One of the questions I’m asked most often is what lenses are in my bag. I’ve always believed that varying focal length will enhance my creativity. I’m not a fan of just using one lens throughout the day- even if that lens can give a wide array of focal lengths. I bring about 8 lenses to a wedding, and over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some images from various weddings and talking about how each lens is utilized. As a Nikon Ambassador to the United States, I do my best to help photographers with gear questions, and I try and put myself out there to provide insight into how I do what I do.
When I first walk into where a bride is getting prepped, I’ll have my two Nikon D4’s on my body, and I’ll have an AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.4G on one body and an AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1.4G on the other body. I prefer primes in these situations because I’m doing my best to isolate emotion, and I’m looking to bring focus and attention to my subject while losing backgrounds that may be distracting. I love shooting at 1.4 so I can utilize the quality of the directional light I’m working with, and I don’t need an abundance of light to do so. The 35mm is a lens I rely on often, and it’s something that I keep on my D4 as a “go to” lens when I’m looking to capture a moment quickly. It’s fast, it’s reliable, and it’s sharp as all hell. I use it during many different parts of the wedding day, and it’s one of my 8 lenses I just can’t do without. Here’s a few with the AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.4G.
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For the geeks- All images were shot with the AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.4G and nearly all were shot at 1.4