What’s in My Bag | Wedding Day Details For Photographers

If you have ever photographed a wedding day, you know that you are going in blind on the details!! You have no idea if there is going to be something to use as a backdrop, what details your bride is going to provide or where the light is going to be best. So, as I began to analyze what I could do to ensure that I can ALWAYS get high quality, consistent detail shots, I put together my Wedding Day Details Kit!

In addition to my camera bag, Think Tank + light stands, I carry a little aqua Target purse along with me for the beginning of every wedding day. In it, I have almost all of the tools that I need to create perfect detail shots along with some items that could be used to help deal with bridal emergencies in the getting ready room! I chatted about this little kit on Periscope, and I have had a few people ask me what it contains! So, I’m super excited to share that on the blog with you today!!

1. Solid Fabric + Tulle

The number one thing that I have found the MOST helpful to have for wedding day details is solid colored fabrics + tulle! In the case that there is nowhere to shoot details (as in the hotel chairs and scuffed hardwood floors aren’t cutting it), I can whip out a piece of fabric to create a solid backdrop, and then lay tulle overtop to create a soft, beautiful place to shoot my details! The below shot (on the left!) was taken on an not-so-cute, brown leather hotel chair. I placed a piece of light blue tulle over the chair and TA-DA! Gorgeous details!

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2. Ribbon + Glitter

Two more great pieces to have in your bag are silky ribbon + sparkly glitter! I have 3-4 different colors and types of ribbon in my bag to add to detail shots (I’ve purchased them from the local craft store!) + a few different containers of glitter! The glitter can help me in getting creative ring shots or adding a little sparkle to an invitation suite shot!

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3. A mini reflector!

This is something that I have very recently added to my detail bag and I LOVE it!! Two of my second shooters had them in their bags and inspired me to purchase one! These little guys are not only adorable, but they are perfect to bounce that little bit of light you need without causing a scene in the getting ready room! You can get one HERE!

4. Back-Up Timeline

This one is a little extra tip- I always keep a back-up timeline for the wedding day in my detail kit! This way, I can take a quick peek at it at the beginning of the day while I’m shooting details, and I always have easy access to an extra if I needed it!

5. Wedding Day Emergency Items

Not only is this my detail kit, it’s also my wedding day emergency kit! I have items like a lint roller, tape, hair ties, oil blotting makeup wipes, tissues, a mini Advil bottle, etc! This way, if there was a bridal emergency on the day of the wedding, I may be able to help and save the day!

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POSTED

July 30, 2015

  1. Tenesha

    September 2nd, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    This are great tips! Exactly how do you use the mini-reflector, is it for details? It is so cute!

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