5 Years with FujiFilm - From X-T1 to the X-H1
My business started in 2009 when I was made redundant from my 9-5 IT job, I made the decision to try wedding photography & shot 62 weddings up until 2014 where I moved to Texas USA to be with my now wife & got picked up by a local medical business publication as a freelance lead photographer from the fashion work I had on model mayhem. This thrusted me into the commercial world of photography with assignments all over Texas & US.
Good bye wedding photography (only shoot 5 a year currently). I am currently pushing towards Commercial, Portrait & Weddings again since moving to UK.
Shooting in the US is a totally different ball game compared to my European clients, my US clients seem to understand the need for professional images for their business, products & advertising & understand the costs involved. Here in Europe capturing the bigger client can be a hard task. My American clientele love to have their faces on billboards & magazines, I still have clients in the US who call up for an Ad campaign which requires me to fly in for those assignments.
My first Fujifilm X Camera was the amazing X-T1 with the equally amazing 35mm 1.4 lens. I was running this beside my Nikon D800 system for around 6 months before I realised the Fujifilm X series cameras can produce everything my Nikon system could with an extra benefit…
I traded/Sold my Nikon gear & got a X-Pro 2 and my base prime setup that I still shoot with today consisting of 16, 35, 56 & 90mm fast prime lenses. The great X-Pro 2 body didn’t last too long after the X-T2 was release, the EVF was the only downside to the camera after using the X-T1 for some time. Shooting with the X-T1 & 2 as a team was really working well for my business and style of photography of which incorporates 90% off camera lighting.
Along came the X-H1, what can I say... What a beast of a camera & for my uses it’s the best Fujifilm X series camera to date. The ergonomics are spot on for my hands and the overall speed & user experience is 'dead on' (as they say here in Belfast). I am a battery grip lover since my Pentax days, through my Nikon years and now my Fujifilm years ahead, Because I shoot around 50/50 landscape & portrait orientated images having the vertical grip makes life a little easier on a full day’s shoot with 3 batteries.
My lighting is supplied by #Godox Lighting & consists of 2 AD200 strobes & 2 Godox 860ii Speedlight’s all controlled via the Godox XPro2 trigger.
I like to travel light as most of my assignments are on location so a small but powerful setup makes it easier to travel.
My next goal is to become a FujiFilm #Ambassador.
The goal for my business is to push my reach out to the rest of the US from my #Texas office & into Europe from my #Belfast office, I have no idea how to do this but I’m up for the challenge & the FujiFilm system is coming along for the ride!!!
I am hoping Fujifilm will lend me a #GFX system long term to use in the commercial world...
Now that is a goal #fujifilm