My name is Christopher Bilodeau. I am a portrait & family lifestyle photographer from Massachusetts. Weddings are also a great joy to shoot.
I have been photographing people professionally for almost 5 years now. My journey into photography began when I was just a child. In the 1980s, my parents let me venture into the darkroom they created out of an old pantry in our basement. Needless to say, I was hooked.
I enjoy all forms of art and received numerous music awards, including being named a Jazz All-American in 1991. I view photography as the perfect fusion of art and technology. This is great since I am a certified gear junky. I am someone that likes to tell a story with each image I capture.
Oh, and I have 2 jobs. When I am not photographing people I am treating their illnesses as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Needless to say, photography, medicine, and raising 2 young children leaves little free time. But, I consider myself blessed and wouldn’t change a thing.
What began 5 years ago as favor to help someone out has blossomed into another career. Photography is my passion and this ‘hobby’ has quickly grown into something more.
I am humbled by the attention I have received lately. One of my images was selected as the cover of a popular calendar in Massachusetts. Around this same time, I received word that one of my portraits would be featured in a popular worldwide photography magazine.
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I want to create images that families look at years later and remember these little moments that mean so much. It is these little moments, when sewn together, make up the fabric of our lives. They define us. If I can play a small role in capturing these little bits of time, I consider it an honor.
On to the gear…
I shoot with the Nikon D4 and Nikon D810. Sometimes I will shoot film and develop it at home (B&W of course). The Nikon FE is a gem from 30+ years ago and can be had for like $100. I like Kodak Tri-X 400.
My super favorite “Wicked Awesome” (you have to be from Massachusetts to get that phrase) lens is the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR1. This lens is on my Nikon D4 or Nikon D810 75% of the time for most paid sessions. The compression and isolation that this lens offers is simply astonishing. I am usually shooting it wide-open to maybe f/4 and most of the time at 200mm.
I really think Nikon is making great lenses nowadays and their f/4 constant aperture glass is really good. I mean, really good. They’re sharp with very few optical quirks. The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR is a stellar performer and it actually replaced my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 because of the longer focal length, VR, and versatility it offers. It is also nice and light.
The Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF-S VR Micro is not only a wonderful Macro lens, but serves as a fantastic portrait lens with buttery bokeh.
I keep the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S ED on my Nikon D4 most of the time. There is not much else to say. It is a classic pro Nikon wide-angle lens that is built like a tank. I like this focal length for environmental portraits.
Of course, there is the Nifty-Fifty. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. You can see that lens pictured in Eaty’s mouth. Oh yea, let me introduce you to Eaty. That is my 5 year-old daughter’s best friend. A T-Rex she named Eaty because apparently he likes to eat lenses and Barbie dolls. He has his own Facebook page too.
I generally use my speed lights off-camera. The Nikon SB-910 is a great speed light, but the Nikon SB-800 remains a workhorse. The Vivitar 285 HV speed lights are awesome. Re-released with new safer circuitry for todays DSLRs and they do one thing really well…throw light. That’s it. No TTL. Nothing fancy. Just a big hunk of light from a cheap source. I love them and they come to every event and wedding.
I use Phottix wireless triggers for my flashes. They are small and 100% reliable. Unlike the bigger names out there, these have never failed on me. I do use the Profoto trigger with my Profoto Acute B2 600 AirS battery generator simply because it is easier with the trigger built into the power supply.
Profoto makes the most reliable generators and strobes. The light is consistent from shot to shot. I love the Profoto Acute B2 600 AirS system. It is relatively light and easy to take on location. It is also quite powerful for times when you need to light a lot of people in the bright sun. I generally modify the light with a 3 foot Profoto Octabox.
Sandisk & Lexar cards
Powerex & Eneloop re-chargeable batteries
Macbook Pro w/ Retina display on location with G-Technology hard drives
Manfrotto Roller 70 bag (not pictured)
Domke bag for walking around with a few lenses/items