Hello, my name is David Trinh and I am a wedding photographer based out of Houston, Texas. My story as a photographer is far from conventional. I didn’t grow up with cameras nor did I have any background in photography. I picked up a camera in 2014 for the first time and never looked back.
My first camera was a Canon T5i which I bought to just take random pictures of my girlfriend. The camera was mainly for me to start a new hobby and travel more. Over time as my pictures started to improve, I was asked by numerous friends and families to take pictures for them and so I did. In 2015, I was asked to photograph my first wedding. This was a start to an amazing journey for me. I fell in love with wedding photography and never looked back.
My style of photography is all about making ordinary people feel special. I want your wedding day to be documented for what it is with minimal posing while preserving the beauty. I also like to push the limits of in-camera special effects to create artistic and different-looking images. I do not Photoshop, I love to blow my clients away when I show them a photo on the back of my camera. I mostly add minimal adjustments in post processing for exposure and white balance and that’s it. All the magic happens in camera.
Enough about me… let’s get into all the fun talk about gear!
Sony A7 III – I recently made the switch to Sony from Nikon and it was the best decision ever! I’m not going to lie, I was a skeptic at first but as soon as I took this camera to a wedding, I knew that I was going all in. Not only did the camera exceed my expectations, it was by far the fastest autofocus system that I have ever used. The eye autofocus worked flawlessly and it made my life so much easier. I’m now able to focus on things like lighting and composition instead of looking at a meter all day. After my first wedding, I sold all my Nikon gear and dove head first into the Sony ecosystem. Although the switch from Nikon was painful, it was for the better. The Sony A7 III just offered so many features that the DSLR is currently lacking.
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA – What can I say about the lens, it is fantastic! Although it is one of the first ever lenses released for the Sony FE mount, it is legendary. There is so much character that oozes out of it and I just love it for portrait work. The build quality is what you expect from a Zeiss product and it is extremely light. The Sony 55 definitely deserves all the praise for how good it is and I will never leave the house without it.
Sony FE 28mm f/2 – This lens is the best bang for your buck. Not only is it cheap, it is really good. The Sony 28 lets you get into tighter spots and is a terrific performer for family photos. Although it is not as wide as a 24, it is wide enough for me to get those super cool dance time photos. I think reception time is where the 28 shines the most.
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA – A lot of people write this lens off because it is a 2.8. For me, it serves its purpose and it is super sharp. The 35 is my favorite focal length and I use it for majority of my pictures that require some creativity. Although it is only a 2.8, it forces me to get creative instead of just blurring out a background.
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 – Unlike it’s more expensive f/1.4 G Master brother, I believe that this lens is almost perfect. The bokeh is amazing and the back compression is phenomenal. The 85 is always thought of as one of the best portrait lenses out there and I can’t disagree at all. I mostly use the 85mm for speeches and small ceremonies.
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM– This lens is mainly used for ceremonies where I am stuck at a distance. It comes in handy when I am at a big church with little room to move around. Unfortunately, adapted lenses to me are not reliable in low light so this lens is only used when my subject is completely still or not moving fast. Sony does not offer a great 135 option at the moment so until then, I will stick it out. People keep telling me to get the Sony 70-200 f/2.8 but that lens is definitely out of the question, not only is it pricey, it is massive. I am all about traveling light so that’s a no-go for me.
Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter/Lens Adapter – Having the ability to use Canon glass is amazing. It gives me so much more versatility with my lens choices. The MC-11 is a must-have for every Sony photographer and I believe it is the best converter currently offered for e-mount.
Godox TT685S Thinklite TTL Flash – These little guys are amazing. The remote feature in each flash is great and convenient for when I want to do night photos. No changing out remotes, I can just power it up, switch settings and it is good to go. Although there is a lithium battery version, I had too many rechargeable batteries laying around the house, so I went with this one instead. The biggest selling point for me has got to be the price point of the flash; it is super affordable for the quality it offers.
Godox XPro-S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger – I normally do not do off-camera flash during receptions. This trigger is strictly for indoor and night photos only. The screen is massive and the interface is easy to navigate.
Promaster LED-120SS Super Slim Rechargeable LED Light – The LED light is very portable, it fits in my pocket like a cell phone and is very versatile for when I do not want to use flash.
A&M Film and Photo Photography Prism – My work uses a lot of in-camera effects, so a prism helps me give a few of my images an extra layer. A prism always stays in my pocket and is an amazing tool to always have.
Inside David’s camera bag:
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