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What’s In My Camera Bag?

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Many people have asked about the equipment I shoot with and what I love so I thought it would be a great blog topic! I’ve been shooting professionally for 5 years and have rented, bought, and accumulated a ton of gear. The first camera I ever bought was a Canon, and I’ve always stuck with that brand just because it’s what feels right in my hands. SO without further ado, here’s the equipment that I bring with me to every wedding. 🙂


Canon 5D Markiii . I’ve had this camera for a year now and I’m IN LOVE with it. I always keep the battery grip on it except for when I’m traveling with my family to keep more room in my bag.

Melissa Kilner camera gear 5D mark iii



Canon 5D Mark ii. It’s the first professional camera I ever bought and I loved on it for 4 years. Now I use it as a camera back-up at weddings in case anything should ever go wrong.

Melissa Kilner camera gear Canon 5D Mark ii


Canon 24-70 2.8 : This is the first lens I have ever purchased and 5 years later, is still one of my most used. Not only do I use it heavily during wedding ceremonies, it’s my favorite lens for bridal party and family portraits, and dancing during the reception.

Melissa Kilner camera gear Canon 24-70 2.8



Canon 50mm 1.4 : This is a newer purchase for me that I bought last year and it has slowly found it’s way into my routine. I use this primary for bride and groom portraits and I love it for reception table details.

Melissa Kilner camera gear Canon 50mm 1.4

Canon 70-200 2.8 : Oh this lens. THIS. LENS. This is one of the prettiest, gooiest (yep, just used that word) lenses ever.  I use it during portraits, wedding ceremony, and during the reception when I want to get sneaky candid photos.

Melissa Kilner camera gear Canon 70-200 2.8


Canon 100mm 2.8 macro : I use this primarily for ring shots and nothing else. I’ve tried using it for portraits and it didn’t grow on me, but I definitely couldn’t live without it.

Melissa Kilner camera gear Canon 100mm macro


Canon Speedlites: 580EXii 430EXii : When extra light is needed, I’ll mount my 580 on my camera and then my 430 on a light stand. I like to keep my lighting extremely simple and natural looking.

Melissa Kilner Camera Equipment 580exii 430exii

Pocketwizard Flex TT5 & Mini TT1: I’ve been using these to trigger my flashes for the last 3 years and have been really happy with how they work.

Melissa Kilner camera equipment pocket wizards

Go|Bee Card Holder: This hip satchel (aka super-awesome fanny pack) is the one thing I get asked about the most. I wear it to every wedding and it keeps all of my compact flash cards organized. I love having my cards on me and not in my bag. Unfortunately they no longer make them! It was the best investment ever!

Melissa Kilner camera equipment go bee card holder

Kelly Moore Hobo Bag: I keep my main lenses in this bag and wear it while I’m shooting. It has seen better days and I’m due for a new one soon. While I love the color, I might get something a little less conspicuous. It has great construction, organization, and I love the flap that folds over.

Melissa Kilner camera equipment Kelly Moore bag

Think Tank Airport International Camera Bag: This is the monster that I haul all of my gear in. I bring it everywhere and have flown with it, and it’s awesome… and obviously dirty. What can I say? I use it.

Melissa Kilner camera equipment think tank airporter


THAT’S IT! I hope that was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions about my gear! 🙂

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