When I was first starting out, I was always looking to save up for the next best thing. To upgrade my camera body, grow my collection of lenses, finally get that desktop and stop editing on a 13inch computer screen. I slowly but surely worked on upgrading my gear until I finally got to a point where what I had was consistently working for me! I get asked what’s in my camera bag A LOT! So I thought it would be a good time to do a post about all my gear, what I use to shoot and why!
Camera Bodies // I currently use the Canon 5D Mark IV and have a Canon 5D Mark III back up body in case anything happens to my main camera body. I love that the 5D Mark IV offers wifi so that I can quickly send images directly from my camera to my phone or device for editing and posting quick previews after a session! I also love that with the Canon Camera Connect app, I can use my phone to trigger my camera, which comes in handy when taking new headshots (more on this later!)
Attached to my 5D Mark IV is also a battery grip. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I love not having to worry about checking my battery life throughout a wedding day. Added bonus, it feels so much more natural in these big hands of mine AND I don’t have to lift my arm up in the air when I’m shooting vertical pictures (which always makes me feel like I am in the way for some reason!)
85mm f1.2 // The 85mm has to come first because during engagement session and portrait time, this lens never leaves my camera! I will be honest, it took me a while to love this lens, but it taught me to slow down. You just can’t beat the compression and the way the subject just pops from the background!
50mm f1.2 // I love the 50mm as a good all-around lens. Before I fell in love with the 85mm, the 50mm was my go to. I started with the nifty fifty before I had the finances to upgrade. I find that it’s great for portraits, landscapes and simple every day photos. I love using my 50mm for shooting details during the morning of a wedding and portraits when the space is too tight for the 85mm.
100mm f 2.8// I couldn’t shoot wedding day details without the 100mm. It’s what I use for all jewelry details, especially those gorgeous ring shots!
24-70mm f2.8 // The 24-70mm is another great all-around lens for me! I find that this lens is on my camera for most of the reception and when getting ready spaces are really tight! Since I’m so tall, I try to stay out of the way as much as possible and the 24-70mm allows me to do that, while still getting close enough to really capture the moment. The 24-70mm is also perfect for those wider angle shots, to capture complete buildings or large wedding parties!
70-200mm f2 // I’ll admit, I don’t typically use this lens nearly as much as my second shooters! I ask my second shooters to use this lens on a wedding day to capture alternate angles without having to get too close and disrupt the moment. For example, I would use the 70-200mm to shoot a wedding ceremony or speeches. I also use it myself during a ceremony if the aisle is really long or there are restrictions as to where we can go!
Canon Speedlights // I have 3 Canon 600ex flashes that I use when shooting wedding receptions. I have two set up off camera in opposite corners and one mounted to my camera
100mm 2.8 Macro: CANON EF 100MM F/2.8 USM MACRO LENS FOR CANON DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS
24-70mm 2.8: CANON EF 24-70MM II USM LENS FOR CANON SLR CAMERAS
Flashes: CANON 600EX-RT SPEEDLITE FLASH