My name is Nikola. I am a destination wedding photographer from Croatia, where I shoot most of my weddings, along with some shoots in other countries.
I work with my wife Martina. Outside of wedding season we are both keen travelers, and we travel any chance we get.
I entered unusually early into the SLR cameras world – I got the first one for my first birthday.
Actually, my father who was an amateur photographer back then, convinced my grandma to buy me a camera that he wanted. It was a Yashica FR1 with 50mm f/1.9 lens.
With that camera, I started my photography journey in my college years when I claimed it back from my dad.
I shot my first wedding with an Olympus E-1 and Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5. It was a friend’s wedding and I shot it for a bottle of whiskey. After that, I decided that I wanted to become a wedding photographer.
As a destination wedding photographer in Croatia, I often travel to weddings with ferries, catamarans and small speedboats, and those weddings are usually in pedestrian zones of our small Mediterranean towns. Because there’s a lot of walking, I try to keep my gear to a minimum.
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About 85% of my wedding photos are with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4. I was sceptical about that lens at first as Sigma didn’t have too good of a reputation in the past, but this lens is brilliant just like the whole Art series. It’s not built as the Canon one, but for half the price it’s a really good investment.
The other 15% are shot with a Canon 85mm f/1.2, when I need more range or for portraits. This lens produces magic and I love it, despite the fact it’s really slow in focusing.
This year I purchased my first mirrorless camera, Fujifilm X-T3 with Fuji 23mm f/2, mainly for traveling and for taking photos of my newborn son, but also to try that mirrorless hype at weddings, so I can later decide which way to go.
It’s a really good camera, but I still don’t feel confident with it as with Canon cameras which are built like tanks.
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For my mirrorless, I chose the Simplr F1 strap.
Think Tank Retrospective 10 bag is the best bag for this setup. I’ve had this bag for seven years now; it was with me all around the world and at every wedding and it’s still protecting my gear, even with wear and tear signs.
Usually I carry a second bag with another Canon 5D Mark III (backup camera), Yongnuo 600EX-RT II, Canon 430EX II with Yongnuo receiver, Canon ST-E3-RT transmitter, MagMod grids and Manfrotto 5001B Nano Stand, which I use if the reception venue is outdoors.