What's in my camera bag?

  The twins, as I call them.

 

The twins, as I call them.

 

As a wedding and portrait photographer, I've got a lot of photography gear. You should see me pack for a wedding day. I lay out everything onto my bed, charge my 6! batteries, and put everything neatly in its place in my waterproof, crushproof, military-grade Pelican case. I wish the case was fireproof (see my last blog). 

Anyway, I think it's important that my clients know what kind of gear I am using so they can do the research and see if what I am using is "good." Because guess what? Gear matters. Yes, the photographer's skill matters more but the gear they are using has a dramatic effect on the quality of images they are able to produce. Trust me. So you need to hire a photographer that has professional gear or you risk not hiring a professional at all. 

I have made it a priority to acquire the best possible equipment that is available. It has taken time but I know that it is worth it. Here's what I've got:

 

  The Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens is a great versatile lens that works well for family photos and any time I need a wide angle. 

 

The Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens is a great versatile lens that works well for family photos and any time I need a wide angle. 

  The Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro is used for extreme close up shots. The only time that I use it is for wedding detail shots like rings. 

 

The Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro is used for extreme close up shots. The only time that I use it is for wedding detail shots like rings. 

  I have a pair of Canon 5D Mark III cameras, one for me and one for my second shooter, who is usually my husband, Mason. This camera is THE choice for most wedding photographers who shoot with Canon cameras. Since using this camera, I admit that I have become a camera snob and I struggle to shoot with anything lower on the totem pole. It takes glorious, stunning pictures. 

 

I have a pair of Canon 5D Mark III cameras, one for me and one for my second shooter, who is usually my husband, Mason. This camera is THE choice for most wedding photographers who shoot with Canon cameras. Since using this camera, I admit that I have become a camera snob and I struggle to shoot with anything lower on the totem pole. It takes glorious, stunning pictures. 

  This is my favorite lens in the WHOLE WORLD. I love it. I use it for almost everything. It's rare that I have another lens on my camera. It is a Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens. The "1.2" part is key here. That low number refers to the aperture and the lower that number is, the blurrier a background on an image can be. 1.2 is as low as it goes, giving me the creamy & dreamy backgrounds that I love. 

 

This is my favorite lens in the WHOLE WORLD. I love it. I use it for almost everything. It's rare that I have another lens on my camera. It is a Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens. The "1.2" part is key here. That low number refers to the aperture and the lower that number is, the blurrier a background on an image can be. 1.2 is as low as it goes, giving me the creamy & dreamy backgrounds that I love. 

  This is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II lens. I have rarely used this lens but I could not live without it. Here's why: my second shooter uses this lens almost exclusively during wedding ceremonies. Its focal length (how far it zooms) is perfect for being stealthy and out of the way during the ceremony.  At some point, I plan on playing around with this bad boy a lot more.

 

This is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II lens. I have rarely used this lens but I could not live without it. Here's why: my second shooter uses this lens almost exclusively during wedding ceremonies. Its focal length (how far it zooms) is perfect for being stealthy and out of the way during the ceremony. 

At some point, I plan on playing around with this bad boy a lot more.

  This is a flash. It's not a very "flashy" flash but it gets the job done.  (see what I did there?)

 

This is a flash. It's not a very "flashy" flash but it gets the job done.  (see what I did there?)

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