Mark Willis

Wedding | Last Updated: February 1, 2021

My name is Mark Willis. I am a wedding photographer based out of Manitoba Canada. I’ve been shooting local and destination weddings for kick ass couples for about 7 years.

Up until recently my camera bodies have always been Canon, however I am slowly starting to play around with Sony.

My typical gear that I bring to every shoot:

Canon 5D Mark IV – For most of the day this camera is coupled together with my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2. I would say about 65% of my shots during the wedding day are taken with this combination. I utilize the touch screen focus point selection a ton with this camera. It allows me to get my camera in tight, or low/high angles so I can shoot a bit more creatively.

Canon 5D Mark III – This camera is almost always coupled together with my Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC lens. It’s my go-to for portraits, or shots that I want a nice blurry, compressed background.

The two cameras and lenses pretty much stay attached to me for the entire day via my RL Handcrafts Dual Camera Strap. The strap is super comfortable, and looks pretty good too.

During the reception while the couples are enjoying dinner, I typically borrow their rings for about 10-15 minutes for some close-up detail shots, for which I use a Tamron 90mm Macro.

I recently plunged into the Sony market and picked up a Sony A7III, and a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 e-mount lens for it. It’s an amazing camera and the autofocus is like nothing I have used before. I am currently in the process of deciding if I will continue with Canon, or make the journey all the way over to Sony.

Some people are surprised when they see all my 3rd party lenses, however, they do the trick, and for me have done the trick very well since day one.

Flash is one of my favourite tools. I typically carry 4 flashes with me on a wedding day. I use the Strobepro (Canadian version of Godox) flashes, mainly due to the fact that they have the lithium batteries available. They allow me to shoot an entire wedding without ever having to worry about recycle time, or changing the batteries.

Strobepro Xt1 Transmitters (x2) (Not pictured)
Strobepro X60M Lithium (x4)
Strobepro AD200 (not pictured)
An abundance of Magmod goodies (Never leave home without them)

I also carry a few items in my ‘trick bag’, which includes things such as prisms, fairy lights, atmosphere aerosol and other shoot-through accessories. | @markwillisphotography

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