My Photography EssentialsWhat's in my camera bag?

One of the most commonly asked questions I get as a photographer is, “what kind of camera do you use?” While I am a strong supporter of Ansel Adams’ opinion that “the single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it,” there’s no denying the important role the camera equipment plays in creating beautiful photos. So, with that being said, here is what I bring in my camera bag to every session.

Photography Essentials
CAMERA

1. Canon EOS 6D – This camera is a full-frame, 20.2MP DSLR. It is fast, accurate, and produces beautiful images. It performs really well in low-light settings, and creates detailed images with great color. I think this is one of the best DSLR cameras on the market, especially when considering its price point. It is very similar to the popular Canon 5D Mark III, but significantly cheaper – and a lot lighter too!

LENSES

2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 – This lens is probably my most frequently used lens. I love the focal length and low aperture. It is a great all around lens that works well for both indoor and outdoor photography. I think it works really well as a portrait lens, and I have been really happy with the quality of images it produces. Tip: the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens for photographers that are just starting out, and it’s a third of the price!

3. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 – This is a great portrait lens, and works really well when shooting outdoors. I love that I am able to get great shots of my subject(s) without having to get super close. I also like the variety that having this focal length adds to my photography arsenal.  This lens produces high-quality images that are in-focus even when shooting at f/1.8.

ACCESSORIES

4. Canon ES71II Lens Hood – I always use a lens hood when shooting outdoors. They are great for blocking the lens from sunlight that can create a lens flare or mess with the coloration and contrast of a photo. Another added benefit is that it protects your lens from any accidental bumps and scrapes.

5. Fotostrap in Blush – When I have a camera strap on my camera, this is the one that I use. It’s both cute and functional, and I think it’s fun to use a strap that is different from the traditional Canon one that comes with the camera. I have my initials monogrammed on the strap, but this is entirely optional if you want to keep it as shown in the picture.

6. Canon Speedlite 430EX II External Flash – Very rarely do I find myself needing to use an external flash, but it’s a great thing to have on hand for certain low light situations.

7. Westcott 40″ 5-in-1 Reflector – This reflector is great for indoor photography. It comes in handy when I’m shooting newborn sessions in less than ideal lighting.

8. Extra Canon Battery Pack and SanDisk Memory Card – It’s always a good idea to have extra batteries and memory cards on hand at a session. There is nothing worse than having your battery die during the middle of a session! I unfortunately had to learn this the hard way, but I will never make that mistake again!

So, what is in your camera bag? Tell me in the comments section below–I’d love to know!