The demands of wedding photography are many: you need reliability, fast autofocus, low-light capabilities and durability. But more than that, you also need the equipment that's going to become an extension of your hand, kit that allows you to capture the fleeting moments of joy, laughter and tears that come and go in seconds – without a chance for reshoots.
"It's a privilege for me to be the most intimate witness of my couples' day," says Alison Bounce, who has been a wedding photographer for more than a decade and shot hundreds of ceremonies. "It's amazing to know people trust you. You are the closest person with them – you see everything during the day. For me, it's all about love and it makes me very happy."
But Alison doesn't just document her couple's day. Her portfolio is full of creative magic: a bride seemingly levitating above a hedge, a groom's silhouette emerging from the shadows, a spoon being comically used as a shoehorn. She's telling the story of the day, but with joyful glimpses of the easily missed moments that create visual mementos that last forever. But there are no secret props behind the scenes – "I have nothing!" she insists. For the most part, she credits the pursuit of capturing every opportunity that unfolds in front of her, which means shooting, shooting, shooting – and not just on wedding days. "You need to train your eyes," says Alison. "To see the light, to see them. You need to photograph all day, every day."
She may not have props up her sleeve, but capturing the moment does mean Alison requires reliability, durability and accuracy from her carefully selected kit. As part of the Canon Learning Series on YouTube, we spoke to Alison to hear what tools she shoots with and why.