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What's Currently in My Camera Bag

Hey there, fellow photography enthusiasts and curious minds! 📸


Today, I'm spilling the secrets of what's hiding inside my trusty camera bag. As a 6-figure wedding photographer, these essential tools have helped me capture pure magic and turn my passion into a thriving business. Let's dive in and see what goodies await.


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So What Do We Have?


My Beloved Sony a7 III Camera Body

First things first, my Sony camera body is the heartbeat of my photography. The image quality is insane and it's swift autofocus makes ceremony shooting a breeze. I's the perfect companion for capturing those dreamy, candid moments that make wedding days unforgettable. I have shot with my Sony for two years now and I wouldn't consider anything else.


My Nikon D750 Backup Camera Body


Just like a superhero sidekick, my Nikon 750 backup camera swoops in when needed. This is what I started weddings on and I love it. Even as an older body it is super dependable. My main reason for switching from Nikon to Sony was because I wanted to start playing around with videos. Sony is known for its video so I had to give it a try and glad I did!


The Lenses


To add variety and versatility to my shots, I bring along two Sony lenses.

My Sony 85mm 1.4 GM lens works wonders for intimate portraits, beautifully blurring the background and highlighting the emotions of the couple. I typically keep this lens on throughout the ceremony and for most of all the portraits proceeding the ceremony.


The Sony 35mm 1.4 GM lens is my go-to for storytelling shots, capturing the ambiance of the entire scene. I like to keep my 35 mm on during my pre ceremony shots. The lens is wide enough for the indoor getting ready shots with the wedding party and the F Stop is low enough to allow for beautiful naturally lit photos. The 35 mm comes back for the reception shots too. It makes for the best angles of everyone dancing and captures the complete vibe of the after party.


For my Nikon back up camera body I keep my Nikkor AF FX 35mm and Nikkor AF-S FX 24-70mm lens around, it ensures I never miss a shot even if the unexpected happens. I like to keep the 24-70mm on the body and wear it on my duel holster to add some versatility while shooting during the ceremony.


Extra Juice and Flashes


Extra batteries are a MUST. I come prepared with backup batteries and chargers for both my Sony and Nikon. The last thing I want is a dead camera and when you work 10 hour days it is more than likely you will need a second battery to get you through the day. Not to mention it is super affordable to have extras.


And when the lighting gods are not on our side or I am shooting a low lit ceremony and reception, my trusty Godox 1 off-camera flash steps in, adding that extra pop to create jaw-dropping portraits. I will say for coming in right under $300 this is a great flash. However I did have to return and exchange my first flash after the hotshoe snapped during a reception. The customer service was great and made for an easy exchange.


SD Cards, Carrying Case, and Labels


There's no such thing as too much memory, so I pack an abundance of SD cards. Trust me; the last thing you want is to miss out on capturing those unforgettable moments! A sturdy SD card carrying case helps me keep them organized, while nifty labels prevent any mix-ups in the heat of the action. I recently purchased a SD card reader for my iPhone and it has made it SO easy to upload a few sneak peeks at the wedding.


Lens Cleaner to Keep Things Crystal Clear


To keep my shots pristine and my lenses smudge-free, a reliable lens cleaner always comes in handy. It's the small things that make a big difference! I live on the coast of NC which brings on a lot of beach weddings so not have a cleaning kit isn't an option.


Dual Holster and of course MY BAG


To keep everything at arm's reach and maintain seamless workflow, I carry a dual holster for my cameras. My dual harness strap has been super reliable and pretty comfy. I mainly wear it throughout the first half of the wedding where I want both camera bodies on me.


My bag! What would I do without MY BAG. It is a part of me and goes basically everywhere I go. I love the top compartment to keep all my snacks, wedding props, phone and back up chargers, and SD cards safe. The bottom compartment has adjustable compartments to create the best fit for my gear.


So there you have it, my fellow photography enthusiasts! My camera bag is packed to the brim with tools that help me make dreams come true for couples on their special day. With these trusty companions by my side, I'm ready to take on any challenge and create timeless memories that my clients will cherish for a lifetime.

Remember, the key to capturing extraordinary shots is not just the gear itself, but the passion and love for the art of photography that drives us.

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