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

Ten years ago as a brand new professional photographer, 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 speed light, six Sandisk SD cards and a rental studio lighting kit.  I carried no backup equipment. (2007)

After the first few weddings as a professional wedding photographer, 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 a single equipment failure. I quickly purchased a spare Nikon d80 (never had to use it) and a new Nikon SB-600 speed light.  At some point over the years, my original speed light died and my replacement took its place.

Now that I am 145 weddings into my professional wedding photography career, I am vigilant about carrying backup equipment.  I carry multiple camera bodies, lenses, memory cards as needed, speed lights, 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 sure to hire a professional wedding photographer who is prepared and anticipates equipment failures.  You'll feel better knowing that your photographer has backup equipment and he/she will feel better knowing they can capture your special day!

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