We're excited to premiere our first installment of What's in My Bag? the newest feature on the CG Pro Prints blog. With each WIMB feature, we're going to be taking a deep dive into the tools that our CG Ambassadors rely on to capture the perfect shot. What lenses do they love? What’s their essential accessory for busy on-site sessions? We hope each photographer's bag provides some inspiration for your own gear as you continue to build your photography tool kit.
Join us in kicking off this feature by taking a look into wedding and engagement photographer Jared Gant's bag!
As a wedding photographer, and after 15 years of digital camera ownership, I have come to recognize that gear, as fun and exciting as it may be, doesn’t make the photographer.. I believe that it comes down to creative vision and being familiar with the equipment. Having the latest technology only goes as far as you, the handler, are able to take it.
That being said, today I am a happy Sony camera user. Here’s what’s in my bag:
- Two Sony a7R III
I love working with these cameras for a number of reasons. The incredible electronic view finder (EVF) is a game changer for me. Being able to immediately see exposure and, even more useful, the white balance and color shift of an image has changed the way that I shoot and use color to enhance my photos. Pair that with the eye-auto focus, massive resolution (which leads to enhanced cropping abilities), and insane ISO, and this camera is a wedding photography beast.
- Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
- Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM
- Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
- Sony 90mm f/2.8 GM
The vast majority of the time, I shoot with dual cameras, one under each arm. A 24-70mm and a 70-200mm are my typical go-to lenses. The range with these two lenses allows me to push my creativity as fast as possible. Being able to go from a wide, environmental portrait to a tight headshot in seconds allows for smooth transition and a beautiful variety of shots in a short amount of time.
- Flashpoint R2 Pro Transmitter
- Flashpoint eVOLV 200
- Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2
I’m all about creative lighting. Flashpoint is an Adorama-rebranded version of the Godox lights and is my go-to. For almost all off-camera lighting, I use the eVOLV 200. It’s the size of a traditional speedlite but 3x as powerful. This allows for more creative daytime use. The R2 is my on-camera flash, typically only used during the reception. All these flashes work together seamlessly and are all able to be controlled by the R2 Pro transmitter.
- MagMod Modifiers
- Holdfast MoneyMaker
- SandDisk Extreme PRO
- Pelican 1560
There are so many other items that I bring to every wedding, and they can vary from wedding to wedding depending on the location and circumstances, but these last few items are things that I always take with me. MagMod modifiers allow me to not only control where the light is, but more importantly, where the light is not. They are incredibly fast, convenient, and durable. I never shoot without them. Because I shoot with two cameras, a dual harness is also a must. I’ve used several, but keep coming back to my old, tried-and-true MoneyMaker. And when it comes to safe storage, everything for me gets shot on SandDisk Extreme PRO cards and hauled around in a hard Pelican 1560 camera bag.
About Jared Gant
Art and expression have always been a part of who I am. Channeling that expression into photography started when I bought my first digital camera in 2004. Honing that expression into wedding photography started (in earnest) in 2012. Now, I shoot weddings almost exclusively, basing them mostly in Colorado, but shooting anywhere I’m asked to go.
When it comes to the people, I am a family man with two kids, and I can’t help but insert some of that human emotion into every wedding I get to be a part of. I love building real relationships with clients and their families from day one all the way until the big day and afterward. My business style is friendly and approachable. I want to know who I am working with, before I decide how to capture their day.