What’s Inside My Camera Bag: Wedding Photographer Vanessa Joy

June 17, 2021

By Conor Risch

We’ve asked some of the photographers who are speaking at WPPI 2021 to give us a peek inside their camera bags. Here, wedding photographer Vanessa Joy—who is doing a seminar and two photo walks at WPPI in August—shares with us her go-to cameras, lenses, lighting and more!

Vanessa is a Canon Explorer of Light, book author of The Off-Camera Flash Handbook (Rocky Nook, 2020) and has been an influential speaker in the photo industry for over a decade. Recognized for both her talent and her business sense, her clients love working with her and industry peers love to learn from her tangible, informative and open-book style of teaching.

Vanessa Joys photo gear: a range of Canon cameras and lenses.
Photos © Vanessa Joy


“I use the best Canon cameras and lenses that money can buy and always bring backup equipment.”


Canon R5
Canon 1DXIII (backup)

Canon 70-200mm II f/2.8 L
Canon 135mm f/2 L
Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro
Canon 85mm f/1.4 L
Canon 50mm f/1.2 L
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
Canon 24mm f/1.4 L
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2
Canon RF 50mm, 85mm, 24-105mm


“My style is to give my clients that natural look, and for that I use off-camera flash or on-camera flash bouncing off something,” the photographer says. 

Profoto B10 x3
Profoto A1X
Various modifiers, gels, reflectors


Manfrotto Stackable Stands

Wedding photographer Vanessa Joy includes miscellaneous items like ballet flats and earplugs in her bag.
© Vanessa Joy


Ballet flats, earplugs, advil, tampons (“yes, I said it”), wisps, cough drops, Quest protein bars.

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Want to learn more? Sign up for a class with Vanessa Joy at WPPI 2021.

WPPI combines exceptional programming with unforgettable networking, unlike any other event. Join us August 15-19, 2021 for 5 days of awe-inspiring seminars, hands-on sessions and exciting photo walks from the industry’s most inspiring photographers and content creators.  Register now for WPPI and get a FREE Expo Pass »