Erin & Geoffrey
Our story is not a long one. We met when we were teenagers, and got married in 2007. It was shopping for our own wedding photographer that made us fall in love with wedding photography itself.
We have both had a passion for street and nature photography since we were kids but it was not until we got married that we realized that wedding photography itself could be incredibly artistic.
It seems that around the mid 2000’s with the introduction to digital cameras wedding photography shifted in a less posed, less formal and more documentary direction than what it had been for the last 100 years or so. There were so many wedding photographers popping up that were incredible storytellers, like Jonas Peterson and Dan O’Day. We knew we wanted to be a part of this change in the industry.
So in 2008 we purchased our first DSLR. Fast-forward 8 years and we have collected way too much gear but this is our main wedding kit.
We had a ShotKit feature about a year and a half ago. In that feature we go into detail about the gear we use and why we use it. In this feature we will mainly be talking about why we made some changes.
Here is what’s new: We don’t use our Nikon D4s anymore. It’s a killer camera but it’s hard to beat the weight of a Nikon D750 especially since it has all the dynamic range as a Nikon D4s and maybe a little more. I do miss the high ISO capability in the Nikon D4s because we don’t like or use light modifiers except during a reception but the Nikon D750 ISO can get up there pretty high to if needed.
We also picked up a Leica M3. We have lots of film cameras but this is the only one we will occasionally bring with us on a shoot. Simply because its a really great camera! It’s perfect for changing things up and to us the idea of using film and the camera itself is inspiring. Plus we have a thing for developing our own film so hey why not right..? We will include a short description by each lens and camera and why we like it or use it.
Another big change for us over the past year and a half has been our portfolio. We have noticed a shift in our work to a more storytelling side. It only seemed appropriate to update our ShotKit with all these new changes.
–Nikon D750 – The dynamic range is truly incredible and you can’t beat the weight.
–Leica M3 – We don’t pull this camera out for every session but it’s nice to change things up at times.
–Nikon 85mm f/1.4 – The lens that needs no introduction.
–Nikon 45mm f/2.8 PC-E – When we want to be like the cool kids.
–Nikon 35mm f/1.4 – This lens is always on my second body. It’s incredible how sharp it is wide open at 1.4.
–Nikon 24mm f/1.4 – Epically wide!
–Nikon 135mm f/2.0 – When we want to get in your face but without getting in your face.
–Nikon 50mm f/1.4 -80% our portfolio is shot with a 50mm.
Inside Erin & Geoffrey’s camera bags:
Like many photographers out there I knew that I wanted to be a photographer since I was very young. The first time I went through Grandpa’s old stack of National Geographic confirmed this idea. I didn’t realize that I wanted to be a wedding photographer however until much later in life…
I realized my love for documenting weddings when my fiancé and I started shopping for our own wedding photographer. This opened my eyes to a whole new world of photojournalism I didn’t know existed.
I have always had a strong connection with raw photo documentation and really what better to document than something as profound and intimate as a wedding. This sparked something inside both me and my fiancé. We got married in 2007 and almost immediately started to build our career as wedding photographers.
When we started out, our gear bag was simple. I shot with a Nikon D300s and Erin my wife shoot with a Nikon D80. We rented lenses a lot back then.
We quickly started to improve our gear to match our shooting style. We have changed our gear a lot over the years but now a main kit looks something a lot like what’s in the photo.
My main camera body is a Nikon D4s. This camera really fits my shooting style! I rarely use flash. There are plenty of amazing artificial light photographers out there but thats not who I am. I want to document a wedding in truly a raw way not manipulating the scene at all with light added by me if possible. The Nikon D4s rarely requires artificial light. I’ll include in this portfolio an image that I took at 25,000 ISO that looks great. Something that would have been nearly impossible just a couple of years ago.
My second body is a Nikon D750. This camera has amazing dynamic range that in my opinion is currently unparalleled by any other DSLR on the market. I also like that the Nikon D750 body is much smaller than my primary shooting camera. This makes it easier to get in and out of large crowds like on the dance floor with ease. Also this tilting screen has really been a huge help. Thumbs up to Nikon for that one.
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