With the new year, let's welcome a new What’s In My Bag, featuring Wedding & Engagement Photographer Christa Rene Robinson. Photographing sessions all around the Southeastern US requires a lot of gear! If you haven't read our series before, this is the perfect time to get started! We’ll let Christine take it from here:
I’m excited for this post!! I know when I was growing my business I wanted to know SO badly what other photographers used! So I’m sharing what’s in my bag with you!
Camera & Lenses:
Canon 5D Mark III - This is my camera I use all the time! I’ve loved it ever since I got it, and it’s been amazing and held up so well!
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L - This is my go-to lens. I use it more than any other lenses combined, and could never get tired of it! It’s very versatile and sharp!
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II - This is my second favorite for portraits behind the 50mm! The compression on this lens is amazing and it makes the background extra creamy!
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro - I use this just for ring shots and some detail shots, but it’s amazing! It gets a LOT closer than you can with a lens that isn’t macro, and really makes the details stand out!
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - This lens is my second favorite on wedding days behind the 50mm. The range is great for shots from getting ready portraits, to ceremony, to large bridal party if the 50mm isn’t wide enough, and I keep it on 90% of receptions! I love how versatile this lens is!
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - This lens is a big one! I only use it for ceremonies, but it’s definitely worth having! I’ve photographed at my share of venues with long aisles and/or strict policies on how far up I can go! This allows me to get close shots during the ceremony while being far away!
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT - I sometimes use one for when the bride walks down the aisle and there are some dark shadows on her face, but don’t use flashes during the ceremony. I use 2 of these flashes for wedding receptions! One on camera, and one off camera! These allow my images to stay light and airy even in darker receptions spots, and ads more depth to the image and a cool effect! I have a guide on how I use these! In my shop! Check it out here!
Other Necessary Gear:
SD Memory Card Case
CF Memory Card Case (Memory cards are expensive, so it’s important to have a system to keep them safely enclosed so they don’t get damaged and corrupt)
SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s)
SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 Memory Card (Class 10)
Black Rapid Camera Strap
Impact Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8')
And (to carry it all), Bags:
Ona Capri - This is the bag I have on my shoulder most of the wedding day! I put in the lenses I’ll need to use around that time, along with my extra batteries, memory cards, and ExpoDisc! I’ve had it for around 4 years, and it’s held up SO well. It’s genuine leather, and the leather has worn nicely which is great since I’m rough on my bags!
Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby - I purchased this back last year and it has been AMAZING. It’s made to hold up well for travel, and the wheels have been a LIFE-SAVER. No more hauling my body weight in equipment around! It’s sturdy, can pack a lot, and is easy to roll around right by my side!
About Christa Rene Robinson
Christa began her business when she was 18-years-old as a freshman in college. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in business and a minor in photography, and launched right into wedding photography full-time! She’s photographed weddings nationally from Northern Ohio to St. Augustine, Florida, and specializes in serving the southern, classic bride! Some of her favorite wedding spots include Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina! She’s passionate not just about photographing weddings, but educating other photographers to grow in their skill and business so they can also successfully chase their dream! She offers a variety of educational materials for photographers, and strives to inspire young entrepreneurs. You can find more of her educational content and resources here. Aside from photographing weddings, Christa spends her time with family, her fiancé Edward, and can often be found in the Chick-fil-A drive thru! She loves anything southern and preppy, and quiet mornings with a cup of coffee fuel her day! She’s an extrovert, so you’ll be sure to get a hug if you meet her!