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One of our most common questions we receive is regarding camera recommendations. To be honest, we often tell people to get the newest iPhone if their budget is under $1000. The cameras on these phones just keep getting better and better and you’ll always have your phone on you. The larger iPhone 7+ has two lenses with one being a telephoto that’s great for those things a bit further away. If you are willing to spend over $1500 the Sony a7II and the Fujifilm Xt2 come highly recommended. If you are looking for a professional level camera and need further advice, feel free to email us at [email protected], we’d be happy to help.

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We have two types of cameras that we use for 95% of our photos. We use a Leica MP 240 which is a manual focus rangefinder camera for all of our outfit shots on the blog. Most photos are taken with a Leica 35mm 1.4 lens with the remaining coming from either a 28mm lens or a 50mm lens. Thomas uses that camera. For flatlays and some travel shots, I shoot on a Sony RXRII, which is a professional level point and shoot.
I’m also taking more and more photos just on my iPhone. The quality of the images just keep getting better and there’s no easier camera to use.
In the past, we’ve owned a Canon 5D Mark III, Leica Q and Leica SL.

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At its roots, photography is all about lighting and composition. When you decide to take a photo, think about how you can make the lighting better. Small adjustments like moving your subject closer to an open window for brighter light or shading your food by blocking light with your body can create more even light that’s more pleasing. Once you’ve figured out your light, think about your composition. Composition is the arrangement of visual elements in a picture. It’s not just how the physical elements are arranged but also the distance from the subjects, the angle and the focal length of the lens. Composition is all about experimentation. I’ve never taken just one picture, I always play around with the composition, moving items in the photo, changing the distance or the angle. Afterwards, I review all of the images and select the ones I find the most visually appealing or tell the best story. I then edit those.

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We could put together 100 tips for traveling, but I think the most important thing to remember when traveling is why you’re traveling in the first place. No matter what stage you are in, you can be in the planning stage or you could already be on your trip, the purpose of your trip should always be top of mind. Here’s why, when we travel, we are presented with a plethora of options. The sheer amount of things to do, places to stay and food to eat can be overwhelming. This combined with the ticking clock of our time expiring creates a perception of scarcity and can force us into a rush to consume everything. So the next time you plan a trip, make sure most of your itinerary reflects your purpose and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.

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Thomas and I met in college. Our Grandparents are close friends. Despite their best efforts to hook us up when we were younger, we didn’t meet until we were introduced by friends that were dating. Thomas was on the baseball team and I was on the dance team. We had teammates and close friends that were dating and they brought us along on a double date and we hit it off from there. We’ve been inseparable ever since.