I receive a log of questions and inquiries regarding my camera equipment when shooting red carpets, events and weddings. So I have compiled a list of gear that I use during my shoots. All of the gear I have listed are items that I have personally used myself and that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in purchasing this gear.

Here is a listing of all of my favorite photography gear that I have used or currently use. This gear is my “highly recommended” list of photography equipment which cover all the necessary events from weddings, portraits and even red carpet events. I will try to keep the list updated as much as a I can.

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Cameras

GearDescriptionPricePurchase
My Canon 1Dx Mark II has finally arrived! This is my first venture into the 1D line and am I happy that I finally have one! This is a beast of a camera! Highly Recommended!

NOTE: I purchased the Premium Kit which included the CFast 2.0 Card and Reader! It was the same price at the time of purchase, but it included a card and reader.

Canon Product Info: Canon 1D X Mark II
$5,999.00BuyNow
The Canon 5D Mark III is by far the best camera created by Canon, just under their 1DX offering of course. This camera is perfect for any occasion from weddings, portraits and even red carpet events. This is my go-to camera, until i can get my hands on the Canon 1DX Mark II.

Canon Product Info: Canon 5D Mark III
$2,400.00BuyNow

Lenses

GearDescriptionPricePurchase
The Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is the go-to lens for red carpet events. This versatile lens lets me capture the full body picture of the celebrity and allows me to zoom in to get the 3/4 body shot or the head shot. There still a little cropping that you need to do in post, but that's not a problem.

Canon Product Info: Canon 24-105 f/4L IS
$999.99
The 24-70mm f/2.8 lens is a little short for red carpet work, since its longest reach is only 70mm, however, this is excellent for portrait and studio work.

Canon Product Info: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
$1,949.00
One of my favorite lenses for red carpet events, weddings and even for portraits has to be my 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS. This is probably my most used lens and the pictures that come through the lens is absolutely amazing.

Canon Product Info: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
$1,899.00
The lovely Canon 50mm f/1.2. Enough cant be said about this fixed beautiful lens. This is my go to lens for portraits and is used pretty heavily during weddings as well for detail shots.

Canon Product Info: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
$1,349.00
This is another one of my favorite lenses for family portrait shots as it allows me enough versatility to interact with my clients and take awesome shots.

Canon Product Info: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
$1799.00
The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM lens is not as widely used as my other lenses, but it does have its uses. This is perfect for larger groups like an entire wedding party and their families. This lens is also good if you're into landscape photography.

Canon Product Info: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
$1449.00

Accessories

GearDescriptionPricePurchase
Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash is used as fill-flash on red carpets and a must for weddings where light changes drastically.$469.00
The flash bracket of choice by red carpet or press photographers. This Custom Bracket (CB Mini-RC) is perfect for any situation due to its compact size and it places the flash on the same plain as the lens.$64.13
When using the Custom Bracket, you will need to connect your flash to your camera. To do so, you can use the Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3.

Note: There might be better quality items out there that achieve the same results, i have had no issues with this product yet.
$72.45
Quantum Turbo SC Camera Flash Battery Pack is a must, when relying heavily on flash photography. This battery pack provides consistent power to my flash during red carpets and weddings.$351.00
To get the power from my Quantum power pack to the Canon flash, I use the Quantum CZ2 Locking Flash Cable for Turbo Battery.$47.00