Our event photographers have photographed hundreds of events over the past few years and we’ve got our equipment list down to a tee. From birthday parties and christenings to corporate events, charity events and PR events. There’s not much we haven’t photographed! Event photography can be extremely pressured. Similar to wedding photography, you get 1 chance to get the shot. You can’t rewind time! If you’re thinking about joining the league of professional event photographers, you need to be fully prepared for all eventualities. You’ll almost certainly need to deal with equipment failure and drunken members of the public at some point. You need to do all of this whilst getting the job right for your client. Not an easy task!
There are two types of event photographers, roving photographers and booth photographers. Both types of event photographers require different skills and different equipment. We offer both kinds of photography and have created a list of essential equipment you’ll need.
Roving Event Photographers
The Roving event photographers need to be discreet, look smart and be friendly with guests. To get the most from your subjects you have to make them smile naturally, work quickly and don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Here’s the list of equipment we recommend to all roving event photographers . . .
The Roving Event Photographers Checklist
Booth Event Photographers
The above equipment list is the very minimum we would take to any event. We are often we are asked to photograph corporate and charity events which require instant on-site printing and open-air style Photo Booth. For such events these are the essential pieces of equipment we would take with us.
The Booth Photographer’s Checklist
Where do Event Photographers buy equipment?
I’m in no way affiliated with any camera shops (that would be great). Unfortunately I do pay full price for most of my equipment however there are a few places I can recommend for various reasons:
Calumet in Manchester – I’ve been going for years and get great customer service from them, although you will be able to find the equipment cheaper elsewhere.
Hdew cameras – The cheapest i’ve found online. I’ve heard the word ‘grey import’ mentioned but everything I’ve ever bought from them have been spot on, all UK plugs and manuals etc.
Ebay – You never know what you might find 🙂
Looking for event Photographers?
It’s always fun working as event photographers. We thrive from a challenge and love the atmosphere at the events we photograph. If you are organising an event and are looking for professional event photographers to cover the event, please get in touch . . .