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What's In My Camera Bag? | Minimal Wedding Photography Gear

I like to keep things simple 🙂 I don’t carry a lot of things with me in my camera bag– 2 cameras, 2 main prime lenses, an extra prime lens, a cleaning brush, batteries, hanger, and camera straps. It makes it so my arms are free most of the day, I’m not lugging equipment everywhere with me and I feel like I have more room to be creative. In this video, I will show you what that looks like and share with you why I’ve chosen the equipment I have!

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  1. Hi Guys! It's been 7 months since I made this video, so I wanted to give a little update. While my gear list is still the same, I did add an on-camera flash (and diffuser) to my kit. I wanted to be prepared since my area was covered with smoke from the fires currently wreaking havoc in California, Oregon, and Washington– making lighting more difficult and bringing darkness hours earlier than typical. It was a good addition to have and I'm excited to play around with it more and use it as a backup when it's simply too dark to use natural light!

  2. Yes love your energy and humour!

    Way way way back in the days of film myself and other pros would have a couple of lenses and bodies to.
    When I was an assistant photographer in television production I would lug around a bag full of fast primes and a couple of bodies not to mention the other bag full of medium format. Wow that was heavy man 😂
    So yeah a couple of primes is good. It's refreshing to find a utuber like you who hasn't tons and tons of gear because those that might want to start out making a living in photography can find it so expensive to start!

  3. Just found you and love how real you are with your gear! I’m a wedding photographer as well and I just started my channel a few months ago:) I’m still trying to finetune my niche but photography tips for everyday bloggers is a big part of it 🙂 I just packed a hanger today because of you!

  4. Love your energy and humour! It's great when you get to know certain wedding venues, you can really minimise your gear to suit particular venues. I had so much gear at one point that it all went on a wheelie trolley. Carrying 3 Sigma primes, 3 Tamrons (the holy trinity of zooms), 2 Nikon primes, 2x D800's and a D610 as backup… phew! So, so heavy🤣. Roll on 5 years, and now I just use the Nikon Z6, z50, the 35mm 1.8s, 85mm 1.8s and the 14-30 f4. That's it! So sharp, so light and it all fits into a manfrotto messenger bag. I sold the rest, I just kept the 24-70 and 70-200 as backup. The remainder was overkill and way too heavy. I discovered, less means more. I Lost count in the past were I'd be dithering thinking, " shall I use the 70-200 f2.8 or the 85 f1.4?" Now I work with what I've got and somehow you just get on with telling the story. It's a lot more fun! Now I fell like I'm part of the celebration too, having fun and mixing with the couple and the guests more. Let's hope 2021 is s better year for us all.

  5. As a long time wedding photographer I carry a few more things than you. I too carry two bodies, often three bodies, Canon 5D MK IV, Canon EOS R, and Canon 6D MK II. I carry two or three flashes with modifiers, and a couple of light stands, and a tripod. I'll often set up a couple of lights to light the reception/dance area. A radio trigger. A reflector silver/gold. Lenses: Two 70-200 2.8 L. I set one up in the balcony of a church, or at the entrance to the church, on a tripod, for close up existing light photos of the bride and grooms ceremony. The other on my MK IV. I also have a 24-70 2.8 L, a 50mm macro, and a 50mm f/8. The macro is for the ring shots and some detail work, the 50 is for detail and establishment work. I also usually have an 85mm 1.8, and a 35mm 2.0. I have a monopod, my assistant carries it with one of my flashes with a demb flipper on it for when I shoot table shots, etc. I have battery grips on all the cameras I own so I rarely need to change batteries but, I carry extra ones just in case, and extra batteries for my flash. I've recently been experimenting with Godox flashes, and the Lithium battery the 860VII, (I believe that's the correct designation) uses will last an entire 12 hour wedding/reception. But I do carry an extra Lithium battery for it just in case. I carry a small screwdriver, nut driver, cleaning cloth, liquid, etc. for my lenses and tripod/monopod if something comes loose. I have straps on all my cameras, and carry one or two on my shoulder(s) as necessary. I've shot in a ton of very dark venues where even a 1.2 lens cannot capture the light you need so I've learned that having flash capability is important. My most used lens is the 70-200 2.8L and the second most used is the 24-70 2.8L. Once I shoot detail shots with the 50mm, ring shots with the 50 macro, they're back in the camera bag. I often use the 85mm 1.8 for close ups of dancers, or candids of people at the wedding, etc. I think that about covers it, I've probably left something out but oh well.
    I have taught many workshops for wedding photographers and the one thing I've told them is "if you're ever going to get sued, as a photographer, it will be as a result of shooting a wedding." The moral of the story is be prepared to deliver quality photographs, albums, etc., to the person or people that hired you. If you can't get a shot due to a lack of equipment you may pay a pretty good price. I also recommend insurance through PPA, that will help. I've never been sued but I know photographers who have been and it's not fun and it's expensive. I guess I'm saying this to you so you will consider flash equipment. I'm amazed that you've not encountered situations you simply could not shoot because it was too dark, like an outdoor wedding at night. Or a reception that was so dimly lit that no amount of ISO adjustment and F-stop opening would allow you to capture adequate photos. Being a wedding photographer is like that old saying "were you having fun till you got your eye poked out?" You need to be aware of the pitfalls.

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