WHAT’S IN MY BAG
Updated: Jan 4, 2018
I want to start off this post by stating that it’s important to understand that equipment isn’t everything. I have seen SO many talented photographers produce incredible work with equipment that some wouldn’t deem as “professional”. Always remember that it’s not always about WHAT you have – it’s about what you DO with it! However, I do believe that investing in professional grade equipment can help further your business as you get down the road. By no means am I saying that you NEED all of this equipment to start your business! My first wedding was photographed on a Nikon 800E using a kit lenses and guess what? Those pictures still turned out great! But as I have continued my journey, I have found that I was in need of certain equipment and that’s when I started building my collection!
Having great gear can mean incredible things for your work, but I'll tell you that just honing in on my craft is what helped me to realize that learned skill, practice and a true understanding of light can take you much further than having the best gear. I aim to have equipment that will help me deliver the very best images.
I’ve received multiple emails & messages from Clients & Other photographers asking me about equipment I use – I'm of course more than happy to share and will try to give a little bit of insight along with the list of equipment I own! Just keep in mind that so much of the final product comes from what you know about light, whatever gear you have to work with and who you are as a photographer.
CAMERAS : Canon EOS 5D Mark III – 2 No’s (Camera Bodies)
Well for starters, this thing is a serious workhorse! I love it like I would love a child. With the large amount of focus points & the dual card slots, this beast is everything. I loved it so much that I bought two! Having the dual card slots is so important being a wedding photographer! I’m able to record all the photos taken on a wedding day onto a SD card and a CF card. So in the event that one of the cards possibly fails, the other card still has all the images! This has never actually happened to me but you can’t be too careful when it comes to wedding photography! I currently have two of these that I haul around with me to all my wedding
Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L Lens: (This is my most used lens & this is a priceless lens for me at weddings)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L Lens: (It’s generally on one of my cameras all day at weddings! For my love of the standard focal length primes)
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Lens: (Inexpensive lens, but extremely awesome)
Canon 135mm f/2.0l: (The compression is GORGEOUS! And it is so sharp! I’m actually surprised that this lens isn’t more popular)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Lens: (For those candid moments! I use this for engagement sessions, headshots, and almost all the portrait-related portions of a wedding day!)
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens: (This lens is my absolute FAVORITE when it comes to detail shots – and my up close detail photos – jewellery, rings, bridal details. My second shooter has used it in the past at ceremonies, as well!)
Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM Lens: (Ultra Wide lens for travel photography),
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens: (My main lens for portraits. I love using this for Wedding Films too.)
LIGHTING & ACCESSORIES
ETTL Flashes – Canon 580 Ex II (Discontinued now)
ETTL Flashes – Canon 600 Ex RT
A couple of Manual Flashes
LED Continuous Light & Light Stand, Video Light
Wireless Flash Triggers, Calumet Wireless Trigger Kit
Memory Cards: (SanDisk 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Cards), External Hard Drives
Camera Batteries and Chargers
Lens cleaning kit comprising a blower, Zeiss lens cleaning solution and micro fibre cloth.
Don't be afraid to try and find the equipment that works best for you and fits your own personal style! For me personally, getting back into film is what has really pushed my style to evolve into what feels perfectly right for me and my business and it took a long time to figure it out! Trial and error is just a part of the fun -
Hope this helps in deciding your camera kit. Remember to make upgrades incrementally to your camera kit and buy only what you definitely require and will immediately use.