A week or so ago, I spent a couple of hours on a Saturday evening hanging out with Lisa and Mark in downtown Raleigh for their engagement session. We had a couple of drinks in The Oxford (I need to keep it real and English) to catch up and loosen up a little before heading out for a walk around Fayetteville Street. It really is a great area with a lot of unique nooks and crannies to take pictures in, as well as the lovely State Capitol building, which provided the backdrop to some of our images.

After a pretty crappy day of rain and thunder, we were treated to a lovely spring evening of sunshine. That, combined with Lisa and Mark's chemistry and evident love for each other, made for a really fun few hours. As usual for me, nothing here was really posed or staged, other than showing them where to sit or stand. Everything else is the true emotion of how they interacted on the day. With such a great couple, who needs to direct?

Here are my picks from the evening. One of my favourite shoots so far. Thanks guys!

Geek info: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM and EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM, and Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM

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  2. Hi Sara,

    I really, really love the Mark III. I got it delivered the day it came out, so I’ve had some time with it and I can safely say it’s a really nice upgrade. It’s not hard to switch to the 61 points at all. It’s dead easy to select the point you want. You can put it back to 9 points too if you need to go back to what you’re used to. Tracking subjects with AI Servo is a lot better with so many cross points too.

    The higher ISO’s are pretty mind-blowing. I will be using them a lot. You can also set minimum shutter speed with Auto ISO, which is great. I also love the +/- 3 stops in the EV gauge (the Mark II just has +/-2). Silent shutter mode is brilliant too.

    The only thing I don’t like with the Mark III is the fact the focus point doesn’t light up red when you’re focusing like it does on the Mark II. This makes it a bit tough if you’re in low light or focusing over something dark. It only flashes red when it locks on. Hopefully, Canon will fix this with a firmware update.

    All in all, a definite two thumbs up though. I won’t be retiring the Mark II as I need two FF bodies and it works great for portraits, etc.

    I hope you’re well!



  3. You have the Mark III? What do you think? I hope to buy it soon. I’ve read some fantastic reviews but don’t actually know anyone who owns it. Isn’t it hard to switch between the Mark II and Mark III? I read the Mark II has like 9 focus points and the Mark III has like 40 or 60. And the images shot at a high ISO on the Mark III are amazing! Are you going to retire your Mark II? Outstanding photos! This couple will be very happy!


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