – so I thought it might be useful to provide this information.
*Canon 5D Mark III
*Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II
*Canon 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro
*Canon 50mm F/1.2L
*Canon 50mm F/1.8
*Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L II
*Canon 15mm F/2.8 Fish Eye
*Canon 35mm F/1.4L
*Canon 24-105mm F/4L IS
*Canon 2x Teleconverter
*5 – Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlights
*Ikelite For Canon 5d III
Light Modifiers:*2 – White Umbrellas
*1 – Silver Umbrella
*1 – Softbox
*1 – Lasolite triangular 1 stop diffuser
*1 – Lasolite traingular 2 stop diffuser
*1 – 5 in 1 circular reflector *1 – 2 x 3 Sunbounce reflector *3 – Manfrotto Light stands
When hiring a photographer, equipment is one very important aspect to consider. While equipment alone will not automatically make a photographer’s work great (far from it), it is a crucial component and building block for producing the best work possible and can often make substantial contributions in producing beautiful wedding photography.
Because my desire is always to do the very best I can, I have put a strong emphasis and investment in purchasing and utilizing top of the line equipment. My philosophy is to do and be the best I can as a professional photographer. Additionally, it fosters peace of mind for myself – knowing that I’m shooting with the best equipment available. One of the assumptions people make in hiring a professional photographer is that every photographer has invested in the best equipment available. However, far to often I have seen this not to be the case. It takes years to build up and acquire the highest grade of equipment, from cameras, lenses, flashes and a host of other specialized items unique to the photography trade.
It’s also very important that your photographer has back up equipment. This is one reason that it is very dangerous to have a relative or friend shoot your wedding – even if it is with a good camera and lens. If that camera goes down, a lens breaks or seizes up, you’re both in trouble. In fact, some leaders in the photography industry recommend having a back up for your back up (cameras, lenses, flashes). I have embraced this philosophy – knowing at a wedding – anything can and often does happen! In fact, I always carry two cameras on my person on me almost always. If a camera locks up during your ceremony there is no time to go to the car to get another one. Besides that, having two cameras on me at all times allows me to switch back and forth between wide angle and telephoto lenses in a matter of seconds. This is something that not all photographers can offer. Additionally, changing a lens on a camera in a crucial moment – just takes too long.