I get lots of questions about my gear. So I thought it would be great to share with everyone the equipment I use. I am a proud member of the Nikon family as well as a member of NPS-Nikon Pro Services and only use Nikon cameras and lenses for my photography. I suspect this list will continue to grow over time. We all tend to accumulate.
Think Tank Airport International roller bag
Think Tank Logistics Manager roller
Think Tank modular belt system
Nikon D4 -coming soon
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Nikkor 16mm f/2.8
Nikon SB900 speedlites x 3 units
Nikon SB800 speedlites x 3 units
Nikon SU800 speedlite commander
Pocket Wizard II 4 transmitter / receivers
Manfrotto 5-section light stands
Manfrotto tripods and monopods, various
iPhone 3GS 32GB
64GB of an assortment of Sandisk Extreme IV CF cards
If you are an aspiring wedding photographer, I strongly recommend getting the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. These are top notch lenses at a good price. They are my favorite lenses.
For special photo shoots involving moving vehicles, aircraft or boats, I use the Kenyon Lab Gyro to stabilize the camera.
For water shoots, such as trash the dress in the surf, I trust my camera and lens in the SPL water housing
Where should you buy from?
Here are some retailers that have served my needs and I personally recommend them for their service, product knowledge and integrity:
Adorama Photo (USA online shop)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Trash the dress sessions for wedding dresses have been popular for years. What about prom or other formal dresses? Trash the formals are a great option for seniors, who may want to and get down and dirty in their prom or formal dresses and add something a little edgy or extra to their senior portraits. So why not have a portrait session that is totally out of the norm and different than the cheesy prom pic in front of the fireplace? Trash the Formals are now available through Dave Crago Photography, contact us to book your session today!
Would you dare to get your wedding dress dirty beyond repair? Why not, it’s not like you’ll wear it again! Moreover, scheduling a trash-the-dress photo shoot couple of days after the wedding will give you the opportunity to dress up again and have all those fabulous photos you didn’t dare posing for during the actual wedding. Interested? Well, I’m doing it for sure, so here are 7 cool ideas I’ve been thinking about lately:
1. Runway bride
Sexy glitz or fashion road kill –it’s on you to decide. Have you hairdresser make you the “big hair” updo, pull off your best, darkest and the most dramatic smoky eye look and make sure you wear that sexy white bridal lingerie under your dress. Then head off to the most luxurious place you can think of and snap a couple of high-end photos. After that it’s time to get dirty! Have you photographer take pictures of you running around the crowded city, sitting on the hood of the car, posing next to a dirty wall covered in graffiti or in dark, shady hallways.
2. Beach bride
Next time you see a photo of a newlywed couple running on the beach, laying in the sand or sitting on the rocks, you’ll think of this post and smile, knowing that those photos aren’t as spontaneous as they appear. In fact, they are most likely done after the wedding, during the dress trashing photo session! How else would the bride manage to have clean, presentable wedding dress during the celebration? Well, if you’re having a beach wedding, remember to mention this to your photographer – ask for a combo price and you might even get a small discount.
3. Mother Nature
Think: forest, furry cute animals, wild flowers, breathtaking green fields and plenty of grass for you to lie on! It will definitely ruin your dress so, in case you want to keep it looking good, I suggest you take a blanket or, even better, a piece of fabric your dress is made of. Lose the Manolos, though, as you’ll definitely want to wear them again and get the most of the $$$ spent on this expensive threat. Plus, you won’t need them for running, picking wild flowers or rolling in the grass.
4. Angry bride
Smear you and pose holding a cigarette and a drink – Think: Beyonce in “Why don’t you love me” video. Or, if your husband wants to be part of the photo shoot, ask him to look shocked and desperate why you’re pretending to smash his car or bike with a baseball bat. Be creative, be shocking, make a statement. You’ll definitely have a lot of fun looking at those pictures later on!
5. Sexy bride
Mr. and Mrs. Beckham have done some steamy pictures to promote their , so you can definitely do some of your own too. That passion deserves to be captured girl, plus, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s not like you’ll publish them on Facebook (Right?). Pose on your own and then ask your husband to join too, you’ll definitely have a lot of fun! Plus, this photo shoot won’t ruin your dress, provided that you hubby doesn’t get too carried away and accidentally rips it off of you, of course.
6. Romantic bride
Gorgeous gardens, swings, retro carriages – if it makes you feel like a Cinderella, it’s a great setting for your photo shoot! Cinderella didn’t mind getting her dress dirty and nor should you. You can run barefoot, dive into the flowerbed or even ride the horse – the only important thing is for you to have fun and get some amazing photos to look at for years to come. Hubby can come along too!
7. Vintage Chic bride
Get one of those lacy white parasols and gloves, borrow grandma’s pearls and have your hairdresser and makeup artist work extra hard on pulling off the best inspired look as possible. Remember to keep a lookout for vintage-looking settings and once you do find the perfect one, ask if you could use it for your shoot. After that it’s all about striking a pose.
Would you trash your wedding dress or opt for photo shoot ideas that don’t require getting ”down and dirty”? I would trash it… Definitely!