Shooting Nikon’s new 105mm f/1.4!

I’m incredibly honored to have once again been given the opportunity to work with Nikon Japan on another project—this time, for the absolutely stunning Nikon AF-S105mm f/1.4E ED.


(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/4000th)

First and foremost, this shoot was so much fun to be a part of, and I attribute it’s success in large part to an amazing creative director and crew.  Having a CD who puts their full faith in you to produce a great set of photos as well as an amazing support crew is priceless.

Instead of shooting tight studio portraits with minimal backgrounds (which I cant wait to use this lens for), we opted for a handful of locations around my neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, as we needed to show off the versatility of this lens and push it as much as possible.


(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/4000th)

Even when there’s a bit of a production on a shoot, I really strive to shoot as loosely as possible. For a shoot like this, that meant a handful of formalized portraits, but more than anything, tons of loose lifestyle work.


(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/1600th)

Tracking and locking focus at f/1.4 isn’t typically an easy thing to do.  With that said, I really wanted to use this lens exactly as I would on a normal portrait assignment, and it really shined where I needed it to.  I shot three models over three days, and the speed of focus and level of sharpness far surpassed my expectations.


(Nikon D810, ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/250th)

Fast glass can be a lifesaver, and f/1.4 is a beautiful thing.  When used right, shallow depth of field can make an otherwise ordinary or even cluttered scene into something breathtaking.  The bokeh this lens produces is just that, and when you combine it with the compression of a 105mm lens, it really brings this lens to a whole new level.


(Nikon D810, ISO 320, f/1.4, 1/100th)

This lens really sets a new professional standard for portrait photography, and I’m so excited to have it in my bag.

If you’re a portrait photographer, I can almost guarantee you that this will be your new favorite lens, so go check it out for yourself, and I’d love to hear what you think.

A huge thanks goes out to my crew for all their hard work on this job!:

Client: Nikon Japan/Worldwide

Creative Director: Soichi Hayashi

Talent: Ebony Obsidian, Matthew Bentley & Emily Stockdale

Photo Assistant: Adam Wamsley

Styling: Kody Pangburn & James Huggins

Hair/Makeup: Christina Nicole

As a quick note, I know a lot of you reading this are interested in this lens, and for that reason none of these photos have had any major editing, and there’s been absolutely no retouching.

Here’s a handful of images shot for the campaign, and if you have any questions, drop a comment below and i’ll do my best to get right back to you.




(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/4000th)


(Nikon D810, ISO 1600, f/1.4, 1/160th)


(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/250th)


(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/3200th)


(Nikon D810, ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/400th)


(Nikon D810, ISO 64, f/1.4, 1/200th)


(Nikon D810, ISO 1000, f/1.4, 1/80th)


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