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I started my photography business with the original Canon 5D and a kit lens. At the time it was a HUGE investment, but 8+ years later I only look back and smile at my humble beginnings. Over the years I’ve bought and sold my gear several times always with the intention of perfecting what I use. A good blend of quality, ease of use, and speed is essential (because hello, wedding days move quickly!).

I need to trust my gear 100% and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results I get with the gear list below. Maybe you’re a photographer yourself, or just curious about what’s in my bag – regardless this post is for you!

Wedding Photography Gear List

Los Angeles Wedding Photography Gear List

Camera Bodies:

(2) Canon 5D M3 – I adore this camera so much, which is why I have two of them! From the dual card slots, to the high ISO capabilities I couldn’t imagine photographing a wedding with anything else.

Lens:

50 Sigma Art 1.4 – I struggled shooting wide open for years, and it wasn’t until I got this lens that I was able to really nail my focus at 1.4. This is my go to lens and a favorite for portraits.

35 Canon 1.4 – Another one of my favorite lens, especially for large wedding parties and wide, environmental photos.

135 Canon 2.0 – The things this beauty does to backgrounds is amazing, seriously butter!!

70-200 Canon 2.8 – This is my go-to ceremony lens. It allows me to get close up photos without being distracting, or getting in the way during the ceremony. It’s a MUST for any wedding photographer.

24-105 Canon 4.0 – This happens to be one of the first lens I ever bought, and is still in my camera bag to this day! It is a beast, and on my camera for the duration of the reception.

150 Sigma Macro – Another great Sigma lens! I use this lens for all my ring photos, macro shots of details, and jewelry. Out of all the lens I use, this one is probably used the least, but is needed in order to get those beautiful macro photos.

Lighting:

(2) Canon 600EX flashes – I could go on and on about how much I love these flashes. I struggled for years with my reception lighting, but once I got these bad boys everything just came together. They are SUPER reliable and a must for off camera lighting.

Rogue Flash Bender – This guy is on my flash 99% of the time, and so great at softening my reception lighting. Plus it’s great for outdoor receptions where I cannot bounce my light off the ceiling.

Video Light – I couldn’t find the exact video light I have, but this is very similar. I use this for lighting reception details like centerpieces at night, or in a dimly lit ballroom. It really makes all the difference to create dynamic reception images.

Hyper Drive – This handy drive allows me to download and backup my second shooters photos on site. Can you say game changer?

Light Stand (not pictured) – This is the best light stand I’ve ever owned. It’s light weight, sturdy, and tall enough for any reception setting.

Bags: (not pictured)

Kelly Moore Bag – I’ve owned 3 different Kelly Moore Bags over the years and I’ve loved them all. They are fashionable, keep my gear safe, and I’m able to set my bag down (without it falling over) to save my shoulders and back the pain of lugging 20+ pounds around for 8-10 hours at a time.

Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby – This is actually a new addition to my gear, and I only wish I purchased it sooner! My light stand attaches to the side of the bag, the 4 wheels make it easy to roll, and all my gear feels extra secure – win, win, WIN.

Accessories: (not pictured)

Apple Watch  – Another new addition to my gear, this gadget has been so much fun! I can quickly and easily text the planner, my second shooter, and make sure I don’t miss any important wedding day related calls while I’m busy shooting and directing people.

Swell Water Bottle – This bottle comes with me everywhere, even when it’s not a wedding day. Staying hydrated is SUPER important, and this bottle keeps my water cold for up to 24 hours!

Sunscreen/Snacks/Gum – All must haves on wedding days.

Memory Cards – My preference is SanDisk or Lexar memory cards.

Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers

There you have it! It may seem like a lot of gear when it’s all listed out, but believe me, this is very streamlined and efficient. I hope this post is helpful for you and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!

