Hello everyone, I’m George Pahountis, and I’m a Greek wedding and portrait photographer, mainly working in Greece and the Greek islands.
I have been a photographer for 20+ years, and since 2006, I have specialized in weddings and portraits. Even though I have photographed hundreds of weddings, I can whole heartedly say, that I still enjoy the emotional fulfillment that couples give me to continue on.
I’m have been a Canon shooter since 2003. I was a Nikon shooter and, since Canon seemed more attractive at the time, I switched.
I still have a soft spot in my heart for Nikon, but I really can not have everything. I’m pretty happy with one system. After all, I have never felt a limitation by my gear.
Generally I love gear, and I have quite a lot of it, but I find that for weddings, specifically, I do not need a lot. The simpler the better, as mobility and speed are essential to my wedding photography approach.
I use both the Canon 5D Mark IV, mainly for flash photography, and also my latest love, the Canon EOS R! Even though I wish it was more of a pro body with dual cards and a joystick, I do appreciate what it brings to the table for me. On very bright sunny days, like the ones we have during the summer in Greece, I sometimes favor the 5D Mk4 for the OVF.
Ι generally love the look of the prime lenses for portraits and wedding work, however, I like the versatility of Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, mainly for the party or in those cases where I can’t really move due to limitations of space. In those cases, it is a bliss to have the option of a zoom lens.
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is almost always on the Canon EOS R, for the most part of the day, and sometimes during the couples portrait session I do swap it for the Canon 85mm f/1.4 or the Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens, also from canon.
I dearly love both, but lately I seem to do everything with the Sigma 50mm Art. With the normal 50mm focal range, it is just so convenient to use for most things.
Yongnuo 600EX-RT II x2
Godox 860II, and pretty much everything Godox from the smaller to the largest strobe, even though I do not bring large units on events. I kind of dislike their trigger system, as I prefer to always have the Canon 600EX II-RT on camera, and I dislike using cables for syncing strobes.
For this reason, I have lately tried the Yongnuo 600EX-RT II since I can use the RT protocol to control other flashes and no cables or loose parts that drive me crazy when they do not function properly.
And yes I have tons of spare batteries with me, back up for the back up :)
I have used the HoldFast MoneyMaker as well as many other DSLR strap brands, but my MoneyMaker strap, it seems, is the only one I had that actually stands the test of time and is still decent looking.
For a bag, nothing beats Think Tank Streetwalker for me, as it is perfect for the airplane, very durable, and deep enough for most of my lenses!
Hardware & Software
I edit on the iMac, using lightroom and my custom presets that I have tweaked to taste over the years.
I never go on a trip without my Power Bank, earplugs for those loud parties, as well as electrolytes for those very hot summer weddings!
I have chosen to follow my own path, occasionally looking to the left or right but always on my course to continue on where my love of this craft takes me.