What’s in my Camera Bag


Hi guys!! SO I’ve been wanting to add on an educational section onto my website for awhile now and I feel like NOW is the perfect time to do it. Time and time again, I’ve been asked various questions on different aspects of my photography – so why not put it all in one place for you all to see?!

I’ve built my business from the ground up for over 6 years now and I have a whole lot of tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way that I can’t wait to share! I want to be a source of encouragement and education on what’s worked for me and what hasn’t worked, in hopes of helping some of you build your dream career. I’m a firm believer in learning from others in your industry to enhance your knowledge + improve your lil business! So, here’s to 2019 – the year of growth!

Okay, so let’s get to it.


What’s in my camera bag?

I shoot every wedding with my two main camera bodies on my HoldFast Harness:

  • Canon 5d Mark IV
  • Canon 5d Mark III

Extra body: Canon 1D-C *great for video work, a bit too heavy for long wedding days!


  • 50 mm 1.4 Sigma – my most used lens by far! So crisp.
  • 35 mm 1.4 Sigma – probably the best lens for couples portraits in my opinion. The perfect focal length.
  • 100 mm 2.8 Canon Macro – I call this my sniper lens. Mainly because I can capture candid shots of people from afar and get up. close. and personal.
  • 16 – 35 mm 2.8 Canon – Great for wide landscape shots. Think itttyyy bitty people in a vast landscape.

Flashes: I always have two on me for all wedding days!


  • SD + CF Cards
  • Extra batteries (for cameras + flashes)
  • Business cards … keep at least a few on hand!
  • Lens Cleaner Spray
  • Mircrofiber Cleaning Cloth (you can buy both here!)
  • Snacks… always 🙂

Camera Bag:

  • I’ve been using a backpack from Oliday for a couple years now + absolutely love it! It’s perfect for traveling and holds so much. Buy it here!

There’s a quick glimpse into my camera bag! Thanks for reading + be sure to follow along on Instagram if you’d like to be in the loop for more freebie education tips! xoxo


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  1. Hello! I am a photographer in Alaska. I have owned my own business for 3 years now. I saw your beautiful images and then I came upon your post about asking questions and I have a few! I just recently upgraded to a canon 5D Mark IV from a Mark 3 And also upgraded to a canon 35 mm from a sigma art 35mm. I have had such a hard time getting a clear shot with it. My images also are a hit or miss with focus and it’s sooo frustrating. My usual settings are f1.8 low ISO and always higher than 160 for my shutter speed. I know it depends on the type of light you Shoot in but what are your go to settings to get such crisp shots?
    What is your primary lens? I also have a canon 50mm 1.8 that I use occasionly. What would you suggest for my next lens? Also, I am trying to find new presets to work with this year and I love the crisp but yet golden color in your edits. What do you use for your presets?
    Thanks so much!

    • kayfishphoto says:

      Hey Jesseline!

      Thanks so much for reading + following along! I’ve heard it can be hit or miss with the Sigma 35 mm for some reason. Mine has been reliable so far – hopefully your Canon will be nice and sharp! I’d maybe try to bump your f-stop up a bit, 1.8 is pretty shallow and could be the reason why you’re missing focus. My go to settings are usually 400 ISO and f/2.2 for couples!

      I’d try a 100 mm for your next lens if you shoot weddings! That one has been such a game changer for me. I use a custom preset but I’d suggest bumping up your warmth a bit to achieve more golden tones!

      Hope that helps!

  2. Cyre says:

    Thanks for this sneak peak into your bag! It was very informative 😊

  3. Hi Kayla!!!I’ve been following your work for a while now and what can I say, your photos are AMAZING!!! I recently started photography and I am so excited to be shooting my first wedding in June. I don’t have the budget to buy a new, full frame camera just yet so I have to use my canon rebel T5 for a while. I was thinking about renting a extra body and a extra lens because I currently use my canon 50mm 1.4 for all my photos and it works okay but want something different for this wedding. Should I rent the sigma 35mm 1.4 or the sigma 50mm 1.4 for this wedding?