It’s been quite the adventure exploring different camera gear options and now that these have been used for several years for my sessions and part-time wedding work, I’m excited to share them with you!
Gear doesn’t make excellent photos, you do, but if you can have a couple good quality pieces of equipment, you’ll be set for a long time, and you’ll be able to have more adventures instead of buying the next shiny thing!
Canon 5D Mark II*: my current camera, a nice upgrade from the 5D classic, and it continues to serve me well!
Canon 5D Mark III*: the camera I’m planning to upgrade up to next. It has excellent low-light capabilities which really comes in handy during wedding receptions and night portraits!
Lenses: One of the most worthwhile purchases is a quality lens or two!
Canon 50mm 1.4*: a 50mm lens is perfect starter lens, I highly recommend it to any beginning photographer. I had the 1.8 for years and it still works well as my backup. The 50mm “view” through the viewfinder is similar to how we see with the natural eye.
Canon 100mm macro 2.8*: excellent for closeups, food photography, and wedding details.
Canon 70-200mm 2.8*: an investment piece, but really great for wedding ceremonies and portraits. Until you’re using it constantly, renting it only when you need it is a nice option.
Sigma 35mm 1.4*: current favorite wide angle lens! It’s sharp and the aperture opens all the way to 1.4!
Sigma 50mm 1.4*: I’d like to add this one to my kit someday. It’s a solid lens and a bit bigger in size than the Canon 50mm.
Yongnuo flash*: the 600 series can be synced to trigger if you have more than one!
Eneloop batteries*: rechargeable batteries that keep a long charge. Perfect for receptions or light studio work! I used to buy bulk double AA’s from Costco but always switched out partially used batteries for a fresh set mid wedding reception. The result being I ended up with a lot of used batteries that still had juice but not enough to power my flash. With the eneloops, I can recharge and reuse over and over!
Flashpoint Zoom Li-on flash*: the next flash I’d like to get. It has a basic setup, good light, and it’s own rechargeable battery!
MagMod flash diffuser kit*: comes in super handy during receptions when you need lots of light or want to catch the dance floor action!
Lexar CF cards*: Lexar has served me well over the years, and the cards come with free recovery software for the (hopefully rare) times a card is formatted before it’s downloaded.
Lexar SD cards*: you’ll need these for the Mark III
ThinkTank Roller Derby*: my main gear bag! I was sold on the 360-spinning wheels, and I like that it’s not a huge bag. Much as I enjoy gear, I work best with only a few pieces and this holds everything I need.
Kelly Moore | The Kate*: I like to do short sessions with this bag, especially when the location is inaccessible for the rolling case. It’s also what I carry my laptop and accessories in when I work remotely, and it’s also come on trips as my carryon.
Shootsac: still my favorite lens bag! Holds lenses, cards, a flash, and more…essentials for wedding days!
Fun story: about 10 years ago, I saw Shootsac company post on Twitter saying that in exchange for sending them broken lenses, they would give a Shootsac, removeable cover, and strap pad! I was one of the happy people who took them up on their offer, and the bag has served me well for all these years!
Western Digital Hard Drive*: WD is another company who has made reliable products, and their ‘passport’ sized external drive is so handy for portability!
Seagate Hard Drive*: a photographer can’t have too many backup drives!
Lightroom & Photoshop*: my go-to editing software is Lightroom, and it came bundled with Photoshop when I signed up for the cloud service!
And that’s the list! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about gear, just leave a comment!
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