We are Sigit and Tito, best friends who turned into a business. We started the brand THE UPPERMOST together in 2007 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the name that represents a vision that we have committed to never stop learning. We have been shooting weddings exclusively since 2009. We named our style ‘moment in beauty’ – we blend those two words that define the majority of our work.
Jeff joined us two years ago and now there are three main photographers at THE UPPERMOST. We always shoot with two photographers with one assistant who helps us carry gear and also becomes our lighting assistance.
From the day we started THE UPPERMOST, we’ve always shot with Nikon, but that’s not to say it’s better or worse then any other brand. We just randomly started with a Nikon D70 and suddenly fell in love and felt comfortable with it. Then we periodically upgrade it to a Nikon D80, Nikon D90, Nikon D7000, and now Sigit shoots with two Nikon D700 and Tito shoots with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon D600.
We also have back up cameras – another Nikon D700 and a Nikon D7000. Each of us always shoots with two cameras and each of us has four prime lenses: Nikon 24mm f/2.8D, Nikon 35mm f/2D, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D and Nikon 85mm f/1.8D.
The Nikon 35mm f/2D is for sure our favorite lens that we use on the day of a wedding, combined with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D or the Nikon 85mm f/1.8D, depending on the size of the room. We also have another lens, the Nikon 135mm f/2 DC and the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D lens if we need a longer range and also a Nikon 60mm f/2.8D MICRO for ring shots and other details.
As weddings offer so many unique lighting challenges, we have six flash lights – three Nikon SB-600 ‘s and three Nikon SB-900 ‘s combined with some Pixel Wireless TTL Trigger King Pro series. These wireless triggers are easy to setup and fit with our needs. Sure we love natural light, but sometimes using flash light creates more dramatic images, and this really helps us to save the day. We also have some random LED lights. Sometimes we combine them with the flash light, while getting ready, portraits or during reception. One other new addition to the gear is the Magmod – we love it!
We hold our cameras with Holdfast Money Maker straps. We can say this strap really caught our eyes since it was released and we are even happier with it after having used it for almost a year. We try so many straps and the Holdfast Money Maker combines a great look with great comfort on our shoulders.
We put our lenses, flashes and other stuff in a Shootsac lens bag, q small and flexible lens pouch with six pockets, versatile and lightweight.
Fourteen hours minimum with one thousand guests is a standard wedding in our home country, so we need the right tools to help us survive until the last second.
We also use:
ACCURA Hunter 500 LightStand
Phottix Portable Light Stand
Phottix Gear Bag Big and Small
Crumpler Pretty Boy Backpack
CF cards and SD Cards