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My Recommended Photography Gear
The recommendations below are from my personal experience as a wedding, boudoir, and portrait photographer.
What's in my bag currently
Camera - Canon 5D Mark IV (x2)
My Bag - House of Flynn Gear Bag
Miscellaneous styling items for weddings:
- detail styling boards - For weddings it's always nice to have a neutral detail board that you can use to take pictures of the rings, shoes, flowers, etc. Typically I try to use elements that are at the venue (the wood of a church pew, the marble flooring, the table cloths, etc.) but sometimes those items just don't have the lighting or accessibility that I need, so I make sure to have something that I can take anywhere I need to.
- bride & groom hangers - I love these because if my couple forgets to bring anything other than the plastic hangers that typically come with their gowns / suits, then I have a beautiful alternate that I can swap in and out! I also never take pictures of the suit & dress together, so if it is 2 grooms or 2 brides, I can just use one hanger for each outfit because they are separate photos!
- ring boxes - Again, I love these because sometimes couples don't have a ring box or it doesn't aesthetically fit the rest of their details in the picture so I typically bring these. I also don't typically get the words on top in the photograph (depends on the style of the rings & the couple), so they are easily interchangeable for same sex weddings!
- clear umbrellas - I check the weather before weddings and if there is even a slight chance of rain, I bring two clear umbrellas with me. One is for me, to keep my gear and self out of the rain, and one is for my couple! I love photographs of couples sharing one umbrella and cuddling in close to stay out of the weather
Miscellaneous items always:
Gear I recommend if you're just starting out
So you've decided that you're interested in becoming a photographer, but you have no idea where to start. Don't worry, we've all been there. For myself, and many others, that also meant not having an extravagant budget for gear.
Canon Rebel Series with the kit lenses is a great starting point because it is budget friendly and has everything that you should need for introducing yourself to the photography world. My first camera was the Canon Rebel SL1 and I loved it! I used it for several years including senior pictures, families, etc. I did upgrade before I did my first wedding, just because I wanted to be as prepared as possible for it!
My first big upgraded gear
My first upgraded camera was mainly for weddings and boudoir. It was my first full frame camera and it felt like a total game changer for me. I got a Canon 6D Mark II that came with several items that I used including lenses, a flash, memory cards, and more.