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whats in our bag

we get a ton of emails from people wanting to know what equipment we use or what we carry  for weddings or sessions….so, to answer your questions without a silly general response email…here it is my friend….all your answers to the most frequently asked questions right here!!

{what’s in the bag?}

Lower Pro Roller x100| this fits all of our equipment and perfect for overhead storage in airplanes (we each have 1)
Nikon D700 | 2 of these babies
Nikon 24-70mm F2.8G ED | one of my very favorite lenses
Nikon 28mm F2.8 |  most favorite wide angle lens
Nikon 50mm F1.4 |
Sigma 50mm F2.8 1:1 Macro | love the 1:1 ratio here and it is fast and crisp
Nikon 16-35 F4 VR | perfect for reception fun
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR1| this thing is a tank but i love it + use it mostly for ceremony shots
Nikon 85mm F1.4|great lens for portraits
Lensbaby composer | love playing with this for fun…usually don’t have time at weddings to mess around with it but have done some cool ring shots with it
Lensbaby fisheye| This gives a really rad skater feel to shots, we likey
Nikon SB900 speedlight | 2 of these babies
Nikon SB800 speedlight|
Nikon SB600 speedlight|
lots of AA batteries for the speedlights
4 extra Nikon batteries for the D700′s
8GB sandisk extreme iv cf cards | 6 of these in the bag
16GB sandisk extreme iv cf cards | 2 of these in the bag
pocketwizard plus II transceiver x 4
Einstein E640| great strobe light I use for my dramatic portraits and receptions
Sekonic L-358|


do you have backup gear?

um that is like asking if you have more than 1 pair of undies….YES! we are never without backup gear.  you can’t reshoot a wedding because your gear broke down so be smart and have back ups…

what computers do you use? MAC everything!!! mac laptop 17″ and desktop 20″ screen.

what point and shoot do you use?our iphones 🙂

who designed your website? we use Showit, who is awesome! We bought a template from Promise Tangeman and then customized it to our liking

what about the design of the blog? i used prophoto blogs to integrate with my website.  again fully custom and used with wordpress

what lab do you use? whcc because they are the bomb dot com

do you hire assistamts or can i come along to learn?  since we are a tag team we dont want to overwhelm our clients with more than 2 people shooting at their wedding.  we always hire assistants to come with us for weddings.  this is a NON-SHOOTING position but paid and you can learn a lot and probably laugh a lot too, we have a good time!

how do you post process your images? we use a combination between Lightroom and CS4.  we believe less is more for sure so we just like a little tweak here and there.  the real secret for getting a kick butt image is to manually expose everything and shoot in RAW.

what’s your favorite thing to shoot?  probably bridal portraits for me…i love everything about shooting weddings, the whole aspect but something about bridal portraits make me all giddy inside!

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