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Professional Wedding Photography Gear | What Is In My Camera Bag

Ever wonder what is exactly in my camera bag for a wedding day? Here’s a look into the professional wedding photography gear that I have and use on a wedding day. When I first was starting my photography business, I was SO freaking overwhelmed with all the gear that I needed to own to properly have the right tools for the job. I was overwhelmed by all the choices and was trying to understand what lenses were compatible with my camera, what gear I *really* needed, where to spurge and where to save.

Ok, let’s take a peek inside my wedding photography gear.

Below is a list of what is currently in my bag and the gear that I use. After 12 years as a professional wedding photographer, I have actually swapped out some of the more expensive gear for some more affordable options. There are lenses that I find I use all the time, so I invest in those and the lenses I only use for a part of the wedding day or occasionally, so I’d rather have a less expensive. (Plus, I have dropped / broken a lot of camera equipment over the years — so going with a more budget friendly option has saved me some $$$ over the years).

Every wedding photographer approaches the day differently, and what equipment is in my camera bag might not ultimately be what photography cameras / lenses / gear is best for you when you photograph a wedding. My suggestion is to not just buy a piece of gear because someone else has it but because you love it and need it to create your art.

Pro tip: When I was first starting out, I rented a lot of gear before I invested in it. I used to rent the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens for the first year or two when I became a wedding photographer. That lens cost about $2,500 and I wasn’t ready to invest in it that the time, so I would rent it for $50 each time I photographed a wedding.  You can check out your local camera store to rent more expensive lenses or order a lens from places like Lensrental.com.

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission. I only gush about products, companies and things I cannot live without, and it is my goal it share the best things with YOU to save you time from hunting down things that will make your life simpler. 

Wedding Photography Cameras

I keep two full-frame professional mirrorless cameras with me for every wedding and shoot I do. I believe every wedding photographer (and professional photographer) MUST have TWO cameras. You never know when / if something might happen to your primary camera, so I strongly recommend that you invest in two camera bodies.

Two years ago, I made the switch to Sony and a mirrorless camera, and I have to admit, I wish I had made the switch sooner. While I loved my old Nikon D810 DSRL, the thing was HEAVY and when it was paired with a flash and heavy lens, it weighed over 5 pounds. Yikes! It was a lot to lug around, so when I tried out the mirrorless system with Sony, I was in LOVE. It is super lightweight, and my body doesn’t hurt quite the same post-wedding day after carrying around my gear all day because it is so light.

Wedding Photography Gear Checklist - Best Cameras for Wedding Photography Sony A7III

These are the cameras I keep in my photography bag

Wedding Photography Bags

I joked with my photographer friend the other day, that is it impossible to have one camera bag when you are a professional photographer.  Over the years, I have had a handful of different camera bags, but these are what I tend to use the most.

If you are interested in how I travel as destination wedding photographer (I’ve been on nearly 40 flights in the last 3 years to photograph weddings, be sure to check out this blog post coming soon on how I pack and travel as wedding photographer).

Wedding Photography Gear Checklist Camera Bags

1. Camera Bag Backpack | Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Camera & Laptop Backpack

This is like the MVP of camera bags, with its roomy compartments and comfy design. You can stash multiple cameras, lenses, and all those little extras while keeping the weight balanced on your shoulders. While this bag is far from stylish, it has been great for domestic and international travel. I love that you can only get the gear out of the bag when you put it down.

2. Camera Bag Shooting Bag | Shoot Sac

I love to carry on my lenses, extra batteries, cell phone and wallet with me throughout the day so I can quickly grab things as I need them, so I have always used a Shoot Sac camera bag vs dual camera bodies. It works for me, and I love it. It’s great for when you need to switch lenses in a flash or grab a battery in a hurry.

4. Light stand Bag | Manfrotto LBAG 110 Lightstand Bag

I use this bag for all of my light stands, umbrellas, styling mats and Mag Mod

4. Camera Bag Roller Bag | Lowepro Pro Roller x200 AW Rolling Bag

I have had my Lowepro Pro RollerX200 AW Rolling Bag for 12+ years and this baby is still going strong. It is technically a little bigger than the carry on dimensions for domestic travel but is still great to use for a wedding day. If you are looking for something similar, I’d grab the Manfrotto Advanced III Rolling Camera Bag as it is similar to the bag I have.

Then there’s the roller bag, perfect for those who lug around heavier gear or if you have a lot of camera gear. This is also great for destination wedding photographers. This bad boy comes with wheels and a telescopic handle, so you can effortlessly glide through the wedding chaos.

