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