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Sedona - September 2014 - Ryan and Liz - Sky Ranch Lounge

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Sedona - September 2014 - Ryan and Liz - Sky Ranch Lounge

sky ranch lodge

a beautiful wedding in sedona, arizona

This wedding was shot at The Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona, Arizona.  Thank you to Ryan and Liz for giving me an opportunity to capture your big day.  After an incredibly stormy week, the weather broke and provided a beautiful day for a fantastic wedding.  Sedona is a beautiful place, if you haven't been, find some time to pay a visit. 

Ryan and Liz make a great couple and it was a lot of fun capturing several precious moments thru out the day!  Congratulations once again!!

DISCLAIMER:  IF YOU'RE NOT A GEAR HEAD, DON'T READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH AND SKIP RIGHT TO THE PHOTOS

From a camera perspective, this entire wedding was shot with 3 Fuji Cameras.  When you're as much of a gear nerd as I am you read a lot of reviews, posts, blogs and so on.  I have affinity for photographers that capture moments.  It doesn't matter if the moment is a wedding, a walk in the park, on the streets or a piece of fine art.   Andre Wagner, Patrick Laroque, Kevin Mullins, Ann Almasy, Robin Wong are a few people that come to mind when I think about inspiration for my own photography.  It gets very tiring to see people argue and debate about why or why something isn't appropriate when it comes to gear.  You'll see Canon and Nikon shooters suggest that because a camera isn't "full frame" that they dismiss it because of the camera's sensor size or perceived ability.  Personally, I believe that EVERY camera system out there is capable of capturing joyous moments.  Whether it's a Nikon D810, D4S, Canon 1DX, Canon 5DM Mark III, Fuji X Pro 1, Olympus OM-D EM1, the camera does not provide the BEST photos, your vision does.  I know I am preaching to the choir but it annoys me to no end to see people defend their gear and product based upon their own skill/perception/direction.  

I shoot with Fuji gear because personally, because I like the output and I love the size.  There are times when I flirt with the idea of a Sony A7 II and a Leica M9, but generally that goes away when I look at the memories that I have made with my Fuji camera bodies.  

Traveling to this wedding, I carried a Domke F1X bag and a Domke F6 bag with two lightstands attached. Full kit included 3 Yongnuo 560 IIs, 2 light stands, 2 gripped Fuji X-T1's, 3 lenses, Comlite triggers and a Fuji X100S.  I didn't have to check a bag, and my total kit probably weighed less than 15lbs.  I didn't need a ton of lighting gear and I didn't need back breaking lenses plus the added weight.  Technically, while I wish I could have had some better light modifiers for formals outdoors (Due to the sun), I was more than able to manage with a couple of Speedlites and get acceptable results. 

Before my foray into Fuji, I shot primarily with a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70, 70-200, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 and a couple of Canon 580EX IIs.  I rented stuff as needed but I found more and more that I simply did not take my camera out enough for everyday life and since I don't make a living as a photographer I need one camera system that can do it all while not being cumbersome and heavy.

The point of this blurb is to simply help answer questions to those who ask, "can I shoot a wedding with a Fuji/Mirrorless camera"  The answer is yes and the photos below are evidence of that.  If someone tells you that smaller camera systems can't, ask them to provide work with those camera systems and if they can't ask them why they feel that way.   If it's that the AF isn't fast enough, the image quality isn't up to their level, etc...they probably haven't shot much with said camera systems.  Once again EVERY camera system out there is great., but for the past year and a half I've been more than happy with my gear (this is coming from someone who has shot with a 5D, 5D III, D600, D700, 7D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 1D Mark III, Sony A7 etc)  

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Fuji X100S Digital Camera with 23mm f/2 Lens

shot with the Fuji X100s, Fuji X-T1, Fuji 56mm F1.2, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Zeiss Touit 32mm F1.8


PREPARATION


CEREMONY

RYAN AND LIZ

FIRST DANCE

THE PARTY

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sarah and chris - a michigan wedding

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sarah and chris - a michigan wedding

Laingsburg, Michigan 
Thank you Chris and Sarah for allowing me to capture your fantastic day!  
Here are a few highlights all shot with the lovely Fuji X Camera System!

shot with Fuji X-T1, Fuji X-E1, Voigtlander 58mm F1.4, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4 lenses


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traveling - some insight on traveling light

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traveling - some insight on traveling light

Over the past month I have been fortunate to travel back home to Michigan and Atlanta to capture weddings.  That being said I wanted to give some insight on the travel aspect and what it means to travel light. 

First, don't over pack.  In both instances I was able to travel for an entire weekend with (1) TENBA LARGE MESSENGER BAG.  That includes all of my camera gear that I felt I needed (and there were definitely things I left at home) plus attire.

