Hello, my name is Carlos Carnero and for 5 years now I have been a wedding photographer.
I currently live in Chihuahua, Mexico, a city located in the north of the country. It is the largest state in Mexico, so we have the advantage of having everything from deserts to forests.
I am a person who loves to go to the cinema (where most of my inspiration comes from), drink a lot of coffee, listen to indie rock and prepare meat on the grill with my friends and my girlfriend. Since I can remember I like to keep my simple life, that’s why my gear is pretty simple.
When I started in the world of weddings I had no idea what my style would be or what kind of photos I wanted to do, so the easiest thing for me was to buy the equipment I could afford.
I started off with a Canon 7D (always loved that camera as it was built like a tank). Then I used a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 with the gold ring, since the Art series didn’t yet exist. With the crop factor, that made it an 85mm f/1.4 – this might be the reason why my composition is very minimalist, because this is all I used in my first year as a wedding photographer.
During my first destination wedding, I remember that my camera broke down and I did not have a backup body. That time one of the guests helped me; from there I decided that I needed two bodies and that I had to change brands.
That’s how I bought my first Nikon D750. Since I still did not know much, I followed with the same focal distance that I knew – this time the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 (a lens that I still have).
When I realized that it was not what I was looking for I bought the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 along with a Nikon D610 that I used as a backup. I eventually bought a Nikon 35mm f/2.0 because I felt I needed a more open lens for some situations.
Two years ago I decided I needed something more so I changed my Nikon D610 to a Nikon D810 and that became my main camera. I also discovered the Tamron SP line.
I currently use the Manhattan Manfrotto backpack (I used to wear Vinta but I needed something a little bigger) to load the equipment I brought to weddings.
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As the main camera I use a Nikon D850 and Nikon D810 backup. On my D850 camera 90% of the time I have the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 (before I used the 35mm of the same model, but I wanted something different to what most wedding photographers use here) and for parties I use the NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8. I love that it is a fairly angular and light lens.
Although I try to use only natural light, when necessary I use a Yongnuo 560 iv flash and the Magmod Magsphere.
This year I started using the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro hard drive and I think it was one of the best purchases I’ve made. It helps me a lot with my workflow, especially with destination weddings.