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Adam Sparkes

Adam Sparkes



Adam Sparkes is a lifestyle and commercial photographer based in Detroit, Michigan. He has over 12 years of experience photographing news, food, headshots, branding projects, weddings, events and products. He is a regular contributor to and has been featured on Buzzfeed, Gawker, Daily Mail,, The Washington Post, the Detroit Free Press and more (#WeStillComing). Please feel free to get in touch for rates or to pitch a project.
  • Nikon and Fuji clicky things
  • Glass ones
  • Lots of stuff from, Think Tank, Lumo-pro, Nikon, From the far east and Ebay

Mirrorless Wedding Thoughts // Detroit Wedding ...

Published September 19th, 2013

Photography is my favorite past time and my living. Recently, I've developed a small obsession with small mirrorless bodies. I've used just about everything out there, but have really settled on Olympus and Fuji as my primary objects of affection. Earlier this year I photographed an entire wedding without so much as touching my Canon 5-series bodies. How'd it go? Well you can see for yourself here, but in a nutshell, it went very well.

I used an Olympus OM-D EM-5, Olympus E-P5 with VF4 and a FujiFilm X100s. The Fuji obviously has the fixed 35mm f/2 equivalent. For the Oly cams I used the OM-D kit lens, a Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 (50mm equiv.), Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (34mm equiv.), Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 (90mm equiv.), Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 (150mm equiv.) and the Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (200-600mm equiv.)

Rishi and Jessica were about as easygoing and fun a couple as I have had all year, so I knew they'd be great for an all mirrorless endeavor. At the end of the day, I really didn't miss my 5 ...

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Sudden Flurries, Downtown Detroit

Published February 16th, 2013

I had a client meeting in downtown Detroit today, and I noticed from out the window that these giant snow flakes were sporadically falling in a very heavy veil of white. Took a little walk to document it.

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Published March 3rd, 2012

On Feb. 24, 2012 I photographed 106 people in 11 hours. The idea was to try to extract the personality of each subject with a combination of interaction and lighting. Most setups used 1-4 lights, and I would say we had a fairly even mix of speed lights, Alien Bees, and Elinchrome Rx 600s. It was exhausting.

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