Julian Kanz

Ciao! I’m Julian, father of two little daughters and a documentary wedding photographer, based in beautiful Italy.

I was born in Germany where I started to work as a photojournalist in Bonn (former capital) and later Berlin. When I met my wife in Italy, 12 years ago, I decided to move to Italy where we live in a little town on the sea. The decision between Germany and Italy is quite easy if you think of the weather, the sea and the coffee of course :-)

The first wedding I shot was in 2008. A friend of mine asked me to capture his brother’s wedding. Wow. From that day on I was sure I wanted to do exactly this: tell that one-day-story of a couple’s life. Now I’m shooting weddings every weekend in all Italy and worldwide, and life is pretty good.

At the beginning I was buying a lot of different lenses, gear, bags and stuff like this until I understood that gear doesn’t matter. On the contrary: the more gear I had, the more I was confused about what to use and the more doubts I had about myself and my working style.

Since I work with only two bodies and lenses (two Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 35mm f/1.4 and a Canon 85mm f/1.2) I feel free to think only about composition and the right moment. I’m shooting 70% of the time in aperture priority with Auto ISO and 30% manual (portraits, dances, etc.).

So, my gear is pretty clear: two Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 35mm f/1.4 and Canon 85mm f/1.2. For the dances I usually put on a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 in combination with a Canon 600 EX-RT (I have two of them which is also great for wireless flashes for portraits).

I also have a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens for ring shots and other details, and an always useful Switronix LED light. All my cards (Sandisk 64GB Compact Flash and SD – I’m shooting on two cards as I like the idea of having backup on another card) go into a Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket.

All my gear stays in a Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 or Think Tank Airport Navigator on the airplane.



  1. Harrison Jones on January 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Hey Julian– I think you’re the first person I’ve seen with the new 35mm F/1.4 Mark II!

    What do you think about the lens? Interested in hearing from you. I’ve been somewhat interested in getting the new 35mm F/1.4, since I could really use an F/1.4 lens in some cases, but I wasn’t sure about the cost.

    • Julian on February 20, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Hi Harrison! Well, it’s heavier and longer than the older version and it seems even “cheaper”. But it’s a great lens, great quality and you can see that little difference between the two versions. If someone owns the old version I wouldn’t switch – it does not really worth the money. If someone has to buy a 35/1,4 take the new one :) Hope that helps.

  2. Julian on January 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for the feature, Mark!

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