Inside the bag
I frequently get messages and emails from photographers asking what lens, camera, etc I use to achieve a certain portrait. I thought it may be helpful to give everyone a run down of exactly what is in my camera bag!
Camera body: Canon 5d Mark III. Hello 61 focal points!
Back-up body: Canon 5d Mark II
Newborn lens: My favorite and most-used newborn lens is the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8. Essentially every newborn image (apart from aerial shots) on my page from the last year was done with this lens. If I’m feeling feisty, I’ll pop my 50mm f/1.2 on, but honestly, I love the versatility of the 24-70.
Macro lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8. This gets beautiful macros and doubles as a portrait lens!
Outdoor portraits: For outdoor portraits or areas where I have lots of space, my Canon 135 f/2L is often the only lens I bring with me. It is dreamy and creamy and buttery and delicious. The bokeh on that puppy is smooth as molasses, and the focal length is lovely for portraits. It’s much lighter than the 70-200 f/2.8L and is just as pretty.
Walkabout lens: If I’m out for a day with family and don’t want to worry about swapping out lenses every five minutes, I pop on my Canon 24-105mm f/4L. This lens may not have the best compression or the lowest f/stop, but it is so versatile that it is a great “around town” or “mom-tog” lens.
The Stuff that Doesn’t Fit in the Bag
Strobes: I use the Paul C. Buff Einstein for the majority of my portraits, and the Paul C. Buff AlienBees B400 (in hot pink, of course) when I need an extra light. The Einstein an excellent light that has served me well thus far.
Modifiers: My favorite is the Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella with the white diffusion sock. The light spread is soft, beautiful and big and I’d highly recommend this modifier for anyone with space large enough to handle it (my ceilings are 10′ and we have a fairly large studio). I also have a 50″ Westcott softbox that I use outdoors (wind + umbrella + strobe = sad photographer).
Bean bag: The Paloma Schell has been a game changer for my work. It’s easy on my work, there’s little to no work to do in post, and it’s as strong and sturdy as I’d ever need. All in all, it is an AMAZING backdrop system.