Dan O’Day

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Wedding Photography by Dan O'Day
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Oh hey guys, it’s me, Dan. I’m a wedding photographer based out of Australia. I’m just stopping by to have a little chat about what’s in my camera bag (disclaimer: mostly just speaking about my wedding set up, here).

My story is short. I started out in paint, I come from a family of artists and I always wanted to be a successful exhibiting painter. In 2006 I decided to try photography and had my first gallery show of fine art photography (which went surprisingly well) and Iโ€™ve been hooked on stills ever since then.

Shot my first wedding in 2007 (while still working 9-5 for The Man) then 2 years later in 2009, I walked out of my 9-5 job to go full-time with my wedding photography and it kind of went crazy from there.

Still, I can’t believe the journey photography has taken me on. I get to travel all over this massive planet shooting weddings and speaking at fun conferences. I also get to see so much of my own country. It’s really big (in fact, it’s the same size as the USA – we just have no one in the middle).

Having said all that, I get tired. I love my job and I am extremely grateful that I get to do what I do for a living. In the next couple of years I am starting to wind travel down so I can get to spend more time at home with my family and my new little dog Jessie (she is 7 years old and has droopy boobs and we love her).

When shooting a wedding I try to keep my set up really simple. I find that the more toys to play around with takes time away from the thing I am most interested in documenting: the people. I generally roll with 2 DSLR bodies, 2 lenses (Canon 50mm f/1.2L / Canon 24mm f/1.4L) and a Pelican case full of cards in my pocket. I have other gear there on the day just in case but thatโ€™s pretty much it.

I’ll bust out the Phase One from the back-pack on location if time (and loco) permits.

In a nutshell, I think thatโ€™s pretty much me and a bit on my set-up.

So let’s get going with details:

2xย Canon 5D Mark iii DSLRs – I shoot with two on a wedding day to keep my most active two lenses around (50mm and 24 mm) and swap to the occasional 35mm or 85mm at a moments notice if need be.

Canon 50mm f/1.2 Lens – Classic, good for lots of stuff. I use it for mostly family formals and any other portraits.

Canon 24mm f/1.4 Lens – My fave lens. I might shoot 80% of the day with this little fella. I enjoy the amount of story I can fit into one frame.

Canon 85mm f/1.2 Lens – Love this piece of machinery for some dreamy portraits and some speech-y moments.

Canon 35mm f/1.4 Lens – Don’t use it as often lately, but it’s still a great ole’ faithful to have around.

Phase One IQ250 Digital System – It’s insane – The detail and dynamic range are absolutely amazing. I’ve been implementing this Phase One system more and more lately with my wedding work and I find that it’s the hero of hero shot tools.

Phase One 80mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/4.5 Lenses – Well, I need the lenses to go on the Phase Camera, because otherwiseโ€ฆ well you know. no picture.

Memory Cards – I like to work on 16 GB memory cards (anything larger gives me anxiety for the ability it may have to lose too much if it punks out), and I carry around about 3 waterproof Pelican cases with those in them, on the day. I also have 128 GB SD cards in the camera bodies recording JPEG versions of every RAW file I shoot, just as an emergency backup plan.

Batteries – I’m a nervous nancy when it comes to preparedness for a wedding day, so I always go a bit overboard. I’ve included only 4 in this photo but I have about 8 batteries around in my bag, ready to rock (You know, for all those 22 hour gigs that never come around… I’m totally ready).

Canon 580 EX Speedlites – I carry two of these for a wedding day and use them a fair amount when the dance floor gets fired up.

Fujifilm X100 – I love this camera. I use it mostly for travel and I’ve produced some of my fine art prints with this tiny power tool. It’s compact, efficient, and -bonus- pretty nifty looking. I like to take it with me wherever I go, just causeโ€ฆ you never know.

Fujifilm X-PRO1 – Same thing for this Fuji legend. It produces such great images and it’s a trusty companion of mine for overseas travel and capturing great images from such a small device – unlike the x100 it has lens changing capability.

I’ve been lugging all this stuff around all on my (tired) shoulders and in a Lowepro Rover AW II backpack. It’s amazing how well it can actually fit into one case. This bag has been with me for 4 gigantic years and it’s still going strong. Its also great as it just looks like a normal back pack and so doest draw much attention at check-in (for weighing) or customs (for explaining) during travel.

Any questions? Hit me up.


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  1. Volen on February 17, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Hey mate, you are great inspiration for me. The way you show stories I find very close to my way. I love your work as a documentary wedding photographer. I would love to see some more if possible. :-)

  2. Tomasz on January 22, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thank you for sharing your ShotKit Dan! Met you in Stockholm at WayUpNorth, amazing speech!

  3. Sammy on February 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Your pictures are every thing I aspire to take. Beautiful light, composition, colours, lens flares, light leaks, bokeh. I love how despite being so busy and successful your kit is very streamlined.

  4. Mike on February 13, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Hey Dan. Really like what you said about how much story you can fit into one frame with the 24mm, you’ve inspired me to shoot wider more! Do you have a go to aperture on this lens? Also, if the background sucks all day would you still shoot 80% of a wedding on this lens? prioritising the story it fits in over the crappyness of the background or would you adapt with a tighter lens? Thanks in advance. Mike

  5. Dan O'Day on January 22, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hey mate, Thanks for having me, looks great :)

    • V. Opoku on January 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Dan, how is it going buddy?

      Do you think you will ever shoot weddings with just the fujis at some point?

      The frames you created with the x-pro1 of Anita & Dom (yep, a little while ago right?) were influential in my decision on buying an x-pro1 , I have now shot with two of these + x100s exclusively for the last two wedding seasons and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.


      • Dan O'Day on January 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm

        Hey mate, yes! good memory, Anita and Dom shot with the x-pro 1. I love the fuji’s – for me to move to the next level of shooting wedding purely with the fuji’s id have to try out some other more recent systems.

        Could i shoot wedding completely with the fujis? yes if i needed too. Would they be my first pic? Not at this stage, but to be fair, i haven’t shot with any of the fuji’s more recent that the x-pro1. I do love them though, more so for travel and street photography where I would have to say they are my first pic of camera. Hope that helps.

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