My Camera Bag

A lot of people ask me what I shoot with primarily, and I’m happy to share! 🙂

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and keep a Canon 5D classic as my backup camera. I use mainly prime Canon L lenses: the 35mm f/1.4L, the 85mm f/1.2L, the 100mm f/2.8L, and the 50mm f/1.4, and occasionally, the 70-200mm IS f/2.8L. My walkaround lens is the 50mm. It’s really the perfect range for me to take it out and about, capture every day life with my sons and my family, plus, I feel a little more free with it since it’s not an “L” lens and I would feel a little less horrified if it got hurt. 😉

I’d love to add the Canon 16-35 f/2.8L as well as Canon’s 45mm tilt-shift to my collection! I’ve rented both in the past, and love them!

As far as lighting goes, I own three Speedlites – a 580 EX II and two 580 EX’s. I use a Sto-fen modifier on my flash. While I do own a couple of old continuous studio lights, I rarely use them anymore as I vastly prefer natural lighting conditions, and will bounce my flash if necessary. Most of the time, I don’t need a flash, though, for portrait shoots, though I do use it at night-time weddings especially to capture the reception. The high ISO range of the Canon 5D Mark III is invaluable with taking great natural light photos with very little light! Paired with my Litepanel Video Light, I can get really gorgeous results.

I carry my gear around in a LowePro rolling bag. It totally stands up to the wear and tear of being a pro photographer, plus it fits in an airplane’s overhead compartment without any trouble at all.

Additionally I shoot with my Shootsac and it’s become an invaluable part of my shooting style. The interchangeable “true color covers” are awesome too for coordinating with my outfit or even the wedding colors! I love using it at weddings because it really allows me to just carry what I need on me and not have to constantly run back to my camera bag every time I need a new lens, plus i never have to worry about something falling out of my pocket – I just put it in my Shootsac, which has pockets that snap closed. It’s comfortable, easy to use, and gives me peace of mind. What more could I ask for? (and no, they didn’t pay me to say this) When I’m on a portrait session, I don’t even bring my big bag anymore since I normally just grab my cameras and take the lenses/accessories that I need in my Shootsac. Easy peasy.

I’m also a big advocate of the Chase Jarvis method of photography, which is that the best camera is the one that you have with you at that very moment – and since I don’t carry my huge 5D SLR camera everywhere, I use my Canon G11 and even my iPhone a LOT!

I absolutely love iPhonography, too — particularly Instagram, Hipstamatic, Afterlight, and PicTapGo, as well as Camera+ –they all have tons of fun effects that you can apply to your photos to really enhance them. It’s amazing what you can do even with an iPhone pic. People are always super surprised when I say that I took a certain photo just using my phone!

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