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 of 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.
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I was wondering about your use of the 45mm PC-E – what do you use that for in weddings?
The obvious choice would be detail and food shots, but for some reason I get the impression that that’s not the case or at least not the only stuff you use it for, can you share a little info on how you use it?