Experienced event photographers rarely leave for a job without a few cameras and some extra batteries and memory cards. You can’t pause an event, so there’s nothing worse than something going wrong with a piece of equipment and not having a backup on hand.
Bennett prefers to have two DSLR cameras with him when he’s shooting. One camera body has a focal point of 16 to 35 millimeters, set with an aperture of f/4 and an on-camera flash. Bennett uses this one for posed shots of people when he wants everyone lit brightly and evenly. His other camera has a 150 millimeter or telephoto lens and an aperture of around f/1.2. He uses this lens without a flash to get candid or more artsy shots with a shallower depth of field.
High prefers to bring an assortment of lenses and flashes, light stands for setting up freestanding flashes, and some fun toys to shoot through, like prisms. Once you find what works best for you, you can come up with an essential packing list of your favorite equipment.