A voyeuristic gaze into my camera bag.
by Camera & Kit
What's in my camera bag? Thought I'd give you a look inside my camera bag, which may or may not be a good thing. So, if you are a little on the voyeuristic side or if you are a newbie to wedding photography just wanting advice, here is what is my camera bag:
Of course, I should say that I don't use a camera bag, the main reason for this is security and safety, I don't want to look like I'm walking around with £5000 worth of kit to and fro weddings. I invested in some foam blocks and turned an ordinary bag into a camera bag. It works a treat although strutting around with an ice lights tends to give me away, but people just think its a light Lightsaber
- Business cards, this may sound obvious but its a must. I carry some in my pocket and the rest in my bag.
- Food, ya! I get super hungry at weddings, and sometimes they forget to feed us. It's true and being hungry leads to tiredness which leads to you being off your game. I carry a combination of super healthy bars and well, some downright unhealthy sweets. I'm a sugar nut from way back. I also find those slim fast drinks helpful
- Deodorant and wet wipes, ideal for when photographing a wedding in summer, I learnt the hard way when I shot a wedding in the middle of summer in Lake Como and stupidly wore a fitted black dress.
- Bottles of water, a refillable one for me and two mini bottles of water for the couple when doing couple shots.
- Needle and thread, you'd be surprised how many times you will hear the question, does anyone have a needle and thread, and don't forget the scissors.
- Tissues, for when peeps get emotional, I also carry a few tampons, plasters to help out wedding guests in need, trust me. It happens at times.
- Battery charger and two spare fully charged batteries.
- Three camera bodies with a collection of lenses and hoods to go with them, all prime lenses. 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 100mm plus filters. Occasionally a tilt-shift lens if I am feeling that way inclined.
- Two speed lights, with diffusers and batteries. I don't shoot with a tripod anymore nor do I use video lights but use ice lights.
- Lens cleaning kit, with camera raincoats just in case it rains, lens pens, a dust blower etc
- A pouch for used memory cards, one for unused. I shoot with two memory card slots acting as a backup, so one goes in the bag, the other stays on me in a little clip bag on my belt.
- An international electricity adapter for weddings abroad.
- Print out of the wedding itinerary for the day, including key phone numbers; I do not rely solely on an electronic version just in case.
- Phone charge
- A bit of cash stashed in cash I need it for emergencies.