Second, wear clothing that is versatile to your travels.  You can cut down on a lot of bag space by simply wearing clothes that are versatile to different events.  One pair of jeans, two shirts, two pairs of underwear, one pair of socks, sandals and a dress shirt is plenty for an entire weekend. It's not that difficult, it's more a fear of forgetting something that causes people to extremely over pack.

Lastly, for photographers out there......the gear used for these two trips (and a couple of quick shots):  I'll have dedicated posts for each of these weddings soon, but I've attached a couple of highlight photos....

  • 1 Fuji X-T1
  • 1 Fuji X-E1
  • 1 Olympus OMD EM1
  • Olympus 12-40mm F2.8
  • Olympus 45mm F1.8
  • Fuji 18mm F2
  • Fuji 23mm F1.4
  • Fuji 35mm F1.4
  • Voigtlander 58mm F1.4 Nikon II
  • 2 X Yongnuo 560 II Flashes
  • 4 Wireless Flash Triggers (Comtrig)
  • Memory Cards

This kit covered every focal range I needed and fit in one not so large messenger bag, along with enough clothes to cover me for two days.  The next time you feel like you can't fit a weekends worth of clothes in a bag that fits under the seat of an airplane, remember you read this article!




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haley + charley - the ashton depot - marty leonard chapel - fort worth, tx

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haley + charley - the ashton depot - marty leonard chapel - fort worth, tx

If you read my blog posts you'll notice that I'm trying to utilize fewer words and let the images tell the story.  That being said, if you follow my work or you're in my nerdsphere, then you know I love mirrorless cameras and to be more specific the Fuji X series of cameras (my current kit consists of a handful of manual lenses, 23mm F1.4, 18mm F2, 35mm F1.4 Fujinon lenses and the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji X-E1.  This wedding however I was outfitted with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70 F2.8L and 70-200 F2.8L lenses.  

Part of this blog entry is gear based as I think there are a lot of photographers and enthusiasts in general who have a perception/bias towards specific camera systems.  I also feel that people can utilize this opinion to help develop their own camera enthusiasm (mainly the point that you can make great images with any camera/lens - it's merely a tool).

I honed my skills with Canon cameras.  My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XT that I purchased for $180 from a previous employer almost 7 years ago.  That along with my 18-55mm kit lens.  I, like several people who are interested in getting into 'photography' start off with some form of similar starter kit.  Without having a lot of knowledge about how to work a camera I set off to simply get better.  Looking back on it, I knew nothing about photography and still have so much to learn.

As I progressed over the years I have gone thru the 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 1D Mark III, 7D, and finally the 5D Mark II (which is and was a great camera).  Over the past year I've been shooting personally almost exclusively with mirrorless cameras and merely accessing a full frame Canon body on the occasion when I had an event or wedding shoot.  This wedding in particular reinfoced my ideas about my own personal photography experiences.  The 5D Mark III is a great camera but it's mildly disappointing considering it's noise performance and how it fits my evolving shooting style.  Truth be told after looking at the files the 6D does a much better job when it associates with my shooting preferences (if I had to turn to a full frame DSLR for work).  

If you're a photographer out there who fears using a mirrorless (Olympus OM-D E-M1, Fuji X-T1, Panasonic GX7body for your professional work don't be.   This shooting experience has only reinforced my personal move away from big DSLRs.  In a dream world with no budget limitations I'd have an E-M1, an A7r and an X-T1 as my working cameras.   In my next wedding post I will be sharing a short and sweet wedding ceremony shot entirely with Fuji X cameras to illustrate the quality of files.   

This isn't to say that there is anything that is wrong with the Canon/Nikon systems, but for someone like myself who uses photography as an outlet to be creative and to capture moments I realize even more so why I have made the switch to smaller camera systems.  My back and neck has and will thank me for not lugging around 10-15 pounds for the course of 8-10 hours!

Enough of my ranting, time for photos.....

All images were photographed as a second photographer for www.lightlyphoto.com - a Fort Worth based wedding photography company.  If you would like to see more photos from Lightly Photo from this wedding - click here and here.  


gear used:

canon 5D Mark III - canon 24-70mm F2.8L and 70-200mm F2.8L lenses

documentation

 

a glance
the ceremony
the party

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paden + meredith - grace united methodist church - the tribute golf course - a wedding

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paden + meredith - grace united methodist church - the tribute golf course - a wedding

thank you paden and meredith for giving me an opportunity to capture your special day

from a photography standpoint - about 50 percent of these photos were captured with the fuji x camera system - i know there are several great camera systems in the world but i'm pretty partial to my fuji gear!


gear used
canon 6d, 85mm f1.2L II, 35mm f1.4, 70-200 f2.8L
fuji x pro 1, fujinon 18mm f2, 35mm f1.4, 60mm f2.4 lenses

details
preparation
wedding
party
finis

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