If you personally know any photographers, you probably know that our gear is not only essential to our businesses and the look of the images we want; but you also probably know that new gear is better than Christmas! Last week two new beauties were added into my collection, so I thought it would be a good time to share what's in my bag! The lenses I purchased are professional quality lenses and are essential to my style of photography - bright, clean, and super shallow depth of field (the blur you see in images). Of note, all the 'blur' you see in my images are my creation when I snap the shutter.
First, let me show you my bags! I use House of Flynn Photography bags. These bags were designed specifically for photographers by a photographer. They're so well designed - they have padded sections inside for organizing your gear. They have tons of pockets on the outside for things like batteries, extra SD and Compact Flash cards, and other must have things like advil and chapstick. They come in a variety of sizes and colors - I use the large Evermore bag for Weddings, Births, or anytime I need to bring a lot of gear. I use the small Evermore bag for my everyday shoots where I typically use 2-3 lenses.
My main body is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV which I have been drooling over since it was announced last year! I was primarily shooting with the Canon 6D prior to this purchase, which I will share more about next.
I've only shot two sessions with this so far, but I am enjoying the improvement in ISO (although the 6D outperforms the 5D Mark III in lower light, the IV outperforms them both!) and loving the 61 focal points for more accurate focusing. The Mark IV has dual card slots, so this is perfect for photographing events where it will write on two cards at once in case of a card failure. The Mark IV is touch screen, so that's a fun and easy way to quickly change some of the settings.
The Mark IV is also supposed to be excellent for video - something I've been wanting to learn and add on to my newborn, hospital and birth sessions for a while. So, when I get some free time this summer I will be working on video with the hope I can incorporate it into my fall newborn sessions as an add on option!
The Canon 6D is now my backup camera (likely what I'll take to Iceland and Paris next month) but it's a sweet little workhorse. The 6D was my upgrade from a cropped sensor hobbyist body to Full Frame - it really made the difference in how much I could capture and how well I could capture it. Although my cropped body had been wonderful for me as a hobbyist, it became important to me that I was upgrading my gear regularly as I improved. I would highly recommend the 6D to anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level.
My first lens I'll introduce you to is my favorite, favorite, favorite - Canon's 135L 2.0. This lens is always in my bag for outdoor sessions and on my camera 75% of the session. It's shallow depth of field makes a dreamy, gorgeous background blur (in the professional world, we refer to this as 'Bokeh'). It's super sharp, and worth every penny. Some images taken with the 135 below.
Another Canon lens I use and adore is the Canon 16-35L 2.8 Wide Angle Lens. This lens is perfect for photographing landscapes, real estate, wedding venues and nurseries. I mostly use this lens for photographing in home sessions when I want to capture the whole room. It's also really fun when photographing pets for some fun distortion. And although I don't photograph concerts, I imagine this would be a wonderful lens for that. Some images below using the Canon 16-35L lens.
Next up is my Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro lens. This is the lens I use to capture all things small; whether it's newborn toes, fingers, eyelashes, lips, or rings. I absolutely adore detail shots and think mommies will want to remember those details forever. This lens also doubles as a portrait lens, however I use it mainly for macro. It's absolutely perfect. Don't you think?
The last of my Canon lenses is the Canon 85mm 1.8. My 85 doesn't get a lot of love - but it's a great focal length to have for my indoor sessions when I want to stay across the room. I use it for births when I want to give mom a little more room. It's an overall fantastic portrait lens. There are higher levels of this lens and other professionals I know have said for the money difference, this little 85 is all you need. A few shots below taken with the Canon 85 1.8.
The newest lens to my collection, the Sigma Art 24mm 1.4 is such a fun "storytelling" and lifestyle lens! It creates slight distortion which makes the subjects pop in front of the camera (closer to you appears bigger, farther appears smaller). I've used it for two sessions now and am loving it!! It's super sharp and a great lens.
The Sigma Art 35mm is my most used lens for indoor sessions - it's another great storytelling lens, perfect for Lifestyle Photo Sessions. It's the lens that's closest to what our eye naturally sees. It's slightly wide, so it allows me to capture more in the frame. It's 1.4 aperture allows me to let more light in and play with a super shallow depth of field (essential to my photography style). In outdoor sessions, it's the lens that's used when my 135 is off the camera. Whether I'm shooting Newborn, Children, Family, Maternity, or Boudoir, I can count on my 35 to be up for the job. Below are a few shots done with my 35mm!
The Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 lens I use most often for studio newborn sessions. However, it's a great portrait and 'everyday' lens for all purposes and it's handy to have, especially for indoor sessions. It's sharp and does the job every time! Below are images taken with my Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 lens.
In addition to all these fabulous lenses, I do carry a flash from time to time (but would rather increase my ISO or shoot against a window than use flash - it's really a LAST RESORT). And of course lots of other little goodies remain in my bag like a dog squeaky used to both entertain dogs and children alike, and other little tricks of the trade. Hope you enjoyed learning more about my gear!!
Kristin with an I Photography is a Lehigh Valley based photographer who photographs in the Lehigh Valley and Greater Philadelphia areas. To contact Kristin, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org