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My wedding photography gear guide

Having the best gear doesn’t make you a good photographer, its what you do with it that counts 🙂
Any new entry level dSLR will take a fantastic photo, but it’s in low light or with moving subjects that the Pro gear makes the difference. Canon L lenses and the top line flashgun are weather sealed too.

Spares
I shoot with 2 cameras with different lenses attached. I work fast and don’t need to keep stopping to change lenses, and you get greater variety in your images. Equipment can break, but I’ll have backup gear right there with me.

2x Canon 5dMkII lets me shoot great quality video as well as stills for my fusion packages, or If the Minister won’t allow photography during the ceremony I can shoot video, and grab a good quality still frame of rings exchange and the first kiss from the video footage. This is good enough to make a 7x5inch print from.

Lenses
Canon 17-40 F4L
Canon 24-105 F4L IS
Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS
Canon 50mm 1.4
Canon 85mm 1.8
Canon 100mm macro

2x canon 580EX flashguns

LED video panel light
Lowel ID video light + tall light stand
These are awesome for those cool night-time or funky hotel shots, and really give me loads of creative options for winter weddings, where we might be inside all day.

Set of Calumet pro series radio triggers so I can fire remote flash. Mostly used for first dance photography, but I can trigger a remote camera placed in a church balcony too.

Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod for group shots

my awesome spider pro holster belt takes the weight of 2 heavy cameras off my shoulders so I can shoot harder for longer. I can also have my hands free to do things like hold doors open for people as I’m nice like that!

When I photograph weddings I also carry lens cloths, spare batteries, and a supply of tissues, chewing gum and safety pins which come in handy more often than you think!

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