I posted this over on my wedding photographer website last week, so it may not be new to some of you.

When I moved over to Mirrorless cameras back in 2011/12 (I’m conscience of not saying “Fujifilm” here, because this applies to all ‘smaller’ cameras really – though of course I use Fujifilm cameras as my tools) the reason was based on business.

I wanted to shoot with smaller, lighter and cheaper equipment.  I thought, and I was right, it would help me become a better photographer and would also allow me to shoot weddings the way I really wanted.

What I wasn’t really expecting was that I would, pretty much from that time on, carry a camera with me almost everywhere.

The little Photofilm below is something I knocked together for my wife for Christmas.  Afterwards, I decided I’d share it publicly.  Not because I think the pictures are particularly good, in fact a vast majority of them are technically poor, but because I wanted to reiterate this fact;

Using small, mirrorless cameras, has enabled me to document not only weddings, but my own life around me.  I can 100% guarantee I would not have shot 90% of the images below when I only had a Canon 5d and 1DX in the house.

As ever though, I don’t want to knock DSLRs, and certainly not those that use them – but I’m offering up an opinion based on my own circumstance.  I’m sure many people happily document their own life with DSLRs – but for me, always having an X100 in the kitchen for example means I’m just ready to shoot.

A majority of these images were shot on the X100T, with one or two on the X-Pro2 and one images on the GoPro Hero 4 (I think you’ll see which one).

I know it’s “other people’s kids”, but feel free to press the full screen button and switch the sound up.  The sound is important.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

  • Kevin, thanks for sharing. Inspiring pictures as always. Hope I can be a wedding photographer someday and as good as you!

    I also have the original X100 always close at hand here around the house. Inspiring camera !

  • Hello Kevin
    Love your work, especially the weddings. I also love the warmer tones that your images seem to have over your earlier work… they seem to make the images even more emotional.

    I’ve been thinking of switching from my Canon 5D3s, L lenses and 600RTs for some time. I actually bought an x-pro 1 on launch but couldn’t get it to work for me. However I had a demo of the X-pro 2 and was smitten and believe that I can now use it for much of my work. I say much rather than all as I really need a good flash setup for many of the corporate events that I do. So I will hang on to one 5D3 body and the ‘trinity lenses’ to cover such eventualities.

    Neither you nor the another Fuji ambassador whose work I admire use flash or do the type of events that I do so it will be a case of trial and error and finding out for myself what will work best… Which is no bad thing.

    Once again love your work and the fact that you’re happy to share your knowledge.

    • Thanks Erroll. There are lots of flash options out there. Nissin, Cactus and even your standard Nikon and Canon flashes will all work (not TTL). I believe Fuji are bringing out a better dedicated flash system later this year.

      Cheers

  • You have some phenomenal work! Fuji x shooter as well. I am assuming that you probably get asked to do engagement photos on occasion, yet I don’t see much of that in your portfolio. Do you do engagement photos or what do you tell folks that ask about them? Do you have a philosophy on them? I imagine that it does not lend itself well to your photographic style since it is not documentary style in nature. Any other thoughts? Thanks much!

    • Hi Anthony – I don’t do engagement sessions, but I do do, Day in the Life type stuff. Engagement sessions in the traditional sense really don’t work for documentary style weddings I feel.

  • Wonderul video Kevin, my x100t is always nearby when at home… Always catching little moments of our 2 children. When i pull the slr out my 5 year old tells me off :)… x100 not so much and the 6 month old couldn’t care less… Sorely tempted to drop the d700 for an xt1 but cant yet bring myself to do it

    Keep up the work mate, enjoy your posts

    Lewis

  • Hey Kevin,

    I’m in a bit of a predicament. For the past year I’ve shot only with an xpro1 and a 35mm 1.4. I’ve finally saved up enough money to get ONE LENS. I’m really big into documentary work and was wondering if you could help me out by helping me decide between a wide (16 or 27) or a medium telephoto (56).

    Thank you and have a blessed day!
    Nathan

    • Hi Nathan – for documentary work I’d edge towards the 16 and 27 range. The 27 is a fab lens which is cheap and light.

  • Lovely video, Kevin. I love your black & white images.
    What in-camera settings do you use with the XPro 2 for B&W?
    Thanks.

    • Watch out for a big blog post on this coming soon….

  • Hi Kevin,

    A very effective motivation to encourage us all to carry a camera at all times.
    Thank you.

  • Stian

    Great video Kevin, totally inspiring stuff! I have been on and off with fuji for a couple of years, and the past six months without a camera at all.
    But today i got an email telling me my new x-Pro2 is on its way to me. Can´t remember having been this excited about camera gear in years !

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Cheers,
    Stian

  • EDUARD GRECU

    Truly special, Kevin!
    It is quite shockingly remarkable how little ones even get to make the difference! Coming from Nikon D810, when I always had to chase my daughter for a snap, to Fuji x pro2 and x100T, where she actually stops and poses or gives me all sorts of faces, it is a real joy! Nikon D810 is quite simply amazing but nowhere near as practical as mirrorless. It is a HUGE human perception factor involved and I feel the mirrorless camera market is going to take a big chunk off, from the DSLR market. Plus, Fuji cameras, really are sprayed with “photography love” . I thought I’d never use anything else than Nikon. I don’t miss it at all, not because it is not a great system, but because the HANDY factor + plus the joy of use of the Fuji x, is greater still ! With my limited knowledge and experience, I still feel that technically, a large sensor has the edge, but somehow, Fuji is far more capable of adding a FEEL, to the images. Then, if you throw one of these beauties in a capable pair of hands (and eyes), such as your own, Kevin, and magic happens times and times again! Absolutely incredible family moments!
    I loved the little video!

    Little Maria.jpg

    Take care and good light, Kevin!

