Nathaniel Chadwick

Nathaniel Chadwick

New York
I’d always been drawn to imagery and stimulated visually more than anything else, so naturally photography was very appealing to me. After graduating I had the opportunity to leave Texas and move to Los Angeles. When I got to Los Angeles I lived with my grandma for the first 3 months until I could get on my feet. On my way out there I started emailing every photographer I could find on Google to try and land an internship. I got lucky and through a strange happenstance started an internship with an amazing photographer and equally awesome dude named Patrick Ecclesine. Patrick took me under his wing and taught me a lot of what I know today.  I spent another 2 years in LA shooting entertainment jobs that came my way and moved to New York to continue my career, shooting a national campaign for The Weather Channel and as the photographer for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I also recently launched an iPhone app for photographers that is a tool to keep track of all of your photography gear and social platform to see what gear other photographers have. It’s called Gearbag and it’s free in the App Store.

Holdfast Gear is a recent love interest of mine. Working on the set of a TV show is not something I do all the time, but I am experienced in it enough to know that things move very fast, and a split second can determine whether or not you get “the shot”. When I started working on the set of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon I was trained by another photographer would shoot with one Canon 5D Mark III body and change out lenses between a 70-200mm and a 24-70mm when needed. I noticed that the time it took him to change out lenses was valuable time and Jimmy Fallon was very spontaneous so you never knew when you'd need to switch focal lengths on the fly. When I took over as the full time photographer I immediately bought a second Mark III body so I could keep each lens on a dedicated camera body, but now I needed a system that would allow me to access the cameras in an instant. I did a lot of research on harnesses and straps and clips and nothing seemed to be what I was looking for, until I found Holdfast. The second I found the Moneymaker I bought it and I never looked back. Not only was the system exactly what I was looking for as far as instant accessibility, but it just looks so dang cool and the quality will last a lifetime. I was constantly getting compliments on it backstage and Tariq, the lead singer of the Tonight Show house band The Roots, nicknamed me “Straps” because I wore my Moneymaker on set every night. Holdfast Gear is not just another camera equipment maker, it’s a lifestyle.

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