My Camera Gear
Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Bodies
When it comes to professional wedding photography having the right camera gear and lighting equipment along with back up camera's, lenses and lighting are an absolute must. That's why I shoot with the Sony Full Frame mirrorless camera systems and Profoto lighting equipment.
The Sony A9 camera has been described as the Best Wedding Photography Camera of the decade. Along with my other camera, the Sony A7iii. These bodies have industry-leading Eye AF technology that the likes of Canon and Nikon are struggling to keep up with.
The Sony A9 is something special for wedding photography. Not only does it boast the worlds fastest and best autofocus technology allowing for subject tracking, but it also allows me to shoot 100% silently. This is game-changing and allows me to capture photographs as though I wasn’t there. Imagine the first time the father sees his daughter for the first time in her dress. It's a special moment and one that can be ruined by the clack of a traditional camera body or the vicar not allowing the photographer to take photographs at the alter for fear of making too much noise during the wedding ceremony. The Sony A9 gets around this by being 100% completely silent... not a single beep or shutter noise, nada, nothing!
When I was shooting with Nikon during the church service or civil ceremony I always had to be conscious of the noise of the camera shutter was making not interrupting the service. This could mean the opportunity to capture specific moments during the vows being limited. With the ability to shoot in complete silence, those moments are no longer a concern as I can shoot away without being hindered by noisy camera equipment.
It's also great for those candid moments of the guests as they no longer suddenly turn and look as soon as they hear a camera going off. It's perfect for capturing real moments just as they happened.
Lenses I shoot at every wedding
Sony 24mm GM f/1.4 Wide Lens
This lens creates a cinematic look that makes your photographs stand out from that of other photographers using more traditional focal lengths like a 35mm lens.
With its wide fast aperture of f1.4, the Sony 24mm GM f1.4 lens is incredible at capturing the moments when the light is fading and also at rendering the background buttery smooth so that you are the centre of attention. It's on my camera for 90% of the day from getting ready photographs through to the first dance!
At the ceremony location, it's fantastic at capturing the inside of the church or the wedding venue allowing for all of your guests to be present in one photograph so that you can look back on your incredible day and remember who you shared it with for generations to come.
This incredible lens helps me capture your group photograph with all of your loved ones as well as the wedding venue in the background allowing you to look back with fond memories of who and where you had one of the most amazing days of your life!
Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Short-Telephoto Lens
What a beautiful lens. The 55mm Sony f1.8 lens is not your standard nifty-fifty 50mm lens offered by the likes of Canon and Nikon. Being a totally new modern design the Sony 55mm f1.8 is a marvel of engineering. Costing over a £1000 verses the Canon and Nikon offer if around £400 this helps to demonstrate its calibre in the photographic industry. One of the sharpest lenses ever designed it's sure to be the industry leader in this focal length for years to come. Along with its lighting fast autofocus motors that are completely silent it makes capturing those moments that are over in a blink of an eye easier to capture so you can cherish the moments for a lifetime.
Sony 85mm f/1.8 Mid-Telephoto Lens
When I want to work with a little more distance between myself and the subject, I opt for the Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens. Its sharpness and ability to defocus the background is just beautiful. It's lovely during bridal preparations or the speeches when I want to capture the laughter of the guests like this moment below.
There’s nothing like the sharpness and smooth bokeh of a well-designed mid-range telephoto prime lens for portraiture, and the Sony 85mm f/1.8 is a standout choice for any professional wedding photographer. It features a compact, lightweight design for mobility, with high-performance optics and a large F1.8 maximum aperture that deliver outstanding image quality.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Something I pride myself on with my wedding photography is my ability to photograph the wedding details in unique and stunning ways. I love capturing the details and putting them centre stage in a wedding album spread, ensuring they don’t get lost by the more prominent events during a wedding.
My lens choice here is the Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro lens. Industry experts rate it as being the 7th sharpest lens in the world for picture quality. When I’m capturing your engagement ring as an example, this macro lens has to capture all of the individual intricacies of the diamonds in the ring as well as rendering the background out of focus.
In the photograph below, I placed the bride's ring on her window ledge in her bedroom and put her hairpiece about 5 inches behind it. By adding a little bit of light from my off-camera flash, I was able to create this stunning photograph. Without a macro lens, these small details cannot be captured with the stunning detail they deserve to be. Of course, it also needs my artistic flair to create the photograph in the first place!
This medium telephoto macro lens with built-in image stabilization delivers outstanding G Lens quality: stunning resolution at up to 1:1 magnification plus gorgeous background bokeh when required, even when shooting handheld. A floating focus mechanism ensures that consistently superior optical performance is achieved at all focusing distances.
Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master Telephoto Lens
Saving the best till last! OMG… I cannot tell you how much I love this lens. The Sony 135mm f1.8 G Master lens is Sony’s latest and greatest lens to come to market. The technology in this lens is industry-leading and allows me to capture beautiful picture-perfect moments from a distance that ensures I capture the emotions of the wedding day without the subject knowing there being photographed (unless I want them too…)
It’s the perfect portrait lens, and my go-to lens during the newlywed's portraits on the wedding day. During the speeches, it allows me to be on the other side of the room and still be close enough to capture all of the emotions on peoples faces.
The colours it captures are rich and vibrant, and the focusing speed ensures I always capture the perfect moment.
The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 G Master Lens is a large aperture prime that delivers outstanding corner-to-corner resolution even at f1.8, plus exquisite bokeh that is a hallmark of the G Master series. The lens combines rapid autofocus (AF) acquisition with a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions, making it a high-performance tool for professional wedding photographers.
2 x Profoto A1 Studio Strobes
3 x Litra Pro 1200 Lumens Bi-Colour LED Lights
These are incredibly accurate and reliable and allows me to add the right amount of light to create effects like these photographs below.
Editing - Software and Hardware
Editing Software - Capture One Pro
When it comes to editing software Capture One is amongst the industry leaders for professional photographic studios. The RAW Engine converter is the power of the system. Where programs like Adobe Lightroom have generic colour profiles across all of the cameras makes and models, Capture One custom calibrate their colour profiles on every single camera and model by taking 500 test shots to ensure the sensor records complete colour accuracy.
I also use Adobe Photoshop for the times when little distractions like a fire exit sign for example is in the image.
Editing Hardware - Eizo CG277 27 Inch Hard Calibrated Colour Monitor
This is a big one for me! When we edit photographs we all look at different display screens. For example, the latest Apple and Android phones, ten year old laptops and TV screens for viewing our photographs. However when you come to print the photographs you will often see the colours can be different and the brightness of the photograph can look dark.
When a photograph is edited on a screen where the brightness is too high that can result in a dark photographic print. By working with a custom calibrated monitor in a controlled lighting enviroment in my office I ensure the colours look just how I edited them. The monitor is calibrated every 200 hours of use so that it always remains accurate to ensure you have the very best photographic prints from your wedding day.
Hard Drives and Backup Cloud Storgage
After every wedding or assignement I photograph, as soon as I get back to my office your precious digital files are backed up on not one, but two physical hard drives. These hard drives are then backed up to a professional Cloud server to ensure your memories are not put at risk.