Corina Cherciu

Wedding | Last Updated: February 12, 2021

Hi! I’m Corina, the smiling little creature behind Corina Photography.

Originally from Bucharest, Romania, I moved to London in the UK five years ago and now I call amazing Brighton my home.

Photography has been a passion of mine for 15 years, with a focus on people and their stories. I discovered wedding photography four years ago and I realised that it’s the perfect way for me to witness and photograph people and the loving connection that unites them.

I’ve been a full-time wedding photographer for three amazing years and I can’t see myself doing anything else.

This amazing job has taken me all over the world, finally giving me a way to satisfy my curiosity for new places and stories – from all over the UK to Romania, Greece, Italy, France, Nepal and the US.

Wherever there’s love and true moments, I’m there with my camera.

I would describe my work as honest, raw and colourful, focusing on moments, people and connections. I adore weddings and I’m a firm believer that love is love and it should be celebrated in all its forms and treated as a privilege.

I also think family photography is really important as it has even more love stories than a wedding – so I have a family photography business too called Life Uncut.

When I don’t photograph weddings and families, I keep the camera in my hand for street photography – the best way for me to experience a new place and culture.

Street photography has taken me all over Europe, the UK and to places like Colombia, Nepal, California and the US East Coast (taking a road trip from New York to Key West Florida).

I find that street photography allows me to practice getting close to people and telling stories while also being respectful and mindful towards cultures and environments.

I’m not too much of a gear head. For me my cameras are just a means of capturing and sharing further what I see and feel at a wedding.

I’ve had the same kit for three years now and it has never let me down (knock on wood). I wanted something vibrant, fast, light, sharp and reliable in low light.

So my go-to kit is below:

I picked two Nikon D750s as I think they’re amazing for wedding photography. They’re fairly light and small for a DSLR, with amazing focus speed and a great dynamic range which, when you deal with such a changing range of light conditions at a wedding, is good peace of mind that I won’t miss anything.

I am open in the future to the idea of moving to a mirrorless camera as I’d like something quieter and lighter, but currently I’m still very attached to my Nikons.

I use my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 probably 80% of the time at a wedding. It is perfect for capturing the day from a human eye’s perspective, giving a true feeling of the day.

I keep the 35mm on one camera for the entire day and use a Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 for my second camera. The 85mm is amazing for candids (when I don’t want to get too close and disturb the moment), portraits and for bringing the background closer in frame.

I keep both cameras on me all the time using a Holdfast Moneymaker leather harness which I adore.

Sometimes I switch to a Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 for busy bridal prep or for some crazy party shots.

I only use prime lenses because of their quality relative to their size and cost. They also help my composition by removing options so I spend less time focusing on my gear and more time capturing moments.

I only use flash during the party and I have two Godox TT600 on light stands diagonally with a Godox X1N trigger. They’re cheap and reliable and I don’t have to worry if a ‘happy’ guest knocks them over on the dance floor.

If I need an on-camera flash to bounce off then I use a Nikon SB-700 as it is really light, powerful and fast.

Light Stands
I use two Manfrotto nano stands as they’re really light and compact; great for moving around and travelling between multiple venues.

Camera Bag
I love my Lowepro Pro Runner RL X450 AW II camera bag as it neatly fits everything and is the perfect size for traveling light. It’s great for destination weddings too. It also helps keep me organised with loads of pockets and options.

My yellow Casio that keeps me on time, a Polaroid lens cleaning pen with a brush that I always keep in my pocket for quick lens cleaning, and Senner earplugs to protect my hearing during the party while still being able to talk to guests.

Add a cereal bar and a water bottle and I’m good to go!​ | @corina.photographer

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