This engagement shot is by no means an award winning shot, but a transitional one depicting the engaged couple walking down the street. It has its purpose: to make the couple feel more comfortable in front of my camera. This image was taken at a very shallow depth of field (f2) with my Canon 135mm f2 lens. While I absolutely adore that lens, I find it a bit on the longer side when it comes to photo shoots as I am so far from the subject that have to shout directions in order for the couple to hear me. For photojournalistic coverage on the wedding day, the 135mm is an excellent choice, but for more posed photos, my go to lens is the Canon 85mm f1.2.
Having a few prime lenses on me, namely the Canon 35mm f1.4 vII (which is a super amazing lens), the Canon 85mm 1.2 and the Canon 135mm f2 at any time of day allows me to cover a wide range of focal lengths and give my clients a variety of shots.
When I started photographing weddings I was shooting at f1.something but I find that shooting at a higher f stop such as f8, f11 helps one also become a better photographer because a wedding photographer has to take into consideration the backgrounds as well. Besides, shooting at a higher f stop forces one to think more about composition as everything is in focus and we don't have the luxury of showing only the subject in focus to eliminate the distractions in the background.
As such, the photographer has to become more careful about the environment before shooting any image.
Location: 114 Scollard St, Toronto, ON M5R 1G2, Canada.