A question I often get asked is “what kind of equipment I use to shoot weddings?”. I thought today was a good opportunity to answer that question and delve a little deeper into what kind of equipment I use and why? I like to shoot mostly with prime lenses, mainly 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm, these lenses really suit my documentary style of photography. I also use a 70 – 200mm lens which helps capture the natural and candid moments from a distance. It’s also a great portrait lens too!!
Using prime lenses was one of the best things I ever did in terms of developing my photography. You learn to see in various focal lengths and it forces you to think more about your composition and your position relative to the subject. Large apertures and shooting wide open are also key for me at weddings when only using natural/available light. I use a couple of Canon Speedlights, but these only make an appearance on the dance floor in the evening.
I’ve been using Canon equipment ever since I started shooting weddings nearly 5 years ago. For me it’s the best, and suits the way I work perfectly. I just love everything about them.
Canon 5D Mark III
Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.4L
Canon 85mm f/1.2L II
Canon 70 – 200mm f/2.8L II
Canon Speedlite 600EX II x2
I also carry all the extras you would expect like spare batteries/chargers and memory cards. Apart from the odd packet of chewing gum thats about it really. I don’t like to have any clutter and keep things exactly where I need them to use at a moments notice.
I hope that gives you a quick insight into the kind of equipment I might be using at your wedding, and how I work to create the images of your big day.