If you came to this article to find out about the gear I use I will provide a gear list at the end of the article. However, this is not intended as a “gear head” post. I like gear but it is not what I shoot with… it is a means to an end.
Let me explain…
What I bring (what every photographer should bring… but often times they don’t) is a heart and passion for the work that I shoot. My eyes are only a portion of what I see with. I feel as much as I see.
A short time ago I shot some work, alongside me was another professional photographer. We weren’t there together, but we were both in the same place at the same time shooting the same thing. Once all was said and done I got the chance, after a few days, to see this other photographer’s work. To me it was immediately evident that this other photographer shot this “work” with no passion whatsoever. Anybody with this photographer’s gear could have gotten the same shots.
If there is no connection to your heart, to your emotions, to your spirit… believe me, your images will reveal that. On the flip side if you are experiencing this sort of connection and are passionate, not only about your work, but your client (subject), that will be revealed. There are so many photographers out there right now… and there will only be more… you need to differentiate yourself from the crowd. You need to chase what you are passionate about and what moves you.
Photography in its truest form (IMO) is about imagery that evokes emotion, imagination and memories. Aside from that anyone with a modern camera can fulfill the meager expectations of just taking pictures.
Two things… One, I say this all as one who has not arrived. I am not where I want to be but I am chasing the goal… and I have the heart. Whether I ever arrive at the destination I envision, or not, I will chase that vision with all of what is in me. I want it to be apparent in all that I shoot that I did it with heart and passion and with a love of what I do.
Two… the gear
Canon 5D x2, Canon 40D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8L, Canon 24-105mm f4L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 50mm f1.2L, Canon 85mm f1.8, Canon 70-200 f2.8L, Canon 580EXII, Canon 430EX and various other supporting equipment. (Smiling) But it is not what I shoot with.