WHICH BAGS DO I USE?
House of Flynn Genuine Dark Brown Leather Evermore Bag I am that photographer who jam packs her bag and therefore I’ve destroyed quite a few of them. The leather Evermore by House of Flynn is the first camera bag that hasn’t surrendered to my abuse. The quality is top notch and after a year of constant use, this baby still looks brand new! I also LOVE how many easy-to-access pockets live all around the exterior – perfect to hold my memory cards, cell phone and notes for the day!
Lowepro Pro Roller x200 AW Digital SLR Camera Bag/Backpack Case Although I can fit a whole lot of equipment into my leather Evermore, there are still a few items that need a place to live. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this rolling case, but it is a real game changer! My shoulders and back appreciate this investment like woah. This quiet rolling bag allows for mobile and safe storing of all my heaviest equipment!
WHAT’S MY FAVORITE CAMERA BODY?
Canon 5D Mark iii I adore the full-frame Canon 5D Mark iii for my primary camera bodies and I have been thrilled with the overall performance of this professional wizard. I don’t know what I love more – its impressive shooting speed, flexible 61-point AF, or the fact that I don’t have to go into complete panic when pushing up ISO from time to time. This is my go to body, and I have a feeling it will be for quite some time!
WHAT LENSES DO I LOVE?
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Sometimes it can be challenging to capture the beautiful, small detail that fills a wedding day. My macro lens allows me to get real close without sacrificing clarity or focus. Some common uses included photographing engagement rings, patterns or bling on a gown, and the unique detail found on stationery!
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II USM Lens I have really started to love experimenting with the 85mm during both cocktail hour and the reception. For cocktail hour, I love to stand at a distance and capture candidates taking place while guests are enjoying each other’s company. As for reception, I find the 85mm to amazing for documenting really emotional moments within the bride and groom’s first dance, as well as all the emotion expressed throughout the room during special toasts. Very often I will convert some of these images to black and white to further express that intimate vibe.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens My main squeeze. The 50mm continues to be my absolute favorite lens for portrait photography. This prime pal stole my heart from day one. Its sharpness, depth of field, and flexibility in low light make it ideal for photographing portraits. Its also a real champ when I need to grab detail shots of wedding decor!
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II USM Lens The story-telling focal length that the 35mm provides is a must have on a wedding day. The photos that come from using the 35mm always feel so intimate and truthful. Love, love, love. I’ve grown so attached to it and really look forward to using it even more this year!
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens This telephoto lens continues to be my number one for wedding ceremonies. I gravitate to using this lens during moments when I need to be as unobtrusive as possible, giving me that range I need to set myself up further from my subjects. It is however a bit heavy to carry so as soon as I’m done using it, it goes directly into my roller case.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens A lens that will always be worth every single penny is my 24-105mm. This baby is the boss. I absolutely love it for a range of uses. Whether it be capturing a large family or bridal party photo without making them look oddly tiny in frame, or grabbing some unforgettable, closely wide shots of guests going wild on the dance floor, this lens is my go-to.
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Fixed Lens My newest lens and one that I’m having so much fun playing around with is my fixed 45mm tilt shift. I brought this lens onboard mainly for creativity. Playing around with the depth of field is really wild and pushes me to think more outside the box during portraits. I plan to use this lens a lot this year and taking advantage of that dreamy vibe it creates. Before this lens, I used to take clear wrap and attach it to the outer edges of my 50mm. How’s that for thrifty?
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER STUFF?
Holdfast Gear MoneyMaker Multi-Camera Harness I struggle with camera straps around my neck because they either get in my way, pull my hair or get caught on something while I’m moving around. They make me a serious hot mess, so I stopped using them a while ago. With a fear of accidentally dropping my camera, I set out to find something that makes more sense for me. When I gave this harness a try, I immediately fell in love. This two shoulder strap allows me to keep two cameras by my side at all times. This proves to be especially useful when I am toggling between lenses. It’s heavenly.
Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flashes Last year I got pretty fed up with my frequency transmitters and sought out a simpler set up. I invested in three of these bad boys. With the click of a button I can communicate between flashes during a reception and it makes me SO HAPPY. Hanging out in ETTL settings has proven to be a place of trust with these flashes, which allows me to focus less on the technical and more on the creative.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 32gb CompactFlash Memory Cards My go-to memory cards! Knock on wood, I haven’t experienced any corrupt file problems since switching over to these!