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What’s in My Camera Bag?

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January 23, 2019

I think most new photographers wonder what’s in other’s camera bag? Do they use a lens I don’t? Do they know about a fancy modifier than makes their life easier? Do they use 10 different lenses? What’s in the big suitcase they carry behind them?

I especially had these questions when I was first starting out, and now that I have my own simple system- I stick to it, love it, and could care less what my photog peers have or don’t have! I mean that in the nicest way possible! lol

In the last 3 years, I have bought just as much gear as I have sold. I wasted a ton of money on lenses that I thought I needed, but just sat in my camera bag for months at a time. I bought gear on what I thought would change my business, but in reality, just weighed my bag down!

So here is what I have narrowed my arsenal down to, and it has completely simplified my life, and changed my business!

 

 

So here it is!!

CAMERA BODIES:

Nikon D750 (main)

Nikon D750 (backup)

 

LENSES:

Sigma 35mm1.4 Art

Nikon 50mm 1.8

Sigma 50mm 1.4

Nikon 85mm 1.4 (my favorite)

Sigma 105mm 2.8

Sigma 135mm 1.8 Art

Sigma 24-70mm 2.8

 

CAMERA BAGS:

Jo Totes Gracie Camera Bag (mine)

Kattee Men Vintage Messenger Bag (Thomas)

Think Tank Airport  Carry On

 

FLASHES:

4 Nikon SB-700s

Pocket Wizard Wireless Radio System

Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 Transceivers

 

FLASH MODIFIERS:

Profoto 2×3′ RFi Softbox, Rectangular

Profoto Speedlight Speed Ring

LimoStudio 33″ White Transparent Photo Umbrella

Magmod Bounces

Magmod Sphears

Mag grips

Lastolite TriGrip Reflector

Selens 5-in-1 43 Inch Reflector

 

CAMERA GEAR:

Two CheetahStands C12

Expodisc

Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket

20 ExtremePro 95mb/s SD Cards 16g/32g/64g

Holdfast Moneymaker

 

This is a hella lot of gear… I know.. But I didn’t purchase it all at once! I started with a Nikon D3100 camera body and a 50mm1.8 lens. Thats it. Both super affordable and will be a great start to your photography business! I hustled HARD and every time I got paid for sessions, I saved up so that I would never go in the red.

My biggest tip: If you are hoping to get into the wedding photography biz.. start with your first 6 months to a year by shooting portraits of every type, invest in education, and save every dime to get you great gear and flash systems, so that you can provide a quality product to your brides and families!

I will have a future blog post about why I have each lens, gear that I wasted money on, what lens I use for each part of the wedding day, my simple flash system for every reception, and many many more! Stay tuned my friends!

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