I hope you all had a safe new years! I got to spend time with family and we played card games and ate lots of food! I'm still trying to recover! anyway! I thought I would share with yall what I bring to a portrait session
over the years my camera bag and supplies have changed quite a bit! When I first started doing photo shoots I would bring literally everything, my tripod(which I legit never used lol), all the lenses that came in my kit, all the colored filters, whatever I had I brought, not knowing exactly what I was going to need. I started to down size the more I got comfortable with all my gear but it still felt like a lot because the camera bag I had purchased was so heavy I hated carrying it.
I still like to bring a lot of my gear with me because I don't wanna miss out on an opportunity to capture something amazing! but it's still not as much as what i used to carry,
so whats in my camera bag?
First and foremost my camera bag is from House of Flynn,
absolutely my favorite companies for camera bags! they are a little pricey but so worth it! their stylish, comfortable, spacious, and extremely durable!
next of course is my camera, I shoot with a canon 6D Mark,
what I really love about this camera is the fact that it shoots full frame and the quality of the photos is so clear and beautiful! I have only been using this camera for a few months because I upgraded from the canon Eos t6, as much as I loved this camera the 6d mark II is truly an upgrade and I have been so happy with the results, this camera has improved my work so much and I can't wait to see the growth I make with this upgrade!
the next thing I bring with me is a few different lenses, I shoot with a canon 85mm f/1.2, one of my absolute go-tos for portraits, and I bring my 50 mm f/1.8 lens for a large frame than my 85. with my lenses I love to have my macro filters that just screw onto the front of my 85 mm lens. these are amazing for detail shots, this way I have the best of both worlds and now I don't have to carry macro lenses as well! I also bring a lease tulip to help block the sun flares, I love to use this in harsh lighting and it fits perfectly in my bag!
the next thing in my bag is SD cards, I have little containers that I purchased off amazon to hold them but they fit perfectly in the front pocket of my camera bag. I carry about 6-7 SD cards for extra back up! you can never have too much storage and I always make sure that I have those extra cards because I know I always used to forget the cards I used from a previous shoot still plugged into my computer so showing up to a photoshoot without SD cards would be a terrible situation for all of us. a few other things I like to bring with me are the visitor mini flash, its super light weight and fits right in my camera bag anytime I might need a little extra light. as well as a lens and screen cleaning kit, I always clean my lens before a session just in case there is any smudges or finger prints!
I usually drive myself to my sessions so I keep my reflector and my step stool in my truck so I don't have to carry them back and forth, and knowing me, I am always rushing to get out the door so I always forget things, those both fit perfectly in my trunk so I just keep them there!
Depending on certain sessions I will also bring my flash, if I know I will be shooting in low lighting I will bring along my Yongnuo speedligh YN560 II flash with me. This flash I also just purchased right off of amazon and it works wonders! I've had it for about 3-4 years, I don't used it very often so its basically brand new! along with my flash I make sure to bring a couple spare sets of rechargeable batteries. I always try to come as prepared as possible so having back up batteries is a great thing!
Lastly, I typically like to bring along my laptop and portable external hard drive, especially when I'm traveling because then I can edit wherever I am! or if I do a collaboration with another photographer or business I am able to transfer photos to them and vice versa! always a great tool to have on the go!
Photographers!! what do you bring to your sessions??! let me know in the comments below!
Until Next Time!
-XoXo, Jess Lauren
The Photographer behind all the gorgeous images! I wanted to be able to show case some of the other amazing photos that I don't post to my social media pages! so you can get even more of a feel for the beauty that my images hold!