Hey Shotkit! We are Dustin and Leticia Gleason, a husband and wife team based in eastern Nebraska. We’ve been shooting weddings at each other’s side from the very beginning of Gleason Photography and we strive to make sure we capture a unique perspective for our clients with as little effort from them as possible. We want their day to be easy and fun, and to feel more like a celebration than a photo shoot.
We’re big fans of Shotkit so we’re pretty stoked to get to share our own kit. Let’s get down to it! Shall we?
The Nikon D750. We love these little guys! Not only are they small and lightweight, but they really do 99% of what we need our cameras to do and they do it well. I imagine they’ll gradually get replaced with the new Nikon D850 as time goes on, but for now we are quite pleased with how our D750s perform.
Leticia uses the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art and 85mm f/1.4 Art combo almost exclusively. She wants her kit as simple as possible and for her these are everything she needs for 90% of the day. We ordered the 85mm Art and tried it out because we weren’t very happy with our Nikon 85mm f/1.8’s at the time. She fell in love right away and it’s been her favorite ever since. I don’t touch her 85!
I use a trio of lenses; the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art, Nikon 105mm f/1.4, and Nikon 58mm f/1.4. The Sigma 24-35mm is at 35mm 95% of the time, but I love the fact that if I need something a little wider for getting ready or portraits I have it at a moment’s notice. It’s sharper than all of our lenses and it’s a perfect match to the Nikon 105mm as it’s a big beefy lens.
The Nikon 105mm is just amazing. It’s so sharp and it just has a great look straight out of camera. It’s my favorite reception lens for candids and often times I can get by using only ambient light. So good!
The Nikon 58mm gets used just as much if not more than the other two in my kit. I love it because it doesn’t add much weight to my kit and I can keep it in a ThinkTank lens pouch on my Holdfast and not even notice it’s there. It gets lots of love for portraits and reception time. I love the unique look and it has a great feel on my D750.
When I get a chance (often at outdoor weddings), I love to just put the rest of my gear down and walk around with just one camera and the 58. It’s a lens that took us some time to get used to and we even bought and sold it a few times. Now that we’ve gotten used to it we are thinking about buying another one because Leticia loves it just as much as I do.
It just feels right!
Other lenses we share:
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 – We use this for ceremonies, family photos and sometimes during the reception. It’s a have-to-have lens in our opinion, but we don’t like the size/weight so it doesn’t get a ton of action.
Nikon 28mm f/2.8 – This lens is super light and I love using it while dragging the shutter to capture the energy on the dance floor. That’s about it for this lens.
Nikon 35mm f/2 – Every now and then I’ll swap out my beefy 24-35mm Art for this little gem. I love how light it is and how you can feel the thing move while it focuses. It’s got a great vibe and I love using it for storytelling.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art – We don’t use this lens too much but we’ll grab it for the occasional super wide environmental shot or to shoot reception rooms, etc.
We use the Cheetahstand V860xn flash system. We’ve got six of them so we can have one on each camera and a couple on stands during the reception. That’s about the only time we use flash other than family photos in a church. For that we sometimes use the Cl-360X because of its ability to keep up in that situation with more power and good
The ThinkTank Airport Security is great for our flashes and extra lenses. We’ll roll it into a reception and grab out of it as needed.
We also have a variety of shoulder bags and backpacks that we’ll pack depending on the occasion. I have a ThinkTank Messenger and a Peak Design Messenger. Leticia has a few ThinkTank, Ona and Kelly Moore bags. We’ve got a LowePro Tactical 450 backpack as well for some of our more adventurous gigs. We may have a camera bag addiction.