I’m not gonna lie, the day of Jen and Jeff’s Los Angeles engagement photography session I was not feeling 100%, definitely different that my usual self. A busy week left me feeling super tired and worn out. I was seriously wondering how I was going to make it through this session. But then it all changed. Jen and Jeff showed up, and it was like a breath of fresh air.

When I started shooting, I instantaneously felt refreshed and revived by the positive energy Jen and Jeff brought with them. My mood was up, and I was eager to see how their session would unfold. Let’s just say I was not disappointed and it was one of those moments that reminded me exactly why I do what I do – because I love every moment of it! The light was seriously dreamy, the weather cooperated beautifully and the location, overlooking the Los Angeles skyline, worked out perfectly!

Los Angeles Engagement Photography

Los Angeles Engagement Photography

Capturing both urban and natural elements during an engagement shoot makes me super happy. When you are a SoCal resident, you sometimes lose appreciation of the city (cue: traffic nightmares). So when you get the chance to perch yourself above the city, taking in the breathtaking skyline and feeling the energy of the people below – it’s a pretty awesome experience.

The effortlessness of Jeff and Jen’s love made it even easier easy to capture these stunning images I hope they are able to treasure forever. They were so comfortable in front of the camera and with each other. This engagement shoot was truly a pleasure, and I cannot wait for their wedding later this year with Master Plans Event & Designs!

By the end of this session, my exhaustion was a distant memory. The only thing left was immense happiness. Contentment. Fulfillment. Oh, and beautiful photographs.

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  • Rachelle - I love how you captured the cities beauty and the cozy comfort and love between these two! Great job Kaysha!!

This Huntington Beach newborn photography session holds a very special place in my heart. I had the privilege of photographing Carrie and Justin’s Retro Ranch wedding (I’m still swooning over the back of her wedding gown). I’m also lucky to work alongside Carrie for several weddings each year because she is the mastermind behind Pure Lavish Events. I know this post is about her new baby boy – but if you are in the market for an event planner – you should definitely check Pure Lavish out!

When I found out Carrie and Justin were expecting I was hoping I would get the chance to photograph their sweet babe – so I was thrilled when they asked me to take these newborn photos!

Huntington Beach Newborn Photography

Huntington Beach Newborn Photography

Newborn shoots can be unpredictable, because…well….newborns are unpredictable. Parents are tired, baby tummy’s are hungry and everyone is still learning how to make their new babe happy. Carrie and Justin’s sweet boy was a super easy subject. And that hair – with those natural highlights. Totally. In. Love!

While weddings definitely make up the bulk of my business, lifestyle shoots like newborn photography, hold a special place in my heart. Being able to photograph someone so new to this world and to capture the overwhelming love of the new parents is one of the biggest privileges of my profession.

Props and staging can be a lot of fun, but I like to utilize as many natural elements as possible and capitalize on things like light and emotions. And besides, who needs props when you have baby toes?!

We couldn’t resist using this new dad’s firefighter helmet and his son was as snug as a bug in it. What a proud moment to both witness and capture for these parents. I hope their son treasures these photos when he gets older as much as his parents treasured him during this session.

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  • Rachelle - So sweet! Love all the precious details and the sign is adorable!! :)

Photographing couples will always be one of my favorite things. There is something so amazing about getting to know two individuals, and their dynamics as a couples. I love to ask questions during my sessions, and I always feel like I walk away having a really good understanding of their relationship. This couldn’t be more true for Nichole and Phil’s Costa Mesa Maternity shoot!

Costa Mesa Maternity Photos

Couple Kissing at Costa Mesa Maternity Shoot

These cuties have been married for years, and were actually both in their friends Alyson and Scott’s Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Wedding, that I photographed a few years back. Today it’s all about them, and their growing family!

For their maternity session, they wanted a rustic park setting and I knew the ideal hidden location in Costa Mesa. This dreamy spot was beyond perfection, and I could just live in these images. So much pretty! To makes things even better, Nichole wore the festive pink dress that hugged her baby bump just right.

