To capture the most beautiful day in someone's life, has to be a unique experience! In this blog, wedding photographer Marije Baan takes us to Norway, where she was invited to photograph a beautiful wedding with the help of her Sigma 35mm Art-lens and Sigma 85mm Art-lens.
Being a wedding photographer is an amazing profession! You have the opportunity to be a part of the most beautiful day in the life of the wedding couple. A day where love prevails, where everybody is enjoying themselves, and where you usually get to stay in a gorgeous location. To get to photograph this and to witness those looks of trust exchanged by the couple, is a unique experience every time.
When my partner and I heard in December 2016 that Wessel and Linsey wished to book us for their wedding in Norway, we were ecstatic! This was a dream come true, to say the least. So, on March 8th, we left for Norway. We were excited to see the snow, the mountains, experience the peace and quiet, and the space! We arrived a day earlier, so that we would have the Friday to get to know the surroundings and to prepare properly for the wedding shoot.
The wedding was one for the books! The day began in the house where Wessel and Linsey live. For the moment of getting dressed, I mostly used my Sigma 35mm Art lens. This gives you plenty of wide-angle in a small space, and allows you to capture details perfectly. Then Wessel came to pick up his Linsey. Because there was still a lot of snow, and the ground had frozen over that night, it was quite slippery. Linsey had to be really careful when she walked outside, but luckily everything went all right. For these moments, the Sigma 85mm Art lens is ideal. You can keep your distance from the wedding couple, which gives them the chance to thoroughly experience the special moment with the two of them. Because of the fast autofocus, you can promptly capture emotional moments, without missing anything.
For the wedding photo shoot, we drove to the mountains of Hemsedal. Wessel is totally crazy about the rugged rocks so, of course, they had to serve as a background element. A little further up the mountain, we created some stunning and emotional moments. The detail photos of the bride and groom were taken here as well. I really think the Sigma 85mm Art is a must-have for these moments. The lens is certainly not very light, but compared to the Canon 70-200mm, it handles much more stably. It doesn't have IS, but I prefer to keep it stable myself, rather than have the lens correct my movements. It is awesome how you're able to really have the wedding couple pop against the background. The lens is as clear as can be. There were even a couple of photos that I was amazed over myself. Linsey's eyes were so striking in them. That is really to cool to see when you're going through the photos!
During the ceremony, the Sigma 85mm Art was ideal as well. Here too, I didn't have to get too close to the couple. You certainly don't want to be an intrusive element during this important moment. It is also better for capturing the emotions of the guests 'unnoticed'.
The dinner and the party took place in a traditional vikinghus. An amazing, old log house with all kinds of old Viking details. There were candles and candle holders everywhere, as if we were dining in a Pinterest picture. It was so cosy, such a great atmosphere! But for us, this dark vikinghus was quite the challenge. Not a single ray of light entered the house, there was only candle light. So, we were very happy that we had brought such amazing equipment with us. Partly thanks to Photospecialist, we had two Canon 5D mark IVs with us and a Canon 5D Mark III. Especially the two Sigma lenses and the 5D Mark IVs were a god-send in the dark house. The lens had a bit of a hard time focussing, but overall it went quite well.
Previously, I have rented the Canon 85mm 1.2 lens several times, but this lens did not meet my expectations unfortunately. I know many people swear by this lens, but for me, nothing beats the Sigma 85mm Art. With the Canon, I often struggled with the slow autofocus, making me miss the moment. But the Sigma was spot on every time. Additionally, I feel that the Canon has a considerable chromatic aberration, but with the Sigma this is minimal! This great equipment has definitely helped us deliver an amazing shoot, that we are really happy with.