January 2, 2019

Must Have Lenses for Wedding Photography

We get asked all the time what lenses we use for weddings because a wedding is a big deal. You want to make sure you are prepared for anything that is thrown at you.

While we do believe that certain gear is essential for certain niches, we do believe that what you DO with the gear you use matters much more than what’s in your bag.

 

  1. A wide angle lens. So, one time I tried to shoot with a 50mm focal length in a bridal room and I was so squished against the wall because the area was so tight! Here is a list of wide angle lenses I recommend and personally use/have used!

 

24-70mm 2.8 (The sigma or the native version both work great!)

35mm 1.4 (I personally love the Sigma Art lens but you can also use your 1.4 native)

Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art (I have used this lens for wedding venue shots, ultra wide scenery shots, wide angle dancing shots etc)

 

  1. 85mm Prime Lens (AKA, your secret weapon)

Now I wouldn’t say this lens is a MUST for a wedding day. But I do have to say that it’s my favorite lens in the whole entire world. It helps me create my “signature” look with creamy backgrounds and tack sharp subjects. The amazing thing about this lens is all companies (Nikon, Sony, Canon) make 85mm’s for each budget. There are $500 options and then upwards of 1200+ options.

If you’re looking to spruce up your wedding gallery, especially the bride and groom shots, invest into an 85mm!!! I’ve attached a few of my best portraits that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve without the 85mm.

Sample shots with an 85mm!

  1. 70-200. I like to call this lens a Paparazzi lens. We use this one for ceremonies, receptions, the second angle at a “First Look” and certain creative bride & groom shots.

If you google this lens, you will quickly realize that it’s one of the best zoom lenses you can invest into. You’ll also see that it has a pretty price tag.

We absolutely recommend the 2.8 version over the F4 for lowlight performance and of course, the creamy backgrounds 🙂

We’ve tried and LOVED the Sigma & Tamron version of this lens and can vouch for them also being great options!

 

Sample shots with a 70-200mm lens! 

 

Thank you for taking your time to check out this post! I hope it was SO helpful for you! If you have any specfic questions about gear feel free to reach out to us by shooting us an email.

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