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Wedding Photographer - What's in My Camera Bag on the Day?

Updated: May 15, 2020

Hi everyone! I am a Buckinghamshire Wedding Photographer, I do also shoot a mixture of Family photography, Newborn photography, Pet photography. I am here to tell you about what I have in my camera bag for my weddings in and around Buckinghamshire. Have you ever seen a professional photographer lugging around a big bag and ever wondered what they really have in there? Their puppy they can't leave at home? Full of food in case they get hungry? (this one is a possibility!) A wedding photographers camera bag is a bit like a bag of magic tricks - you would half expect us to pull the kitchen sink out of it. It is our life source to the day, it has everything in it that we need to capture your special day and also to make our lives and even yours that bit smoother. Wedding photographers do a lot of moving, running, jigging and we manage to get ourselves in some awkwardly strange positions to capture certain and special shots - Believe me I've been running round over the grounds of Notley Abbey to capture shots. I've been carrying brides bags out of Pendley Manor, covering her with an umbrella and carrying my equipment at the same time, so having a comfortable bag that contains everything we need in just one place is essential. When you hire me, you also hire my equipment, so I am here to let you in on a little secret as to exactly what is in my bag ( and extras ) that I bring along to your day.

Buckinghamshire wedding photographers kit for the day

1- Cameras

Well safe to say this is a pretty important item to be in my bag! My main camera is a Canon EOS 5DS which consists of a 50.6-megapixel resolution which is ready to capture every tiny detail of your beautiful day. It's fantastic for static up close detailed shots, excellent for group shots and superb for moving action shots.


It also contains a dual memory card slot which is paramount for wedding photographers - just incase one has a glitch. I love this camera, it's my new upgrade this year and I fell in love with it instantly. My secondary camera is also a Canon EOS, it has been by my side loyally the past couple of years and it solidly remains in my camera bag on the day of your wedding.




 

2- Lenses


Possibly the second most important thing. I carry 3 lenses with me to weddings, I carry my 50mm prime lens, my 24-70mm and my 70-200mm zoom lens.

All 3 have 3 different purposes, my 50mm is great for portraits and group shots and gives excellent bokeh for a beautiful and elegant look. My 70-200 zoom lens is my most used lens at weddings - because of its zoom range it allows me to remain out of the way but still capture those upclose and personal detailed shots. My 24-70mm is my lesser used lens however it is still a favourite and it still remains in my bag as either a back up - or extremely useful for any shots where I am tight on space, or where I possibly need a little bit of zoom to capture the shot.


 

3- Lense Cleaning Equipment


You honestly never know when you might need it. I always clean all my lenses and cameras and equipment before and after any shoot or weddings. However I still take my cleaning equipment with me and I will still use it throughout the day if I need to. If there is a quiet moment I will always check for any dust specks on the lenses - there is nothing more frustrating then getting home, uploading your beautiful wedding photographs and noticing dust specks, they can be edited out - its just rather time consuming.


 

4- Off Camera Flash

I prefer to use natural light when and where I can - however sometimes you need a little boost. Most usual places I will use a flash is low light fast moving situations such as the reception - first dance, or possibly winter outdoor portraits, a little light can really enhance and make a good photograph excellent.


 

5- Batteries

Batteries! I have batteries for my flash, batteries for my cameras, battery chargers for my cameras, batteries for my off camera flash remotes, battery chargers for my batteries! I have a lot of batteries, batteries for everything, I can certainly assure you that none of my equipment will run out of battery power.


 

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