Finch & Oak

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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 knew 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 about 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.

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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 III 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.

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