Chad and Steven’s portraits are bold, inspired, and full of life. Infuse a little of their flavor in your own work for guaranteed eye-catching results – and perhaps a FUJIFILM X-T4 and XF16-80mm lens!
Partners in life and image making, Steven Gray and Chad Wagner have been together for a decade, coupled creatively under the moniker of THEGINGERB3ARDMEN. Not content with a single genre, the pair photograph nouns: people, places, things. Their infectious, kinetic personalities carry over into work across all subjects.
Much of their professional output lies in wedding portraiture and documenting New York’s thriving drag scene. As such, Chad and Steven maintain respect and appreciation for a subject’s investment. Whether it’s a dazzling outfit or a couple’s desire to remember their big day in style, you can bet it’s the foundation upon which these photographers build a session. Tools of choice follow suit. Utilizing the powerful GFX System, portraits can be admired in all the detail demanded.
For the sake of your photographic betterment, Steven and Chad have narrowed their years of experience into three simple tips. Firstly, play with interesting backgrounds, to help your subject pop within the frame. Secondly, take more risks! The reward may be a truly unforgettable photo. Thirdly, support local businesses – not least because they’ll make for exciting locations.
Once you’ve had time to concoct an idea based on THEGINGERB3ARDMEN’s wisdom, it’s time to get it made! Choose your favorite image from the session and hope it’s enough to win you a FUJIFILM X-T4 and XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR prize. Upload it using the ‘Enter Now’ button below by 11:59PM (EST) on December 31, 2022. You can also download a PDF with a summary of Chad and Steven’s advice, which is as follows:
1) Mix up backgrounds
2) Take more risks
3) Support local businesses
Miles and THEGINGERB3ARDMEN’s winning creatives will be awarded a FUJIFILM X-T4 and XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR. The camera’s rapid, accurate autofocus and high burst speeds make even fast-paced portrait sessions seamless. Expect print-ready images in-camera with 18 Film Simulation modes, plus custom control. The lens delivers high resolution, gorgeous bokeh, and framing options from near and far.
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