I’m a bit of a photography nerd and love talking about gear (yes, probably normal since I am in the profession 🙂 ). But, truly it’s just so much fun to answer gear questions during sessions. Some of my clients are hobbyist photographers themselves and want to better understand their own gear. Others are curious as to why I use so many different lenses throughout their session. Whatever the case is, ask away! (but also keep reading, because this blog post will cover a few FAQ’s I receive about my gear 🙂 )
Below is an image of my bag which includes the equipment I always bring to portrait sessions and weddings. I do take additional equipment to weddings and corporate gigs and will cover that later in this blog post, but I wanted to discuss my must have equipment first.
My workhorse camera body is the Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s a full frame body that helps me produce sharp images in a variety of conditions. For portrait sessions and corporate events, I shoot with one body and rotate out my lenses. However, for weddings, I prefer using two camera bodies since the day flies by so quickly. The less I have to change my lens, the better.
The range of this lens makes it extremely versatile. It produces both wide and close up shots. While it isn’t my favorite portrait lens due to the 2.8 f-stop, it’s a must have for wedding days. I almost always have this lens on one of my bodies. It works great for getting ready photos, wide angle ceremony shots, dance floor photos, and more!
In the photography world, a 50mm lens is known as a “nifty-fifty.” What does this mean? Extreme usefulness! I use my 50mm primarily for portraits and detail shots.
This is another tack sharp prime lens. Prime lens = singular focal length. Unlike my zoom lenses, I have to change the photo composition by moving my feet. The 35mm lens is wider than the 50mm, so I typically use this for portraits (when I want to include more of the background), dance floor shots, and low light events (a wider aperture helps to reduce grain when it gets dark).
This is one of my favorite lenses, despite the weight. It’s tack sharp and never lets me down. In my opinion, the zoom capabilities make it a wedding day must. Since it’s a telephoto lens, I can naturally capture candid moments and reactions throughout the day (telephoto = you can stand pretty far away & make yourself discrete). I also sometimes use this lens for wedding day portraits and for regular portrait sessions because the compression at 200mm is beautiful. I can’t rave about this lens enough!
Other Gear I Always Have in My Bag
Additional Gear I Bring to Weddings & Corporate Gigs
As you may have noticed, I have not included lighting equipment yet. That is because I almost never pack flashes for portrait sessions. I love utilizing natural light and am not known for the “glamour portrait look.” However, lighting equipment is absolutely needed for wedding receptions and corporate gigs.
The Best Camera Harness Ever:
My Lighting Equipment:
I hope this was a fun post to read and also provided some insight into why various lenses are necessary. As a disclaimer, some photographers prefer more equipment, others use less – what matters is what we can do with it. Having said that, I do believe professional equipment is important, which is why I chose the gear I own. This list will most definitely evolve over the years, but this is what I choose to work with right now. Please keep asking me all your photography questions – I love answering them! 🙂