What Equipment Will I Be Using
I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for. I am also a firm believer in providing my clients with the absolute best image quality I possibly can. To that end, I choose to use the best equipment available to ensure that you receive top-notch quality in your images
I use 2 Canon 1Dx IIs as my camera of choice. The cameras sport Canon's flagship full frame sensor, which provides both high image quality and low noise at higher ISOs. Additionally, the 1DxII shoots at a top speed of 14 frames per second, more than capable of capturing even the most fleeting of moments as needed.
Canon 24-70 2.8 II - This lens creates prime-like sharpness in a zoom lens, perfect for adjusting when you can't move. The wide end is exceptionally for low light dancing images during your reception, while the rest of the range makes for a excellent portraiture range on a full frame camera.
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II - Combined with the 24-70 above, I could basically shoot an entire wedding with just these two lenses. The 70-200 is a staple among wedding photographers, known for it's low light abilities and background crushing compression at the longer end, which is what makes you pop out of the frame against that distant background. The 200mm end is also extremely useful during ceremonies, when I am limited by how close I can actually get to the action. It's also one of my top choices for couple and family formals and why you'll see me back up to shoot these images at 200.
Sigma 35 1.4 Art - This is the only non-Canon lens I own. So why step out of the Canon family for this one? Truthfully, you get 99% of the functionality at 50% of the price. This is one of my getting ready lenses and the large aperture (the 1.4 number) allows me to shoot at much lower ISOs when the lighting conditions really drop. Extremely quick to focus, lightweight to handle and stunningly sharp, it's also a go to for nighttime available light images or when I want to take the ordinary and make it a little less ordinary.
Canon 85 1.4 IS - The 85 is considered by many to be the perfect focal length for portraits. With a large aperture, it is perfect creating a 3-d look by obliterating backgrounds. It is the second lens I use for getting ready images and allows me to create those thin in-focus images that are just beautiful. I also rely on this one for nighttime portraits as well as really dark venues where flash isn't allowed.
Flashpoint Li-on R2 Flashes (x 2) - I carry 2 on-camera flashes with me to any event I cover for bouncing light when needed or controlling my off-camera flashes. These are run on lithium ion batteries, which means I can shoot your whole wedding with them on and likely never run out of juice.
Godox AD 200 (x 2) - Slightly larger in size than the previous flash, one AD200 is roughly equivalent in power to 3.5 of the previous flash. Fairly lightweight, these are excellent for lighting the dance floor at your reception or for quick setup during portraits if needed.
Flashpoint AD600 (x 2) - For those times when power is called for (or I want to bystanders from hanging around), The AD600s are 600-watt second battery powered strobes capable of putting out a lot of light. So when would I use these? Let's say you do a First Look with the city skyline behind you at 2:00 in the afternoon. There's no way I'm going to have you look into the sun and get a squinty eyed on me. Nope back to the sun. But if your back is to the sun, how are you going to see us? This is where the AD600 comes in. I expose for the background, that beautiful sky with the city's skyline in front of it, and this strobe becomes my sunlight for you!
Flashpoint R2 Pro-C Transmitter (x 2) - it does no good to have off camera flashes if you have to run a sync cord to them during a shoot, right? Well, these babies sit in the hot shoe on my camera and allow me to control every single light I just listed with the touch of a button. Now I would never purposely setup a shot requiring 6 flashes. But if I need to, I can.
Other Daily Accessories
In case that's not enough, I also bring several other items:
- 4-5 flash stands
- modifiers for the flashes 9some are big and some are little)
- off-camera flash mounts
- weighted bags (in case it gets windy)
- spare flash triggers
- spare batteries
- light meter
- plenty of water
So there you have it. That's the gear I arrive at a wedding or portrait session with.
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