Hi I’m Judd and I’m from the northern side of Brisneyland (Brisbane) in sunny Queensland. I photograph weddings and engagements around Australia and New Zealand. It’s the best.
I’ve been taking photos since I was probably 8 or so. I used to save up my pocket money and buy film to put in my mum’s camera, then save up again to get the roll developed. They were probably mostly photos of our cat, but you have to start somewhere right?
Fast forward a few years I started talking more seriously about photography. My in-laws, who met each other in a photo lab, wanted to make sure I learnt the right way and bought me an old 1970’s Pentax SLR and a couple of rolls of film one Christmas.
Learning photography on film has made me who I am today. Valuing every frame, the ability to see moments before they happen and get into position, capture it and keep moving. It’s now been almost ten years since my father-in-law passed away. I’ll always be grateful for the start in photography he gave me and I do a lot now with a stronger sense of purpose. I only wish he could see how far I’ve come and we could sit and chat about all things photography.
I landed in wedding and engagement photography because one day I got asked to photograph a friend’s wedding. I didn’t even own a DSLR back then, I was still shooting on film and had to borrow a mate’s camera, and the rest is history.
I find you can easily overthink shooting weddings, so I make a point of keeping things simple. From my approach to the day, to my kit…I mainly shoot the whole day with one body, a Canon 5D Mark III at the moment, except during the ceremony I use two to limit switching lenses as I only shoot with primes.
It’s crazy to think where all this has taken me so far. I love getting to know all the different people at weddings, hearing their stories, getting invited back the next day for lunch. The way I get adopted (pretty much) for a day or so by so many different families is something I will never take for granted.
So with that, my kit includes,
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM – my bread and butter lens. I shoot probably 75% of my weddings on this lens.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM is great for portraits and for the tighter shots needed during the ceremony and speeches.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for when I need something in between.
Canon 580EX II Speedlite – when this comes out, you know it’s party time on the D floor.
I have an old leather bag that I use to hold lenses for quick and easy access.
I also have a DiCAPac Waterproof Case that comes in handy when one of your clients have the idea to do a surfing engagement shoot :) It was pretty rad.
A roll of black electrical tape always comes in handy as well, you’d be surprised.
But the most important thing you can have in your kit is eye contact and a smile. Having the ability to make people feel relaxed in front of your camera is the best thing you can pack for a wedding or engagement shoot.