July 13, 2020

What’s in My Camera Bag | AHP

What’s in My Camera Bag

It is rare to see a photographer out in the wild without their trusted camera bag. This is an essential item for photographers. My camera bag carries all of the equipment I need to get through a shoot, along with a few other items to make sure I am always well-prepared.

If you are interested in photography, or if you are just curious about what I will have on-hand for your session, scroll through to learn more!

The Bags

I have three camera bags: a backpack, a roller bag, and a lens bag. The backpack is where I store equipment that I need to easily access throughout a portrait session.

My Tamrac Roller Bag makes it easy to cart around my heavier gear. Since it has wheels, it can be rolled between locations and is essential for travel. It also keeps all my equipment safe and sound.

My lenses are secured in a Shootsac Lens Bag. The main benefit of carrying a Shootsac Lens Bag is how lightweight it is! It can hold up to three of my lenses and other must-have accessories without feeling bulky or heavy. I bring a lot of equipment to every shoot, so having a slim bag to hold my lenses is a must.

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The Cameras

It wouldn’t be a camera bag without my cameras in tow. I am a Nikon girl, so I carry a Nikon D700, a Nikon D750, and a Nikon D4. You may be surprised to read that I bring more than one camera to every session, but it so important to have back-ups. Even for the Nikon D700, I carry a few camera bodies. This gives me options when shooting your portraits. Each camera has distinct characteristics and advantages.

Hiring a professional photographer means you are hiring someone with all the knowledge and experience needed to shoot the best portraits. I can adapt to different situations, indoors and outdoors, to make sure you are shown in your best light. I know which camera is best suited for each situation.

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The Lenses

Bringing multiple cameras also means that I can attach different lenses to each camera and switch them out easily throughout your portrait session. My prime lenses include a Nikon 85mm, Nikon 50mm, Sigma 35mm Art, and Nikon 60mm Macro.

I also carry two zoom lenses: a Nikon 24-70mm and a Nikon 70-200mm. A zoom lens lets me reframe your portraits and change the perspective without moving. Having a wide range to choose from for the zoom lenses means I can adjust to different focal lengths.

Detail shot of zoom lenses used during a senior portrait session photographed by Tacoma Senior Photographer Amanda Howse

The Lighting Equipment

Photographers need to be able to adjust to every kind of environment, inside and outside. We may have to deal with bright sun, overcast skies, dark indoor spaces, and a variety of other situations. I carry numerous lights, flashes, and moonlight with too many modifiers to name! But just to give you a sneak peek, I always bring softboxes, reflectors, umbrellas, and parabolic umbrellas. All of this lighting equipment means I can adapt to sudden changes in the environment and different shooting locations.

The Non-Camera Additions

When I say I am prepared for every situation, I mean it. In addition to all of my professional camera gear. I carry tons of props, outfit changes, hats, and other accessories. My seniors change outfits throughout their session, and having different accessories can help switch up their look in between wardrobe changes. I also bring a speaker so we can play your favorite tunes! It is so fun to throw on a good playlist to boost a senior’s confidence level and encourage them during their session.

If you want to read more about what I bring to every session, check out the five things I bring to every session here.

Let’s Connect!

Now that you’ve learned what’s in my camera bag, let’s chat more about scheduling your senior portrait session! It’s super easy to reach out on my website. You can also email me at [email protected], or call/text me at 530-412-0730.

What's in My Camera Bag | A professional senior photographer shares what equipment she uses for every portrait session | Amanda Howse Photography