One of my favorite kind of blog posts are the ones where photographers go through their equipment and showseveryone whats in their camera bag. I love hearing what photographers love and why. Is it something I may need to try? Is it something I need ha ha?
After going through these posts I usually find the answer being YES. But other times I like to use it as a reference. Reading reviews on how things work and if there are any problems. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show you all whats in my bag. It’s nothing to crazy or elaborate but these are all my must have things that I have on hand at all times.
First up is my favorite portrait lens ever. The Nikon 85 mm 1.8G lens. I have an obsession and a serious love for prime lenses. I love the sharpness they bring. This lens in amazing for seniors, babies, kids, etc. It’s SO SHARP and you get amazing bang for your buck. It’s a whopping $1000 dollars less then its big brother the Nikon 85mm 1.4. If you are just starting out or a professional full time photographer this is a must have focal length.
Having a million batteries is a must! Well probably not a must ha ha sorry I tend to exaggerate sometimes. My camera bodies both have amazing battery length so I usually go through one battery every 3 sessions or after an all day weddings. I have a serious fear of my camera dying mid session or mid wedding so I pack lots of extras.
My main camera body is this bad boy… the Nikon D810. I really really really love her. Yes I refer to all my equipment as either a boy or girl ha ha. From the first time I heard the shutter I knew it was love at first click. The file sizes are crazy huge but the quality is just gorgeous.
Next up is my back up camera body. The Nikon D600 has treated me SO well. It was my first full frame and I love the way it shoots.
If you have not heard of the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens please pause and google it right now. This baby is the most gorgeous lens I have ever seen. The 35mm is perfect for engagements, bridals, families or basically everything! It’s a little on the pricey side with a $900 price tag but ohhhhh is it worth it. If you don’t believe me try it for yourself and you will be very happy you did.
If you shoot weddings I am not sure how you would manage without a telephoto. The 70-200mm is amazing. It’s crisp and lets you get all those special moments of peoples big days without having to be right up in their faces. It is a God sent at ceremonies! Tamron has a cheaper version of the 70-200mm but I chose to make the investment after reading a million reviews and comparisons.
One of the most important thing a photographer can have is a comfortable camera bag. When I shoot weddings I take ALL my gear in my pelican case so I can wheel it around but for basic sessions and receptions I pack up my 810 with my 70-200mm on it and then my 600 with my 35mm on it. I don’t like wasting time having to switch lenses so having both bodies ready is so convenient. This bag is from Ephiphanie and is so comfortable. I looked on their website and unfortunately they don’t have them in stock anymore but all their bags are really amazing, gorgeous and great quality.
This reflector is in my bag or the back of my car at ALL TIMES! It can be such a lifesaver. If it gets dark sooner then expected or if you need a little extra pop in the face or eyes this is what you need. I like the ones with different colors, that way you have total customability in any situation.
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