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With the wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would share a little sneak peek into how I prepare my camera bag the day before the wedding and what other things I bring along. As many fellow photographers are about to enter the lovely and crazy season in the next month or two, I hope this quick guide will be a great resource to many of you. I use it consistently to make sure I don’t forget anything and am on point for the wedding day.

There are two things I do to ensure that I have everything I need to photograph a wedding: I pack two bags. One is the camera bag that holds all the gear I would need on a wedding day, and the other one is a bag for the car. The things that go in this bag are things that I might not necessarily need on the wedding day, but would come in handy if I day checklist


  • Main Camera Body
  • Backup Camera Body
  • Extra Batteries (I always charge all my batteries the day before the wedding so that I don’t have to worry about it on the wedding day)
  • Battery Charger (just in case)
  • Lenses
  • Macro Filters (I use these for ring shots and they are phenomenal)
  • Cleaning Cloth (it comes in handy if there is any kind of stain on the lens)
  • Memory Cards (I make sure to format all my memory cards before the wedding day)
  • Flashes + Flash Batteries
  • Transmitters
  • Reflector
  • Business Cards
  • Cell Phone + Charger
  • Wedding Day Timeline Copy
  • Emergency Kit (safety pins, bobby pins, band aids, a small sewing kit, sticky roller, new chapstick, hand sanitizer, super glue, etc.)


  • Soft Box
  • Tripod (for sparkler exits)
  • Light Stand
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Card Reader
  • Portable Hard Drive
  • Extra Outfit + Shoes (you never know)
  • Nice Hanger (just in case the bride forgot to bring one; plastic hangers just won’t do it for me when I photograph an expensive gown)
  • Bottles of Water
  • Snacks
  • Umbrella (in case it rains)
  • Change for Parking
  • GPS

That’s pretty much it for me! Do you have a wedding day checklist? I would love to see what’s on your list if you have one. If you don’t, I hope this post serves as a great resource to you in getting all set for a wedding day. Happy shooting!

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  • May 2, 2015 - 3:28 am

    Michele - Thanks for sharing your list! I am just starting to do weddings and also a list lover.

    I am curious which Macro filters you are using as I am considering these as well.

    Thanks again for your insights, your work is lovely!


  • September 30, 2015 - 5:06 pm

    Monashee - Great list!! The shoes and change of clothes is a good one. I just had a wedding, and my shoes broke. Luckily I had a spare pare. Phew.ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Jess Bulloss - We have a wedding coming up soon and this will be a BIG help! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • September 30, 2015 - 7:02 pm

      Alina Thomas - Yay! I hope it will be helpful to you as you prepare for your next wedding :)ReplyCancel

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