Stephen Bunn

Wedding | Last Updated: February 12, 2021

I am Stephen Bunn, and I have been shooting weddings since 2007.

I started out with film but now shoot exclusively digital. I specialise in shooting weddings in a documentary/photojournalism style.

I do shoot destination weddings and throughout the UK, however, most of my work is inside dark venues in London – town halls, pubs, and private members’ clubs are the bulk of my work.

I used to shoot with just two cameras and two lenses; Nikon D700 with 35mm & 85mm. After several years of shooting this way, I changed to a 28mm as I was constantly in situations where I needed just a little more space.

From bridal prep in small hotel rooms to inside old cars and dance floors…the 35mm was just not cutting it. The 28mm became my main bread-and-butter lens on Nikon.

Leica released the Leica Q with 28mm f/1.7 lens, I knew this would be a camera for me.

I loved the tonal range from the Leica DNG files alongside the lightweight and well built body. The simple controls of the Leica cameras with the ability to adjust exposure quickly without the need to dial through endless menus works so well with the way I shoot.

It wasn’t too long before I moved across to the Leica SL for my second body. I shoot that body with the insanely sharp Leica SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens. I don’t buy into the whole prime lens over zoom making for lazy compositions…I would rather be able to frame a scene quickly without the need to crop in post.

Shooting in a photojournalism style with fast moving action, it’s easy to miss things when you have limited movement.

For dark venues and portraits, I use the Simmilux SL 50mm f/1.4 and an older 90mm f/2 manual focus M lens that I attach using an M adapter.

I also use a couple of flashes when needed. YongNuo YN-560 III Flashgun, Nothing fancy as I always shoot manual they are cheap and get bashed about a fair bit. I shoot flash off camera with a Nissin NI-HI40N Compact Flashgun on the Q so I have more control over the direction of light.

I keep my kit in a Peli case 1500 when not in use. on the wedding day I usually carry and Lowepro ProTactic 250 AW rucksack or Domke F802 Reporter’s Satchel (Black).

Post process I continue to use Camera Bits Photo Mechanic for culling pictures & Adobe Lightroom for my Edit. | @stephenbunnphotography

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