One question that isn’t asked enough when hiring a wedding photographer is: “What camera/gear do you use and what do you bring to a wedding?”

When I first graduated from photography school I worked for a very successful Boston based wedding photographer that only brought 1 camera, 3 lenses and 1-2 flashes to every wedding. I asked him why he would risk not having backups, and he said “it’s too expensive” and ” I have never had a camera break, I’m careful with my gear”. Like all electronics, cameras can stop working without any warning – and when that dreadful moment occurs you might not have time to troubleshoot and fix a camera. This is something that this veteran photographer learned only a few days after I had asked him that question. I learned a lot in my days as a second shooter and assistant and this is something that I will never let happen to me or our clients.

Between Emily and I we have 7 cameras, 25+ lenses, 8 flashes and many other gadgets and gizmos that we bring to weddings. Our main cameras are a Canon 1D X and a Canon 5D Mark III we also use a Fuji X-T1  and a Fuji X-T2 for moments that need extreme discretion.

Our wedding kit (breakdown below)

Our wedding kit (breakdown below)


The following is a break down of what is in the picture above with a few additional things not pictured. 

Cameras:

  • Canon 1D X
  • (3) Canon 5D Mark III
  • (2) Fuji X-T1
  • Fuji X-T2

Lights:

  • ProFoto B1 (Our way to overpower the sun)
  • (6) Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
  • (2) Canon Speedlite 580EX II
  • (2) Quantum Qflash T2
  • (2) LED Litepanels

Miscellaneous:

  • eyelead - Sensor Cleaning Kit
  • Fstoppers Flashdisk
  • LEE Filters
  • Flash Gels
  • Sewing Kit
  • Advil + Pepto
  • Tide to Go
  • Lens Pens

Lenses:

  • 85mm f1.2
  • 50mm f1.2
  • 24mm f1.4
  • 14mm f2.8
  • (2) 24-70mm f2.8 II
  • 135mm f2
  • 100mm f2.8 macro
  • 50mm f2.5 macro
  • Lifesize Converter EF
  • TS-E 24mm f3.5
  • TS-E 45mm f2.8
  • TS-E 90mm f2.8
  • 15mm f2.8
  • 16-35mm f2.8
  • 70-200mm f2.8 IS
  • 1.4x extender
  • 2x extender 
  • Fuji 56mm f1.2
  • Fuji 23mm f1.4
  • Fuji 35mm f1.4
  • Fuji 35mm f2
  • Fuji 16-55mm f2.8
  • Fuji 55-140mm f2.8
  • Fuji 50mm Tiltshift
  • Fuji 70mm Tiltshift 

 

Our go to bags and camera straps: Hold Fast Gear