As a photographer, I have a variety of cameras, lenses and flashes. Although what is in my camera is not necessarily what is in your wedding photographer’s camera bag we do have ‘big fancy cameras’.
First off, let’s talk about my bag. I have the Crumpler five million dollar home in black and lime. Previously, I had the Kelly Moore Mimi bag, but was not a good fit for my photography and I found it a little too bulky. What I like about the Crumpler is versatility and durability. It’s outside is thick black canvas with a wide nylon strap and reflective bits, and loops for things like poop bags.
Camera Body. I prefer Nikon as for the canon vs nikon debate, I believe you need to use the camera that you feel the most comfortable using. I have used Nikon for years, so it is a natural fit. I know where the buttons are without looking and feel comfortable shooting from the hip. I shoot with a Nikon D7000, although this is not a part of the ‘professional series’ I am so highly impressed with this camera and battery I recommend it to a lot of people wanting to own a nice DLSR camera.
Lenses. I have 5 but use 3 religiously. First my go to is the 18- 135 mm lens by Nikon. It has lots of versatility with a bit of a zoom. This was the sole lens I took to Greece a few years ago and loved the images! My next lens is a Nikon 35 mm with a 1.8 focal depth. Perfect for bokah and shallow depths of field which I LOVE. This photo of Asher was taken with the 35 mm.
The last lens I keep in my bag during sessions is a Tonkina Fisheye 10-17 mm. This is fun for silly distorted images. I prefer to use this lens indoors but I like the distortion it can give. It’s all about what the client wants! The photo below of Charlie was taken with the Fisheye. The other 2 lenses are a 18-55 and a 55-200, which I never use. Like, ever.
I also carry a Neewer Ring LED flash, it’s better suited for portraits than Pet Photography but I can take it off camera and hold if need be, which is why I love it. (see photo above)
Now, I carry more to my sessions that what fits in my camera bag, and if you can believe it I fit 2 separate lenses in my Crumpler, my body with lens, my flash and extras like lens covers etc. I also carry a tote with treats, toys, balloons, bubbles, more poop bags, extra leashes, bowl and water bottle. You never know what you are going to need as a pet photographer!