I wrapped up 2016 with the final piece I needed to complete my kit, the Sigma 24-70mm 2.8. I'm loving this new glass! I used to shoot with a zoom lens as my primary, but switched to working with fixed focal lengths as I explored wider apertures and the dreamy feeling of bokeh created with my Nikon 85 1.4. After having my gear stolen last year, my wide-portrait zoom was the one I hadn't yet replaced. I don't know I did without it for so long! The versatility offered really allows for a faster shoot and more variety.
As the year started I bought myself a very special gift...a studio background setup! I haven't done studio work since 2007, and am really excited to see how my studio work develops.
Here's a sneak peek from my first shoot with the new gear: Jason Simms for Ratchet+Wrench magazine.