What is in My Bag?  Find Out What This Southcoast Baby Photographer Carries in her Camera Bag

What is in My Bag? Find Out What This Southcoast Baby Photographer Carries in her Camera Bag

Nikkor 70 - 200 lens for Nikon DSLRPeople often ask me what my favorite lenses are or wonder what I carry in my camera bag.  Through the years, I’ve owned about 6 different camera bags.  I’m on my 7th right now.  It’s  a backpack by Case Logic. It’s smaller than all of my other bags but has plenty of room to hold my camera and a few lenses.   I love it.  It’s  comfortable and holds just what I need. Since it’s smaller, it has forced me to only carry what I need for each session rather than lugging around extra lenses and photography paraphernalia.

There are a few things I always keep in my bag, no matter what type of session I am doing.  Then there are other things that are in my bag depending on the type of session I am doing.

The standard items are a gray card, trigger for my studio lights, an off camera flash, extra batteries, extra SD cards, a small cleaning kit to clean my lenses, a rain jacket for my camera, pens, and business cards. I also usually keep a protein bar just in case my session(s) run longer and I get hungry.

If I’m shooting a newborn session, my Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 is my goto lens.  I also make sure that I have my 105mm 2.8 macro in my bag as well, for those shots of tiny fingers and toes.  Since I usually do family and sibling shots as part of a newborn session, I have my Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 in my bag as well.

For my maternity sessions, my goto lens is just my Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8.

With indoor children sessions (cake smashes, milestones, etc.) I mostly shoot with my Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 but I always have my macro with me as well.

For outdoor children and/or family sessions, my goto lenses are my Nikkor 70 – 200mm 2.8 and my Nikkor 85mm 1.4.

Between Mr. Z, aka Drew Zion, (who is also a professional photographer) and me, we have a few other lenses in our repertoire, including the all popular “nifty fifty”.  But the ones listed are my staple goto lenses.

For a body, I shoot with a Nikon D610 and have a Nikon D7000 as a backup.

For those of you with DSLR cameras, what are your favorite lenses?  What are the staples in your camera bag?  Please comment on Social Media.

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