what equipment do you use?
In any situation I try to minimize the set-up and try to compartmentalize exactly what is required for the shoot in my brain. If possible I like to have all my ideas thought out so I am not doing any heavy lifting or making huge creative choices while on set. In a perfect world I like to go back and forth with the model making sure we are on the same wave length before we start. I think a good artist is well-prepared but also has great improvisation skills. Adapting to a location or mood is essential because you need to tell the truth.
I have an ONA Street bag for street shooting, say- if I am covering an event or have one shoot in town. It keeps the bag accessible and easy to access. I did my first and second trips to Maine with just this one messenger bag. For longer trips, or a photography retreat to the mountains with a few friends I will bring a StreetWalker V2.0 by Think Tank. I love how well it is made.
They say you date your camera bodies but marry your lenses. I try to make all my lens choices based on portability and my application. I am not quite a wedding photographer, so I can dismiss the hype about how many auto-focus points a camera has. My Leica has one button, a shutter speed dial. It feels authentic and any bad shot, or great shot, is of my own completely. Lots of research is done- months- going down the rabbit hole of forums, Flickr, and every review on every site the sells the darn piece of equipment. These are big decisions- they are my paint brushes for my canvas- the aesthetic and 3D pop, the way it renders 5 feet away from center focus is a big deal. I tried Voigtlander lenses for a while, and I loved the definition it has on faces and the skin tones are beautiful. The deal breaker for me was the overall render, the bokeh could get a bit too crazy for me, and at it's widest aperture it lost it's beauty and became muddy, at least in my copies. In any case, I look for character. I have now settled on the Zeiss ZM series. It feels perfect, the craftsmanship feels amazing in hand, it has some weight and feels study- something I could trust. They are very small too, which means I can throw them all in the bag and they can all live together and be cute. I use them on both my Sony a7ii and Leica which makes it extremely economical.
- Sony a7ii
- Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T*
- Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8
- Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8
- Leica M4-2
- Zeiss C Sonnar T* 50mm f/1.5
- Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8
- Yashica Mat-124 G or Pentax 645n
where do you find your locations?
I personally like mountains, farms, rivers, fields and deserts, they each have a certain personality and wonder to them. I am attracted to location that require some amount of effort, or an adventure for the experience that bleeds onto the photograph. There's something magic that happens and it's the energy in the air created from focus and passion, you see things that are not there. It's not anything more than researching the area and looking for decent light.
how do you find the models you work with?
It's quite simple and straight forward, we message each other.