Hey, I’m Lee, an Essex wedding photographer based in a small market town called Saffron Walden. I fell into photography when I went along to a wedding to help out an old boss and just loved the whole vibe of a wedding day.
That was 15 years ago and then after a few years of building up the courage to start up a business I finally set up Lee Allison Photography in 2012. I had been working as a graphic designer for 12 years so this has come in useful for editing and album design.
I love to travel so now being a destination wedding photographer is just the dream for me. I have been lucky enough to shoot in some fantastic places such as Dubai, Italy and Sweden to name a few.
Three years ago I switched to Fuji from Nikon and haven’t looked back. The main reason was the weight but I also wanted to enjoy using my cameras and never felt this was the case with the big old Nikon cameras.
Fujifilm X-T3 x 2 – I absolutely love these cameras and they are a joy to pick up and use. I use to use Nikon DSLRs but never enjoyed using them as cameras and found I never took them with me on holiday. Whereas Fuji’s also make great holiday cameras.
Fujifilm 23mm f/2 – This is such a fantastic lens that is super compact and so light. This lens stays on one of my camera bodies for the majority of the day.
Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 – This lens is attached to my second camera body and is an incredible portrait lens.
Fujifilm 16mm f/1.4 – This lens mainly comes out when the party gets going. I love to be right in the mix so this lens is perfect to capture the epic party shots.
Godox V860II x2 – I only use flashes now if I really need to. I much prefer to shoot just with ambient light even on the dance floor. If I do use these I will either use bounce flash or use them off camera.
Everything fits in my LowePro Pro Roller Lite 150 AW which I use for all weddings.
Hardware & Software
Apple iMac 27” – All of my editing is done on this.
Macbook Pro 15” – This is mainly used for destination weddings and culling.
Photo Mechanic – This has been a great time saver for the culling process. It is super speedy and lets you flick between photos so quickly.
Lightroom – 99% of my editing is done in here. It is a fantastic piece of software.
Photoshop – Sometimes I will need to take my images into Photoshop but this is mainly for cloning.
Protein bars and lots of water!
My top tip would be to make your speech no longer than 10 minutes. I once had a best man whose speech went on for over an hour. Make it quick and punchy!