The photographer takes the picture, not the camera. Yet, I don’t skimp on equipment. My roots are in PhaseOne and Nikon cameras and good glass I trust. Below is a list of “what’s in my bag.”

Medium Format digital camera equipment

-PhaseOne 645 XF camera w/ IQ 260 digital back system

– 80 mm leaf shutter f/2.8 Schneider Kreuznach “Blue Ring” lens

– 55 mm leaf shutter f/2.8 Schneider Kreuznach lens

– 80 mm Mamiya f/1.9 C lens

Nikon digital SLR camera equipment:

– Nikon D-700 w/vertical grip (two cameras, no straps)

– Nikon 14-24mm AF-S f/2.8 G ED (a favorite)

– Nikon 24mm AF-S f/1.4 G ED (a favorite for documenting moments and portraits)

– Nikon 60mm f/2.8  AF-S macro (for rings and details)

– Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D AF (for portraits and important moments, some details)

– Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 G VR II (ceremony, rarely used)

Lighting equipment:

– Nikon SB-900, SB-700

– Broncolor Move 1200L pack (2) with MobiLED head (4)

– Broncolor Para 88 parabolic umbrella

– Elinchrom 69″ Rotalux Octa and 39″ deep dish softbox and Softlighter 2

– Profoto D1 Air Monolight (250 w/s)

– Creative Light Softbox RF Strip w/ grid (2)

– Avenger AVA630B Black Light Stand (3)


– 15” Apple MacBook Pro Retina, 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM

– Dual 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Displays

– 6TB Western Digital Thunderbolt Raid external hard-drives, 1TB rugged LaCie firewire external hard-drives


– Adobe Photoshop / InDesign CC
– CaptureOne Pro 8 (awesome with the IQ260 and THE BEST RAW processor for the Nikon files).
– Totally Rad Actions


– A slew 8 & 16 GB compact flash digital media cards

– Rechargable AAA & AA batteries (dozens)

– Tripod: Gitzo carbon fiber G1128 MK2 and Manfrotto ball head 486RC2

– Think Tank International bag

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