What’s in my camera bag // Wedding Gear // Huntsville Wedding Photographer

Wedding Gear

Let’s talk about wedding gear. Every photographer is a little different about what they decide to invest in, gear-wise. There are many items out there for shooting weddings so really it’s more about finding the equipment that improves your overall quality or makes it easier to do your job (or hopefully both). Ultimately, if you do photography as a profession/business you need high quality gear. Having the right gear for the type of photography you do is like having the right tools to build a house. It takes time and research to figure out what tools you need for the job (depending on what you plan to specialize in and your business model) and over time you invest in those tools.

Here’s what I take to every wedding:

-Nikon D850 (as my main camera)

-Nikon D800 (as a backup camera)

-Extra camera batteries

-Lots of memory cards (sd and cf)

-Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 II- I use this mostly for ceremonies and anytime I want to get true candids from afar.

-Nikkor 105mm 1.4- Great for details and ring shots.

-Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art- A good one for large group shots or wide shots of the ceremony or reception.

-Nikkor 50mm 1.4 D-This one is great for family pictures and most everything else (its very versatile).

-Nikkor 85mm 1.4 G-My go-to lens for portraits that only involve one or two people.

*(I also have a Nikkor 24-70 2.8 but I rarely use this lens- which is just a personal preference).

That covers cameras and lens for weddings, what about supplemental lighting? Everyone knows that most receptions have poor lighting so you pretty much have to be ready for anything (check out the reception pictures from the Botanical Garden wedding, can you tell the power was out  for most of the reception and we only had the building’s emergency lights as ambient light?). Having fast lenses that work great in low lighting is very important (when working in less than ideal lighting) but additional light sources is important as well!

For additional lighting I use:

-Four Nikon Flashes (one on camera and three for ocf lighting)

-Pocket Wizards to trigger those flashes

-A video light

-Three sturdy light stands

-One small stand for backlighting

-LOTS of batteries

-Large reflectors

In addition to equipment, I also bring a lot of miscellaneous items to every wedding. Everything from command hooks to a sewing kit to pretty hangers… I feel like I have it all. Most of these items I have accumulated over the eight years I’ve been photographing weddings and I’m still adding items (just a few weeks ago I realized I needed a compact umbrella on me at all times, just in case it decides to rain in the middle of a ceremony).


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