What's in My Bag

Personally, I feel like it is always fun and interesting to learn how each photographer differs in the gear they choose. Like any other form of art, photography gear is just a tool in the hand of an artist which means person to person even with the same exact gear their images are going to look very different!

I have recently had a lot of people inquiring whether I shoot film and what camera bodies I use, so while this isn't an in depth look at the features of each camera body or lens, hopefully it will inspire you to make the most of the gear you do have or plan to purchase!

Nikon is my preference and while I adore each piece that I have, that was not always the case. It was sort of happen chance that I began with a Nikon camera, and while I could list the reasons Nikon was superior/different than other cameras I still had trouble achieving the look and feel I wanted with my gear. I struggled with the possibility of switching brands or getting into film for a period but ultimately decided to just learn to love Nikon. That was the best decision I have made because little did I know that it was largely the way I was processing images in post! I share this because while everyone around me seemed to be switching to film or using Canon, I can finally say that no matter the equipment - in the end it is simply how you use it. 

Although I own a film camera and shoot with it often for personal work, I don't use it professionally.  I love film and believe it will always be timeless, inspiring and unique - I just prefer digital! 

I carry my gear in ONA's Brooklyn Bag which I invested in at the beginning of last years wedding season. I'm so glad I did! I love this bag because of its durability, genuine leather and stylish look! The fact that it isn't so large keeps my gear load small (my back and shoulders thank me) and only to the things that are completely necessary. 

4/5 of my lenses are pictured here but I do not carry every lens unless it is a wedding day. Pictured but one I don't carry with me often is the 108 2.4 G Macro Lens

85 1.4 G - This is my very very favorite lens. Hands down. The bokeh is to die for and the colors amazing! If it weren't for tight spaces I would probably keep it on all the time.

35 1.4 G - I love this lens for many reasons but the framing I want in tight spaces makes it invaluable. In general I prefer it for a photojournalistic feel and even on occasion for portraits. 

50 1.8 G - This lens is like a child to me, it will always be one of my favorites and even though it's aperture is more limited than the 1.4 it is spot on all the time. I actually traded this lens in a year ago for the 50 1.4 and was SO disappointed. Almost immediately I decided to buy it back and keep both. Each has it's own reasons I use it and each one has it's limitations. More often than not though the 1.4 is the first to be left at home because it is so much less reliable. 

D610 - is the primary professional Nikon body I use although I do have others for backup this one is my preference. I prefer the smaller body and file size over the D810. Adding a pro lens and flash during the reception and my wrists already ache at the end of the night with the 610! People often hate on this body for its low-light capabilities but I have found my preference is a more film inspired look which is more grainy. The high-ISO is grainier on this camera than some of the other Nikon bodies I use but I don't fear the grain - I embrace it as part of the art of the image. Just what I favor...

Lens cloth, SD case & business cards - These go without saying really, but I LOVE my Delkin SD case. It protects them and keeps them organized so I always know they are safe. 

So tell me, what's in your bag?