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 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!
Nikon D5 – What can I say, this is my companion, the beast that can get any shot at anytime. I never have to worry about autofocus during a wedding, my D5 will hit focus in the darkest of receptions. The 14 frames per second is a bonus but it is rarely used by me. I normally have my settings to 9 frames just to save my memory card from losing its mind. However the con is the price tag. At $6500, you can get a few D750s or 2 D850s which might be the better option for you.
Nikon D750 – I carry 1 D750 as a second camera because I love to shoot exclusively with prime lenses instead of zooms. My wife uses the other D750 as her main body. She generally swaps back and forth between primes and zooms but she loves her 50mm. The D750 is amazing still for a camera that is 4 years old. It is light, fast and can also focus really well in the dark. The plastic however always felt cheap to me but the flip screen is a must for those weird angles.
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 -This is my go-to portrait lens most of the time. I love the bokeh and I love how sharp it is at f/1.4. My only gripe about sigma lenses are the weight, it wears me out but it’s also half the price tag of the Nikon 58mm which I would love to own but it is a little too pricey for how it performs. My wife also uses this lens so we have two copies, she loves it and uses it about 90% of the wedding day.
Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 – This one is amazing for preparation and dance time. It really captures everything in the frame but sometimes can be a bit wide causing some distortion.
Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 – This lens is so sharp sometimes it looks unreal. I love the lens but I have never been big into the 35mm focal length. I prefer my 24 but I do believe that the 35 is the perfect length for photojournalism. It normally comes out of my bag once or twice on a wedding day.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 – Unlike it’s more expensive f/1.4 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.
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro – This is a super old lens but it still works perfectly. I’ve own this one for a long time and it has not lost a beat. I mainly use the 60mm for rings shots and any little detail where I want to get extremely close. It is super sharp and will continue to ride in my bag into the wheels fall off.
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 – My 70-200mm rarely comes out of my bag, this lens is mainly used for ceremonies where I am stuck at a distance. It is a bit heavy but it comes in handy when I am stuck at a strict church with little room to move around.
Profoto A1 – These little guys are amazing. The quality of light given off with the round head is superb from what I was getting with my old Nikon flashes. 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. The big big plus has to go to the battery life: it is amazing. I can get through a full 12-hour wedding on two batteries.