If I hire you, are you my photographer?
Yes, Im the photographer. When Im commissioned to work with someone, Im the one working with that someone. Youll get my utmost creative eye and my personal attention to you and all aspects of your photography. While I prefer to shoot alone, I will bring along a second shooter – not on the grassy knoll – if requested. In this case, MY devotion is to the couple. The second shooter is devoted to your family and friends.
What if you get sick on our wedding day?
If I’m SUPER sick on your wedding day, or some act of God or catastrophe prevents me from being at your wedding, I’m a member of several local and national wedding photography groups and organizations to get you a very capable emergency back-up photographer. They will shoot your wedding in my place, then turn over all the raw files so you’ll get the same processing style as the images you see in my portfolio. ….and yes! My processing style is uniquely mine. It’s proprietary. 🙂
Do you travel or shoot destination weddings?
Yes, I travel for weddings. In fact, I LOVE traveling. I’ve shot weddings in Chicago, NYC, Ohio, North Carolina, and Cabo San Lucas, as well as Milwaukee, Madison, Door County, Manitowish Waters, and numerous rural towns and villages throughout Wisconsin. I do not charge travel fees for most of Wisconsin, Chicago and Northern Illinois weddings. If you’re planning a tropical wedding, Yo Ho! 🙂 …Gimme a shout. From my personal experience, don’t put your wedding photography in the hands of the resort photographer. Yikes!
Do you shot film or digital?
I shoot Digital. There are several reasons, but the main reason being; I get instant feedback. I used to shoot film back in college, and I couldn’t stand not seeing my work until after spending hours in the dark room, or sending the film out to a lab. With digital, in swift and ever-changing conditions, I get instant feedback on the back of the camera. This makes shooting on the fly so much easier.Another reason I love digital, I get to capture hundreds and hundreds of images without having to change memory cards, plus your photography is immediately backed up to a second built-in memory card bay. Yes, I’m protecting your photography investment with every capture. This allows me to focus on the world swirling about us rather than worrying about lost data on a corrupt memory card or running out of film. Unfortunately Ive seen a wedding photographer changing film and miss an emotionally swept decisive moment between the bride and her father. I was happily snapping away with my digital camera.
What kinda camera gear are you sport’n these days?
I’ve firmly invested in my wedding couples with the best Nikon and Fuji X digital camera gear, and Apple Computer equipment available. I shoot with two digital camera bodies at all times – 2 Fuji X-T2 camera bodies. Both offer the best possible overall image quality you can get from a small unobtrusive camera body. These little cameras were tailor made for the way I love to capture a wedding.
I also shoot with a Nikon D750 during a few portions of the wedding day – mostly family portraits and the open dance floor.
But I didn’t stop there. I also invested in numerous high-end Nikon, Fujinon and Zeiss ZF lenses to cover your event from every angle and environment possible – except underwater. The image quality of these lenses is simply pristine. Creatively speaking, I love my primes. Primes let me get the apertures as wide as f/1.2 to suck in any little bit of ambient light or shorten the depth of field as necessary. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that shallow depth of field.
Primary Gear list:
1 Nikon D750
Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AF-D
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-D
Nikon Manual Focus Legacy Lenses:
Nikkor 28mm f/2 AIS <— One of the top rated wide angle Nikon lenses ever
Nikkor 85mm f/2 AIS <— quite possibly my favorite lens of all time.
Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AIS <— a Nikon legend
Zeiss Manual Focus Lenses:
100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* ZF.2
These manual focus lenses are loaded with ‘character’ – as in, “They each have a unique way of drawing a gorgeous photo”. Best of all, the new D750 and the Fujifilm X-T2 camera bodies have revived these lenses, and really bring out their unique photo drawing characteristics in such a wonderful way.
2 Fujifilm X-T2
Fujinon 23mm f/2
Fujinon 56mm f/1.2
Fujinon 16mm extension tube
Nikon F mount to Fuji X mount lens adapter
2 Nikon SB-800 Creative Lighting System Flashes
1 Lowell GL-1 <— an incredible video light created for wedding photography
3 pin lights <— I can use these to light up your head table, the cake, and the dance floor.
Lotsa memory card space for your memories.