Packing for Jamaica!!

YES! We are shipping out for Jamaica, mon! While I was creating my packing checklist and figuring out all we needed to bring to make sure we’re covered, I thought this info may be helpful to you! We are not only photographing the wedding, but we are also setting up a day of shooting in and under the water! I fell in love with underwater photography in the spring when a past bride, Britta, asked that her Rock the Dress session be underwater. You may remember these:

Brandi-Image-Photography_0110.jpgLauren & Daniel will be getting in the water together the day after their wedding- I can’t wait! So, what do we pack for a typical wedding and what are we bringing to this one with the extra shoot planned? Here’s the list:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 60D
Canon Battery Grip
Canon 40mm Lens f2.8
Canon 85mm Lens f1.8
Canon 50mm Lens w/ Hood f1.2
Canon 100mm Macro Lens f2.8
Canon 17-40mm Lens f4
Canon 24-70 Lens f2.8
Canon 70-200mm Lens w/ Hood f2.8
Canon 580exII Speedlite
Canon 430exII
Video Light
PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver
PocketWizard Plus III
Canon Battery Charger LC-E6
Canon Battery Charger LC-E6
Canon Battery Pack LP-E6
Canon Battery Pack LP-E6
Canon Battery Pack LP-E6
Canon Battery Pack LP-E6
Canon Battery Pack LP-E6
Canon Battery Pack LP-E6
Expo disc
Asus Laptop N56V
Ikelite Underwater Housing for 5DIII
Dome and Lens Mounts
(2) Ikelite Strobes DS 161
(2) CF Cards 32G, 16G
(5) SD Cards 32G, 16G, (2) 8G, 2G
Western Digital My Passport External HD

Everything on that list is in my standard wedding bag with the exception of the Ikelite Housing, Dome and Lens Mounts, Ikelite Strobes, Laptop and External Hard drive. It’s not necessary to bring the laptop or HD to a wedding because my camera allows me to shoot on two cards simultaneously, with RAW images on both cards. This allows an in-camera backup in case of card failure, and I am all about backups.

Two lessons I learned from Britta’s shoot were that I needed strobes and a wide angle lens. The Ikelite system is made to work with the 100mm Macro f2.8, the 17-40mm f4, 16-35 f2.8 II, or the 135L. I only had the 100 Macro and knew with this trip coming up, I would need the wider lens. So, this time, I have both strobes and the 17-40mm f4. Sweet!

If you have questions about the gear, travel, or underwater photography, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them.

Love & Smiles -Brandi

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