What kind of photography goodies do you have in your bag?
I always bring two bags to every shoot—my Kelly Moore holds all of my prime lenses, and my Epiphanie holds all of my zoom lenses. So here’s my list of what I can’t do without:
- Kelly Moore Hobo Bag
- Epiphanie Lyric Bag
- Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon 5D Mark II
- 85mm 1.2
- 50mm 1.2
- 135mm 2.0
- 70-200 2.8
- 16-35 2.8
- 24-105 4.0
- Black Rapid RS-W1 Women’s Strap
- Many extra batteries
- 16 GB CF memory cards (3)
- Tether Cord
- White Balance Card (2×3)
- Lip Gloss/Color (Can NEVER have too many when dealing with seniors!)
- 42” Impact Collapsible 5-in-1 Round Reflector (Ok, ok. These things technically don’t fit in my bag!)
- 42”x72” Impact Collapsible 5-in-1 Oval Reflector
- 3-Step Ladder
Let’s make it interesting and say if you only had one camera and one lens what would you pick out of all your equipment?
That’s easy! For sure it would be my 5D Mark III, and my 85 1.2. This lens is so versatile, and sometimes feels absolutely magical to me. I love the creamy bokeh it gives me when shooting up close, and in a pinch, I can pull way back and get full body shots, too! It is such a great over-all portrait lens!
Out of all of those fun gadgets you have, what do you find you cannot work without?
The best gadgety thing I ever bought was my Black Rapid Strap! When I first started out I was using a hand strap that some other photographers had recommended. However, it was inconvenient if I needed the use of my hands, and I could never shake that nervous feeling that I was going to drop my camera and it was going to shatter into a million pieces. Then another photographer friend showed me her Black Rapid Strap and I was sold! It is fabulous to be able to drop my camera at my side so I can demonstrate how I want a senior to pose, and then just reach around and grab it from behind me again. I couldn’t function without it!
What equipment do you own that is necessary to have for your work but you don’t use often?
I would say my gray card. It’s nice to have, but typically, I shoot in Kelvin or use my Expodisc for white balance.
Out of all the equipment purchases you have made, what could you go without?
Even though I love it, I could probably do without my 135 2.0 lens. It produces such gorgeous, dreamy bokeh, but I could substitute the 70-200 2.8, if I had to. I will say that the 135 is a whole lot lighter than the 70-200 though! I get a workout using that Big Kahuna!
What non-photography related items are a MUST bring to every shoot?
- Lip color, lip color, and lip color! For senior girls, it is a must. We probably reapply every half hour or so because it just wears off. I usually put the senior’s mom on “lip gloss duty”!
- Hair spray comes in a close second, especially on windy days.
- H2O or some other form of hydration. I’m still always surprised how thirsty we get during a photoshoot. We usually swing through McDonald’s for water, iced tea, or pop on our way to the first location. J
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