I always like to be aware and try to catch natural shoots. I love when the people acts spontaneously. I try to guess what is going to happens after…. and be prepared to get the shoot.
Definitely. NO. What I call posing is look for the best place (light) to take the pictures. I want you to be yourself, just that. Of course I talk with you and give you a few tricks but the most important thing is to relax and enjoy the moment, I will do the rest.
For portraits I create an atmosphere, a story or jokes and then everything seems to flow…magic??? yes probably but it works.
Camera: I am in Love with my CANON 5D Mark II. I always have two with me. The Mark II has been in the market for many years but it is still the camera that I like to work with. I use them even for video. Definitely at the moment I will stay with the MarkII, it has a strong body, it is reliable and the colors are beautiful.
Lenses: There are many lenses in the market but I work with the CANON 70-200 mm (2.8). My style as a photographer makes the 70-200 the perfect tool for me. This is the one lens I believe is universally needed by a wedding photographer. I believe wedding photographers should be as out-of-the-way as possible during the ceremony (how many horror stories have we heard of wedding photographers standing at the altar with the bride and groom?!) and this zoom lens allows me to capture up close moments yet stay out of the way. I use this lens for the majority of the ceremony–sprinkling the use the CANON 24-70 (2.8) for a wide shot and because is the one that you can use for everything. This was the first lens I bought…and I can’t get rid of it. It is also a good tool for video. I usually touch it if family portraits on the wedding day will range from small groups (4+) to large groups (20+) in a short amount of time.
Flash: Canon 580EXII, With Flash is better to have a powerful one, enough for dark places like dark receptions, churches or dance floor pictures. I use the 580EXII and have been working well ever since.
Other things in my bag?
Batteries, lights, viewfinder loupe (really good for sunny days), charger, compact flash memory cards (Sandisk 60, 90 or 120 MB/s’). T-shirts (just in case I have to change), cleaning stuff for the cameras and lenses, cables and nothing else.
DO I CHANGE MY CAMERA LENSES ALL THE TIME?
I like to be aware of the event, therefore I try to have my equipment ready. I don’t change the camera lenses all the time and sometimes I just have one lens on each camera the I swap the cameras.