I love the little compact tripod. I’ve been using it for pretty much anything static, from top down views to underslung so I can shoot from ground height for best angles. The lightweight nature of its construction lets me put it in the bag alongside the lenses and I don’t notice the difference.
Top row: Yongnuo 560 mk III, YN 565EX TTL flash (http://www.yongnuo.eu)
Flash is essential for the working photographer, and having a diverse range of flashes available to get the job done really helps you pull off those epic shots. I use a pair of manual firing cameras and a trigger to get off camera light, as well as always keeping a TTL version with me if I need a boost of power on camera for those darker wedding receptions.
Until they release an Art series, this older version (but still amazing in image quality for the price) stays in the bag. I only get it out for a couple of shots, such as wedding rings and super close wedding dress details, but it pays dividends and adds value to your brand being able to get those types of shots.
I don’t think I could get the quality of image I desire without these brilliant lenses. Hugely sharp wide open and perfect in all lighting conditions, I sit the 35mm on my main camera for most of the day before pulling out the 85mm for some portrait shots. The bokeh is glorious and the focus is snappy, even for such big prime lenses.
You need to have the ability to back up and get a wider shot, even in a small room. Rarely implemented but could never leave the house without, this wide lens has saved my bacon on many occasions where 200 guests want a group shot in a room the size of my shed.
This has been my main shooting camera for a few years now, and I keep it in good working condition with regular checkups and maintenance. A super simple button and menu layout, it’s a wonderful full frame, low light king with an amazing battery life and responsiveness. I have a crop camera as a backup incase this fails, but after hundreds of thousands of shots, this thing has never failed on me once.
Bottom row right: Pentax 645
Picked up as “parts and not working”, you can really find a good steal on eBay nowadays. We use this medium format camera during portrait sessions. It’s certainly an expensive and time consuming extra to the bag, but wows every couple who see it and increases the brand value to be able to offer something a little different to just digital files.
Bottom bottom row: Holdfast MoneyMake dual strap (https://holdfastgear.com)
I got this imported from America to replace my bizarre collection of over shoulder and over neck camera straps that were strangling me on my wedding shoots. Handmade from leather, these straps form to your body and keep the weight of your multiple cameras from hurting any one point on your body. I can now happily carry round two 1kg cameras for 12 hours straight without feeling any pressure on my back or neck.
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