Rik Pennington

I’m Rik, a London based wedding photographer, lucky enough to be trotting the globe doing what I love. Shooting weddings is addictive, there’s no other form of photography that combines so many disciplines in the course of one day. It’s the most demanding but rewarding job I’ve ever had.

This is my sixth year of wedding photography and before that I spent my days as a graphic designer, looking at other people’s images rather than my own, but all the time I was tinkering with a Nikon F5 and copious rolls of Velvia 50, mostly shooting landscapes. I still miss looking at transparencies on a light box, there’s nothing quite like it.

It took me a while to embrace digital, at first I couldn’t get my head around how clean and clinical the files look compared to some of my favourite films. But now that I’ve learned to adapt my editing to get what I want, I’m a 21st century convert!

I currently shoot a Nikon D3s alongside a D700. I absolutely love the files that come out of these cameras and if it wasn’t for the D700’s sledge hammer shutter I might not ever feel the need to use anything else. The D3s is an awesome machine that would probably survive a nuclear war but is a bit of beast to lug around all day. I’m looking forward to checking out the new Nikon D750, it looks like a great wedding camera and it could well become my new workhorse.

My go to Nikon prime lens is the 35mm f/1.4. I probably shoot 75% of every wedding with this lens. The focal length is perfect for how I shoot weddings and I love its character. For the rest of the wedding I mostly use the Nikon 85mm f/1.8, especially during portraits. It’s a stellar lens for the money and the subject isolation you can achieve with it is hard to beat.

I sometimes use the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 during receptions, particularly during speeches and then move to a wide angle for dancing. I either go with the Nikon 28mm f/1.8 or the Nikon 24mm f/2.8 depending on my mood.

I either go with direct bare bulb flash for dancing, or shoot with one off camera flash and one on camera bouncing. It depends on the space I’m in and the look I’m going for. In really dark receptions I’ve been experimenting with a video light recently but haven’t fully integrated it into my set up yet.

Like most photographers, I like to tinker with my kit from time to time, but try as much as possible to keep things simple and the less kit I have to carry the better! Black cat is optional.

The gear:

Nikon D3s
Nikon D700

Nikon 24mm f/2.8
Nikon 28mm f/1.8
Nikon 35mm f/1.4
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 85mm f/1.8

2 x Nikon SB-910
2 x RadioPopper PX Transmitters

1 x Neewer CN-160 LED Light


Think Tank Aiport Ultralight V2.0 rucksack
Small Billingham Hadley for a couple of lenses and emergency snacks on the day


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  1. Stella on October 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hi Mark,
    I was reading the email you sent 9/29/2015; and I saw an article I believe you wrote about how to start a photo blog site using Word press. I cannot find it now to save my soul…lol. Could you point me to it? I would appreciate it. I am new to your site but am enjoying it very much.
    Thanks Stella

    • Mark on October 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Sure thing Stella – here it is: How to start a WordPress blog. If your question isn’t related to the photographer whose page it is (in this case Rik’s), please feel free to just drop me an email anytime you like. You can find my contact info on the homepage. Best of luck with building your blog and let us know when it’s complete!

  2. nottingham wedding photographer on March 24, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I use exactly the same focal lenghts with 35mm 1.4 been used the most. Alongside D800 I have also been using D700. It is a hard to kill camera. Mine has nearly 190 000 shutter actuations and still works perfectly. Photography show game me a great opportunity to test and handle both D810 and D750. First one seems to be a lot quieter but D750 feels great and I must say it will probably soon replace my D750. Would love to know what do you think about D750 once tested.

  3. Haydn Rydings on November 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I look forward to seeing the results from the D750, Rik.

  4. Rik Pennington on October 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Great to be featured on here. I’ll be using a D750 along with my D3s this weekend, so will be interesting to see how they compare!

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