What's in our bags?

For our first blog post here at Rooted, we thought we would give you a little insight into what exactly we bring with us on wedding days. aka: what’s in our bags? There are basics and a few fun items that you might not have thought of.





Canon 5D Mark iv
Canon 5D Mark iv (I shoot on two so I can shoot on two different lenses at once)
Canon EF 35mm 1.4
Canon EF 50mm 1.2
Canon EF 85mm 1.2
Canon EF 100mm 2.8 Macro
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
MagMod + Diffuser + Gels
Holdfast Moneymaker
32 & 64GB SD & CF Cards
AA Batteries

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Snacks! - More than are pictured here, because I recently ate some and I need to restock.

Ear plugs - to protect my ears after so many weddings.

Tissues, cough drops and Aleve cause you never know who needs it!

Mrs. Box Ring-box - Sometimes brides have their own ring box they want photographed, but I always carry a green velvet ring box that matches everyone's wedding colors (bouquet's always have greenery!). It has come in handy many, many times.

Clear Umbrellas - I keep a pair in my car in case rain strikes during portraits! I did shoot a wedding during Hurricane Harvey, and they were clutch!

Itch stick. I have a wedding curse of stepping in ant piles. I once got 35 bites at one time! But alas, I never let it stop me.

Lastly, Starbucks - I've made it a part of my pre-game ritual to get a Tall Iced Caramel Macchiato on my way to a wedding. I also listen to Thunderstuck.


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Canon 5D Mk III
Canon 6D (backup)
Canon EOS Elan 7E
Kodak Potra 400
Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4
Canon 35mm L-Series II f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Canon 135mm L-Series f/2
Canon 600 EXRT
2x Yongnuo YN560 III
Yongnuo YN-300 III LED Video Light
Magmod flash attachment
3 Canon batteries
Water-resistant card case with SD & CF cards
Peak Design camera strap


Snacks, in case dinner runs late or for long wedding days where there might be a long stretch in between meals. 

Water - to attempt to stay hydrated.

Copper Pipe, Prism, and Chandelier Crystals - For when there’s time to get a little creative with some rad in-camera effects.

Storm Jacket Camera Cover - In case of rain, to protect my camera and shoot in any kind of weather

Nice Hanger - I keep a nice hanger in my trunk in case the bride only has a cheap plastic hanger.

Tissues - for peoples’ tears….sometimes my own, because I can’t help but cry at weddings. 

Surefire Ear Plugs - DJs and bands are LOUD! Protect your long-term hearing with some good quality ear plugs!
I get the kind that are designed for shooting firearms so that I know they’re good enough to protect my hearing.

Travel-sized liquor - Sometimes people get nervous on wedding days. I keep a small liquor bottle on me in case of nerves for the bride, groom, parents of the couple, etc.

Lighter - For lighting candles in centerpieces for detail shots.

Epi pen - because I’m allergic to bees.

Splenda - because I love sweet tea at weddings!

Hand Sanitizer - Because I’m a germaphobe


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Snacks, lots of snacks - I am someone who always needs to eat and when I don’t I cant focus on what I need to do. Therefore, I bring lots of snacks like: almond butter packets, epic bars, applesauce squeezey-packets, fruit leather, etc.

Starbucks - I always stop by Starbies on the way to a wedding, always. Get yourself a Nitro Cold Brew and the rest of the day is set up for success!

Copper pipe - sometimes the sunlight begs for a good ol’ ring of fire shot so I always have my copper pipe (from Lowe’s) on hand for a creative shot. If you aren’t familiar with the ring of fire shot here it is and maybe a tutorial will follow in a later post.

Rain cover - I first used the rain cover on a trip to Iceland so that I didn’t miss out on any epic shots because of the waterfall mist. These covers are cheap and go a long way to protect your camera from light misting/rain. Don’t get crazy and take your camera out in a downpour though.

Wood hanger - I always keep a nice wood hanger in my trunk for dress shots when the bride only brings a plastic one. This really makes a huge difference.

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