How it all started
Do you love photography? I’d love to share my journey with you on how it all started. From 2001 until 2009 I worked as an international flight attendant! And boy was that fun! During my travels, I decided to start capturing the world’s beauty and I bought my first DSLR. Back in 2006, I started photographing with a Canon 350D! But soon I realised I wanted to upgrade and it all escalated from there 😉
My equipment for travelling
When I travel, I try to travel as light as possible. In the autumn of 2018, I got my wonderful FujiFilm XT3! I upgraded from the FujiFilm X20 at that time. The XT3 is so light and I only use the kit lens! The XT4 is already out now and I can’t recommend this camera enough! Although it might be on the higher price range for a hobbyist, as a professional photographer I am super happy with this camera! I also decided to not invest in extra lenses as the kit lens works perfectly fine. And for my professional shoots, I have enough lenses!
My professional kit for weddings
For weddings, I still use my Canon 5D Mark IV. I invested a lot of money in my gear over the years and this camera makes my work so much easier. One of the reasons I moved to this camera is that many of my colleagues were using the same one. Meaning, we can share batteries, memory cards, lenses etc during the shoots. It also allows syncing the images when I work with another photographer using the same camera.
My favourite fixed lenses
When I started photography, I was using the kit lens and a lot of zoom lenses. Throughout the years I invested more and more on fixed lenses and I love them! One of the cheapest and must-have lenses is a 50mm 1.8! At just over €100 it is the best present you can give yourself! Thank me later 😉
If you have a little more budget, I can really recommend the Canon 35mm 1.4 lens and the Canon 85mm 1.8 lens. Both lenses are great for portraits and can be used in low light conditions. I could NOT live without these two!
For weddings, a zoom lens is a must-have as well. I never invested in the Canon 70-200mm lens as it was just out of my league financially. Instead, I went for the Tamron 70-300 which costs only a fraction of the price. As I don’t use this lens a lot, I couldn’t justify the investment.
Keep your gear save!
Over the years I went through A TON of camera bags. They’d usually only lasted me for 1 year and I really wanted to find a durable option. During a photography trade show, I fell in love with the WANDRD camera bags! I’ve had mine for over 2 years now. And apart from some scratches from my cat, it looks like new! I went for the WANDRD PRVKE bag which is ideal for short trips as well. There is a safe space for your camera but also enough space to pack for a few days of travelling. I also love the fact that it doesn’t scream: I AM A CAMERA BAG! I so often hear people’s gear got stolen as it was obvious to see a camera was in a branded camera bag. Buying a high-quality camera bag is more than worth it! If you drop your camera once, it’s more expensive to fix your gear 😉
Speaking of dropping your gear… It happens! The best way to protect your lenses in by using an HD UV filter. As soon as you invest in a new lens, get yourself an HD filter also!
I am trying to photograph as much as possible in natural light. But there are situations that using a flashgun is a must! I use the Canon Speedlite 600 EX ii-rt.
Taking images is great! But software and editing are just as important. I used to edit on an iMac but as I travel so much, I switched to the MacBook Pro. I use Adobe Lightroom for 90% of my editing. When buying a new computer, it’s always important to see how much space there is to store your images and files.
With so many images taken every year, I also have an external hard drive. You’ll need this also to backup your images! You can do this on a cloud server or on an external hard drive. Or both! You can never be too sure! I tried countless over the last few years and the Freecom is my favourite!
I edit all my images in Adobe Lightroom. Both the Canon and FujiFilm camera allow your images to be downloaded straight to your phone! This is great for editing images on the go. To make life even easier, you can use Presets. My favourite ones are created by Marie Fe and Jake Snow! Again, I tried many different presets throughout the years but theirs are great for any type of photography and the value for money is amazing. Below you can see some before and after images to give you an idea.
If you like what you see, click the button below to see their packs and more before and after images!
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