Will's Wedding Photography Kit
I have my backpack here packed with my wedding kit and this is my specific wedding kit. I just wanted to share with you exactly what I need to take out for weddings that I'm shooting. Now, this is the exact kit that I used to shoot some of the photos that we're gonna be going through uh in the editing process. So keep that in mind, this is what I have been running around with. Now, I, I really prepared my backpack for uh an entire wedding. So it's got everything that I need, not just the photo equipment and we'll go over that. I don't wanna get too deep into specific brands. I will tell you what my brands are, but think more about this. You know what? In fact, I'm not gonna tell you what my brands are. We're just going to specifically talk about what the object is and what it will do for me. Brands don't matter right now, we're just talking about what you need to shoot a wedding and this is what I use for my wedding photography. Let's get started. So this backpack is a very specific ph...
oto backpack and it has a door in the back. Um And I will show you the entire kit. So let's open it. I like this backpack because it is black, which is really nice and professional looking for a wedding. It's got these really cool leather ties that work well and look classy for being at a wedding event and it doesn't draw a lot of attention. The thing for me with a lot of photography, especially for wedding is not drawing attention to yourself necessarily. You kinda wanna be a fly on the wall. So let's open up the back, take a look at my kit and here is the entire layout. Now, I'll show up to a wedding like this. But as soon as I get there, things are gonna start coming out and it starts to get a little chaotic. So let's go ahead and pull out first, the body. I'm using this nice big full frame mirrorless camera and my main lens on it is going to be the 24 to 70. Now, this is what I'm gonna be using most of the time with this entire kit. Um So we'll take the mirrorless. I actually have these little uh pucks on them, which I use for my camera strap. I can take it off. And on a lot of times I'll start the day with just the camera strap on this camera before I move into my dual camera mode. So we'll take those out. This is going to be my main lens. This is a 24 to 70 it's for a full frame and it's got a nice wide range autofocus is great. But again, this will be probably my hero lens that I'll start with for most of the night, it is a 2.8 24 to 70. This is my 70 to 200. Actually, it is an F four because to be honest, I could not afford the 2.8 and typically with the full frame camera that I have, I can get away with this F four lens, um it is a 70 to 200 this is what I'm gonna be using for pretty much only the ceremony. Now, we'll talk more about this when we start shooting, but I use it for the ceremony and I use it to get the first kiss walking down the aisles, stuff like that. Sometimes I'll use it for uh sort of sniping. Sometimes I'll use it for sort of long range uh Candid photos when people can't see me. I love the Boca at 200 even at an F four. And so this is sort of my long range 70 to 200 lens. The next lens I have is oh yeah, the wonderful 85 millimeter 1.4 lens that I use for pretty much all my portraits. Um As long as I have enough space, um you do have to step back a little bit to get a nice, beautiful frame um for your bride or your groom with this lens. But it is what I use for portraits most of the time. It actually also comes in pretty handy because it is the fastest lens in my kit between the three lenses that I have, you can get it to a 1.4 and it lets a ton of light in. So have my 24 to 70 my 70 to 200 my portrait lens. Um I think in the future, I actually am thinking about getting a 90 but we'll see. So that's it for the main camera system. Now, I also, again, full disclosure, can't afford or couldn't afford at the time, a second body. And that's what I would normally have um as a backup or as a secondary camera. But in the meantime, um the camera brand that I use actually produces a really, really beautifully uh equipped point and shoot camera that acts as my second camera and my backup camera. I would hate to shoot an entire wedding on a fixed lens camera. This is a fixed 28 full frame camera, but it does come in really handy when I have my 70 to 200 on one side, I can still get wide shots with the 28 on my other side. So I keep this camera as my secondary camera to do that. Um In the future, I'm saving up for, uh, a whole another body, uh, like the first body I had to get, but I'm just not there yet and that happens and I'm fully capable of shooting an entire wedding with these two cameras with just that camera if I needed to. But this is a very helpful little side camera that I can kind of holster and keep as a wide lens as I shoot a long lens with the 70 to 200. Now, normally I would take the strap off, uh and we'll put it on my dual camera harness when we get going. Um But yeah, this is the guy. The other things I have in here are a charger. Um I do have enough batteries to get me through a full day. Now, if we go to the front of the backpack or the top, I should say this is where I keep the other fun stuff. So I have a speed light. I actually use a cannon speed light that I got pretty cheap uh used for the top of my camera. And I have a really cool um M mag mod, which is a thing that attaches to your speed light that allows you to magnetically attach a uh diffusion thing. So this will allow it to diffuse the photos uh and look really nice because I hate hard, hard light and it packs up really nice. I just take it off and put it in. Um But that's one way to use the flash also up top. So this is my dual camera holster. Um I've had this for a while. Um I will tell you that this is made by a company called Hold Fast and it's a very popular dual camera strap. And the reason I like it is because one it's comfortable, it can hold the weight of any camera, but also it looks nice and part of looking nice. I know we're talking about fashion ish. But like again, the idea is to blend in with the wedding guests and this kind of just looks like I have suspenders on. It looks classy. Um, like we're spending uh with, you know, money in this event. Um and basically it has these really cool clip in clip outs. There's a little thing that screws into the bottom of your camera and the cameras hang at the side and I'm able to whip up, shoot one, get the other one and shoot one and move around and still feel like I can blend in as a guest and I look nice. Um This has lasted me a very long time. It was a little expensive, but I love it. It's like one of my favorite wedding accessories that I use. Now turning around to the front, I like to keep my batteries right up front so I can get to them very quickly. I have spare batteries for my cameras and luckily they both take the same battery. I also have rechargeable batteries that I charge the night before for our flash. So I keep those in front and I don't like leaving the batteries in the flash. It's not good for the flash because often I'll forget about it. And I go so long without using a flash that sometimes they potentially have uh the ability to corrode inside your flash. So take them out when you're done shooting, put them in when you're ready to shoot, make sure they're charged the night before. So the last thing is some more convenient things on the side of my backpack. I carry my water bottle. Now I have my water bottle because, uh, you wanna be stay hydrated. You want to take care of your body throughout the day. Um Chances are there may not be water there for you. So if you start the day with this full, you can find places to fill it up as you go along, especially when you get to the reception. The bartenders are happy to fill your water bottle. Good practice to keep in your backpack along those lines too. I actually keep, if I can remember a couple of granola bars in my backpack. Um, and that's really nice too. Uh, because you never know when you're gonna get a chance to eat until the reception. If, then I also used to keep, let's see if they're in there. They're not in there, but I used to keep, uh, earplugs as well because sometimes the DJ stuff can get pretty loud and you want to be protective of that as well. Oh, last thing I have a bunch of camera tech wipes just in case you're out in the field and you accidentally put a fingerprint on one of your lenses or something and you need to wipe it off. This is a safe way to do it. I also forgot that this is probably in here. Yeah, I have a air blow just in case you may potentially find dust on your camera or if you start seeing a spot on your sensor and you need to get rid of it. Um This is in a really good in the field emergency thing to help you with and uh that's about it. So that's what's in my kit. Again, this is my specific kit that I have learned and I feel really comfortable shooting a wedding for the most important things are body midrange and a long range zoom. Start with those. Then you get your portrait, then you wanna get your flash, maybe a second camera.