So, the vows have been exchanged, the cake has been cut and the guests have gone home. The only thing left to do is to board a plane and jet off to your dream honeymoon destination of choice. So long Pinterest boards and gone are the days of chasing vendor quotes; after roughly 15 months of stress and anticipation, the happy couple can finally relax on some island, resort, or wherever suits your honeymoon fancy.

Let’s see, plane tickets were bought ages ago. Hotel rooms are paid in full. Even fun excursions like zip lining and museum tours have been booked. However, there is bound to be one thing that couples overlook time and time again. And, (*gasp*) it’s often just how said couple will be capturing this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Credit: Andreas Ronnigen

In my humble opinion, one of the most important things that should be accompanying the happily wedded couple is a compact photography kit. The kit, depending on where a couple will be travelling and what shenanigans will be had, should include about a handful of selected items that are both versatile and reliable. Luckily, for all you 2017 better-halves to be, we’re here to help guide you, with a budget in mind of course, through this vetting process.

Here are (roughly) six things that should be in your honeymoon photography kit.

Camera Body & Lenses

For your video and photographic needs, these cameras are they way to go. Assuming that your camera bag has room for only one camera body, we’ve listed a few choices that aim to suit a variety of budgets

Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens

Compact. Powerful. Fast. The Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens features the brilliant image quality you can expect from the EOS line of cameras, in a lightweight, portable design with fast autofocus and processing to help make sure you don’t miss that unforgettable shot. Whether you’re navigating the tight alleys of an old European city or enjoying the view after a strenuous hike, the EOS M5 will let you take advantage of every photo opportunity, more conveniently.

Purchase the M5 here.

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)

Meet the a6300—the flagship model in the form of an APS-C mirrorless camera that takes autofocusing (AF) and imaging speed and performance to astonishing new heights.

Purchase the a6300 here.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i camera delivers gorgeous, high-quality photos and videos that are easy to share. The Canon EOS Rebel T6i does more, easier, and makes capturing photos and shooting videos a breeze.

Purchase the Rebel T6i here.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera (Black)

Meet the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera (Black) — the ultimate compact for capturing movies and stills in captivating detail. This camera inherits the RX100 series’ renowned 1.0-type image sensor, and advances with blazing-fast 0.05-second2 autofocus, 315 AF points for the world’s most1 comprehensive phase-detection coverage of its kind, continuous shooting up to 24 fps3 with AF/ AE tracking, as well as outstanding 4K movie capabilities.

Purchase the RX-100 here.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Digital Camera

The first PowerShot G-Series camera to incorporate a full-featured 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder, the amazing Canon PowerShot G5 X Camera makes it simple to compose, set and capture high-quality stills and video without taking your eye away from the camera.

Purchase the G5 X here.

Memory Cards & Gear

Memory Cards w/cases

Yes, the little plastic cases are necessary.

Have at least three cards in case you are shooting RAW or are just taking that many pictures. If you are not planning to scan through the pictures at the end of each night and transfer to a computer or hard drive, bring more. Check out our memory card store here.

DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones

Capture memories and share life’s moments more easily and more cinematically than ever with the DJI Osmo Mobile. It turns your smartphone into a smart motion camera, making every moment you shoot look smooth, professional and ready to share. Use it with the DJI GO app to automatically track your subject, capture stunning motion timelapses or even stream a moment live around the globe.

Purchase the Osmo for Smartphones here.

Accessories

Camera Neck & Wrist Straps

We offer quite the variety. Check out our selection here

iPhone Waterproof or Splashproof Case

For all you adventurous, scuba diving or sailing types: this is a must.

The Splash Housing is part of the Watershot SPLASH line of housings. Touch screen capable and created for all day use in and around the water. For the water enthusiast, the new Watershot SPLASH model is a welcome addition.

Purchase here. 

A Stylish Camera Bag

If I may make a suggestion, ONA camera bags are versatile and quite stylish.

Shop camera bags here.

Bonus: Zero Tech DOBBY Pocket Drone

The ZeroTech DOBBY Pocket Drone is a Selfie Drone that Fits and Folds into Your Pocket. It is smaller than your daily devices and pocket items like your pocket diary or a cell phone. Intuitive and Intelligent, DOBBY is Fun and Easy to Use as it can even take-off from the palm of your hand. It can easily reach new heights with Aerial Selfies and flies up and back within 10s/30s/60s so you can take stunning selfies from whole new perspectives.

Kinda necessary to get shots like this…

Credit: Sweet Ice Cream Photography

Now the fun part. 

Make your photography kit wish list come true by including your photography kit into your honeymoon budget. That means, if you have decided to go with a cash registry instead of a traditional wedding registry, like Appy Couple, couples can be gifted cash or even gift cards issued by VISA, Mastercard, and the like. There are even honeymoon registries, like Honey Fund, where family and friends can chip in towards the big trip. This way, couples have tremendous freedom to shop, either in-store or online, however they choose; even if they want to utilize part of their cash wedding or honeymoon fund to invest in a photography kit.

When the happy couple returns back home, don’t forget to drop by Samy’s Camera to get all those beautiful photos printed and bound in a photo book. Get all the details here.

Happy travels are ahead!