I’m Sam, a wedding photographer based in the heart of England. I started out as a creative product designer, dabbled with my own fashion business, then one day I bought a Canon AE-1 on eBay, and I was hooked.
4 years down the line, and having shot weddings all over the UK, Europe and even the Philippines, I still thank my lucky stars that I decided to buy that camera. The Canon AE-1 is the single greatest item I have ever owned. I owe so much to that camera, it was my education and changed everything.
After that, I started with the Canon 5D Mark II, but now shoot on 2 Canon 5D Mark III ’s, they’re real workhorses! I couldn’t survive weddings without those silent shutters or dual card slots.
I had a couple of zooms and primes in the early days, but very quickly decided to sell the zooms and re-invest into the prime L series. I already had the Canon 35mm f/1.4 and then soon added the Canon 24mm f/1.4 II and Canon 135mm f/2. For me, there is no lens sharper out of the middle than that 135mm, when it nails it, wowzers!
The Canon 35mm f/1.4 used to be my regular go-to lens, until I added the Canon 50mm f/1.2. Not the most reliable in my bag, but it more than makes up for it, I love this lens, especially for portraits. I also recently changed my Canon 85mm f/1.8 for the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. To mix it up, I also own and love the Canon 45mm TS-E f/2.8. Amazing for those portraits against huge backdrops or into the backlight.
For the majority of the day, and depending on my mood, I have the Canon 35mm f/1.4 or Canon 50mm f/1.2 on one body, and then mix the others up depending on what situations arise with the 2nd body. I also have the Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip on my main body, mostly to encourage more portrait shooting. I wish I shot more portraits!
I have been tempted to add the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro to my bag, and more recently the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II having read some good reviews, but for now, I’m happy zooming with my feet and saving some $$!!
For after the sun goes down, I have 2 Canon 430EX II speedlites, a Canon 580EX II speedlite, 2 pairs of Phottix Strato Wireless Triggers for off camera flash and an adjustable WB LED Panel. I also carry a solid maglite, always a handy tool!
2 x Canon 5D Mark III’s
Canon 24mm f/1.4
Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon 45mm f/2.8 TS-E
Canon 50mm f/1.2
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Canon 135mm f/2
2 x Canon 430EX II Speedlites
Canon 580EX II Speedlite
2x Pairs of Phottix Strato Wireless Triggers
Professional LED video light 312AS
Spiderholster Dual Belt Clips
Billingham Hadley Pro Original Bag
Think Tank Airport Accelerator
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Hi Sam !
i have read the article and i wa wondering if you are still working with canon dslr like in these years
Maybe did you jump to sony or other systems like many?
Love your work Sam, What are the things attached to the front of your 580 flashes ?
Cheers mate! I’ve actually just upgraded to the 600’s recently, but the rubber attachments house magnets for the gels and grids, check out MagMod!!
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