My Dad was a wedding photographer in the past, but unfortunately, he died when I was very young so I never got a chance to learn with him. He is my biggest motivation and I’m sure he is proud of me being a wedding photographer now.
Back in 2009 when I started with my first camera the Nikon D90 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 I was shooting for free for about 1 year to get experience and knowledge and then I started shooting weddings.
I love what I do, so I put myself out there to practice all the time. I enjoy shooting weddings and work in the middle of that awesome atmosphere – I just feel like I’m not working to be honest ;)
I now currently shoot with 2 Nikon D3s bodies which are awesome in low light, excellent with focusing speed and incredible with dynamic range, so it means that I can recover a lot information from the dark or bright areas and this is extremely helpful for those of us who are shooting weddings, because sometimes you don’t have much time to get the perfect exposure.
I also have a Fujifilm X100s for my personal use but I always bring it with me for weddings and I can use this camera without fear. This camera is just unbeliaveble for its size.
Lastly talking about camera bodies I have my favourite camera which is the last camera my Dad had. It’s a Film Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 with a Yashica 50mm f/1.4 lens.
Talking about my lenses, my favourite lens is the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G. It’s just incredible how sharp and fast it is and in low light it’s outstanding as you can use such low shutter speed. It helps you don’t need to pump up your ISO, so I can shoot with this lens at 1/30 shutter speed whiteout any shake in my photo. I had a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 before and I found my self using that lens at 24mm most of the time, so there was no point for me to use a heavy zoom lens. Instead I changed to just a 24mm prime.
I also have the Nikon 35mm f/2 which I use very often and I love this lens for it size and focal range. I could shoot a full wedding with this small and cheap lens whiteout any problem .
My other lenses are the Nikon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-shift and this is my baby when I want to create something out of the human perspective. This lens makes your brain think that you are looking at a miniature because the way the focus is applied to the photo, so you can manipulate the focus from diagonal or whatever you wish. It’s just awesome, but be careful when using it, as the focus gets lost from where you really want it to be, so my advise is go out and practice a lot and use the viewfinder to get a more accurate focus.
I still have my old Nikon 50mm f/1.4G and I love use this lens for getting ready shots.
My number one lens for portrait and details is the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G. The way you can isolate the subject from the background is incredible. Many people call this lens “the king of portrait lenses”. Also for low light use, this is the lens I always pick up for speeches and ceremonies, as I can stay far away from people and still catch unique moments without being noticed. I can also attach my Kenko extension tubes for ring details ;)
I would love to have a Nikon 135mm f/2 but I’m in no rush to buy one as I’m pretty happy with all I have and I might wait for the Nikon 135mm f/1.8 if Nikon releases it one day.
I use Sandisk CF card 32gb in the first slot of my Nikon D3s recording RAW and in the second slot I use a Sandisk CF card 8gb recording Medium JPEG just in case the card fails, so I have a backup at least in medium JPEG which is more than enough if something goes wrong.
As for flashes, I don’t like to use them during the wedding but when it comes to the couple portraits and first dance I use them a lot, especially during the first dance along with my PocketWizard Flex TT5 and PocketWizard Mini TT1 triggers.
I shoot all manual in the camera and flash for a better control and I use Aperture priority with auto ISO when I need to be fast and don’t need flash at all. To have quick access to my flashes I use the Spider Camera Holster clip .
The air blower is just for a quick dust remove. I get sensor cleaning and lens calibration (see guide) for my gear once a year.
The Blackrapid RSD1BB Double Strap is the quickest way I have found to have two camera bodies with me without worrying that my cameras will fall down from my shoulders.
The LED Lenser Light is for adding a touch of light on my subjects and also for creative stuff.