FAQ: Photographers

What kind of equipment do you shoot with?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and have a 5DMKIII and 5DMKII for backup.  Lenses I own: 16-35mm 2.8, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, 100mm 2.8, 135 2.0. I use lighting equipment for studio newborn and baby photography. You can see a blog post about my lighting setup here. You can also see a tutorial on studio newborn photography here!

How did you get into photography?

My mom was taking a community college photography class when I was 14 and she took me into the darkroom with her.  It was love at first develop (which is ironic since I haven’t been in a darkroom for over 10 (!!) years now).  I took classes in high school and went on to study it in college as well and earned a BFA in Photography.

Do you bring back-up gear to shoots?

Absolutely! Getting back-up gear is essential. Back-up batteries (I have more than I could ever use) for my camera and flash are just as important. I keep several spare memory cards in my camera bag at all times. 

Did you go to school to become a photographer?

I went to Brigham Young University and got a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. I know many incredible photographers that didn’t go to school at all and are largely self-taught or learned through workshops and videos. I don’t believe a university education is necessary to be a successful photographer, but I’m grateful for my education and friends from my program. 

What photo-editing software do you use?

I use Lightroom for all batch-processing and Photoshop for fine-tune editing.  Everything that gets blogged or printed has likely been through both programs.

Is photography your full-time job?

Sure is! I absolutely love it.

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