Hey guys! I’m Ashley Fisher, a wedding photographer from Saint Louis, Missouri. I’m not very trendy, and I’m not nearly as creative as many of my friends featured here on Shotkit, but I do have a lock down on consistent, clean, timeless, & romantic work that my clients love.
I’m a Nikon shooter, and I prefer the Nikon D4 and my extremely old Nikon D800 that I still love for portraits.
I also have a Nikon D750 that I’ve beat up pretty badly that’s held together by gaffe tape, but it’s light, quick, and a great camera for weddings.
Since I tend to photograph in a more editorial way, I like sticking to longer lenses. My lens of choice is the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, shot around 135-200mm, followed closely by the Sigma Art 85mm f/1.4, which I’m obsessed with for bridal portraits.
If I wasn’t so hard on my gear, I’d probably invest in the Nikon 200mm f/2 and shoot exclusively with that, but alas, I break stuff all the time, so it’s not a wise purchase for me.
I also photograph a lot of really emotional moments between my couples and their parents. I don’t like to be all up in their business, so I usually shoot my getting ready and intimate family portraits with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, around 50-70mm.
I shoot almost all of my detail work with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro. The best thing I’ve done for my detail work is to shoot all of my couple’s personal details in studio pre-wedding so that I can focus on people the day of the wedding, at least until I need to shoot reception details.
I have a gaggle of other lenses that I use here and there for weddings. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4 & Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8, which I will pull out for portraits, the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye that I use for wide ceremony shots for a unique perspective, and the Lensbaby Edge 80 that I love for the tilt shift look without the pricetag.
However, I pretty much stick to my trusty 70-200, 24-70, 85, and 105 macro as my workhorses.
As far as lighting goes, I love the Godox AD200s and the Godox V860IIs, paired with my MagMod gear.
My newest love is the MagBox, which I use for family formals, portraits, reception lighting, and night shots, but you’ll always find me using the MagBounce for grab and grins and the MagGrid for slow-shutter dance floor photos.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8
Nikon Macro 105mm f/2.8
Sigma Art 85mm f/1.4
Lensbaby Edge 80
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye