George Pahountis

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.

Cameras

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.

Lenses

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.

Lights/Triggers

Canon 600EX II-RT

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 :)

Bags/Straps

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.

Misc.

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.

www.wedshooter.gr | @pahountisg

Inside George Pahountis’s camera bag:

Canon 5D MarK IV

Canon EOS R

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Canon 85mm f/1.4

Canon 35mm f/1.4

Canon 600EX II-RT

Yongnuo 600EX-RT II

Godox 860II

HoldFast MoneyMaker

Think Tank Streetwalker

Lightroom CC

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