February 16, 2017
What Gear I Use - My Essentials for Wedding Photography
There you have it- all of the gear I use when photographing a wedding. I like to keep things simple, and as light as possible. I don’t enjoy lugging around a ton of equipment, plus I don’t like attracting attention to myself. Here’s the list of my gear:
1. Nikon D750 body (top)
This is my main body. It’s a machine! My favorite features are it’s insane low-light capabilities, the tilting back screen, and the incredible dynamic range it produces.
2. Nikon D90 body (bottom left)
My backup body. Gets the job done. I like that it’s a cropped sensor, in contrast to the full frame D750. Gives me some variety. This body is kind of a dinosaur, and I plan on upgrading it pretty soon.
3. Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens (top right)
Only used if needed during the ceremony, like in a church where I’m unable to get very close. Most times it stays in my bag. It’s so heavy!
4. Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens (middle left)
Love this lens. I use this one and the 35mm 90% of the time.
5. Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens (middle right)
Awesome, beautiful, amazing lens! Perfect for almost every situation. My favorite.
6. Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro lens (bottom right)
Just for the rings and extra close-up detail shots. Stays in my bag most of the time.
7. Lens Baby Spark lens (bottom left)
For creative shots- it’s fun to play with! It gives images a dreamlike, mostly out-of-focus look.
8. Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens (on D750 body)
A great lens! This lens is the closest to the way we see the world, so it gives a real authenticity to images.
9. Two SB-800 Speedlights (bottom)
They don’t make these anymore, but I’m crazy about them! Used mostly at the reception. I use one on camera, and one off if I need it. I try to keep lighting as simple and natural as possible.
Sometimes I like to play around with this film camera during the couple’s portraits.
Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro
Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art
Nikon 70-200mm 2.8
I often hear the question, “If you could only shoot a wedding with one lens, what would it be?” or this version: “What is your #1 lens for shooting weddings?” That’s an incredibly difficult question for me to answer! I can’t imagine shooting a wedding limited to only one lens! I can say that the majority of the time, I use the 35mm and 85mm, though. The 50mm coming in a close 3rd. They’re my favorites because they’re fast, sharp, and phenomenal in low-light situations.
Some other items I can’t shoot a wedding without are: lip gloss, eye drops, comfortable shoes, my Kelly Moore bag, snacks, water, extra memory cards, extra batteries, my Black Rapid Dual Camera Strap, and a light stand in case I need it. :)