With that title, you might think about filters, flash transmitters and those kind of accessories. Well, that's not what I want to cover today. It is more a "Be ready for anything" kit.
Quick story! Three and a half years ago, at a wedding, the bride had a bouquet of red roses. She made it herself and it was beautiful. At one point, the roses came in contact with her wedding dress and left some of that red on it. Was I ready for that? Sure! I had some Tide-to-go in my bag. The wedding party gave me a look like I was their savior. Moral of the story? Be ready for anything.
Here are some things you should have in your kit
- Something to clean cloth like a Tide-to-go.
- Something to clean mess: paper towels, wet towels, etc. It's especially useful if you are photographing kids, and their parents gave them a chocolate bar in the car while driving to the shoot. Worse, they ate spaghetti for lunch.
- A sewing kit. It might be overkill but it's an essential piece for a wedding photographer.
- Tape. I always have electric tape in my bag and duct tape in the car. As the saying goes: Duct tape is to men as wine is to women... It fixes everything. Or was it the other way around?
- A First Aid Kit. That should be obvious.
- Blister pads. You know those beautiful wedding shoes that she is wearing? Most of the time, they are so uncomfortable.
- Water bottles. That's one thing clients often forget, and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness.
Do you think of anything else?
Here are suggestions added by my friend Victoria of Creative Perspectives Photography:
- Umbrellas. I always have a set of 6 cute matching umbrellas in case of rain.
- Double-sided body tape... because sometimes you don't want to show THAT much cleavage ;-)
- Safety pins
- Static Guard... especially for winter weddings where the ladies are wearing tights or stockings under their dresses which can make them clingy in all the wrong places!
- Translucent powder to eliminate unwanted shine on a hot summer day
- Gum or breath mints... because let's face it, there are LOTS of kissing pictures :-)
- Advil or Tylenol
- Granola bars. These are more for me, because us photographers are going non-stop all day and often don't get a chance to eat - and then when we ARE served dinner, since we have to get up to photograph speeches, dances and other activities, we sometimes come back to the table to find our food has been removed :-(