Often times I get questions from fellow photographers asking what camera I used and what lens was on it, etc.
Let’s get this out of the way: I am a gear-head. I like trying out new gear and seeing what it can do to improve my work. Nevertheless, expensive gear will not make you a better photographer. Reading, taking workshops, trying new things and meeting experienced models will.
What you’ll find here is a list of all the gear I use in my photography and why I chose it.
I’ve gone through many digital cameras since I first started photography. The first one I ever got was a Fuji, then switched to Sony and got the first a9 they ever made. I had that for a while and ended switching to Canon’s 7D Mark II, which sucked for portraits. I got all kinds of distortion from my lenses on the aps-c sized sensor on that one. I then tried a Canon 6D, and even though I liked it very much, I wanted more resolution to be able to crop my images while retouching and still get a very detailed photo, so I ended up with a Canon 5Ds R, a 50.3MP beast. It delivers extremely high quality images, as sharp as it gets.
After using really wide aperture lenses comppletely wide open for a while, I felt I needed something with better Autofocus capabilites, even if that meant sacrificing some resolution; so I switched to the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera. I has given me the opportunity to create better compositions while being ale to focus faster and better on my subjects while using f/1.2 and f/1.4 apertures.
One of my main go-to lenses for portraits is a zoom lens. Most people prefer prime lenses, but I like the versatility of having a zoom lens that allows me to go in and get a very nice close-up as well as a very dreamy full-body shot (if I’m standing far enough from the model).
This lens, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, is just magnificent. It gives me great low-light performance and it is tack sharp, particuarly now that it is paired with the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera.
I use it a lot for face-framing portraits. I get beautiful soft bokeh from it and the compression you get from this focal length is just perfect when you need to get that close to someone’s face and don’t want their features to come out distorted.
If you do a lot of portraits and can only afford one lens, I would definitely suggest you invest in this gem from Canon.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens is very close to being perfect. It gives me incredible low-light performance when wide open at f/1.2. It’s not as sharp as my 85mm f/1.4L but the bokeh is incredible. I use it a lot for wider portraits.
If you do a lot of portraits and fashion photo shoots and can only afford one lens, I would definitely suggest you invest in this gem from Canon, it will give you the best of many worlds.
This is a mix between a portrait lens and a travel lens. I like having the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in my bag when I travel. It gives great performance in low light conditions, like when you go to those “no flash photography” museums. Beautiful portraits both indoors and outdoors as well as great landscapes. It is also an incredible lens to get those shallow depth of field full body portraits when you don’t have a lot of space. I’ve gotten to a point in which I rarely take this lens off my camera.
This is a utility lens. I use it mostly when I want to capture special compositions that look a little disproportionate or when I want to capture the full room in the photo. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L ll USM Zoom Lens is absolutely perfect for this kind of scenarios.
I use this lens very rarely but I when I do I usually love the result..
When you own a 30.4MP camera, it is definitely important to get yourself a card that can handle those big files, while writing and reading fast. If not, you’ll find yourself waiting minutes to see a burst of 12 photos you just did. Both you and your models will get tired of waiting and it’ll the rythm of the photo shoot.
I had to go and find really fast 300MB/s cards to be able to shoot and look at my photos right away. I went with the Sony SF-G64 memory card, it works great and I’ve never a problem with any of them.
Polaroid cameras have a very unique appeal. They print a photo which is unique in color, really warm and a little out of focus. It is what many digital filters were trying to replicate when they first came out. I got mine new, original from 1981. These are very hard to come by (in good condition) and the film can be quite expensive at $18.99 for only 8 prints, but I do love the look of the pictures I’ve taken with it; they do take me back to how photos looked back then. Check out the Polaroid 660 Instant Camera by clicking here.
Being able to record video has always been a challenge for me, particularly during my shoots. The DJI Osmo Pocketk allows me to keep a steady had, wether it’s holding it in my hands or having it on top of my camera. The gimbal basically reacts to subtle movements I make while shooting and keeps the model in the shot no matter what.
I love natural light, but sometimes you need to fill some shadows, sometimes you need have some extra light to light your model, and that’s where the Neewer Vision5 400W TTL strobes come in. They’re battery powered and triggered wirelessly, which means I can use them almost anywhere.
I have taken some really great shots both indoors and outdoors with these strobes and recommend them to anyone who needs a lot of power in a portable solution