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How My Wedding Photography Lighting Evolved Over Ten Years In Dayton And Cincinnati

Ten years ago I photographed my first wedding, located in a small farm town in northeast Indiana.  My equipment list for the first few weddings included a Nikon d80, Nikkor 18-135mm kit lens, Nikon SB-600 speedlight, six Sandisk SD cards and a rental studio lighting kit.  I carried no backup equipment.

After the first few weddings, I learned that I needed to have backup equipment with  me at all times.  During the few months where I wasn't fully prepared, I was very lucky to not have any equipment failures. I quickly purchased a spare Nikon d80 (never had to use it) and a new Nikon SB-600 speedlight.  At some point over the years, my original speedlight died and my replacement took its place.

Now that I am 145 weddings into my wedding photography career, I am vigilant about carrying backup equipment.  I carry multiple camera bodies, lenses, two-times as many memory cards as needed, speedlights, studio lights, batteries and even a spare pair of pants.  I want to always be prepared!  I even know where the closest camera store is in the event of an absolute emergency.

Be prepared and anticipate equipment failures.  You'll feel better knowing that you have backup equipment for every photography session you shoot. 

How My Wedding Photography Lighting Evolved Over Ten Years In Dayton And Cincinnati