On behalf of Bold Magazine, I travelled to Cartagena, Colombia to cover the culture and food of such a historic city. Usually, I vouch for not taking a large amount of gear, but this time I planned and stuffed a Profoto B1 into my camera bag, In by checked bag, there was a disassembled Elinchrom 5ft octabank. One lightstand that barely fit diagonally and minimal lenses and cameras. I always travel with two camera bodies, this time I took my Nikon D800 and Canon 5D MKIII. Basically, it all fit and I passed through security with no problem. No questions about the B1 and what it is.
I absolutely love the Elinchrom rotalux system, its so quick and easy to set up, especially when your working mostly alone and the client is limited on time. We shot chefs and managers of the top resorts in the city. The last thing I wanted was to have them waiting on me to set up. By taking this gear on these trip, it truly allows me to come away with some great environmental portraits.