One thing that we hear from people planning a wedding or a big event is something along the lines of “my cousin has a DSLR and a flash so he is going to do our photography”.
Not all DLSRs and not all equipment is created equal, and if you want the best equipment, it requires a large investment to buy or to rent.
We have been buying the best in equipment for many years, and as new strides are made with new technological advances, we sell and replace equipment to stay ahead of the curve.
As such, our collection of tools is constantly evolving (and growing), as we always work to stay current with the best technology available today. This is all equipment that we personally own outright, so there are no issues with the photographer not having access to certain gear due to rental issues. We own about $75,000 in camera and lighting equipment.
As an overall value proposition, the cost to rent my equipment from the most reputable and successful camera rental company, Lens Rentals, for just one weekend, far exceeds my own daily rate. Renting for just one day over a weekend would cost in excess of $2,500 just for the equipment, not including the photographers to operate the equipment. That rental rate is more than a lot of hobbyist photographers own in equipment.
This is very different from having a friend with a DSLR shoot your event.
Overall, we shoot both Canon and Sony.
Jason uses Canon equipment – they are well known as the best for action/sports, which is why you often see guys with giant white lenses on the sidelines at professional sporting events. Yes, we even own one of those giant white lenses ourselves. Canon also (arguably) has the best stable of wide-ranging professional lenses from any manufacturer.
Shelley uses Sony equipment – they have become the most innovative camera maker of late, with both their camera bodies and lenses employing cutting edge technology that is leading the industry. They also have the most advanced camera sensors, which allow for great opportunities for shooting in extreme low light conditions.
Jason is all about getting the shot and being prepared, and always has three cameras strapped on him at all events with a variety of lenses so that he is ready for anything. He shoots with two Canon 5DSRs (which have 50 megapixel sensors for unbelievable detail) and one Canon 5D Mark IV (which is better for low light situations).
Shelley is focused on quality and better working with subjects to create amazing portraiture and composition. She uses a Sony A7RII which excels with nailing critical eye focus for portraits, achieving high resolution with its sensor, as well as being able to get clean and details photos under any lighting condition.
We both have a wide array of the best professional lenses at all focal lengths.
But without proper lighting, you can rarely achieve truly professional quality images of people, and we have the latest and greatest lighting equipment at our disposal for your event. Just one of our portable systems can output more light than 20 common DSLR flash speedlites, and we have all of the light modifiers needed to create a wide variety of looks and moods.
Since we own all of our equipment, we are that much more reliable in that we will have our equipment at the event, and we will know how to use it.
Jason & Shelley