Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you it’s not the gear that makes the photographer, it’s the person behind the gear.
While I 100% agree with that, we’d be silly to say gear doesn’t matter.
So what’s in my bag? I’m glad you asked:
(2) Canon 5D Mark III – I shoot on two camera bodies during our clients’ weddings and on one body during portrait sessions (the other camera then acts as a backup…you know…just in case.)
Prime lenses – Canon 35mm 1.4 L II USM, Canon 50mm 1.4 USM, Canon 85mm 1.8 USM, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM
Zoom lenses – Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L USM, Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L IS USM
(2) Canon Speedlite 600 EXII-RT
MagMod MagSphere Flash Defuser
Oatmeal Lace Design Short Apron
Rose Anvil Dual Camera Harness
Seagate Backup Plus 2 TB External Harddrives (I get a new one for each season so I don’t have to delete anything)
SanDisk Extreme Pro Memory Cards
MacBook Pro Laptop
Assorted trays in varying sizes
The Mrs. Box brand ring boxes
The Styling Mat brand styling mat
(4) KISS brand travel styling mats – 3 linen mats, 1 suede mat
(2) Bridal hangers
Assorted ribbons in neutral colors
And on a wedding day, you’ll see me toting most of my gear in these four bags.
Roller Suitcase: When I first started shooting weddings, I knew I wanted a case that could carry all of my gear. I wanted a Pelican case but at several hundred dollars a pop, I wasn’t able to afford it. So, naturally, I went the DIY approach and took an old carry-on suitcase, added foam inserts, and turned it into a rolling camera case.
Vera Bradley bag: My entire styling kit fits into a Vera Bradley Grand Weekender Travel Bag (except for the KISS travel styling mats which are in their own tube travel case).
Backpack: On wedding days, I bring my laptop and external hard drive in my Vinta Type-II Backpack so I can start importing and organizing the couple’s wedding photos during their reception. At photography sessions, I’ll pack my backpack with a single camera body and two camera lenses.
How do we even start to say thank you for all the work and effort you put into our wedding day?
- Josie and Scott
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!
- GRACE AND NICK
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!
- Alisa AND Adam
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!
- Emma AND Erik
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!
- Haley AND Erick
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!