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02.14.2014

The love of photography is something that is oftentimes shared and passed down through the generations of a family. Ask a photographer where they first caught the photo bug, and there’s a good chance that  a father, uncle, aunt or mother originally sparked that interest.

Bailey Bryant, age nine, makes a photo with one of the two Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 lenses his family owns near their home in Florida.

Bailey Bryant, age nine, makes a photo with one of the two Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 lenses his family owns near their home in Florida. Photo © Cindy Bryant.

For nine year old Bailey Bryant of Orlando, Florida, he can look to both his parents, Matt and Cindy, as his source of inspiration. In fact, Matt and Cindy Bryant are, to date, the only husband and wife pair to both be featured as Sigma’s Fan of the Week. And even cooler, both made their winning shots with their pair of Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM lenses. And these days, they are having to share their favorite supertelephoto zoom lens with their son more and more!

Central Florida, where the Bryant family lives, is a great base for bird photography, and the reach and range of the 150-500mm F5-6.3 helps Matt, Cindy, and their two sons capture great photos. All photos © Matt and Cindy Bryant

Central Florida, where the Bryant family lives, is a great base for bird photography, and the reach and range of the 150-500mm F5-6.3 helps Matt, Cindy, and their two sons capture great photos. All photos © Matt and Cindy Bryant

Cindy bought her first DSLR camera nearly three years ago.  Her goal was to take wonderful photos of the Bryant family adventures and her two boys growing up.

Matt Bryant helps his seven year old son, Jordan, frame a shot of a gull on the beach. Photo © Cindy Bryant.

Matt Bryant helps his nine year old son, Bailey, frame a shot of a gull on the beach. Photo © Cindy Bryant.

Quickly it was discovered they could achieve two completely different point of views, therefore a second camera setup was necessary.  This also accelerated the learning process as Matt and Cindy shared each others progress.  Cindy’s creativity coupled with Matt’s technical aptitude is a recipe for success as their photos show!

The Bryants soon got hooked on wildlife photography, and one 150-500mm zoom lens wasn't enough. Both Matt and Cindy wanted their own version of this supertelephoto zoom len! All photos © Matt and Cindy Bryant

The Bryants soon got hooked on wildlife photography, and one 150-500mm zoom lens wasn’t enough. Both Matt and Cindy wanted their own version of this supertelephoto zoom len! All photos © Matt and Cindy Bryant

The adventures soon expanded from themes parks to birding in the wild.  Now, they can often be found at the local National Wildlife Area or at the beach photographing shore birds.  Wherever the road may take them, it’s an adventure shared (and now documented) by the whole family.  When not tracking wildlife with the supertele zooms, they switch over to the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM for family candids and portraits.

 

Photography has become a family affair for the Bryants, and trips to make photos of birds means taking turns with cameras and lenses, as both nine year old Bailey and seven year old Jordan have now caught the photo bug. All photos © Matt and Cindy Bryant.

Photography has become a family affair for the Bryants, and trips to make photos of birds means taking turns with cameras and lenses, as both nine year old Bailey and seven year old Jordan have now also caught the photo bug. All photos © Matt and Cindy Bryant.

More family adventures are on the horizon, both around their Florida home and farther afield. Cindy is hoping to make photos of Atlantic Puffins and Matt is on the prowl for gray wolves. And their younger son, seven year old, Jordan, is also asking to get his hands on one of the cameras, too, so there’s always talk of expanding the overall photo kit! Wherever they are headed, it is sure to result in fantastic photos from the whole family.

Portrait of Matt and Cindy Bryant, by their nine year old son, Bailey, captured through one of their pair of Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 supertelephoto zoom lenses. Photo © Bailey Bryant.

Portrait of Matt and Cindy Bryant, by their nine year old son, Bailey, captured through one of their pair of Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 supertelephoto zoom lenses. Photo © Bailey Bryant.

Cindy Bryant is hosting a Nature Walk for the 2nd Annual Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival on March 22nd near Spring Hill, Florida. Check it out!

Does Photography Run in Your Family, too? Let us know!

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  1. Love the article! Thank you Jack, and Sigma team for your wonderful support!

    As you know we are huge fans of the lenses and have been using them for at least 3 years. The features and quality, you get from the lenses for the cost it’s incredible. We are pleased with our Sigma 150-500mm for wildlife photography, it’s been great to us.

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    We have used several other Sigma lenses, and truly can’t say enough good things about the lenses. We definitely do recommend Sigma lenses to anyone starting out, or just looking to add a 3rd party lens to their collection.