Our Portfolio = Patience + Humbleness + Hardwork + Really expensive gear that we saved up for (or rented!)
To shoot like a pro you need professional equipment therefore we highly value good equipment; we try to use top of the line gear for all our work. Most of what you see on our website and images from Canon Full Frames such as the Canon 5D Mkiii and the new Canon 6D with our personal favorites, the 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, and 85mm 1.2.
According to Kevin, having the correct equipment is just like having the right tool for a job or project. For example, if you need to hammer a nail in, the correct tool or equipment would be a hammer. However, you can technically use a rock or something solid to hit the nail in with. They both do their jobs, but the hammer is the most effective. The same principle is applied to photography. You can photograph your subject matter with any sort of camera, but you can maximize your quality with the right type of equipment.
Pace is important however, although photography has blown up in the recent years, it is still not as financially feasible as collecting stamps. My fear with many beginner photographers these days is that they lose sight of how important it is to be a photographer and not be a cameraman. Many who start with highly intelligent, lowlight vanquisher, high-speed cameras miss the baby steps of learning how to not photograph a blur image or seeing noise for the first time. It’s kind of like teaching a baby how to walk without learning how to stand up. The years that I had to shoot with ISO400 with a kit lens were fundamental to how my brain functions now when I hold a camera. I owned a Canon 1000D (equivalent to a Rebel Xsi) for almost five years before I made the shift to the 6D; even then I left the camera store with huge debt!
My advice is to start basic, save your money, expand and learn from other photographers (they may let you borrow their gear if you second shoot!), rent, rent, rent, and when you feel connected to a certain product and trust it, then make your upgrade.
Don’t let your confidence drop when you walk in the room with that entry-level DSLR while the full frame snobs judge you with their hawk eyes, shoot the best you can with what you have. This is when you can rely on true creativity and good old fashioned hard work to get the shot. What you’ll become is a photographer who treasures photographs more than their gear and are passionate towards seeing yourself and others improve.