Hi folks! I’m Patrick Lombaert, a French wedding photographer living in Brittany (Breizh Powa!), a well-known place thanks to its famous speciality “galette saucisse”!
I’ve been a photographer for almost 10 years. I began in corporate with orders for big companies like Microsoft or Alcatel-Lucent. In the first six years, photography became a job without flavor because there was no room for creativity – it was just about technicality.
Then I discovered wedding photography. After four years and 80 weddings, I can say that being a wedding photographer is the most fulfilling job I know. Everybody is kind, beautiful, and celebrates the union of two people who love each other.
I truly love to meet people, observe and understand the mechanism of their links.
I’m a digital child and a geek. My first camera was a Sony Alpha 100 – the first DSLR under the psychological bar of 1000 euros. It was in 2006, just after the acquisition of Konica Minolta by Sony. At this time, few believed in Sony…
I upgraded my gear to a Sony Alpha 700 and a Sony Alpha 900 (the clearest optical viewfinder of all DSLRs inherited from the Minolta Dynax 9).
Between 2006 and 2012, as a good geek, I bought and tested a lot of different equipment and brands: Leica M8.2, Leica M9, Pentax Q, Leaf Aptus 22 Digital Back for Hasselblad V… Unfortunately, in 2012, I lost my A900: Sony had replaced it with an electronic viewfinder device, the Sony Alpha 99.
This first generation of EVF was clearly not for me. So I switched to Nikon with a D800. I liked it a lot!
And now? In 2015, I came back to Sony thanks to mirrorless.
I immediately saw all the advantages and possibilities offered by this system: what you see is what you get!
So, first of all, I bought a Sony Alpha 7s with its Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 (what a perfect lens!), Sony 16-35mm f/4, Sony 24-70mm f/4, and Sony 70-200mm f/4. Then I quickly sold the zooms and bought primes and a Sony Alpha 7R II.
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And finally, I actually have a Sony Alpha 9 (the accuracy of the eye-tracking is insane) and a Sony A7III. I kept my two old camera bodies as back up. I have total trust in the Sony Alpha 9, the best camera I have ever tried.
For weddings, I always have my Sony 24mm f/1.4 on my left side (I use a Holdfast Gear Money Maker) and on the other side, it depends on the moment – the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 (the best 35mm ever tested and contrary to all Sigma ART lenses, this one was specially designed for Sony E mount) for the getting ready and the couple session or the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 for ceremonies and cocktails.
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After midnight, I put down my Money Maker and take in my right hand a camera with my Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 and in my left hand my Godox flash with Magmod grid and gel, and I “dive” onto the dancefloor! Hell, it’s definitely a part of the D-Day that I prefer! So much energy and joy just in front of me!
You know, weddings are like a drug. When the season ends, we are broken, psychologically and physically drained with all the investment we have given. But we only want to go back… Yes, I’m a junky.