For Photographers: Gear, Software, and Products We Love

We’ve been photographing weddings since 2008 and full time since 2011 – so we’ve been around the block a couple times when it comes to trying out gear, computer software, and more! We get asked very often what programs we use and what gear we shoot with – so I figured it was easier to finally just share the list of companies and items we love here!

Please let me know if you have any questions about anything!! We are more than happy to help!


Ona Chelsea Bag in Black (pictured above)
Think Tank International (pictured above)
Manfrotto Quick Stack Lightstand Bag


70-200 f/2.8L Canon IS II
100mm f/2.8L Canon Macro IS
(2) 50mm f/1.2L Canon Lens
(2) 35mm f/1.4L Canon Lens
24-70mm f/2.8L II Canon Lens
85mm f/1.4L Canon Lens

(3) Canon EOS 5D Mark III
(1) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Mamiya 645 Film Camera + 80mm f/2.8 lens


(4) Avenger Light Stands
(2) Travel-size Light Stand
(2) Umbrellas
(6) 600EX-RT Canon Speedlites

(2) Fotodiox LED Video Lights
(6) Bolt Battery packs for Canon Flashes
Eneloop Rechargeable AA Batteries


USB Drive – USB Memory Direct
Heirloom Albums – Leather Craftsmen
Prints & Film Development/Scanning – Richard Photo Lab
Investment Guides – MagCloud
Print Goods (Thank You Cards, Address Labels, Stickers, etc) – MOO
Stamps & Ink Pads – Rubberstamps
Client Meeting Boxes/Ribbon/Tissue Paper – The Container Store


Website Design – Tonic Site Shop
Website Platform – Showit
Photo Editing/Outsourcing – Fotofafa
Culling – PhotoMechanic
Album Design – Pixellu SmartAlbums
Client Album Proofing – Album Exposure
Online File Back-Up – Backblaze
Editing Software – Lightroom
Blogging Software – Blogstomp
Expense Tracking / Budgets – Mint
Blog – WordPress + ProPhoto + BlueHost
Client Gallery Sites – PASS

Let me know if I missed anything or if you have additional questions!! Also, we have scaled back on our workshops some since we had kids, but we do still offer one on one mentoring sessions! Inquire with us for more info! Cheers!

chicago & worldwide

Christy & James are Chicago based but happily travel anywhere in the world that beautiful love stories take them!