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.