In 2015, I was honored by Canon to be named a Canon USA Explorer of Light. I have owned every Canon digital DSLR since the Canon 10D. Canon cameras have been with me most of my career. I guess when you grow up with a camera, it feels like an extension of you. I trust this camera, I know this camera, I have a relationship with this camera. I know it inside out, upside down and backwards.
The reason I have so many bodies is I shoot a lot of video for my clients and my education website. When I broadcast live, I broadcast with the Canon XA35’s. I have 3 of them. However, when I record for my education site, I shoot on the three Canon 5D Mark III’s. They are outstanding high-resolution video cameras with the best glass in the world.
The Canon 5D Mark IV has been in my kit for one week as it was just released. I have already shot on it 3 times and the video capabilities are beyond what I could have hoped for. It has a higher resolution than the Mark III with better, bigger focusing. The auto-tracking in video mode is a game changer.
I have worked with many lavalier microphones, but I came back to Sennheiser as being the best on the market. I can plug them straight into my Canon cameras and record excellent audio straight onto my footage. It saves a lot of time and money in syncing audio and footage in post production.
The Kino Flo Tegra 4-bank daylight lights are also a huge part of my education for photographers.
I’ve had a Wacom tablet for post processing my images for nearly 20 years. This is the third one I’ve owned. I use them until they die. I love Wacom.
All my female clients are treated to full hair and makeup prior to their shoot, which is why I chose to include the makeup and brushes in my shot kit. Creating a space where my clients feel completely pampered and beautiful is an important part of my brand.
I wear my Spider holster during every shoot. I basically live in it. I shoot almost all of my portraits with the Canon 50mm f/1.2 and Canon 35mm f/1.4 lenses. The Canon 24mm f/1.4 and the Canon 24-105mm f/1.4 lenses are used for filming my shoots for my education.
The Profoto B1 strobes are absolutely magnificent. I love that they are wireless and they dial right down to low light where I can get a really moody, and painterly look. They are my favorite strobes in the world.
LIST OF GEAR:
Kino Flo Tegra 4bank DMX
Canon 5D Mark II
3x Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens
Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens
2x Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens
Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens
Genustech 82mm Eclipse ND Filter
Sennheiser lavalier microphone
Sterling Audio podcasting microphone
Profoto B1 Strobe
Hoodman Steel CF card reader
Hoodman Steel 32 GB CF cards
Bdellium tools makeup brushes
MAC lip pencils
Ben Nye eyeshadows