Here is my camera bag. Stained a little with my blue jeans, I use it just about everyday. I've never liked carrying backpacks around, or a lot of luggage when shooting, so this Kelly Moore bag was perfect for my shoots! Check out everything I fit in here when I'm out walking through the fields!
1. UV Filter
- This is something new that I have recently added to my camera bag must haves. I never saw the need for filters, and honestly thought they were a waste of money because if I’m dropping my camera, I’m either seriously injured, or I’m getting a new lens out of full anxiety. I’ve had one on my lens now for a few weeks because I was gifted one from my local camera store. Ya’ll, I actually really love it, but not for protective reasonings, but for creative ones. It allows you to use the filter as a trial for what your lens looks at, so you can do things to it that you wouldn’t do to your actual lens. I recently tried putting Vasoline on the filter to give my photos a cool vintage look and it came out perfectly. It was something I would absolutely never do to my real lens, but let me be creative in something that I’ve always wanted to try.
2. Business cards
- This seems obvious, but I feel like as photographers we always forget that even on the job, we might actually book jobs. I can’t tell you how many times I am photographing a wedding or an event, and people come up to me asking for my business card because their cousins, brothers, girlfriends dad is getting married and they have been looking for a photographer. It gets your foot in the door and lets you interact with potential clients before they fill out your contact form. For me its a win win win, and I always have one to give out whenever!
3. My sigma art lenses
- Also known as my two beautiful babies. If you are a photographer, you might know the big debate between sigma art 35 lenses and how their focus is off a lot of the times, and I DO agree with that. BUT, YALL. The sharpness that it gives, even if its just 75% of the time, is so so so so SO worth it to me. I can tell immediately when I use both my 50 and my 35 art lenses, that when I do get the photo right (yes, if I feel like its a little annoying, I take a lot of the same pose just in case) it looks just that much better. Love my babies, and my next stop is the 24-70.
4. Bug spray
- Okay so I only need this in the summer months, but man do I need it. Are you the type of person, where you walk out of your house to get the mail, come back and have 4 huge mosquito bites on your legs in the matter of seconds? No? Just me? I figured. I use it, I let my clients use it, most of my clients moms use it and it helps us all feel a little more comfortable running through the tall fields with dresses and sandals on.
5. Deodorant/paper towel
- Yall. This is such a must! I keep it in my bag even when it’s cold out. I always move so much when I’m shooting so I will always need it. Secret came out with a cool small ball sized one that I can put in my bag without taking up too much room and I absolutely love it. Even though you aren’t the one getting photographed, it always helps to look/SMELL your best no matter what!