Back in 2009 when I started with my first camera the Nikon D90 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 I was shooting for free for about 1 year to get experience and knowledge and then I started shooting weddings.
I love what I do, so I put myself out there to practice all the time. I enjoy shooting weddings and work in the middle of that awesome atmosphere – I just feel like I’m not working to be honest.
I now currently shoot with a Nikon D3s and Nikon D4 bodies which are awesome in low light, excellent with focusing speed and incredible with dynamic range, so it means that I can recover a lot information from the dark or bright areas and this is extremely helpful for those of us who are shooting weddings, because sometimes you don’t have much time to get the perfect exposure.
Talking about my lenses, my favorite lens is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. It’s just incredible how sharp and fast it is and in low light it’s outstanding as you can use such low shutter speed. It helps you don’t need to pump up your ISO, so I can shoot with this lens at 1/60 shutter speed without any shake in my photo. I had a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 before and I found my self using that lens at 50mm most of the time, so there was no point for me to use a heavy zoom lens. Instead I changed to just a 50mm prime most of the wedding.
I also have the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 which I use very often and I love this lens for it size and focal range. I could shoot a full wedding with this small and cheap lens whiteout any problem .
My other lenses are the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 I do not use this lens that often because honestly I feel that its almost taking the easy route. The lens and 200mm is so perfect in so many ways. Also I have a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.
My number one lens for portrait and details is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. The way you can isolate the subject from the background is incredible. Also for low light use, this is the lens I always pick up for speeches and ceremonies, as I can stay far away from people and still catch unique moments without being noticed.
I would love to have a Nikon 135mm f/2 but I’m in no rush to buy one as I’m pretty happy with all I have.
As for flashes, I don’t like to use them during the wedding but when it comes to the couple portraits and first dance I use them a lot, especially during the first dance along with my PocketWizard Flex TT5. The flashes I use are the Nikon sb700 and (2) sb900s.
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