Wedding Photography Lenses

Over the years, I have paired down my lens collection to what I use the most and these 4 Sony lenses + 1 Nikon lens are what I use every wedding day. Stay tuned for a full post about what lenses I use during each portion of the wedding day.

Wedding Photography Gear Checklist Lenses

1. 49mm Close-Up Filter Set (+1, 2, 4 and +10 Diopters) Magnification Kit : I ditched having a heavy macro lens for details and instead use these for the 5-10 images I take of the rings / jewelry during bride prep and put this on my Sony ZEISS 55mm lens

2.  Sony ZEISS Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens  : My go to portrait lenses especially when I want to bokeh out a blurry background

3.  Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens : I  mainly use this for reception dance photos and sometimes during bride prep in small spaces.

4.  Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD  : I use this lens during the ceremony and during toasts / first dances.

5. Sony Sonnar ZEISS T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens : If I had to photograph a wedding all day with just one lens, this would be what I would pick. I love this lens so much.

6.  Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G : This stays on my 35mm film camera, and I love using this with my 55mm so that my film scans match my digital.

 

Wedding Photography Lighting  + Flashes

Wedding Photography Gear Checklist Lighting

Lighting Gear

FLASHES

+ (3) Flashpoint Zoom Li-ion R2 TTL On-Camera Flash Speedlight: My off-camera lights that I use during family portraits and during the reception.

+ (1) Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 Round Flash: This is my go-to on camera flash that I use throughout the day. It triggers all my other flashes and I can adjust the off camera flash settings from the camera.

OTHER LIGHTING

+ (3) Impact Light Stand: I use these for family portraits, reception coverage and end of the night photos.

+ (1) Wescott White Umbrella:  I typically use these during family portraits inside and possibly if I am doing an end of night photo to diffuse the light.

+ (1) Flashpoint R2 XProL II 2.4GHz TTL Wireless Flash Trigger: I have one of these so I can fire my off camera flashes when I don’t need a flash.

+ (2) Flashpoint R2 Single Pin Transceiver: I keep these in my bag so my second shooters can figure my off camera flashes and still keep a flash on their camera.

+ (4) Mag Mod Flash Gels – I use these when a room has a lot of warm light that I need to balance with the whole Mag Mod system because it is a super strong magnet that is super easy to change / use.

+ (4) Mag Mod Grip

+ (4) MagMod MagGel Holder

 

Wedding Photography Film Kit

As a hybrid wedding photographer, I also shoot film throughout the wedding day. My film kit is a bit smaller than some other film photographers and has changed over the years. This is what I have in my current film kit.

Wedding Photography Gear Checklist Film Photography

1. Pentax 645N Medium Format Film

2. Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter: I love this light meter. I keep the bulb in and meter for the shadows when I shoot my film.

3. VIJIM VL120 LED on Camera Video Light: I use this when I need a little more light on something. You can adjust the white balance / kelvin on it and the brightness. It is also great when it’s really dark and your camera is struggling to focus.

5. Kodak Professional Portra 400 Film, 120 : My go-to film stock for 120 film / medium format film.

4. KODAK Portra 400 35mm Film

6. Nikon 65N 35mm Film Camera

7. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G 

Wedding Photography Gear Extras

There are always a lot of little things that I keep in my photography gear. And what I think are essential as wedding photographer.

Wedding Photography Gear Checklist Extras

+ Sandisk SD Cards :You can never have too many SD cards. I personally do not delete my memory cards until I deliver the gallery and backup the RAW files in 4 places.

+ Eneloop batteries + charger : My favorite rechargable batteries that I use in my flashes / flash triggers.

+ Plastic storage case for batteries : This keeps my batteries organized in my bag. Batteries that are charged stay in the case while loose batteries go in my charging bag so I know what needs to be charged when I get home.

+ Camera Battery Bag : I love having a bag like this to keep all my camera batteries organized. I flip the batteries to know if they are dead or charged.

+ Phone Camera Mount : I attach my phone to camera for behind the scenes while I am shooting.

Want to add my camera bag to your Amazon wishlist? Here is the full list of everything I need when it comes to wedding photography gear + essentials.

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission. I only gush about products, companies and things I cannot live without, and it is my goal it share the best things with YOU to save you time from hunting down things that will make your life simpler. 

 

>>>>>Interested in more photography tips + advice? Be sure to check out a ton of free photography resources and education on the blog like how to determine your ideal client and which cameras and lens I bring with me when I travel out of the country for personal projects.<<<<<

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