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Maggie & Matt | Daniel Island Club | Charleston, South Carolina Wedding

A Smoky Spring Wedding at the Daniel Island Club

Working with current and former wedding industry professionals like Maggie and Matt (makeup artist and wedding photographer, respectively) always makes for a streamlined, intentional day. We were privileged to be present to capture their emotional first look, smoky ceremony – thanks to a controlled burn across the river – and heavenly-scented exit involving handfuls of thrown lavender.

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Gear List

Gear Guide

When I first started out shooting weddings I would show up with a mountain of gear. I may have had everything I could ever need, but if you can’t move because of it it’s not a great solution. It’s taken me quite a while to pare down my kit to what you see here but this is absolutely everything we use on a wedding day.

Cameras:

Sony A9: This is my main workhorse. This camera is ultra fast, has incredible auto-focus and is responsible for 95% of the work that I do. It’s an expensive piece of kit, but it’s changed how I’m able to shoot weddings for the better. That said it’s also why my average number of photos I take at a wedding has gone up to something like 6000.

Sony A7rIII: This is my main portrait camera. Nearly ever photo that’s currently on my instagram was taken with this. With nearly 5 stops of shadow recovery, this camera is unbelievably good for portraits but when compared to the A9, the AF just doesn’t stack up.

Sony A7rII: This is now a backup camera. The tiny batteries make it impractical and the entire camera is SLOOOOOOW. Probably still an awesome choice for landscapes but definitely not a wedding camera.

Lenses:

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art

Sony 85mm f/1.4

Sigma 135mm f/1.8

Sigma 70mm 2.8 Macro

Lighting:

Profoto B2: My assistants got really tired of carrying the B1 around so I switched to the lightest option I could find. These days though I’d probably buy a Profoto B10. Fewer cables with a negligible amount of added weight. They are very expensive, but they just work.

Profoto B1: More than anything else I’ve ever purchased, this light changed how I approach wedding and changed how I shoot. That said, for wedding and event work I’d

Sony Flash:

Modifiers:

Profoto 3′ Octa

5′ Softlighter

 

Alex & Heather | Otarawairere Beach | New Zealand Engagement Session | Whakatane Engagement

North Island Perfection for Two Liverpool Expats

Over the course of the past 6 years splitting time between Charleston, SC and New Zealand I thought I’d seen all of the incredible locations that New Zealand had to offer, but this was a hidden gem that I truly wasn’t expecting. 10 minutes from the tourist destinations of Whakatane and Ohope Beach, a short path off the main road (that wasn’t so short on the way back) opened up into the half mile stretch of completely deserted perfection that is Otarawairere Beach.

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