Hello. My name is Geeshan Bandara and I love documenting weddings. I never let myself forget that I get to do something I absolutely love for a living – and have been since 2011.
I’ve been using Canon and only switched to Sony in January 2019. I love the dynamic range that the Sony a7 III offers and Live View, mirrorless shooting is fantastic for the way I visualize and take photos.
I can be very stubborn (and patient!) about getting a very specific image, which might mean being in an awkward cramped position for ages. The Sony a7 III being light is one saving grace in this instance.
I use two Sony a7 III bodies and a HoldFast MoneyMaker Water Buffalo series dual-camera harness to carry them. S&M jokes aside, this is the most painless way to wield two cameras.
I use a mix of zooms and primes and I’ve gone a bit lighter since switching to Sony. The Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens is my go-to because I love to get in real close. It’s fantastic for bride/groom prep and tight squeezes as well as my favourite: dance floor madness. My Sony 85mm f/1.8 Lens sits permanently on the second Sony a7III body.
I also have a variety of portable ‘gadgets’ in my bag that aid me in reflections and other effects. It’s constantly changing, but the most recent iteration only includes a prism.
I prefer my lighting to be minimal and portable – just two Godox flashes with one living on a monopod, being held by an assistant. I keep a few coloured gels in my bag to use with the flashes – if time permits.
I prefer my workflow to be as simple as possible so that I can spend more time on photographs that I love. I dump all my images and cull using PhotoMechanic, import into Lightroom for batch processing, and export when I’m done.
I use Photoshop when I need to on my ‘portfolio’ worthy images. I create my own presets and each portfolio image is attended to with care.
I always carry almonds for energy and stay hydrated with lots of water.
Words of Advice
Keep things simple. I used to bring a lot of gear but you typically don’t need all of that to make good photos. Once I started worrying less about gear and utilizing what I have to its’ full potential I started cutting down even more.
Be in the moment, be aware of your surroundings, and most of all, have fun doing it!
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