WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I got a Nikon D90 on Dec. 31, 2008, and that's what I shoot with currently. Before that was my beloved D50, which is currently my back-up body, and before that was the D40.
More important than the camera body, however, are the lenses I use, or I SHOULD say LENS. I shoot with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens 99% of the time. I sometimes use the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. For those wondering why I prefer the Sigma 30mm over the "nifty fifty" that is so popular, it's because on non-full frame sensor digital cameras like the D90, the 30mm is closer to a 50mm focal length equivalent on a 35mm slr, while the 50mm f/1.8 is more like a 75mm on a 35mm slr. 50mm on a 35mm slr is considered "normal" range, or basically close to the perspective of the human eye. Nowadays, Nikon has a 35mm f/1.8 which is what I WOULD'VE bought back then if it had been available, since it's half the price of the Sigma lens. I also own the Nikon 18-55mm f/ 3.5-5.6ED and Nikon 55-200mm VR, Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 AT-X PRO DX and a Lensbaby Composer.
For lighting, I have Nikon's SB-600 and SB-800 speedlites.
I do all my post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2. I seldom EVER use Photoshop, but my photos would not be what they are without the power of Lightroom. Post-processing to me is part of my art and helps to capture not just what I saw, but the ambience or mood or my own feeling at the moment I clicked the shutter or even how I felt about the photo sometime in the future.
DO YOU DO WEDDINGS?
Occasionally. I generally prefer to do weddings for friends (online and offline) as a second shooter, unless it's a very simple wedding in which case I don't mind being the primary shooter. I shoot in a candid style, which means there will not be very many posed group shots. That's just the way it is.
HOW ABOUT PORTRAITS?
Again, I prefer to shoot people I know, and generally in a candid setting. I have done portraits at the request of friends and have gotten positive feedback. Right now, I'm not actively looking to book any more portrait sessions except for my friends.
I REALLY LIKE ONE OF YOUR PHOTOS. CAN I GET A PRINT?
Yes! Email me at sarah[at]sarah-ji[dot]com and we'll work something out. You can check out more details on prints here.
HOW DO YOU PROCESS YOUR PHOTOS TO LOOK LIKE THAT?
I use a software called Adobe Lightroom which basically functions as a digital darkroom. I can do all kinds of things on there to my original photo to get it the way I want for conveying a specific mood, etc. I've bundled up some of those effects into Lightroom Presets, which you can look at here. Feel free to download them if you use Lightroom. If you haven't tried Lightroom, I highly recommend it.
CAN YOU HELP ME PICK OUT A CAMERA?
I can try. Feel free to email me with what your experience level is, your budget, and what you want to do (portraits, landscape, goofy artsy fartsy stuff) and I'll do my best to make suggestions.