Finch & Oak
I’m a photographer based in Australia, originally from New Zealand. I’ve shot commercial and fashion, but now I’m really focusing all my efforts on weddings.
I shot my first wedding at 16 and loved it! I new that I wanted to work for myself and never get a ‘real job’. 8 years on and I’m loving it. The end of 2014 saw the rebrand of my wedding studio to Finch & Oak. I’ve been loving the hugely positive response and I’m excited for the amazing weddings that are coming up this year.
I keep things simple, 2 DSLR bodies and few awesome primes is all I need. I only use flash for reception and sometimes for some special backlit images.
On to the gear:
2x Canon 5D Mark III’s – The workhorse of the wedding industry. The bad boy is reliable, fast and shoots all day. I use two bodies with different lens, usually the 50mm and 35mm.
Canon 35mm f/1.4 – This one is great all day lens, and has quickly become my favourite. Awesome for almost everything.
Canon 50mm f/1.2 – Such a good focal length that, I also use this one all day.
Canon 85mm f/1.2 – The dreamiest bokeh around. Mainly used for portraits and when I need to zoom in just a bit closer.
Canon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift – This is a lens I only use occasionally, it’s pretty cool and can give an awesome effect. Just don’t over use :)
Canon 17 – 40mm f/4 – A solid wide angle that I mainly use on the dance floor at the reception.
Canon 430EX II – This one helps me get some sweet dance floor shots, plus I sometimes use it with some radio triggers for a bit of backlight action.
Memory Cards – A bunch of 16GB and 32GB CF cards, zipped up in a Lowepro wallet.
Fujifilm X-T1 – This little guy produces some great images, and has the potential to take over as top dog from the 5D’s. I have the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4, Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4, and Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 – these are equivalent focal lengths to the 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm on the full frame Canon.
Fuji Instax Mini, Polaroid Land Camera, and Polaroid Colourpack II – I sometimes pull these out on a shoot, clients love holding something tangible while they wait for the digital files to be ready.
Mason Fine Camera Bag Byron Leather Satchel – This bag holds three lenses, batteries and memory cards. I also have a Lowepro backpack and a Shootsac, but I really like this bag because it doesn’t look like a camera bag, anything that’s helps me to not stand out at a wedding is a good thing.
Hit us up of you have any questions :)