Weekly Q & A {LA Based Wedding Photographer}


With that being said, I have listed the questions below. I do hope these questions help all of you aspiring/seasoned photographers! And thank you ladies for submitting your questions, I hope my answers are what you are looking for 🙂

“What are the top lenses you would recommend to have in my arsenal?”- Kristen Durairaj

1. “The general purpose zoom” which is a 18-50mm (normally this tends to be the kit lens) or you could look into a 24-70mm. These lenses are really great for being able to shoot wide, but you also have the ability to zoom in.  I would however always recommend that you make sure that the lenses that you choose are fixed lens so a f/2.8, f/1.8/ or a f/1.4, because it will give you much more control over the depth of field

2.   This would be a 50mm (again keep the lens fixed). I personally LOVE my 50mm and it hardly comes off my camera. It is a great lens for capturing portraits, head shots, and even weddings (not the full wedding though).

3.  A “telephoto zoom” lens is key. That would be an 80-200mm (which is on the more affordable side) or even a 70-200mm.  I use my zoom for wedding ceremonies, this helps me get nice close up shots of the B&G’s faces at a farther distance away. But these lenses could also be used for fast moving objects for ex. animals running or flying, people playing sports etc..

In my camera bag I have a: 70-200mm, 50mm f/1.8, 28mm f/1.8, 35mm f/1.8

“What’s your best tip for shooting in full sun when there is no shade (I.e a wedding ceremony)?”- Julie Villarreal

Honestly, I HATE shooting in direct sunlight and it rarely is fun when you have to. But sometimes like wedding ceremonies you have no choice.  When it is a wedding ceremony, you just have to roll with the punches and shoot what you can. The subjects will all be squinting, but you can’t do anything about it. Now if you attend the rehearsal and noticed there would be a better place to set up the ceremony then I would recommend speaking with the coordinator about relocating. (I shot a few weddings this year in direct sunlight and two out of the three the couples asked me about the sun, and we moved the ceremony location to a different part of the grounds (with their approval of course).  Now this doesn’t happen often, but if it does don’t be afraid to give your professional expertise recommendation.

Now, if you are shooting portraits, families, engagements etc… I always recommend shooting against the sun. So just make sure your subjects backs are towards the sun at all times (that will eliminate the squinting and scrunching of the eyes and nose) My other recommendation would be to look around where you are shooting to see if there are any shaded areas around you, and head there.

“How do you get group formals sharp and everyone in focus?”- Julie Villarreal

When shooting group formals, you normally want to fill the frame with the subjects so cropping is minimal.  But I would also recommend investing in some prime lenses such as the 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm. I normally photograph family portraits at weddings with my 50mm and the photos are crisp.  Or you may want to think about using a tripod to ensure that the photos will be crisp. Sometimes  photos do not turn out to be “in focus” or “crisp” because there was a little movement on our end, or the lighting is not the best in the location (and you really had to bump up your ISO or mess around with your camera settings).  If shooting family portraits for weddings, make a suggestion to head outside or where there is more natural light.

Thank you again ladies for your questions, and I do hope my answers lead you in the right direction.

Make sure to leave your comments & or questions for me to answer in the comment box below and I will answer them next week!