Whats in a wedding photographers bag?

Something we get asked from time to time is what kit do you take to weddings......

Above is just the camera kit that we bring along to your wedding, for those techies out there ill give you a little break down as to what we currently run with -

Lets start with the cameras first:-

Sony A7ii - full frame

Panasonic G9 - Micro 4rds

Olympus EM1 - Micro 4rds

All these cameras are mirrorless and have a significant weight saving over the traditional DSLR. No i moved to mirrorless back in 2014 and was one of the first to do this in our area. For the 1st couple of years i have people looking at me like thats wont produce the images that we are expecting. Little do people know just the power that these little beauties pack. Now mirrorless seems to be the go to for wedding photographers, whether thats Nikons new Z series or Fujifilm XT and XH range, all of these systems have pros and cons. For example, the Sony we shoot with has better low light performance and "noise" control over the Panasonic and Olympus, but this is subject to so many variables its unreal and that in itself is a post all on its own. Each photographer has their own likes and dislikes of all the systems, personally i like my mirrorless cameras and love how they work for me. Im not a singular brand fan boy as i use my cameras for differing things throughout your wedding day. The one constant though throughout my camera ownership is the addition of battery grips to all my bodies, this gives me double and in some cases triple the battery power available meaning less time having to change batteries during the wedding day.

Camera choice is personal preference, I know I have shot Canons while in the police when we moved over to digital. Then when i started Lord Photography 10 years ago I bought a Nikon D200 and a D2x which were work horses for me and i owe a lot to them being so robust in those early days where money was tight.

I have always had a fondness for Olympus after learning on an OM2n Film camera way back when i was starting out shooting weddings with a well known local Accrington wedding photographer. So when Olympus announces what was the first mirrorless system it took some looking at. So i took the plunge and bought one in 2014 to see what all the hype was about and I have to be totally honest i was blown away with the quality of build and also the images. The weight savings that were achieved by swapping out the DSLRs for the mirrorless systems was unreal and such a blessing on your back after a weekend full of weddings. I went fully mirrorless in 2016 and have never looked back or even thought about going back to traditional DSLRs

The Lenses:-

Tamron 28mm - 75mm F2.8

Sony 50mm f1.8

Olympus 45mm f1.8

Olympus 8mm f8

Sigma 16mm f1.4

Sigma 30mm f1.4

This is always thats something of personal choice. I have one zoom lens which is the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 for the Sony A7ii and this is for them times where i just cant use my feet to zoom in. It is a lovely piece of kit and gives you some breathtaking images paired with the Sony. With it being a 2.8 too its very good at handling badly lit situations.

Ive tried to keep the lens choices down to what i actually use. Its all so easy to go mad and buy lenses that you think your going to need. This is where to Want over Need arguments have to take place in your head and against the bank balance.

I mean i would LOVE a 70mm - 200mm f2.8 for the Sony but at a price of £2200 for the times i feel that i would use it its and expensive door stop. Everything that is in my bag is there for a reason and it works for MY work flow. Now this doesnt mean that someone else couldnt use whats there but i see a lot of photographers opting for the longer each zooms instead of moving and interacting with the guests to get those images that are what our clients want.

The Flashes:-

Godox Ad200 with X-Pro trigger

Nissin i40

Metz Af44

Not really that much to say on these other than they do exactly what they say on the tin. The Ad200 is the most versatile allowing it to be triggered off the camera using the X Pro trigger and this allows us to get a little more creative with what we are doing in the lighting front. The others are you standard on camera hot shoe flash guns

The Toys:-

DJI Mavic Mini Drone

Macbook 12 inch

New to the kit this year is the DJI mavic mini, Im not sure as yet whether it is something thats going to stay with all of the new regulations that are supposed to be coming in from June. I suppose with this current lock down things like these new "rules" may be postponed for a while, who knows? This is always going to be a little bit of a bone of contention with regards to what is and isnt allowed as different venues have different rule when it comes to drones. But, while i await an update from the relevant people its something that i will and wont use depending on the day. With regards to the Macbook, this is Apples smallest Macbook that they have produced. Its not intended as an editing machine more of just having the ability to copy memory cards on the go onto a hard drive and ensure we have them backed up straight away. Its a great little bit of kit and fits in any bag that i carry.

Final Thought

This is just the one of the camera bags that we bring along to your day. Left in the car is a bag of "backup" cameras should the worst happen to the cameras above. We also carry umbrellas, carpets tiles (for those damp grass days) a bag that has hairspray, kirby grips, safety pins and plasters to name just a few.Like i have said before we truly are an extension to your bridal party and hope to assist in making your day run smoothly.

If you have any questions of would like further information on anything above or even wish to discuss your wedding coverage ( ) also please check out or other posts at where we aim here to cover a few wedding related item over the coming weeks not just your wedding photography.

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