Wedding Photographer Checklist – For Photographers

 Wedding Photographer Checklist



11 Wedding Photography Essentials from the Staff at BorrowLenses



BorrowLenses staff see a lot of orders come through for wedding photographers. As photographers themselves, BL employees have chosen their own favorite pieces of gear to use on the Big Day. Here are some of their recommendations for fellow wedding shooters. We hope this wedding photographer checklist will give you a few fresh ideas on what to rent this season!


Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM

The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM is a sharp, fast wide-angle lens that has allowed me to get in close to the action and gave my wedding pictures a fun, different look. The slight wide-angle distortion on the images made for fun, quirky pictures that matched the feel of the wedding and the couple’s personalities. This is a must-have for any wedding photographer checklist. -Javi Melendez



Creative Light 20″ White/Sunlight Reflector

If you don’t want to carry heavy lighting equipment to your wedding photography shoots, this product on the wedding photographer checklist is perfect for you.  This reflector works wonders in outdoor lighting where strong shadows are present.  Pop open the Creative Reflector and you have an instant fill-light to brighten up the shadows.  It is lightweight and you will be able to take it anywhere. –Jeng Lim



Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR

My gear of choice for my wedding photographer checklist is the Canon 1D X. Its superior auto-focusing abilities in low-light conditions, as well as its extended battery life, make for a worry-free wedding shoot. The less time I spend thinking about my gear and technical execution, the more time I have to dedicate to creative flow and artistic creation. –Reid Erickson


Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S

The Nikon 35mm f/1.4 is a great fixed lens with an incredibly fast aperture. It’s a must on my wedding photographer checklist. I prefer this lens to the 50mm because I feel it offers a greater depth and shape to my subjects, whereas the 50mm seems to flatten the space a bit more in comparison. I like shooting with the lens wide open, which produces that much-sought -after bokeh. It creates a light, romantic feeling and keeps the viewer’s eye focused on the portrait or that special wedding detail. –Kymberly Cortigiano



Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

I recommend this lens for weddings because it creates something totally different than what a normal human eye sees. A lot of clients want to see something different and when you do something different from the norm, people differentiate you from other photographers. You can be really creative with the fisheye and make different compositions at a wedding that you wouldn’t be able to do with a normal wide lens. The fisheye also puts a lot of attention to the center of the picture, which can come in good use and it is also a really fun lens at the reception when everyone is dancing at the end of the night. –Derick Santos



Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S

If there’s one thing I love for wedding photography, it’s fast prime lenses. For me, what is lost in the flexibility of a zoom is more than made up for in the sharpness and bokeh you can achieve with a 1.4 lens. The Nikon 24mm offers a comfortable focal length that’s wide enough to photograph guests on the dance floor or simple detail shots in confined hotel rooms. This lens is a definite must have for my wedding photographer checklist. –Elizabeth Friar



Canon OC-E3 Off-Camera Shoe Cord

This cord is a quick and inexpensive way to free your flash from the hotshoe of your camera while still maintaining all of your fancy flash functions (e.g. E-TTL II, rear curtain sync, and high speed sync). One way I like to use it is at the end of the wedding reception when everyone is dancing. This is the bride and groom’s only real chance to have fun at their wedding and with the off camera flash shoe cord I’m able to use the rear curtain sync on my speedlight, point the flash where I want it and spin my camera to add motion and light trails. –Austin Fausto



Nikon SB-910 Speedlight with Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack

I like using an SB-910connected to an SD-9 battery pack when lighting wedding portraits. For your wedding photographer checklist I recommend flashguns and AA battery packs because they require no outside power source and are very lightweight. SD-9 packs can be attached easily to light stands and flashguns can be triggered remotely for ease of movement when shooting. –Alex Huff



Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

I recommend this lens in conjunction with a full frame body because it truly immerses you in the wedding scene. In my opinion, it is an extremely versatile wedding photography lens that allows you take stunning wide angle scenes as well as solid portraits. If you were to buy only one lens to start learning wedding photography with, a 35mm prime will help you to learn to “zoom with your feet” and get into the action rather than relying on a zoom lens. –Ryan Tubongbanua



Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S

I love photographing portraits and that’s why I love the 50mm f/1.8! It’s affordable for photographers and helps you capture beautiful images for your clients. I like it best for close up portraits, as in my example. The Nikkor glass makes your photos tack sharp and the wide aperture is perfect for shooting in natural light. –Jennifer Montillo



Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

I recommend this lens for anyone looking to capture the beauty of an engagement shoot. This lens holds a special place in many photographers’ hearts for its affordability and its incredible ability to capture beautiful photos. Affordable and beautiful are a match made in heaven! The 50mm is the perfect glass for handling tricky lighting situations and for catching the fleeting moments that last a lifetime during these benchmark events! -Keith Weiner



Need to rent a bunch of lenses at once for an event? Check out BorrowLens’ new Wedding Essential packages for both Canon and Nikon and complete that wedding photographer checklist! They also have great packages designed specifically for photo booths, portrait photography, and more.

Visit the BorrowLenses Blog for more great wedding photography gear and shooting tips!

Also, be sure to check this checklist on setting up a photography.

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