Shooting Weddings with the Fujifilm X-Cameras has revolutionised the way I work. Straight up. A lot of you will know that I’m primarily a wedding photographer, and I shoot in what’s known as a wedding photojournalist style. This means I don’t spend time organising people or contriving shots. The images are real, absolutely real, moments from the actual wedding.
Now, below is a slideshow of some of my favourite images from recent weddings. All shot on either the X100, X100S, X-E2 or X-Pro1.
If you get time, please watch it. Put it full screen and turn the sound up.
Moments at weddings are very important to me. Far more important that the grip and grin stuff (though I know there is a place for that of course – just not for me).
When I got my first X100 over three years ago, I was smitten. I loved it. Though it wasn’t particularly brilliant in low light and focusing was somewhat hit and miss I adored this little box that I could capture memories with.
Then the X-Pro1 came and it really changed the way I work. There is the physical element of course; they are smaller, they weigh less. But you know what, this camera had a soul. Really. This isn’t fanboi stuff here. This camera allowed me to take photos that I would never have managed to with a big DSLR.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a DSLR basher. I still have my Canon 1DX and it has a place for me when shooting fast sports and Whippets but at weddings, I was released from a very heavy bond when the shackles of the DSLR were taken away.
Next week, on the 2nd April at 16:30 BST I’m going to hold a Google Video Hangout. It’s going to be a chilled chat really about the X-Series of cameras and how I use them at weddings. Feel free to join me. I want it to be a multi-person conversation and the more people, the better.
I’ve become pretty passionate about these cameras. There are other CSCs of course, Sony and Olympus both do good jobs too but for me, when I pick up my current wedding gear (X-E2, X-T1 & X100S) I feel empowered, rather than encumbered by the camera.
I’ve been shooting weddings with these cameras progressively for three years. I can literally blend into the canvas that is the wedding day. Often guests ask me what relation I am to the Bride and Groom. They don’t even realise I’m an official photographer a lot of the time.
At pretty much every wedding now there are guests with much bigger (and heavier) cameras than me. I’ve shot three or four weddings using just a pair of X100S’s and there has been guests there with Canon 5D Mark IIIs and 70-200mm lenses.
Often, other photographers say to me; “Clients expect to see professionals with big proper cameras”. Well, that’s rubbish if you ask me. My clients chose me because of my photos, not because of the gear I use. In fact, the gear I use helps me achieve even better photos.
I’m going to be adding a whole load more content to this site as I migrate my Fujifilm archives from my wedding site but in the meantime please look at the slideshow below.
Feel free to leave any comments and finally, to any wedding photographers out there who are considering the X-Series (or, in fact, any other CSCs) and are waiting for a final justification:
These cameras make me think more like a photographer, make me produce better images (I believe), make me see better, make me slow down and make me a far more considered photographer. You should try it!