TWiP Weddings 050: Why You Can Use a Mirrorless Camera Professionally

TWiP Weddings 050: Why You Can Use a Mirrorless Camera Professionally

A recent article on F-Stoppers by Vanessa Joy, cited several reasons why she doesn’t feel that she can use a mirrorless camera when photographing a wedding. Are her points valid or was the article just click-bait? Since we have two photographers on our panel who frequently shoot weddings with both Sony & Fuji mirrorless cameras, we thought we’d provide a rebuttal to this article with our thoughts on why you can use a mirrorless camera professionally.

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  1. When it comes to the idea or conception of camera size to how serious or professional a photographer is … I offer the analogy that my current 50 inch TV must be a joke and I cannot be considered a serious movie buff (in those circles) when my old 60 inch projection TV that took up an entire wall showed everyone I was serious about my interest.

    1. Having shot weddings for years (and some years it was my primary income) … I can say that anyone that thinks the gear makes a difference to the perception of professionalism (in the wedding photography industry) simply lacks the experience and confidence in their work. Those that lack experience haven’t learned that approx 50% of the formula of being perceived as professional is in the way one presents and conducts themselves on the day of the wedding and how they interact/direct people and how they use the gear they have. The balance of my unofficial wedding formula is in the results you present later.

    2. This is my experience as a corporate event photographer, as well. After a decade shooting Canon 1-series, I switched to MFT, and the only comment from clients has been “It’s so quiet!” I’ll be shooting a speaker onstage, and a guest with a big ol’ 7D & 70-300 will step up beside me. Do I worry about the comparison? No, because while he stands in one place and takes a few shots with his pop-up flash, I’ve got two flashes on stands lighting the stage, and I’m changing angles, switching between my three cameras (two tucked inconspicuously under my sportcoat), and generally shooting up a storm. Nobody in the room is in any doubt about which of us is the pro.
      I always chuckle to myself when folks come up to me at an event and say “Wow, you got some great shots!” or “You did a great job!” even though they haven’t seen my images yet. To me, this is the clearest indicator that folks’ evaluation is based not on what camera I use but on how I work.

    3. Yup. Exactly. I’ve had people say ‘great job’ when they haven’t seen a single image. It is because they are commenting on the professionalism they observe as I work the event (off camera lights, constantly moving to get different angles, being courtesy and as quiet as possible, etc).

      Sometimes I get a photo enthusiast asking what gear I shoot with and why. I’m happy to talk tech with them. And I think the point is clear when I say ‘the equipment I shoot with today wasn’t available 10 years ago, so it is nice to have the choices today’. In the end I don’t find my Fuji any better or worse than my old Nikon … it is just we have more choices now. 🙂