I’ve been asked many times as to what I “shoot” with and I am always tempted to vary my answer based on the question, but since the question is so general, I will give the most simplistic answer that I can. When I first started out, my dad gave me an Olympus E-500 along with the kit lens. Soon after, I ended up upgrading the kit lens to a Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 because naturally, I loved macro, and the reviews on the lens were excellent in regards to portrait usage. I didn’t have a flash for it at the time, so it was just the E-500 and 50mm at my disposal with a 500w softbox. These pairings gave me, what I personally felt was one of the best photos that I took during my first year as a professional photographer.
Shortly after a month or two I realized that I just simply loved portraits. Maybe that’s the reason why I also love macro. It’s the combination of isolation and attention to the primary subject that drew me in; even though I would try to take a full body shot of people, I was really bothered by the busyness of the image as a whole. Realizing that I was sensitive to the face and expressions more than anything, I began to just focus on what I liked rather than the picture as a whole.