Hello out there and a huge thank you to Mark for asking me to be a part of this project! My name is Lisa Rhinehart and I specialize in creative, personalized wedding & engagement photography. I strive to capture couples’ unique stories, interests & personalities in an artful way.
My work tends to be vibrant, thoughtful and eclectic. I am located in rural Pennsylvania and am a 2-4 hour drive from DC, NYC, Baltimore, Pittsburgh & Philadelphia—I typically shoot within that radius, though I do travel farther upon request.
Daylight: My current “go to” lenses during daylight are Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II & Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II.
Zoom lenses offer me the flexibility to be at any focal length quickly, which helps me to capture fleeting moments and adjust composition while going relatively unnoticed by my subjects. Because both lenses stop down to f/2.8 and I’m using a Canon 5D Mark III with high iso capability, I am able to use them in lower light. I can always pop on my Canon 50mm f/1.2 in a pinch, but I change my lenses if I am in a truly low light situation.
Lowlight: My current “go to” low light lenses are Canon 35mm f/1.4L & Canon 135mm f/2L. They focus so well in the dark (even when there is motion) and let in plenty of light, while offering me two very different perspectives on a scene.
I typically use them in conjunction with my off camera flash system during a wedding reception– a Canon 600 EX-RT on camera and 2 cross-lighting the scene off-camera.
Other Lenses/Back-up: I typically use the other lenses for specific situations. Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro for details (rings, centerpieces), wide lenses like the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fish-eye and Canon 14mm f/2.8L for tight spaces and playful effects (crowded dance floor, epic scene), Canon 50mm f/1.2L for its wide aperture and shallow depth of field, etc.
Another function for these lenses is as a back-up, should anything happen to a “go to” lens. I basically have backups of all my gear, including cameras and flashes.
Miscellaneous: I have a scarf, food and journal pictured with my gear. Wedding days are long and require intense concentration– I pack a scarf, extra shoes, etc. to keep myself comfortable and food to keep me going.
I included a journal because I bring a timeline of the wedding day along with a list of ideas and unique details to look out for and usually include a couple of sketches of things that I want to try.
While I look to my plans for inspiration, I mostly go with the flow from a photojournalistic perspective.
Carrying: I am a small person, so I put thought into carrying my gear. I plan ahead and put only the lenses I need in my bag, the rest stay in my case.
I make adjustments to my lens selections throughout the day during times of transition – typically prior to the start of the ceremony, portraits & reception.
Is my gear still heavy? Yes. Even my bare-bones natural light set-up includes a huge white beast of a lens– yet I can’t match the compression, flexibility and sharp, yet buttery smooth images of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L. It is such a flattering lens for portraits, fly-on-the-wall photojournalism, etc. so I carry it.
I have toyed with the idea of a two camera system with Hold Fast Money Maker straps, but haven’t made the leap into using a different system yet, my back might appreciate it though, haha.
New Bag: I have recently purchased a new bag which seems to be perfect for me(!) It’s the Hudson Cognac bag from Epiphanie. It’s completely convertible—from handbag to messenger bag to backpack. It’s made of beautiful leather and can hold my Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 50mm f/1.2L & Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro, batteries, cards, snack, personal items etc. securely without a problem, and even has room for my ipad or laptop if I’d want to tote them. It has worked well for on-location engagement sessions thus far.
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my current camera set-up! Happy shooting, everyone!