What do I shoot weddings and adventure elopements with?

        As you will see for yourself I am not a gear nerd. I have a system which works for me and although it could do with some upgrading I am pretty happy as long as it’s working. I was actually planning a major camera upgrade for 2020 since my trusty 6D and back up Canon 5D mark II are literally ancient. But then the whole corona thing happened and it looks like couple more weddings await this setup. Hope you’ll enjoy a read and let me know if there is something new out there regarding wedding photography gear must haves which I really really really need to try!

         

        Wedding Photography Gear List


        Cameras

        1. Canon 6D
        2. Canon 5D mk II
        3. Panasonic Lumix DMC – LX100

        As I said previously this setup is couple years old. But to be honest I just really like it. Before the corona thing happened I was planning a major upgrade. So once there will be weddings to shoot I’ll be getting a Canon 6D mark II. My beloved 6D will then be my second body and 5D mark II will finally retire. I love my Canon 6D, it’s not the quickest camera out there and doesn’t have the biggest amount of focus points, but I mainly shoot with the central one selected anyway. It’s also on a lighter side compared with other DSLRs – 5D mark II is a heavy beast in comparison. It just works well for me. During the wedding I always carry 2 cameras on me and prefer to have a third one in the bag – just in case.

        Backup Camera

        Right now my spare camera is tiny Panasonic Lumix DMC – LX100. Wait! It’s not a professional camera… To be honest, if I had to shoot a whole quickly paced wedding madness on it I would die. Or – more likely the camera would die. But as a backup of a backup it will do. I got it last minute for our trek in Pyrenees as I needed something small, relatively light, good quality and with the best possible lens. This one at f/1.7-2.8 is magnificent and I LOVE it. I was really surprised how good it actually is and since then I actually shot a couple portraits with it. Looking back I should have invested into a version II since it’s said to be much quicker but it works for me as a great camera on a budget.

        Oh and I love it’s quiet and mirror-less.. So who knows? Will I be jumping the Sony train soon? Who knows…


        Lenses

        1. Canon 50mm f/1.4
        2. Tamron 24-70 f/2.8
        3. Canon 85mm f/1.8

        These boys are an obvious choice. Canon 50mm f/1.4 is great one, much quicker than the Canon 50mm f/1.8. Also a slightly sturdier, but even so this boy takes a beating every season as it’s my most used lens and over the years it’s my third one I own. Canon 50mm F/1.2 is on my wish list for the next upgrade.

        A Tamron zoom lens 24-70 f/2.8 is spotless sharp and great for quick actions and landscapes. I was never a girl for the extremes (macro or super long lenses) but as I am shooting more and more adventurous elopements every year a longer lens now starts to make sense. I don’t really use my 85mm much, mostly just during the ceremonies so starting to think to upgrade that one to a longer lens. Do you have any suggestions which one to get? As you can see I have a thing for very low aperture numbers.


        Other equipment

        1. Flash: Canon 430 EX – the old version – I very rarely use flash, usually only once everybody is pretty drunk and it’s not disturbing anyone. I’ve got two diffusers and haven’t really optimised this setup yet so if you have any diffuser tips, let me know in the comments!
        2. Batteries: Your standard Canon LP E6 & couple non branded ones as backup (they loose charge much quicker though).
        3. Memory cards: Sandisk Extreme PRO 64GB 
        4. Laptop: MacBook Pro 13” 2014 – old boy but good boy
        5. External hard drive: Transcend 2TB – I do fill couple of these every year
        6. Diffusers: Ebay
        SUPER IMPORTANT MEMORY CARD TIP: Buy new Memory cards regularly. These boys tend to fail after a year or two of heavy usage. Please be good to yourself and do get new ones every now and then!

         


        Harness & Backpack

        1. Harness: from Six Magpies Leather (etsy) – It’s amazing and custom made, not sure if they make them anymore.
        2. Backpack: Tog Bag – more on this beauty below
        3. Water Bottle: Clean Kanteen
        4. Lens pouch: No idea what brand it is, it says Adventure and it’s sturdy enough, I clip it to my harness to keep my spare lens or flash in.
        5. Cards & batteries pouch: Another super helpful littly pouch handing on the other side of my harness and keeping my batteries & memory cards safe. I add couple of my business cars so they’re handy if anyone asks about my business and to have my contact details just in case I’d lose the pouch.
        Custom Double Camera Harness

        If I was to choose one favourite kit of equipment, it’s my harness. I hope if you’re a wedding photographer shooting with 2 bodies you have one too since it’s just such a relief for your neck. I’ve had this custom made by a wonderful guy in England.

        Minimalist Photo Backpack

        My second favourite thing is my backpack – I spent ages looking for one which would not scream: HEY PHOTOGRAPHER HERE! And finally found one in Tog Bag. Elegant, sleek, fits my laptop perfectly (would even fit 15”). The new version even has a pocket for a bottle or tripod which I would love as I always struggle to fit my bottle in and worry about potential spillages.


        Extras (not pictured)

        1. Snacks! – I always get hungry so secretly snacking on energy bars
        2. Extra layers – I basically live in my down jacket
        3. First Aid Kit & Deodorant – basic stuff which comes pretty handy on a busy day
        4. Tripod – I only carry this one for commercial shoots

        Extra tip: What to wear for a wedding as Female Wedding Photographer?

        1. Comfy shoes – I swear by my Birkenstocks – for real, they don’t do just sandals! These are the first shoes which work for me to be up on my feet the whole day. I usually take simple black ballet flats too.
        2. Wear something reasonably elegant but no need for a fancy hat. – I am a minimalist so chances are I only have two outfits for weddings – the first one is my elegant black trousers, simple elegant burgundy or black t-shirt and a gray jumper. I am not a fan of blazers or blouses or anything business looking, but that’s an option too of course. The second outfit is a simple black dress for really hot summer weddings (usually not in Scotland but also had a couple weddings when it was just roasting!)
        3. Feel free to talk the dress code with the couple. I’d probably dress up more if it was a black tie wedding. From my experience all the couples who choose to work with me are just super chilled, they want everyone to have amazing day so suppliers dress code is one of the last things to even come to their mind. I always make sure to ask if what I’m planning to wear is okay – given I’ll be moving around in front of everyone and that there might be some cultural traditions I might not be aware of – is wearing black ok, etc.? Like obviously wearing a long white dress to a usual European wedding would a no-no.:)

        Over here you can find a list of everything I pack for an adventure elopement on top of my photography gear.


        That’s it for my Wedding Photography Gear!

        I like to keep it minimalistic and light, so I am not carrying around suitcases full of equipment.

        Did I miss anything crucial? Let me know in the comments below.:)

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