Wedding Day Emergency Kit – For Photographers

Today I’m sharing my wedding day emergency kit! Everything pictured below is stuffed into a huge duffel bag (the cute striped one below ;)) with the exception of my clear umbrella and tripod. Some of this stuff I already had at home, but this past summer, I decided to think of everything I could possibly need on a wedding day, wrote it down on a list (I’m a list person…), and went to the store and bought everything I didn’t have. And voila! My emergency kit was born!


Here’s a list of everything I include:

  • Clear umbrella
  • Tripod (for those awesome bride & groom sparkler shots)
  • Extra outfit
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Cardigan (depending on the time of year, I might also have a thicker blazer or winter jacket)
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Thin gloves
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Wet wipes
  • Tide to-go
  • Deodorant
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Phone Charger with car outlet
  • Concealer
  • Clif bars
  • Lighter (great for lighting candles at reception tables)
  • Tissues
  • Lint roller
  • Band-aids
  • Lotion
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairbands
  • Hair spray
  • Hair brush
  • Pen/pencils

Not pictured above:

  • Business cards
  • Plastic camera bags & tarp (pictured below)
  • Feminine products (cause you never know…)
  • My soft box for my flash
  • Extra food
  • Extra flash bracket + tons of batteries (pictured below)

Some of it might seem a little overkill…. but I have used almost every single thing on the list at some point. And the way I think of it, is it’s only every couple’s wedding day ONE time… and if I can bring something that will make everything run more smoothly, I most definitely will! :)

Not picture above but below are some items I’ll use for rainy days. I have plastic bags that are made to go over my camera & a huge clear tarp I can put on the ground for the couple to stand on. I also carry tons of extra batteries and an extra flash bracket for my flash. :)


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  • My Off Camera Flash Setup for Wedding Receptions | Stephanie Brann Photography - […] My whole set up costed me $350 (two flashes, flash triggers, light stand, and flash bracket), which isn’t bad considering ONE camera flash from Canon/Nikon costs as much as that! The Yongnuo flashes are very reliable and work great! The only other thing you’ll need is a lot of batteries. :) Each flash takes four and each trigger takes two. I replace them every 1-2 weddings. You can also buy rechargeable batteries, but I’ve heard good and bad things about them! Just make sure to do your research before investing in a lot. Hope this gives you some insight on how to rock reception photos! I definitely don’t know everything there is to know about flash, but I hope this is a good starting guide for anyone starting out in it like I am! :) Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! If you found this helpful, check out another post from my For Photographer’s series: How to be an Awesome Second Shooter What’s in my Wedding Details Bag Wedding Day Emergency kit […]November 15, 2016 – 11:04 amReplyCancel

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