I get this question alot… in emails or in personal conversation… What kind of camera do you use? Really, the conversation shouldn’t be about the camera.. but rather.. the lenses 😉 So I thought that I’d go ahead and share it on a blog post.
First off, I’d like to remind my readers that the majority of my previous photography business revolved around newborns, children and portrait type photography. Therefore, there are some important things to consider when it comes to what’s inside my bag 😉
- I’m a natural light shooter and I just LOVE the way the evening sunlight wraps around my subjects and gives them that sun kissed look. On that same note, I love natural shadows and silhouettes. Nothing against external flash, but it’s just my preference. Therefore, I obsess over finding the perfect light during the golden hour. Although I have the Canon 580 EX II for flash purposes, I’ve never used it for a session.
- I have a small arsenal of lenses that is sufficient for my type of photography. There’s no reason for me to have an army of lenses (or equipment) the way an event photographer would. My favorite lenses, which happen to be prime lenses, are carefully chosen (and cherished!) for a specific reason… and I’ll go in to detail soon!
- Style. I’d like to think that my photography style is simple, pure, and innocent. Personally,I don’t like to go overboard with props because I think it takes away from the focus of my subject’s most beautiful features and the emotion that I’m trying to convey in each image. So again, this is an important consideration when selecting my lens.
- I only know the Canon brand. ‘Nuff said.
Now that we got that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into what this post is all about! What’s in my camera bag
First off, my camera bag! I use the Shootsac and I absolutely love this camera bag! It’s stylish, comfortable, and the overall design concept works for me. The three-pocket design makes it convenient to quickly grab and exchange lenses and when I’m shooting, I hardly notice that the bag is there. The neoprene material feels durable and curves around your body, even though all the pockets are filled. Shootsac also offers different stylish covers for you to chose from.
Canon 5d Mark II. I got this baby when it first came out. It was my first, real-deal-full-frame, “professional” camera. It’s like an old teddy bear that has yet to fail me. And for that reason alone, I see no reason in upgrading to the Mark III just yet.
Canon 50mm 1.2. This is definitely, hands down, my most favorite lens. Initially, due to financial reasons, I started with the 50mm 1.4. There was nothing wrong with it.. and in fact I definitely recommend it to any new photographer starting out. But I needed something faster and something sharper. And with a wide aperture of 1.2 (yes it makes a difference!), this lens has continually knocked my socks off!
Canon 100 Macro, 2.8. When it comes to newborn photos, I could have a love affair with this baby! I absolutely LOVE this lens because it has helped define my style due to my obsession with details, details, details! I’ve used this lens for tiny toes, tiny hands, eyelashes, and cute cowlicks.
Canon 16-35mm, 2.8. I initially bought this lens because of its range. It was my first L-series (red ring) lens ever! I love it, but because I prefer prime lenses, I’ve been contemplating on whether or not to trade this one in for the Canon 35mm, 1.4. But then I worry about losing the wide range that it gives me. Hmmm.. maybe I can convince my hubby to get me the Canon 24mm 1.4 as well! ha! In any case, this lens has been very good to me! Especially for outdoor portrait sessions!
Canon 580 EX II. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t ever use flash. I work really hard to find the best lighting situation possible. I do have this however for my own personal collection. You know, in case I use this for private events/parties that take place during the night.
And that pretty much sums up what’s in my camera bag! As I mentioned before, I only need an arsenal of items, not an army. And these items alone, have been oh-so-good to me!