A Portrait/Wedding Photographer's Home & Mobile Setup

A Portrait/Wedding Photographer's Home & Mobile Setup

Range Govindan
Oct 14, 2010

There are quite a few different ways to set up your home office is you are a photographer. We definitely enjoyed these photos from Bryan's setup, who's a wedding and portrait photographer. It's really interesting to see how he set things up so that they're very efficient. The biggest issue is having enough hard disk space to archive and store all of the photos that he takes.

Bryan Fenstermacher is a wedding and portrait photographer from Central Ohio. He works closely with his wife Joleen. He not only has quite a bit of photography gear, but his home setup has evolved to include Macs. He finally switched over recently and has got a lot to say about the experience. These photos show his current home office.

He has three computers; a desktop, a laptop, and a third machine that he uses as a storage server. They are all networked together. An Airport Extreme wireless access point serves as wireless Internet access, while a dedicated ethernet switch from HP and a Linksys router connect the whole system to the Internet. The 30-inch NEC display is very crisp and sharp. He mentions that in his opinion, they are above what Apple, Dell, and HP are currently offering.

He switched over to Mac because he wanted something simple at home that was geared towards photography. He made the switch about 3 months ago, and there was a learning curve. His main desktop is a Mac Pro with 12 GB of RAM, 2×50GB SSD, and 4×2TB Western Digital hard drives. To top things off, he's got two external Western Digital Studio Edition hard drives (500 GB each), Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speakers, a Magic Mouse, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, and a Wacom Intuos 4×6 tablet.

His mobile editing suite is comprised of the following:

-Apple 15" MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM, 500 GB HD
-G-Tech G Drive mini 500GB hard drive
-OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro 1TB External hard drive
-Apple Magic Mouse

His storage server uses a Cooler Master CMStacker case that has a seven hard drives with a total of 4.7 TB of storage set up in a RAID5 array. All in all, it's a pretty impressive setup but Bryan has got a few more upgrade projects in the work to improve his setup. He plans on adding even more storage for data backup. He'll also be adding another monitor to make album and layout design a bit nicer.

[all photos by FensterBMe via CC license]

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