I recently switched to this mirrorless system and really love it! It has amazing low light capability and incredibly fast shutter speed; both features that really come in handy when photographing children.
My favorite focal distance for families with children. I can be close to the action and help prompt authentic emotions with no lens distortion.
Minolta 50mm f/1.7 (vintage)
Can you believe that I picked this up at a thrift store for $20?! After using this for several months, I often reach for the lens just for that creaminess this vintage lens adds to a scene. It's almost like butter. It also works really well for freelensing and makes some fun oblong bokeh.
I reeaally love wide angles lenses! Obviously it's great for real estate and interiors photography but it's also a fun novelty lens to use for environmental portraits of children.
Helios 44-2 58mm (vintage)
This is a fun specialty lens that, in the right situations, can produce a swirly bokeh that almost looks like it's spinning behind the subject.
Not every situation calls for the photographer being all up the clients' faces. This heavy lens helps me build muscle and give my clients breathing room. It also creates that smooth bokeh that makes me melt.
Lightroom and Photoshop
A must for professional photographers. Lightroom is the standard for organizing and editing of photos. Photoshop is for the heaving lifting. Both have their strengths and weaknesses but are as necessary as a camera.
For resizing images and creating image galleries for blog posts. Saves me tons of time.
Ah, how I love Dubsado! I can organizing contacts, invoices, proposals, contracts, automate forms, and so much more. Dear Dubsado makes me look so very professional.
This strap has saved my shoulders and back so many times. I can camera my camera and a large lens for hours without any trouble. This strap is an absolute necessity when I photograph newborns and small children. When not photographing, I cinch the camera close to my body and it won't swing forward when I bend down. You definitely don't want a camera bumping a sweet child in the head!
For perfect white balance, a photographer must master color systems. This includes knowing the "color values" of trees, skies, skin tones, etc. It also helps to have an ExpoDisc for those really tricky situations like golden hour under a glowing green tree.
- Macro filters
- Lens Pen
This is the perfect size to hold my mirrorless and 1-2 small lenses or if I have the camera on a sling, it can hold at least 3 lenses. It's durable and strong but not too big.
Jo Totes Allison
The version I have isn't made anymore. I use it to store my small collection of lenses and small camera stuff (like lens pen, extra lens caps, etc.) It still looks great after four years. I don't usually take it out on shoots because it's pretty heavy on my shoulders though.