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!
(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.
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.
(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!