Here’s the thing about lighting that we wish everyone knew: natural light is great until it’s not. The best “natural light only” photographers are limited in what they can shoot and still deliver a quality product. We’ve mastered lighting (so much so that Dan had taught advanced lighting at a collegiate level) because we want to deliver amazing photos, no matter the situation.
In order to do so we make use of available light and supplement with flashes and light modifiers as needed.
Lighting is one of the many tools we use to make consistently beautiful images. If you’re looking to hire a photographer, we’d recommend you make sure it’s a tool they are comfortable with as well.
It depends on the project and the season. We aim to have family shoots and weddings turned around in four weeks, though the busy season can slow us down a little bit.
Dan’s introduction to photography was in childhood. A neighbor taught the kids in his neighborhood to shoot, develop, and print, and thus began his relationship to photography. We shot our first wedding in 2005, and have been shooting professionally ever since.
We use Canon bodies. Our main cameras are the 5dMIII. We have a selections of prime lenses that we use most of the time, plus a couple “L series” zoom lenses, modified vintage lenses, and a few other fun tricks.
Our lighting kit is a handful of Canon speedlights, an Alien Bee, and light modifiers for the moments when we need a little extra light.