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Wedding photographers need a lot of gear to do their work: cameras, lenses, a flash and other lighting, memory cards, batteries … the list goes on. Since I’ve started my wedding photography business, I’ve also learned there are a few other key items I hadn’t initially considered. Since I packed for a long weekend (and shooting a wedding!) in Charleston, SC this weekend, I thought now was a good time to talk about those little things that make a long wedding day easier for me!

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While I don’t wish rain on anyone’s wedding, some cute and functional umbrellas can brighten up a rainy day. Rain happens, so it’s best to be prepared.

1) A watch. Since it’s the 21st century and most of us check time on our phones, I’ve not been in the habit of wearing a watch. Big mistake. At weddings, it’s important to keep to the timeline, and asking “does anyone have the time” or clutching my phone all day just isn’t professional. I purchased a smartwatch so I can track all those steps I make running around at weddings, too!

2) Quiet shoes. Yes! Comfortable shoes are a no-brainer, but when shooting a wedding in a church or indoors, the “click click click” of hard-soled shoes can be distracting during what is, after all, a religious rite. It’s important to me to be as discreet as possible during ceremonies. I have no suggestions for the men, but ladies, I highly recommend Rothy’s.

3) Clear umbrellas. While I don’t wish rain on anyone’s wedding, some cute and functional umbrellas can brighten up a rainy day. Rain happens, so it’s best to be prepared. I bought these to throw in a carryon for destination weddings. This adorable Kate Spade umbrella is roomy enough for a couple to cuddle under, since Love is in the Air!

Is there anything I’m missing? Please get in touch and let me know!

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