I think most new photographers wonder what’s in other’s camera bag? Do they use a lens I don’t? Do they know about a fancy modifier than makes their life easier? Do they use 10 different lenses? What’s in the big suitcase they carry behind them?
I especially had these questions when I was first starting out, and now that I have my own simple system- I stick to it, love it, and could care less what my photog peers have or don’t have! I mean that in the nicest way possible! lol
In the last 3 years, I have bought just as much gear as I have sold. I wasted a ton of money on lenses that I thought I needed, but just sat in my camera bag for months at a time. I bought gear on what I thought would change my business, but in reality, just weighed my bag down!
So here is what I have narrowed my arsenal down to, and it has completely simplified my life, and changed my business!
So here it is!!
Nikon D750 (main)
Nikon D750 (backup)
Sigma 35mm1.4 Art
Nikon 50mm 1.8
Sigma 50mm 1.4
Nikon 85mm 1.4 (my favorite)
Sigma 105mm 2.8
Sigma 135mm 1.8 Art
Sigma 24-70mm 2.8
Jo Totes Gracie Camera Bag (mine)
Kattee Men Vintage Messenger Bag (Thomas)
Think Tank Airport Carry On
4 Nikon SB-700s
Pocket Wizard Wireless Radio System
Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 Transceivers
Profoto 2×3′ RFi Softbox, Rectangular
Profoto Speedlight Speed Ring
LimoStudio 33″ White Transparent Photo Umbrella
Lastolite TriGrip Reflector
Selens 5-in-1 43 Inch Reflector
Two CheetahStands C12
Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket
20 ExtremePro 95mb/s SD Cards 16g/32g/64g
This is a hella lot of gear… I know.. But I didn’t purchase it all at once! I started with a Nikon D3100 camera body and a 50mm1.8 lens. Thats it. Both super affordable and will be a great start to your photography business! I hustled HARD and every time I got paid for sessions, I saved up so that I would never go in the red.
My biggest tip: If you are hoping to get into the wedding photography biz.. start with your first 6 months to a year by shooting portraits of every type, invest in education, and save every dime to get you great gear and flash systems, so that you can provide a quality product to your brides and families!
I will have a future blog post about why I have each lens, gear that I wasted money on, what lens I use for each part of the wedding day, my simple flash system for every reception, and many many more! Stay tuned my friends!