  • EDUARD GRECU

    Sorry, tried to send you a pic of mine, it doesn’t seem to work, I’ll post it on FB.
    Take care!

  • Beautiful moments to have recorded. I too have found that since my switch to the Fuji X system that I now am able to carry my cameras with me everywhere – and I mean everywhere! I don’t walk out the door without my kit (X-100T, and X-T1 w/35 f2).
    I now have loads more family shots that I never would have recorded hadi still been lugging around a DSLR kit.

    Thank you for all your great work and very helpful tips and advice!

    Cheers,

  • Don

    What a wonderful little ‘slideshow’! The “I love you Mummy” clips are absolutely lovely. I’d love to do something like this for my wife and daughters for mother’s day, but its a bit tight for time!

    Can I ask where you source the music for your videos?

    Kind regards,
    Don

  • Kevin,

    Really dig your website and your photos. I love the processing of your black and white images. Great stuff. I bought a used Fuji X100s last fall and the next thing I knew I had sold my Nikon and bought an X-T10 and lenses!

    Thanks for the tips and the inspiration.

    Jason

  • R D

    I love your work Kevin! I have similar sentiments. I kept the DSLR gear but it’s accumulating dust on a shelf. I’ve switched to a mirrorless set-up and even My X-T1 seems too big at times. When I use the X100T or the X70, my kids rarely notice and it has allowed me to capture moments I would have missed with the larger DSLR. I had stopped carrying my DSLR around and the mirrorless systems have allowed me to get back to what I love doing. Capturing the moments in my kids’ day!

  • Lovely video!!!

  • Matthias

    Usually I do not comment blog posts. But I have to admit that every picture you post is a gift to me. For it reveals that ecxellent work does not depend on equipment, but foremost on the photographers eye. The perspectives you choose and the emotional depth that you create in your pictures do inspire me to keep on practising fotography.

  • Athena

    Lovely video, Kevin. It evoked quite the emotional response in me. Part of me was remembering my own children when yours each expressed their love to their mom. Oh where oh where was the Fuji for me 31 years ago.

  • Beautiful video and lovely images..x shooter convert with an X30, now about to chop in my D7000, which was getting less and less used, for an XE2s..X30 made me fall in love with photography again

    Robin

  • Sam L

    Kevin,

    Wonderful images! I totally agree with you.

    My daughter was born in July 2014 and during that period, I shoot with the Canon 5D mark 2. I did 4 formal photo shoot of her (newborn, 3 weeks, 7 months, 1 year) and a lot of at-home photos with my Canon 5D2 w/ 35mm f/1.4L. However, I never took my camera out when we go out for a stroll. It was too bulky (and frankly looks out of place) and too heavy to carry along with all the baby’s stuff.

    In 2015, I purchased the Fuji XT-1 and a few prime lenses. It was so liberating just to carry such a small, lightweight and capable camera. I would take my daughter out for a stroll and just carry the XT-1 with the 35mm f/1.4 lens with me. There would be times when I don’t take (or have) any great photos, but who cares … it’s so light and not a burden to carry with me. Majority of the photos I’ve taken of her wouldn’t have happened if I were still shooting with my Canon 5D2 because I honestly would not have carried it.

    Today, I sold most of my Canon gear (still kept a few lenses in case I want to go back), but I mostly shoot with the XT-1 and X100T.

  • Lainer

    Kevin, What is your workflow? Do you use the film simulations for the B&W or shoot RAW then convert in another program? What program? I usually shoot RAW and convert in Photoshop with Alien Skin or Nik, but also do my own B&W conversions in Photoshop.

  • Lainer

    Oh, thanks so much, I usually use Photoshop CS6 for my files. I am a tad confused by Lightroom, but it looks more like the photographer’s tool for volume of files from a job. Very interesting article. I just picked up the Fuji X-Pro 1 (already have the X-T10). It was on sale. One thing I am trying to get used to is the OVF VS the EVF, and those jumping frame lines. I noticed I missed focus on many shots due to the reframing factor of the OVF. I know how to frame it right, it’s just that the focus shifted from what I wanted to frame to what is actually framed. Weird. Very frustrating. So while the camera gets a boost in AF, making it speedier, because I don’t really know the way this camera pinpoints focus yet, makes it harder than the X-T10. The X-Pro1 doesn’t have classic chrome, which I love. Kind of a bummer.

    I’ve always been a RAW shooter, but I would love to rely on the JPEGS out of this camera, though I’d hang onto the RAW file as backup if needed.

    • The OVF will introduce Parallax and its worth reading about that. The OVF is very powerful, but you do need to understand how it works to get the best out of it.

  • Lainer

    I know about Parallax through using both Bessa R and Leica M film cameras. The problems is when I reposition to get my subject in frame, the focus is then off. Sharp when I initially grab the shot and lock the focus, then it loses it to adjust for the parallax. Very weird. Never had this happen in any camera before.

  • Kevin,

    Love your work!!! and these images of your kids are beautifully portrayed.

    What really hit me hard as I read this post was what you said “I can 100% guarantee I would not have shot 90% of the images below when I only had a Canon 5d and 1DX in the house.”

    I think in the process of creating memories for others as a professional Photographers we often have neglected our own. Thank for the reminder & Inspiration. I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

  • Such a beautiful work Kevin!
    I have to confess I’m not ready to get rid of my DSLR gear yet. At the same time I’ve been considering to have a more compact system (1 body + 1 lens) in order to keep it always with me, and being able to photograph more. I found your articles very inspiring! Thanks for sharing not only your thoughts on “mirrorless gear”, but also a really beautiful results using them.
    🙂

  • Wonderful pictures and the nicest photo thing I’ve seen on the internet this year. If ever their was an advert smaller cameras that was it – they’re made to capture life and you’ve done it brilliantly.