Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida who has worked in more than 125 countries [is that all?] for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. TV commercials, music videos and lately short documentaries.
Bill believes in being prepared. “So I know what I’m going to do when I get there. Getting to the location with my equipment, having it organized, having it ready, having it in perfect working condition.”
Years At It: 30. On the Road Jack: 315 days. Moleskin notebooks: 3. Tripods: 4,5,6. Camera bodies: a number. Lenses: 10 or 12. Dollies, rail systems, sliders and jibs, multiple lights: strobes for stills, hot lights for videos.
“When I started in this industry 30 years ago, my mom hand-stitched on my camera bags for me. I was worried about my cameras. She was worried about me. Today I rely on the Kata products for the exact same thing.”
On Kata Bags: Intelligent bags. Well-crafted. Made with passion, integrity and with love. Creative bags built by creative people for creative people.
From a well-seasoned heavy-duty user comes a super sharp snapshot of a product line that has withstood the enduring tests of a Sports Illustrated staff photographer. Peer to peer review that has circumnavigated the globe. A challenge taken and met. Kata Bags.
Bill’s arsenal in this video: OC-97, FlyBy 74 Pro Light, FlyBy 76 Pro Light, LW 99 Pro Light.