Why does a wedding photographer carry so many lenses?

The equipment a wedding photographer carries is as much a part of their approach to taking photos as their individual style. Often a photographer will have multiple lenses with them when out shooting, whether it's on location for a pre-wedding photoshoot or at one of the venues on your big day.

But why? How does having multiple lenses impact on the photos and is it really necessary? Will you see the benefit of it in your final collection of photos?

In my very first blog post '10 reasons why you should choose a professional wedding photographer' I spoke about the trust you should feel in booking a professional photographer both in terms of their stylistic and creative vision but also their technical ability to deal with the different situations that feature throughout your special day. Lenses are integral to realising both of these, they can open up creative possibilities in different scenarios and are often the key to getting those signature shots that stop you flicking through and take the time to appreciate them.

I generally use four lenses when shooting a wedding and I'll use them at different points during the day. These are divided into prime, zoom and macro lenses.

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I love prime lenses, especially for bridal work. The sharpness and image quality is fantastic and they also allow me to create those dreamy blurred out backgrounds in photos giving that cinematic feel to the images. This makes them perfect for bridal preparation shots and portraits of the bride and groom together. 

The zoom lens, often the most recognisable due to its size, is an invaluable piece of kit for capturing those candid, natural shots of your guests talking and laughing unaware they are being photographed due to being able to frame them from a distance. It's also equally useful during the ceremony for capturing a greater shot variation of the bride and groom, especially when exchanging rings, and for capturing people's reactions: the father of the bride holding back a tear or grandma smiling in the background.

Last but not least is the macro lens. This incredible lens allows me to take close up photos of objects, predominantly the wedding rings where things can get really creative. But it is also great to capture details during the wedding morning too: embroidery on the wedding dress, patterns on the heels, bridal jewellery or the grooms cuff links for example. It also doubles up as a brilliant portrait lens.

 
Bridal portrait taken using a prime lens.

Bridal portrait taken using a prime lens.

 
 
Rings on top of the wedding cake, shot using a macro lens.

Rings on top of the wedding cake, shot using a macro lens.

 
 
Candid portrait captured using a zoom lens.

Candid portrait captured using a zoom lens.

 
 
Pocket watch detail shot taken using a macro lens.

Pocket watch detail shot taken using a macro lens.

 

Utilising a selection of lenses such as this across two camera bodies allows your photographer to be versatile and reactive to the events taking place as well as being able to pull off those showcase shots that speckle your collection with creativity and originality.