Wedding Photography is a genre where you will be photographing moments during the wedding, a landscape of the venue, a macro shot of the ring or a portrait of the bride and groom.
Personally, I am a documentary photographer. What this means is that I photograph moments during the wedding and my choice of lenses are based on my style of shooting. For me, the lenses are more important than the cameras, as a good glass can take sharp and quality pictures.
Lenses are for life and cameras change more often. I also prefer prime lenses because of their size and weight. Prime lenses also push me to work harder and go close to the subjects with my feet rather than staying too far away from subjects and using zoom lenses.
My three must have lenses for wedding photography are as below:
1. 35MM F1.4 or F1.8
This is my favourite lens.
I shoot almost 80% of the wedding with 35 1.4 or 1.8. This is perfect to tell the story throughout the day.
It is not as wide as 24 and not too telephoto as 85. With this, I can frame the story well. It allows me to go close and take few steps back to tell more of the story in the frame. Also, because it is not a wide angle lens, I do not have to worry about distortion.
2. 85MM F1.4 or 1.8
This lens is my favourite lens for portraits. This lens is also useful for those moments during the wedding when I cannot go close using my 35. It also gives a different perspective to the story I want to tell.
3. 24 MM F1.4 or 1.8
I use this wide angle lens where the 35 doesn’t cut it, e.g. brides/groom’s house where there is a confined space etc…This lens also helps me to photograph dance floor shots so that I can get more people in the frame and capture them having fun while dancing.