Jon-Mark Wiltshire: Top 30 Under 30 in 2016

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MEET JON-MARK:

I accidentally fell into doing wedding photography when I was 19, and soon enough I had booked too many weddings so I had to quit my job. Since then I’ve shot nearly 200 weddings in 6 countries. I love my wife, my cat, the west coast, the outdoors, technology and sugary things.

http://jonmarkphoto.com

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Tell us what your one must-have piece of gear is and why:

Each piece of gear is a tool, has a specific purpose, and I shoot mainly with primes so it’s tough to answer, what sort of feel am I going for? If I had to have just one piece of gear it would probably be my Sigma 50 Art. It’s that one lens that can hit that sweet spot between feeling like you’re right there in the thick of things and being removed enough for portraits. And it’s crazy sharp. I’ve owned 4 different model 50mm lenses and this one blows them all out of the water.

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Tell us what your one must-have piece of software is and why:

Lightroom! Lightroom allows me to organize, cull, keyword, edit and export in a single space. Not that it’s without its problems, I swear CC is slower than previous versions, but ultimately it does what I need it to.

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What’s your advice for someone just starting out?

I wish I had known how to manage expectations thoughtfully. Over the course of working with a lot of people I encountered a bunch of situations or requests that I had never thought of, and my life would have been easier if I had proactively aimed to manage expectations clearly for my clients. That said, it only took a couple of years to figure that out.

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