I started shooting seriously back in 2007 after tagging along on a good friend of mine’s portrait studio session. I always loved taking photos since I was a kid using my parent’s Kodak Instamatic with the cube flashes. I love taking photos of people. It’s what I’m most passionate about. I often say that I’m not creative and then people correct me after looking through my portfolio. I guess I look at it as something I love to do when in actuality photography allows me to express the little creativity I do have.
When it came time to pick my gear I actually started out with an Olympus E20N “fixed lens” DSLR. Once I reached the desire to have more lens choices the time came to step up to a DSLR with interchangeable lenses. I had zero bias towards Canon or Nikon and at the time I wanted to spend about a thousand dollars. The Canon Rebel looked good, but it had already been out almost a year when it was time for me to choose and Nikon had just released the Nikon D70. So the D70 was my choice as it had all the newer bells and whistles and was faster than the almost one year old Rebel.
As they say, once you start buying glass you’re pretty much committed to that brand. I don’t regret my decision one bit and I love my Nikon gear. I still don’t have a bias or really care what others shoot with. I have good friends that use both brands and we get along great :-)
My Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens is probably my “favorite” lens of all and is the one I use the most. Most of the time it’s attached to my Nikon D4 in studio. When I’m on the go my Nikon D600 is in my bag most often and it’s usually attached to either my Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens or my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens for travel and landscapes.
I don’t always carry a speedlight, but when I do it’s most likely going to be my Nikon SB910. If I’m going into a situation where the conditions could be harsh or dangerous and I don’t want to risk the expensive SB910 then I actually like my Youngnuo speed light.
Since Nikon DSLRs have built-in support for GPS modules I love having my di-GPS Eco ProSumer GPS attached so that my images are geotagged as I take them.
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Lastly my workflow wouldn’t be complete without my MacBook Pro running Lightroom and Photoshop for organization and retouching, my iPad for Lightroom Mobile, model releases and to view images wirelessly from the Eye-Fi card in my Nikon D600 and my iPhone for taking behind the scenes shots and sharing on social media.