Photography has always been a part of my life. My dad and my oldest brother were already involved in photography when I was a child. I got my first camera in my teens and I played in the dark room when I was a young adult. In 2003, I went digital with a Canon Digital Rebel and a couple of lens. I stuck to Canon when I went professional in 2007. I started as a stock photographer and that's where I learned the technical aspect of photography. I moved quickly to portrait photography and then to wedding photography. I also love food photography.
The more I was working, the less I was bringing my camera with me when I was going out with my family (wife and three kids). I was tired of shouldering bulky equipment and my back was aching too much from weddings where I had to carry over 40 pounds of gear.
Two years ago, we were in the process of planning our own wedding and I decided to buy a smaller camera to bring on our honeymoon. I wanted good pictures but didn't want to carry the 5D Mark II and two or three lens. As always before buying new stuff, I did my research and read everything I could find. My final choice was the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the kit lens (12-50mm). I also bought two prime lenses: the Panasonic 20mm f/1,7 and the Olympus 45mm f/1,8. All of this together was weighting less than my main camera with one lens and it was smaller too.
While hiking in Acadia National Park and walking around in Portland, Maine, I had a revelation:
That camera started following me everywhere. With it, I rediscovered the joy of photography. For Christmas that year, I bought an Olympus E-PM2 to my wife so we could share the lenses. It became a backup for the E-M5 since it was the same sensor.
I started bringing it on jobs and using it, sometimes as a second camera and sometimes as a primary. I did a lot of test shoots and even tried it on a wedding where the photographer was a very good friend of mine. I did some hybrid shoots, mixing photo and video for the same event. I used it for portrait, food, wedding, show, stock photography and it never fell short of the quality I was expecting. Last year, I bought a second body, the Panasonic GX7. Both are of the same format: micro 4/3. That means that every lenses and flash that are built for micro 4/3 will work on both bodies even if they are from different companies. With those two bodies, I started using only that on some jobs and the Canon Full frame cameras were seeing less and less action.
Finally, in July 2014, I decided to sell all my Canon gear and went fully micro 4/3. I added a third camera: the Panasonic GH4.
With this blog, I intend to talk to you about my journey from Full Frame to Mirrorless cameras. My professional website and my main blog are in french and I got a lot of requests to write in english. So on this blog, there will be some translations of things I already talked about on my blog. Obviously, there will be original content too. Some external contributors and friends will write on their own journey with mirrorless cameras. I hope you will enjoy reading it and that it will help some people to make the move toward different kinds of cameras.