Hey Shotkit, my name is Stephane Lemaire, I am a French wedding photographer based in El Paso, Texas.
I have been living in the US for 10 years now, thanks to Myspace, I met a lovely lady and I moved from Paris, France to El Paso, Texas, crazy right ?
Well, in the meantime, I started my business and have been photographing couples for 9 years. Sounds cliché, but I love love, so I specialized in couples.
A little bit about me:
I actually went to photo school right after high school, photography was always there since I was a kid. I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
I worked for a couple studios back in Paris, the first one was specialized in building architect's portfolios, I learned how to shoot with 4×5 camera and spent a lot of time in the darkroom. Then I worked for another studio specialized in weddings and shot my first wedding in 2004.
I shoot around 20 weddings per year and couldn't be happier, I love what I do and feel very blessed to be able to do it for a living.
Let's talk about gear:
I am a Nikon guy, my first camera was a Nikon F4 and I never used any other brands.
The typical combo:
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 – very old lens, I only use it for night shots where I need a lot of sky.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4 – That lens only comes out for family portraits, it's very sharp and compact, and it keeps me close to my subjects with too much distorsion.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 – I rarely use the 85mm, love the lens but I shoot most of portraits with 105mm or 70-200mm
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 – That lens is fantastic for portraits but I mainly use it to shoot details. G IF-ED
Nikon 135mm f/2 – A fantastic lens that I use when I want amazing bokeh.
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The Godox system works really good, it is very easy to use and very reliable.
For examples, you get to a church and the lighting is all yellow: no need to freak out about your white balance, these two will save you a lot of time in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Magmod lighting modifiers:
I mainly use the grids, awesome way to place the light where you want it.
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Hope it helps you guys, find your tools and go create some magic!