A regular topic of discussion with my photographer friends is the kit we all use at a wedding. So I thought I would detail mine here for anyone who is interested or thinking of getting into the wedding photography business. Wedding photography requires an extensive range of equipment and is usually acquired and adapted to suit your style over a period of years. Of course all photographers work in different ways and what works for one may not suit another. Cameras Nikon D800 (36MP) (with vertical grip) Nikon D700 (12MP) Nikon D7000 (16MP) The D800 is the camera I use the most and is a great piece of kit. Very good low light performance and excellent dynamic range.
Do I really need 2 wedding photographers? – This is such a popular question and one I get asked on a weekly basis. The truth is two photographers can do a great job, and equally one photographer can do a great job. I have shot many weddings on my own and many as part of a pair. In the last few years 95% of the weddings I have covered have been with my wife Mandy as my 2nd (candid) shooter. We’ve found this works really well and the result is an excellent portfolio of images which capture your day in its entirety whilst also being fun and natural. One of the main reasons for our success is Mandy has the freedom to follow the moment. If she sees a group of guests laughing and giggling then that’s where she will head. As the main photographer I do not have the same luxury. For example, if the bride and groom ask me to take some group shots then that is what I must do. However, the wedding doesn’t stop, the rest of the guests are still enjoying the day and having fun. Imagine there are some children playing on the grass nearby? It would be very unprofessional of me to leave my group shot and start photographing elsewhere. Can you imagine the look on grannies face if I were just to walk off. I always work with Mandy and over the years we have developed an excellent understanding. We both know where each other should be at different times to capture those special moments. If ever she’s not around it’s because there’s something exciting happening elsewhere. Many venues are expansive and guests like to explore! A typical set of wedding images with be 80% mine and 20% Mandy’s. When I compare weddings where I have worked alone with ones where we have worked together, there is no comparison. Mandy’s imagines blended amongst my own produce the perfect portfolio. Another major advantage of having two photographers is not having to move around during key parts of the day. One of the most important things about wedding photography is the ability of the photographer to remain candid and unobtrusive. The focus should be on the bride and groom, guests should not be distracted by a photographer moving around to get shots from different angles. Obviously one photographer cannot be in two places at the same time. Also, some priests are insistent that you stay in the same position throughout the ceremony. Below are some images which will hopefully clarify one the benefits of two photographers.