Sam Hurd

In my career I’ve been very lucky to have opportunity to photograph not only well known individuals, but the most fun and creative wedding couples I could ask for. Balancing 45 weddings and upwards of 120 press events a year has dragged me through more photography equipment than I care to admit. I own Nikon, Canon, Leica, and Sony brands and used them all extensively, but the only mainstay in my bag is the Nikon camera body.

Though I have a lot to choose from I always travel light on the day of a shoot so I’m able to think with my feet and not with my gear. The think tank bag I use has been my long time favorite because of it’s small footprint and deep pockets. My go to lenses are the Nikon 58mm f/1.4, Nikon 24mm f/1.4, and broken Nikon 50mm f/1.8 – which I use for freelensing.


I love finding small objects like a convex lens or prism to create interesting foreground artifacts in my portraits, and I find the unique looks they make connects me with more artistic minded clients. The litepanel LED video light is perfect for shooting at night and charging AA batteries.

The cameras I use are a Nikon D4 and a Sony a7r. The lenses I use are the Nikon 58mm f/1.4, Nikon 24mm f/1.4, Nikon 45mm Tilt Shift and a broken Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. As for accessories: Visible Dust Sensor Cleaner, mini-tripod, Litepanels croma, convex lens and my bag, a Think Tank Turnstyle 20.

**Check out an exclusive Shotkit video interview with Sam Hurd here**

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Inside Sam’s camera bag:



    • I am starting out as a wedding photographer (less than 6 months old), and I don’t have a lot of expendable budget for a lot of equipment. Should I be investing more towards prime lenses, or towards zoom lenses?

    • Sam, thanks for taking the time to answer questions, and for all the helpful info in your interview and gear list. I’m also a fellow Baltimorian and have recently started a photo/video business with my buddy called CAST83. I used to be solely invested in Nikon gear, but made the switch to Canon to make things easier, since that’s what my partner shoots. Had a quick lens question for you.

      I love primes also, and currently have a 50 & 85. I’m debating whether to get the 35 or 24 next. My buddy has the 35, 50, 135, so we do have the 35 if we need it. So, the 24 would be a new addition that neither of us have. My only concern is the distortion compared to the 35. Just curious what your thoughts are, since it looks like you shoot with the 24 a lot.

      Thanks again!

  • @rajat I’d definitely invest in primes. It’ll make you a much better photographer being able to previsualize and react faster. Look into primes with f/1.8 as they should be very affordable!

  • Hey Sam, have you had a go on the new Sony A7Rii? Really interested in picking one of these up for my portrait and street photography work. I’m a Canon user (6D to be precise) and love the results I get, especially when using my Sigma Art lenses but I’m starting to find my Canon’s just a little cumbersome to carry around on a day to day basis.

    Cheers and thanks for sharing your amazing work.

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