Becoming parents is a big decision, and it’s something that Nichole and Phil have wanted to many years. I’m so incredibly happy for this new stage in their lives together, and I have no doubt they will make the most amazing parents.

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My favorite photo from the entire shoot! Look how happy and in love they are!!

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How adorable are they together!?! I cannot get enough of their cuteness!

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  • Rachelle - Love that dress and the dreamy photos! Congrats on the little one on the way!!

When it comes to weddings, we know it’s common to focus all our attention on the bride. From her ring, to gown, to jewelry and shoes, her choices are endless. But what about the groom? So often I see grooms wearing ill fitted rental suits and shoes. This breaks my heart because it’s not just the brides big day, the guys deserve to look and feel their best as well! Thankfully Grooms Grotto is changing all that.

Last year I was introduced to Grooms Grotto and instantly feel in love. These guys are changing the wedding world one custom suit at a time. Not only are their suits fully customizable, but the fit is amazing, and the price is more than reasonable! I’m thrilled to share more about this amazing company below, and did I mention they are OC based – it’s just keeps getting better and better!

Grooms Grotto

Grooms Grotto Custom Suits

Tell us a little bit about how you got started in weddings? 

Grooms Grotto recognizes that the groom and his wedding party are extremely underserved when it comes to suit and tux options. Co-founders Matt and Nick realized this after being in several weddings themselves. Every wedding they either had to make their way to a rental shop or to a low-end department store to find a suit that fit everyone size and budget.

Suit shopping became a chore rather than a positive experience. In the end, the Groom always had to settle on a generic suit or tux that worked for all of his groomsmen.

Meanwhile, the bride-to-be had the full experience. She went with her friends and family to a bridal shop, toasted champagne, and said “yes to the dress”.

Grooms Grotto is shaking up the industry and giving back to the Groom. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience as well as a quality custom suit at an affordable price.

How would you describe your style? 

Grooms Grotto remains as style neutral as possible. We spend a lot of time asking questions about the wedding theme, colors, and vision of the wedding couple. Our goal is to help our clients design a suit that reflects their personality while fitting into the overall vision and theme of the wedding.

What inspires you? 

Making the world a better place one suit at a time. It is very gratifying to watch the Groom try on our suit for the very first time. It is the moment that sparks confidence and an emotional realization that this suit was designed specifically for his wedding day.

What do you love about weddings?  

The common thread that we love is that no two weddings are the same. Each wedding is an expression of the couple’s personality in which they invite family and friends to celebrate their commitment to each other.

What are the most important factors couples should consider when choosing suits?

1.)  Fit – Most suits found in high-end department stores or rental shops are what the industry calls “Off the Rack”. This means they are mass-produced by the thousands in a few different generic sizes. To complicate the process, each Brand will assume different proportions and fabric allowances. This is why the same size from one Brand will fit completely different than the same size in another Brand. This makes selecting the proper fit for an entire wedding party very challenging and usually results in costly suit alterations or bad wedding photos.

2.)  Suit Options- Weddings are a special and unique day for the Bride & the Groom. Countless hours are spent selecting the flowers, vendors, bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses. We believe that the Groom and his groomsman should have just as many options when selecting their suits.

When you buy a Grooms Grotto suit or tux, you get to choose from hundreds of fabrics, liners, buttons, and design options. Most importantly you get a suit that was designed for you that will fit you perfectly regardless of your size or body type.

What sets you apart from others in your field? 

We provide detailed comprehensive style consulting to create the perfect custom suit for the Groom and his groomsmen. We value the experience just as much as the quality of our suits. That is why “The Grotto” was designed to be a place where you can come relax, have a beer, and catch up with your friends all while being measured for your custom suit. We invite you to come and experience the Grotto, you won’t be disappointed.

What advice do you have for newly engaged couples?

Enjoy the process!! Getting married is not just about the big day but also the days before and the days long after.

  • Rachelle - What a great idea to ensure a guy looks his best on the big day!