Elli Cassidy

X-Pert 53 Interview


Elli Cassidy Is A Fujifilm X-Photographer From Lincolnshire in The uK. She has a passion for capturing new Born baby and maternity photography. She has won the international professional Photographers network newborn photographer of the year award two years running.

Elli doesn't just specialise in newborn and maternity photography and her images in this interview will bare witness to that. She also has an keen and highly experienced eye for shooting dance and artistic nude shots too. I was very excited to find out that she would be happy to answer the X-pert 53 Interview because her take on using the XF35mm f/1.4 is truly inspiring and her art nudes, in particular, are beautiful captures employing a fabulous use of light. We've not had a style and expertise like Elli's grace the 53mm website before and I couldn't wait to share her XF35mm insights and work with you. So without further ado...

Here is Elli's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I specialise in newborn baby and maternity photography, though I also love portraits of any kind, including dance and art nude.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

Primarily I love how it feels on the XT1, it’s lightweight and unobtrusive.  I also like that it makes me move with my feet rather than zoom which makes a refreshing chance and quite literally keeps me on my toes.  I appreciate being able to shoot nice and wide which gives me a perfect shallow depth of field for blanket posed newborn shots, I can keep the baby sharp and have the background naturally fade out.

3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? Why Your Choice?

Anything and everything really, though I use it in almost every newborn baby session.

Why Your Choice?

Its one of my go to lenses for photographing newborns as it allows me to stay really close to them for safety reasons, whilst giving a great composition with minimal distortion; anything wider and Id be changing the shape of the babys face too much.
Using the tilt screen with the 35mm also enables me to take overhead shots of my baby clients without having to stand on a step or a ladder, so I feel its a much easier and safer lens choice too.
I find that the whole camera and lens combination helps relax clients, especially children, as it’s small and not as intimidating as larger dslrs.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes, all my professional paid work is with Fuji X cameras, and on most shoots that includes the XF35mm.

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

35 f/1.4.

Why Your Choice?

I have the 35mm 1.4 as it was the first of the two to come out.  I’ve been so pleased with the results that Ive seen no reason to consider the f/2.

6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

On almost all sessions, though I will be honest and say that I often swap and use my 16-55 2.8 too, I find that changing my lenses helps me keep my sessions fresh and varied.  I guess changing lens choices stops me from getting lazy or in too much of a routine :)

7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

Yes, but I would definitely miss some of the wonderful longer lenses that Fuji has to offer.  I love the compression and separation that I can get from my 56mm and would hate to give that up.

8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

Primarily studio light, though I do use it with available light for personal images. 

9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

I currently use the XT1 though am eagerly awaiting the XT2 to become in stock so I can upgrade my body. 

Why Your Choice?

I’ve used both the X-Pro1 and the XT1 and I love the tilt scene with the XT1, I use it so frequently in my sessions and really missed not having that feature with the X-Pro1.

10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

You can never ask a photographer to choose a favourite photograph! ;)

11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are… 

...  an awesome addition to any kit bag, and my primary choice when I want to travel light