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What's In My Camera Bag? Photography Gear Guide: Jamaica Edition | Destination Wedding Photographer

I just got back from shooting a destination wedding in Jamaica and thought it would be fun to share a What's In My Camera Bag blog to highlight all my favorite, must-have camera equipment and accessories!

I already shared an overview of what's in my camera bag on TikTok (follow me on TikTok and Instagram to stay in the loop), and I'll be breaking things down for you in this post.

If you're a new photographer shooting a destination wedding for the first time (or are just curious about my go-to photography equipment), this gear guide is perfect to give you some inspo on what to pack.

As a heads up, some of the items in this article are affiliate links which means I'll receive a small commission if you decide to purchase anything (at no additional cost to you) - thanks in advance for your support!

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Camera Backpack

The exact travel camera bag I use by Polar Pro isn't available on Amazon, so instead I recommend this f-stop Lotus 32L backpack. This backpack is a great pick because it offers tons of padding to keep your equipment protected and plenty of organizational pockets and compartments to keep everything in its place. As a bonus, this 32L backpack is also weather-resistant and super durable so you never have to worry about taking it on the go.

Another more affordable camera backpack option is the Neewer 2-in-1 Camera Backpack Trolley Case which you can easily roll around like a suitcase.

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Fanny Pack

Don't judge, ok?! Fanny packs are totally making a comeback and they're super practical to keep all your camera essentials within reach. You can't go wrong with this sleek Peak Design Everyday Sling 3L which can be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag, or fanny pack.

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Camera Harness

Any pro photographer knows camera harnesses are a game-changer when it comes to comfortably carrying multiple cameras, lenses, and accessories, especially for weddings where you'll be running around on your feet all day. I got a custom one from Etsy that I adore but sadly isn't available anymore, so instead I'd recommend the HoldFast Gear MoneyMaker Two-Camera Harness. It's definitely a splurge, but I promise it's so worth it and your back will be thanking you!

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Camera Bodies + Lenses

My favorite camera body that I always find myself reaching for is the Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera - it's a gorgeous option for photographing weddings, and I also love how quiet it is during ceremonies. I like to pair this camera body with a Canon RF35mm F1.8 lens, another one of my photography favorites. It is an excellent prime lens that works well for wide shots, and with that 1.8 aperture, it still gives you nice bokeh for close-ups and individual portraits if you find yourself only wanting to lug around one lens.

For a backup camera body, my pick is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera, and I like to pair it with a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Lens. This lens is super dreamy for portraits and closeups, and is def my go-to lens for bridal portraits.

I also like to bring along my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens for detail shots and a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 Zoom Lens, which I honestly don't use a lot but is still good to have on hand.

Another lens I like to throw in my camera bag is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens. This "nifty fifty" is honestly one of the most versatile lenses, and if you're just starting out it works really well as an all-around go-to lens, plus it's super affordable (my first 10 or so weddings were shot almost entirely on this lens).

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Camera Flash

Having a detachable flash for your camera is super important when you're photographing wedding receptions where lighting might be dark or dim. My main camera flash is the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT paired with a MagMod Professional Flash Kit, but a more budget-friendly option is the Altura Photo AP-305C.

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Keeping an SD card holder on hand is a MUST for photographers, and I recommend the Kiorafoto Professional Water-Resistant Anti-Shock Holder because it has tons of slots for SD cards of all sizes.

Another important SD card-related accessory is a card reader - there are tons of options on Amazon but I suggest something like this 5-in-1 Memory Card Reader since it's affordable but has tons of bells and whistles.

I always make sure to pack a cleaning kit so I can keep my equipment working properly - this is a must for Jamaica since I'll be shooting on a beach and the last thing I want is sand getting in my gear! Amazon has plenty of options but the Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit is a great choice for under $20.

Obviously, batteries are another essential camera bag item, and I make sure to load up so I never have to worry about my camera dying in the middle of a session. I use the SR SUN ROOM 2 Pack Replacement Canon LP-E6 Battery set and A Artman Homesuit LP-E6 Battery Charger.

I hope you enjoyed this gear guide! Make sure to drop a comment or message me on Instagram if you want to see more content like this! Stay tuned on the blog and my social media for more fun updates from Jamaica!

xo, Jessi

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